How ‘Brexit’ could affect telecommunications

Written on Monday, 27 June 2016 10:40
The world will always remember June 23, 2016, as the day the United Kingdom of Great Britain voted to leave the European Union – a vote commonly referred to as ‘Brexit’ (British exit). The notice period required for the UK government to implement this decision means that Britain leaving the EU cannot be before June 2018. To understand the consequences of Britain leaving the EU on telecommunications, four partners at Bird & Bird, a tech-focused international law firm, shared their…
Sven Hammar is co-founder and CEO of Sweden-based Apica, a provider of technology for testing, monitoring, and optimizing the performance of cloud and mobile applications. With his decade-long experience and expertise in web performance and web optimization, e-commerce, cloud services, and IT entrepreneurship, Hammar shares his knowledge of how to run successful Load Tests. Load testing is instrumental to any web or mobile presence, whether it is e-commerce, m-commerce, bookings, media, governmental or something else – a modern ambitious enterprise…
Sal Camarda, Managing Partner at MeetApp North America, a market leading developer of mobile platforms for meetings and events, has over 16 years of experience in computer software, user experience and human-computer interaction. He shares his thoughts on how mobile platforms can transform an audience into active participants. There is no doubt that our smartphones are highly valuable to us and have become an extension of our lives. Smartphones have changed how we live, work, create, and maintain relationships. Mobile…

Telefónica’s USA-Brazil submarine cable planned for 2018

Written on Wednesday, 01 June 2016 11:00
Telefónica will deploy BRUSA, a new submarine cable nearly 11,000 km in length linking Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza (Brazil) with San Juan (Puerto Rico) and Virginia Beach (USA). The cable is expected to begin operations in early 2018 reinforcing Telefónica’s infrastructure leadership in the Americas. BRUSA will increase route diversity on U.S.-South America routes with an entirely new landing point on the U.S. mainland. At present, no other cables land at Virginia Beach. Other existing and planned U.S.-Brazil cable…
The Asia ICT Innovation Forum was held in conjunction with CommunicAsia2016. At the Forum organized by Singapore Exhibition Services and Huawei as the strategic partner, attended by over 500 regional ministerial representatives, internationally renowned economists and global industry thought leaders and professionals, Huawei outlined its roadmap to accelerate ICT transformation to enable more people in Asia Pacific to reap the benefits of ICT and move toward a better connected world. To achieve technological and economic growth, countries must accelerate their…
Robots, virtual reality (VR), drone technology and smart devices – these are the innovations fueled by digital transformation that will pave the way of Asia Pacific’s future. With digitization and smart technologies enhancing productivity, these innovations form the heart of CommunicAsia2016, EnterpriseIT2016 and BroadcastAsia2016 which opened from 31 May to 3 June 2016, at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. From taxi bookings, travel lodging to courier arrangements, digital transformation which includes integration is at the heart of businesses’ and consumers’ lives…
Ahead of CommunicAsia2016, Alan Marcus, Head of ICT Agenda, Member of Management Committee, World Economic Forum, and speaker at Asia ICT Innovation Forum 2016 at CommunicAsia, shares his thoughts on some of the changing dynamics, as well as rulemaking opportunities in the digital world. Rapid advancements in digital technology are redefining society. The plummeting cost of advanced technologies (a top-of-the-range smartphone in 2007 cost $499; a model with similar specifications cost $10 in 2015) is revolutionising business and society. In…
The past century has delivered an extensive range of communication tools, from the invention of the telephone, to cable television. But nothing has advanced human interaction quite like OTTs (Over-The-Top services). With cheap, efficient and globally available communication tools like Skype, WhatsApp, Netflix and Google, the world is witnessing a shift away from traditional communication outlets. Do old-school forms of communication stand a chance against the rapid growth of OTTs? On-demand internet services have revolutionized communication all over the world.…
Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) allow for improved network capacity in both indoor and outdoor crowded areas such as sports arenas, hotels, shopping malls, conference centers and hospitals. DAS is a way to deal with isolated spots of poor coverage by installing a network of relatively small antennas throughout an area to serve as repeaters. Leading global wireless providers are adopting the technology at a steep price because the usefulness of DAS is groundbreaking. Expectations for consistent wireless network availability are…
By Anis Khoury, operations manager, MENA Distributed Coverage & Capacity Solutions (DCCS) Buildings are important to us; we spend a large portion of our lives inside buildings. Indeed, the Royal Institute of British Architects has stated that we spend an average of 20 hours each day inside commercial or residential buildings. As the planet’s population continues to expand beyond the current seven-and-a-half billion people, so too will the buildings in which we live and work. They will naturally become more…
New telecom industry trends are driving OSS/BSS systems requirements, with new service layer architecture and customer experience management at the core, causing a move to automated systems and management-as-service logic. The most glamorous part of networking is unquestionably the hardware that moves and delivers information. Historically, the least glamorous part has been the operations support systems and business support systems (OSS/BSS) that support the service providers' day-to-day operations as business entities. But making a profit by delivering a product or…

LTE & wearables: When connectivity collides

Written on Thursday, 28 April 2016 12:27
The 2016 Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast reported that global mobile data traffic already grew a total of 74 percent in 2015. It had reached 3.7 exabytes per month at the end of 2015, which is up from the 2.1 exabytes per month at the end of 2014. This shows that mobile data technology has been growing consistently and has escalated 4000-fold over the past 10 years. The expansion of mobile data traffic can be…
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