What’s Driving the Telecom Industry’s Urge to Merge?

Competition within the telecommunications industry is fueling mergers and acquisitions, albeit at a slower pace than in years past. There were 269 telecom mergers in 2015, down 11.5 percent from the 304 mergers that took place in 2014 and off 20 percent from the 339 in 2013. Since the start of 2010, the industry has seen more than 2,400 M&A transactions. The number of telecom players is dwindling, but industry consolidation is still robust between mobile and fixed line/cable operators, resulting in bigger players occupying more dominant positions.

Connectivity Challenges in Smart Textiles

Nick Langston, Jr., TE Connectivity, Menlo Park, Calif

Microwave Journal

In the emerging, amorphous Internet of Things (IoT), we find many expressions of technology: smart home, connected car, even the smart factory.

5G Opportunities and Challenges for the Microwave Industry

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Given that 5G is still in its infancy, work also remains relative to channel modeling, radio architecture definition and chipset development before the first commercial systems will be deployed. However, there are certain trends and requirements already agreed upon and problems to be solved that will lead to final 5G systems. Let’s consider 5G access systems at microwave and millimeter wave frequencies. One of the major hurdles in implementing radio access at microwave frequencies is overcoming the unfavorable propagation characteristics.

Wireless Infrastructure Market View: Waiting for China to Come Back

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Figure 1 Trend in base station shipments by region, normalized to 2011. 2015 shipments are estimated. Source: EJL Wireless.

How can telecom operators make up for being 10 years behind e-commerce?

Analytics, predictions, recommendations and customisation are some of the innovations used in e-commerce since the 1990s to sell the right service to the right customer.

Some VOD players in the telecom market have understood the importance of investing in recommendations, and are slowly gaining credibility in the market. In such a market where churn is a crucial stake, operators must look to the latest technologies and state-of-the-art knowledge to defend their market share, and even appropriate some from their competitors.

KORE Acquires Wyless: Connectivity for IoT Takes Centre Stage

Beecham's Duke-Woolley provides comment on this week's announcement from KORE

KORE’s announcement today of its acquisition of Wyless has been a while in the making, but is hugely significant now it is here. The combined business will have considerably more direct M2M connections than most Mobile Network Operator (MNO) M2M business units worldwide and will be the largest independent M2M network provider worldwide, certainly in terms of revenue. Among other statistics, the combined company has more than 350 staff, a customer base of more than 3,000 B2B companies globally and over 6m direct M2M connections that are significantly revenue generating.

How Buyers Evaluate On-Premises vs. Hosted Phone Systems

The debate focused around which phone system deployment method is preferred, a hosted PBX (also known as a cloud-based solution) or on-premises, has been building for years. With the rise of software-as-a-service (SaaS) options and more companies considering them, the argument of hosted versus on-premises has become more intense.  

Big Data in Wireless: Opportunities in Social and Detection Sensor Systems

Despite having been around for more than a decade, only now is NFC beginning to make a serious assault on the marketing industry

What is detection? Within the context of this report, detection is defined as systems solutions and applications whose purpose is to gather data that is of an unstructured nature. In other words, detection systems in this context are those systems and solutions facilitate aggregation of Big Data. Detection systems include sensors, presence and location systems. Sensors exist within consumer sector as well as industry. Presence falls within the realm of telecommunications and general ICT systems.

The FCC’s Broadband Progress, a Ways Yet to Go

Regulators release second report based on a controversial 25 Mbps threshold

In late January, the Federal Communications Commission voted on a Broadband Progress Report, which once again reaches the erroneous conclusion that the United States is not making reasonable and timely progress toward deploying “advanced telecommunications capability” (a.k.a. broadband). The report’s conclusions rest on a highly strained reading of the evidence, and do not conform to the statutorily-directed purpose of the report.

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