• Virtualisation, automation and network slicing increasing operators’ focus

    In a first survey of broadband and mobile network operators around the globe, network test, monitoring and assurance solutions provider Viavi has revealed an industry where despite substantial increases in traffic, current networks in large part met the global challenges created by the pandemic.

    The 2021 Network test survey explored insights into how the pandemic and other trends are shaping test and assurance priorities in 2021 and beyond. Data was compiled from a survey answered by the Technology Innovation Council (TIC), a research initiative enabling telecommunications service provider executives to provide insight into global business and technology trends.

    The TIC

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  • NEC announces 3x MIMO capacity gain for mmWave 5G CPE

    One of the key elements that will drive 5G mmWave adoption during 2021 will be the availability of appropriate customer premises equipment (CPE) and in what will be a boost to the market, NEC has unveiled distributed-MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) technology, which it says offers about three times the number of simultaneous connections and transmission capacity compared with other MIMO systems.

    NEC said the new technology demonstrated multiple highly stable simultaneous terminal connections and transmission capacity in a real office environment through distributed-MIMO – in which a large number of antennas are distributed rather than being placed in a

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  • Vodafone unveils ‘instant’ Wi-Fi

    Vodafone has launched Gigacube B818, a wireless mobile router for consumers and businesses that turns the operator’s 4G network into a Wi-Fi network.

    The device is being marketed as a flexible alternative to “standard broadband” that allows customers to benefit from high-speed internet access in areas without fixed-line broadband. Connecting up to 64 devices, the Gigacube B818 is said to be “perfect” for busy digital households and small businesses.

    Capable of handling maximum speeds of up to 1.6Gbps download and 150Mbps upload, the device has a Wi-Fi range of 250 metres and can offer

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  • BT connects Dutch diplomatic missions

    BT has signed a contract with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs to provide communication services to its embassies and consulates in 120 countries. The telco will provide the ministry with WAN, LAN and wireless LAN services.

    BT’s global SD-WAN (software-defined wide area network) services were launched in November 2020. The cloud-optimised managed network services are designed to expand multinational customers’ choice of software-based connectivity systems. They can be managed or co-managed remotely by the company on its new digital service platform, giving customers a single view of their entire network and a

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  • Optus taps Nokia for 5G tech to enhance stadium experiences

    Of all the use cases for 5G, improving in-stadium experiences with next-generation networks has stood out, with operators around the world, especially in Australia, seeing the huge potential benefits. In the latest example of this, Nokia has fitted out 5G services at the Optus Stadium in Perth on behalf of the local operator that has naming rights to the arena.

    Nokia sees great potential for its 5G offerings to help deliver enhanced stadium user experiences. It says the next generation’s inherent low-latency, high-bandwidth connectivity can enable spectators to stream ultra HD video from their smartphones with different camera angles in

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  • Digital knowledge must be integral part of Dutch police training

    Dutch police need a roadmap to keep officers up to date with the latest digital developments, according to the independent Cybersafety Research Group of the NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences in Leeuwarden, Netherlands.

    Researchers said the organisation needs to map out what digital knowledge it expects from its staff, and they emphasised the importance of digital as an integrated part of daily police practice, rather than something that happens alongside regular police work.

    Cyber crime and crime with a digital component are now so prevalent that the police can no longer leave these matters to cyber specialists, said the

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