China places big bet on 5G

Author: Adam Rosenberg
Published: 2017-09-08

China’s leaders believe 5G will help drive its economy into the future. While both the commercial potential of 5G and the huge costs required to build 5G networks have been well publicized, the economic policies Beijing is employing to make China the first truly 5G country are not widely reported. In China’s 13th five-year plan the central government labeled the …

Small cells scale up is now happening

Author: Michael Newlands
Published: 2015-05-26

Mobile operators’ business planners are looking at small cells in a different light these days, linked to spectrum and capex costs. They have to, because the data explosion has not coincided with an equivalent rise in revenues. Data growth demands heavy capex, and while it does deliver more revenue it’s just not enough. Mobile voice was a high margin business …

Innovation trends in IoT

Author: Ricardo Tavares
Published: 2015-02-02

The 20th Global Mobile Awards organized by the GSM Association (GSMA) are the most prestigious international awards recognizing innovation in mobile communication. I am honored this year to be part of the judging panel for The Best Mobile Innovation for the Internet of Things. This is a first year for the category and we received a large number of entries …

VoLTE versus VoIP

Author: Ricardo Tavares
Published: 2014-10-27

Over the coming years mobile operators around the world are going to see a major shift in their business models thanks to the introduction of voice over LTE (VoLTE). To some extent VoLTE has crept in under the radar, despite the influential GSMA having launched a VoLTE initiative to promote “the industry-agreed progression of voice services” and ensure international uniformity …

Politics in a box: digital television in Japan and Brazil

Author: Ricardo Tavares
Published: 2014-08-04

There has been a great deal said about the impact of technology on politics.  According to one (seriously flawed) argument the Arab Spring was “created” by Google and social networks. A more valid point notes the Internet has profoundly changed the political campaigning landscape in democratic countries. It is also true political dissidents have used the Internet to mobilize anti-government …

A balanced assessment of the 3G/4G spectrum auctions in Pakistan

Author: Ricardo Tavares
Published: 2014-05-19

Perhaps the biggest success of Pakistan’s just-completed spectrum auctions for next-generation mobile services (NGMS) may have passed unnoticed. This is the upcoming shift from a voice-centric mobile industry to a data-centric one. Via the auction, the Ministry of Information Technologies (MOIT) and the Pakistan Telecoms Authority (PTA) have ensured the most advanced mobile broadband technologies available in the world today …

Legal framework for data privacy and security in Brazil

Legal framework for data privacy and security in Brazil

Author: Philipe Moura
Published: 2014-05-02

The Judiciary is today the main regulator of data privacy and protection in Brazil. Will legislation fill the gaps any time soon? The question of protecting users’ privacy and regulating information security is becoming paramount for policymakers as insurmountable amounts of private data go online. Users want guaranteed privacy rights, and companies want to develop their business models based on …

5G enters the race while 4G is still in the paddock

Author: Ricardo Tavares
Published: 2014-03-10

Several years ago, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), a UN body for telecoms policy, released a definition of 4G which its 193 member states should have adhered to (http://www.itu.int). They didn&#39t. As a result, it is now being very careful not to say 5G. A key part of the 4G specification was minimum upload and download speeds and these are …

Political turmoil tests telecom sector: Egypt rising to meet the challenge

Author: Ricardo Tavares
Published:

How do political-economic crises affect the telecommunications sector? We take a look at Egypt. Egypt's telecommunications market showed a strong demand for mobile broadband access throughout the crisis that followed former President Hosni Mubarak's overthrow. Unique subscribers' numbers remained static, but demand for broadband skyrocketed with strong 3G HSPA growth. Egypt's political crisis drove the economy to its knees. But …