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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

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.

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?

What’s the market for 5G?…follow the money

What’s the market for 5G?…follow the money

Posted 01 March 2014 | By | Categories: Uncategorized | Comments Off on What’s the market for 5G?…follow the money

People may have forgotten the film “All the President’s Men” starring Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redgrave but everyone knows the expression coined in that film…that if you want to find the answer “follow the money”. The answer we want to know today, as we set our research objectives for 5G, is what the market drivers are going to be for 5G. We need to finish with a globally harmonised technology that mobile network operators (who comprise “the market” for 5G networks) will want to buy.

Ofcom’s Mobile Spectrum Innovation Gap

Ofcom’s Mobile Spectrum Innovation Gap

Posted 30 July 2012 | By | Categories: Uncategorized | Comments Off on Ofcom’s Mobile Spectrum Innovation Gap

It was not meant to be. A well respected Cambridge entrepreneurial innovator had a dream of Ofcom taking one of the 2.6 GHz channels to be auctioned for general mobile network use and instead making it widely available for a new generation of low power indoor femto-cells

When is Competition just an Alice in Wonderland world of make-believe?

When is Competition just an Alice in Wonderland world of make-believe?

Posted 01 July 2012 | By | Categories: Uncategorized | Comments Off on When is Competition just an Alice in Wonderland world of make-believe?

For the past 30 years politicians, regulators and officials have led simple lives. No matter what the problem…privatisation, competition and free markets have been the answer. Take the specific case of competition. It has become an act of faith that more competition is always a good thing. But has this been true in every case? The Electricity market is a good case study where competition delivers considerably less than we are led to believe..

Content Piracy and the war over the future soul of the Internet

Content Piracy and the war over the future soul of the Internet

Posted 28 January 2012 | By | Categories: Internet Broadband, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Content Piracy and the war over the future soul of the Internet

The makers and shapers of the future Internet will be innovation, market forces and regulation. There is now a political fault line between vested interests who want to import all the real world of regulation (and more) onto the Internet and those that want to preserve the original regulation free climate that has been so powerful in propelling rapid innovation. Just where is the right balance to be struck between innovation, market forces and regulation

The Year the Mobile Telephone Lost its Way

The Year the Mobile Telephone Lost its Way

Posted 31 December 2011 | By | Categories: Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Year the Mobile Telephone Lost its Way

As we look back on a momentous 2011 it will be remembered for many  transformational events and well down on in this list will be the tipping point when the old mobile telephone industry lost its mobile leadership crown to the IT industry. The headlines over 2011 map out the big events…