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Casting the Nets – An unprecedented insight into delivering successful digital infrastructure modernisation

Casting the Nets – An unprecedented insight into delivering successful digital infrastructure modernisation

Posted 24 November 2018 | By | Categories: Uncategorized | Comments Off on Casting the Nets – An unprecedented insight into delivering successful digital infrastructure modernisation

An unprecidented insight into how to successfully improve national digital telecommunications infrastructures. It brings to life industrial policy and the crucial interaction between business leaders, civil servants, regulators and ministers.

Government’s Future Telecommunications Infrastructure Review

Government’s Future Telecommunications Infrastructure Review

Posted 29 July 2018 | By | Categories: Uncategorized | Comments Off on Government’s Future Telecommunications Infrastructure Review

This report is a quality piece of work that understates its potential impact. Buried in the report are two big ideas that, taken together, are great news for rural Britain. For the first time in Britain’s history we may have more advanced broadband connectivity in some of our villages a decade from now than in the suburbs of our cities.

UK 5G Auction – Why wide radio channels send prices rocketing

UK 5G Auction – Why wide radio channels send prices rocketing

Posted 07 May 2018 | By | Categories: Uncategorized | Comments Off on UK 5G Auction – Why wide radio channels send prices rocketing

If the industry had gone to the 5G auction seeking an equal share of the spectrum they would have paid £30m. Instead they paid £1.16 billion. Yet despite this record sum, nobody emerged with the amount of 5G spectrum they wanted. Ofcom auction design has made “incremental bandwidth” exceedingly expensive in the UK. The industry need to think long and hard on how they adjust their strategies to reduce the price they pay for incremental bandwidth. If next year’s auction of 3.8 GHz spectrum fetches a similar amount, the money spent on 5G spectrum alone would have funded 100,000 5G small cells. That is not a route to 5G profitability nor of UK leadership in 5G

FCC dumps “net neutrality” – should the UK and the EU follow?

FCC dumps “net neutrality” – should the UK and the EU follow?

Posted 16 December 2017 | By | Categories: Internet Broadband, Mobile Broadband | Comments Off on FCC dumps “net neutrality” – should the UK and the EU follow?

“Net Neutrality” has a nice homely ring to it like motherhood and apple pie. In reality “Net neutrality” is a false cure to the problem of bandwidth starvation on our wire and cellular mobile access networks. It simply results in equal misery but does not cure bandwidth starvation. But abolishing net neutrality could be a useful step in the right direction if regulators mandated a minimum “universal quality of service” at the same time.

Russian Submarines and the balance between Cloud and Edge Computing

Russian Submarines and the balance between Cloud and Edge Computing

Posted 10 December 2017 | By | Categories: Disaster Planning, Internet Broadband | Comments Off on Russian Submarines and the balance between Cloud and Edge Computing

Today 99 percent of transcontinental Internet traffic depends upon cables laid across the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. This has not gone unnoticed by the Russian military planners. It was reported in the New York Times in October that Russia has stepped up by 50% its submarine patrols near to where these cables are buried. Should this be a worry for companies? Is there a case for companies to reflect a risk of mass cable outages in their strategic decisions on where to locate their storage and computing? Is this another reason for a switch to edge computing?

Regulatory innovation can slash the cost of Gb/s mobile urban coverage by over 90%

Regulatory innovation can slash the cost of Gb/s mobile urban coverage by over 90%

Posted 11 April 2017 | By | Categories: Mobile Broadband | Comments Off on Regulatory innovation can slash the cost of Gb/s mobile urban coverage by over 90%

If the cellular mobile industry worked together on a bold “INDOOR” 5G STORY at 3.6 GHz it could potentially deliver 1000 square kilometres of 5G coverage within 10 years at almost zero cost to the mobile network operators. It has the potential to cut the cost of urban 5G coverage by up to 60% in due time over today’s model that expects four competitive MNO’s to each separately provide pervasive urban coverage. Nobody in the industry believes today’s competition model will ever deliver such pervasive coverage. The problem for the government is that 5G cannot benefit what it does not cover. Only regulatory innovation can solve this.

