Connecting the world through subsea cable systems

Written on Sunday, 12 November 2017 10:45
Global demand for bandwidth continues to grow at a remarkable rate driven by the rise of capacity-dependent applications like live video, augmented and virtual reality, and 4K/8K video. International submarine cable systems are more important than ever, considering that the total carrying capacity of subsea cables is in the terabits per second, while satellites typically offer only 1000 megabits per second. The concept of sending communication signals through submarine cables dates back to the 1850s when the first submarine communication…
More than 30 percent of Europe’s mobile connections will be running on 5G networks by 2025, according to a new GSMA study. The 2017 Europe edition of the GSMA’s Mobile Economy series, forecasts that there will be 214 million 5G connections in Europe by 2025, establishing the region as one of the largest 5G markets in the world by that point.  The first commercial 5G networks in Europe are due to be switched on by 2020 and are expected to…

Super storms draw attention to critical communications

Written on Tuesday, 03 October 2017 12:46
The US Territory of Puerto Rico was recently hit by the strongest storm in almost 90 years. Knocking out the island’s electricity grid, 90 percent of cell phone sites stopped working, according to the US Federal Communications Commission. The recent string of monster storms in North America has drawn attention to the importance of critical communications and promoting public safety. In the space of two months (August and September 2017), the southern United States and Caribbean region were slammed by…

Telcos and OTTs shouldn’t be subject to same rules

Written on Tuesday, 26 September 2017 12:26
It’s no secret that telecom operators have struggled against the popularity of over-the-top (OTT) applications like WhatsApp and Skype, who have challenged traditional voice and SMS revenue streams. Some operators have called for regulators to subject OTTs to legacy telecommunications regulations in order to even the playing field. But such suggestions are misguided, according to the ITU. Telecom operators are stuck in a predicament regarding OTT services who utilize their networks. They have little control over the growth of OTTs…

Huawei aims to become ‘global iconic tech brand’

Written on Sunday, 24 September 2017 07:02
Huawei has outlined its ambition to become a “global iconic tech brand”. Ms. Glory Cheung, Huawei Consumer Business Group’s Chief Marketing Officer, made the statement at the Chinese company’s ‘Future of Innovation’ event held in Dubai on Sept. 20. Ms. Cheung was joined by two other Huawei Business Consumer Group executives, who emphasized the company’s ambition to become the number one smartphone brand. Ms. Cheung spoke highly of Dubai and the wider Middle East region, praising the growth of innovation…

Equifax breach the latest in troubling hacking trend

Written on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 08:55
Large digital security breaches are a common occurrence in the corporate world today. The latest breach, experienced by consumer credit reporting agency Equifax, follows a trend of troubling hacks that have played out across the globe this year. It seems adversaries will stop at nothing to evolve their threats, move with even more speed, and find new ways to widen their operational space. Equifax chief executive Richard Smith said his company “will make changes” after a massive security breach in…

How can telcos navigate the digital revolution?

Written on Wednesday, 13 September 2017 08:42
Telecom providers face tough times as digitization disrupts traditional business models. In fact, the telecom industry is ranked second after media as most likely to experience major digital disruption, according to a 2015 survey of C-level executives from 15 industries. EITC, the parent company of ‘du’, has responded to the disruption of digitization by embracing it, launching a fully digital mobile service. Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC) officially launched the Virgin Mobile brand in the United Arab Emirates on September…

Saudi Arabia’s Hajj becomes safer and smarter

Written on Sunday, 10 September 2017 11:37
Saudi Arabia receives around 1.75 million pilgrims from around the world for the annual Islamic Hajj and Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca. Making necessary arrangements each year for the growing number of pilgrims poses a logistic challenge for the government, as well as telecom providers striving to cater to the dense crowds. The solution, according to reports, has been the implementation of smart connectivity. Hajj pilgrim numbers have steadily increased in recent years which have led to numerous accidents and deaths…

Youth are driving the online era

Written on Sunday, 10 September 2017 05:56
In 104 countries around the world, more than 80 percent of the youth population is online, according to ITU’s 2017 Facts and Figures report. In developed countries, 94 percent of young people aged 15-24 use the internet compared with 67 percent in developing counties and only 30 percent in least developed countries. Yet, sub-Saharan Africa remains the fastest growing mobile market. Youth are at the forefront of internet adoption. The proportion of young people aged 15-24 using the internet (71…

Emerging markets: A gold mine for Chinese OEMs

Written on Sunday, 03 September 2017 13:00
Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo represent an uprising in the smartphone industry. Together, these Chinese OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) accounted for a record 48 percent of global device shipments in Q2 2017, according to Counterpoint Research. Emerging markets represent a gold mine for Chinese OEMs, as they continue to aggressively scale beyond their mainland. The smartphone industry has been dominated for almost a decade by Apple and Samsung who hold the top two sales spots. But that could soon change…

Are you prepared to pay more for 5G?

Written on Sunday, 27 August 2017 08:13
5G won’t come cheap. In the United States alone, fiber infrastructure to prepare for the next-generation technology could cost up to $150 billion, according to Deloitte. But despite 5G’s hefty bill, a recent survey discovered that 75 percent of end-user organizations would be willing to pay more for 5G mobile capabilities. The survey conducted by Gartner found that just 24 percent of respondents would be unwilling to fork out more to pay for 5G. 59 percent of respondents believe that…
Ride-sharing app service Uber has responded to a one-month ban in the Philippines by appealing to authorities on August 15. The company resumed services as it waited for a decision, Reuters reported. The suspension is one of many issues the Californian firm has faced recently, including controversy surrounding its former CEO Travis Kalanick. Uber’s services in the Philippines were halted on August 14 by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) because the company ignored an order to stop…
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