One topic that is dominating wireless communication stories in 2018, exciting to some and unsettling for others, is 5G. Proof that things are getting serious came with the 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz spectrum auction in April in the UK, in which mobile operators spent nearly £1.2 billion on the 3.4 GHz spectrum.
Our first blog in the series “starting your smart city journey” looked at the meaning of a smart city for councils and authorities. Once the council has identified its priorities and strategy for the smart city, the process of turning strategy into actual activities starts.
In March 2017 the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) published its 5G Strategy as part of the UK Government’s Digital Strategy. This included plans to overhaul the Electronic Communications Code (ECC) and clear new spectrum to accelerate mobile deployments.
It’s often stated that regulators struggles to keep pace with changes in technology. This is perhaps nowhere truer than in the world of communications technology.
The concept of a smart home is becoming more of a reality as the number of connected consumer products with a more accessible price tag grows. Examples of smart home technology includes smart speakers, light bulbs and security equipment.
As we start 2018, we would like to share with you our top predictions for this year to make you aware of upcoming events in the industry, focusing on the UK.
‘Smart Cities’ and ‘Connected Cities’ are terms widely bandied around in the industry. But, it means different things to different industry players. The sheer volume of options and opportunities – such as the talk of infrastructure, sensors, IoT, connected cars, smart bins, connected everything – can easily become overwhelming.
Following the first blog in our smart city series, we now explore who the real winners in a connected city are. There are many advantages in making a city smart but we are looking to analyse who some of the direct beneficiaries are.
This is a term we are hearing more and more as cities across the world are striving to become Smart. But what does this mean? And how can a city become smart? iWireless Solutions is taking a look at this exciting concept which is becoming a reality for many.
This week we have launched our network densification page and we thought what better way to commemorate this than to share some more of our insights into the technology. As we touch upon the subject of small cell challenges on the page we wanted to take the opportunity to now take a more in-depth look.
Mobile data demand is growing at 70% annually in the UK according to Ofcom, and shows no sign of levelling off. Mobile network operators (MNOs), who previously focussed on maximising coverage, are now exploring new methods to increase capacity by densifying networks and gaining access to more spectrum.
There are many reasons why wireless network operators look to deploy small cells and these are generally intertwined. iWireless Solutions will look at these reasons and explore the challenges they help to overcome.
Overview Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi) is the use of a IEEE 802.11 based wireless network for the purpose of voice conversations and is often referred to as Voice over wireless LAN. In essence, it is Voice over IP (VoIP) over a Wi-Fi network.
Off-loading of mobile data to Wi-Fi or licensed small cells requires access to a high speed reliable backhaul connection to route the data to the mobile operator’s core. One of the challenges here is that the backhaul network is often not under the direct control of the mobile operator.
iWireless Solutions recently responded to Ofcom’s consultation regarding improving spectrum access for consumers in the 5 GHz band and proposal to make Wireless Telegraphy Exemption Regulations 2017. We thought we would share our response with you, and we hope it gives you some insight into our thinking and approach to the subject.
Following our blog on cellular vs Wi-Fi airspace management we felt a more in-depth look at effective management of licence exempt spectrum within buildings was needed. For licenced spectrum, management is the responsibility of Ofcom, so interference can be reported directly to them.
Every year Barcelona plays host to the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry, Mobile World Congress (MWC). This year we sent our Sales Expert Andres Cruz on his maiden voyage to the event.
Imagine a major construction project – all is running smoothly, on plan, on budget. Steel structure is up, walls and ceilings are being put in, fixtures & fittings are next. But, wait, it is the year 2017 – a time where connectivity and mobility are no longer a nice to have, but a must have.
iWireless Solutions takes a look at what we anticipate to be the biggest wireless technology trends for 2017. Spectrum Current trends indicate many changes in spectrum – licenced and licence exempt – to accommodate the growing number of devices requiring connectivity.
Airspace management, in the telecoms industry, involves monitoring and supervising the radio spectrum and the use of specific radio frequencies. This is necessary because the radio spectrum is a limited resource and thus should be used efficiently.
There are a number of ways to provide mobile network but it is generally broken down into two main terms, macrocell and microcell. Both provide radio coverage but in very different ways making each more effective in different situations.
A recent question from my son was the driving force behind this blog: “How does Santa know who gets what present, and where every child lives?” This got me thinking, with recent developments in technology how would modern day Father Christmas carry out all of his deliveries?
iWireless Solutions recently responded to Ofcom’s consultation regarding improving spectrum access for consumers in the 5 GHz band. We thought we would share our response with you, and we hope it gives you some insight into our thinking and approach to the subject.
Is Wi-Fi Calling an alternative to in-building cellular solutions? Wi-Fi Calling is a feature supported in newer smartphones, enabling calls and SMS over Wi-Fi as an alternative to cellular.
Last month the Small Cells World Summit (SCWS) celebrated its 10th anniversary. This is the flagship global event for the small cells ecosystem. The industry began with the development of femtocells, mostly low cost units for improving cellular coverage in homes.
In 2015, global mobile data traffic amounted to 3.7 exabytes per month with an expectation to reach 30.6 exabytes per month in 2020, at a compound annual growth rate of 53 percent*. Due to the explosive growth of mobile data traffic and increasing expectations of customers to be always connected, operators are increasingly facing the […]
Why should fans endure the cost and stress of attending a football match when they can watch the excellent TV coverage from the comfort of their own sofa? The pull for fans is the unique shared atmosphere, the excitement of being there, and the fear of missing out by staying away.
Over the last few years, the buzz around Connected Stadium has been increasing as we try to better understand what experience fans want, whether cellular DAS or Wi-Fi is the right solution, and how this is monetized.
One definition of ‘better’ is: ‘more desirable, satisfactory, or effective’. Applied to digital mobile radio, it may be considered better in terms of value deriving from efficiencies, technical superiority over professional mobile radio or added value.
We are all familiar with the Internet, which enables billions of people to interact with remote computers and with each other. We are now seeing the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT), which includes an ever increasing number of connected devices or “things”.
With the increased uptake of smartphones and tablets, data traffic continues to grow, putting a burden on the mobile operators’ networks. High footfall areas or poor coverage “not spots” are areas where coverage provided by the mobile operators is not sufficient to meet the needs of the end users.
Second generation mobile (2G) refers to the first wave of all-digital communications standards for cellular mobile applications, the first generation being analogue based systems. In most countries 2G is synonymous with GSM, the standard developed by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), which accounts for over 80% of all worldwide connections.
PMR stands for Private Mobile Radio and includes a range of wireless communications systems which are typically designed for dedicated use by individual organisations. There are several recognised standards, for example: TETRA, DMR, dPMR and other applications which include private security systems, fleet management and building facilities.
Wi-Fi solutions are short range wireless communication systems that typically operate on a smaller cell radius than cellular networks. They are traditionally self-contained systems within a physically constrained area, for instance, a building or campus.