After the Mobile “Capacity Crunch” comes the “Coverage Crunch”

After the Mobile “Capacity Crunch” comes the “Coverage Crunch”

Posted 22 November 2015 | By | Categories: Uncategorized | Comments Off on After the Mobile “Capacity Crunch” comes the “Coverage Crunch”

The mobile world has spent the past 7 years finding solutions to the capacity crunch. A range of new technology and spectrum bands are on their way. The new intellectual challenge for the next 7 years will be a “coverage crunch”. It has become a three layered problem. There is the basic layer of simply getting a signal. This has been getting worse in recent times. A new layer of the coverage problem is the “coverage of capacity”. The third layer is the “coverage of dependable connectivity”and reflect how our digital life has become more essential. It is now time for the mobile community to resolve to find solutions for the coming “coverage crunch” with the same energy that they have been successfully applying to the “capacity crunch”.

Future of free-to-air public service TV broadcasting in a wireless broadband Internet age

Future of free-to-air public service TV broadcasting in a wireless broadband Internet age

Posted 01 February 2015 | By | Categories: Uncategorized | Comments Off on Future of free-to-air public service TV broadcasting in a wireless broadband Internet age

The battle lines are drawn between the broadcasting and mobile radio industries over the future of the precious UHF spectrum. The mobile industry case appears to be winning. But there are clear dangers in overlooking important issues that may well come back and cause an upset later. One of those issues is the long term future of free-to-air public service TV broadcasting in a wireless broadband Internet age.

Patent Law – a blessing or curse for the mobile industry?

Patent Law – a blessing or curse for the mobile industry?

Posted 06 December 2014 | By | Categories: Industrial Policy | Comments Off on Patent Law – a blessing or curse for the mobile industry?

A monopoly is usually unacceptable in a market – except when it comes to Patents (and Copyright). Suddenly creaming off excessive profits from consumers and pushing competitors out of business becomes acceptable. It is the price consumers pay for innovation. It seems to work out best (in the long run) for consumers for most industries for most of the time. Mobile radio appears an exception.

Time to modernise emergency calls

Time to modernise emergency calls

Posted 27 September 2014 | By | Categories: Uncategorized | Comments Off on Time to modernise emergency calls

The UK first introduced its 999 service in 1937. Over the next 75 years telecommunications has been totally transformed but the emergency telephone call has hardly changed. A new IET initiative has called for a complete re-think of the emergency ‘999’ call service and for consideration of an emergency text service. There is a huge opportunity to vastly improve the experience of emergency calls that exploits the amazing technical advances of the past few decades…the IET initiative is a timely wake-up call. We should set high ambitions…it should work right across Europe and why not the world?

Mobile infrastructure competition – it is far more than a numbers game!

Mobile infrastructure competition – it is far more than a numbers game!

Posted 31 August 2014 | By | Categories: Uncategorized | Comments Off on Mobile infrastructure competition – it is far more than a numbers game!

The recent regulatory spot-light has been on the right number of competing mobile network operators in the market on both sides of the Atlantic – where EU and US regulators seem to have arrived at different numbers. What is the right number of competing mobile operators? And is it just a question of getting the right number of competitors and the market will do the rest? EU REgulators are leaving a lot of unanswered questions

Does a mobile network – cable TV network marriage make sense?

Does a mobile network – cable TV network marriage make sense?

Posted 30 March 2014 | By | Categories: Uncategorized | Comments Off on Does a mobile network – cable TV network marriage make sense?

Vodafone has being buying cable TV assets in several European countries and in France the cable TV group Altice has bought the French mobile operator SFR. Delivering TV programmes to a TV set appears to have nothing in common with delivering a telephone call to a mobile. So what is the commercial or strategic logic of a mobile network operator getting together with a cable TV network operator?