Facebook’s plans to introduce a new cryptocurrency, called Libra, into an already busy marketplace, have sparked another debate on the potential of wider adoption of cryptocurrencies and their impact on global economies. A centralised cryptocurrency backed by an association of large multinational companies – such as Facebook, Mastercard, eBay, Vodafone, and other members of Libra
Social media sites Instagram and its parent Facebook, are tightening their content standards to restrict advertisements and posts from influencers and other users who peddle weight loss and cosmetic procedures to teenagers. Mental health experts have long been alarmed by the negative impact of social media content on women’s body images.
Mobile monthly data usage will reach an average of 9GB in Saudi Arabia by 2024, across all types of connected mobile devices including smartphones, mobile routers and machine-to-machine/Internet of Things (M2M/IoT). Saudi data usage Average mobile monthly data usage is expected to grow at an annual compound growth rate of 19% from 4GB by the
Last week a draft research paper that appeared briefly online but was then promptly withdrawn brought news that Google had achieved quantum supremacy, meaning its computers had performed calculations that today’s traditional high-speed computers could not accomplish in a reasonable amount of time.
The well-established promise of a digital future for society is welcomed by most people and businesses, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t accompanied by a certain level of confusion and concern.
After six years of development and debate, US mobile operators and a host of companies that have never before competed in the wireless market will have the opportunity to deploy a wireless service in what is known as the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) 3.5 GHz band.
Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei made headlines recently by indicating he may be willing to sell his 5G intellectual property to Western vendors.
Alibaba Cloud kicked-off its 10th-anniversary conference in Hangzhou, China with a commitment to working with customers to drive innovation, while also extending the success of its China strategy to other geographical markets. In particular, Alibaba is intent on establishing its leadership in other markets in the Asia Pacific region, including Indonesia, the world’s third most
Someone attending 5G Asia last week, which was held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo Centre in Singapore, suggested that: “It is clear that 5G will mean something very different to the world than 4G LTE.” The defining attributes of the Long Term Evolution (LTE) era are bringing mobile video to the masses and bringing
In what has been recognised as arguably the largest and most important renewable energy deal in modern history, US tech giant Google has signed off on 18 separate solar and wind power contracts.
Americas is the largest and most mature subscription video on demand (SVoD) market worldwide, however, it is also very heterogeneous with the countries showing very different adoption and competition: North America is expected to account for an estimated 71.4% of the total subscriptions in the region as of year-end 2019, while for Latin America is
The UK government aims to build a full-fibre network connecting 15 million premises by 2025 and to deliver nationwide fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) by 2033. It plans to do this by promoting investment and encouraging a competitive environment for fibre deployment and infrastructure.
Mobile operator Three UK showcased its 5G strategy during the 5G City Tour (#5GGearUp) recently.
Early forecasts for the IoT suggested that there would be 50 billion global devices connected by 2020, but in reality we have only reached about 2 billion.
According to plans for the “digital economy of the Russian Federation”, the government aims to have reliable 5G communication in all the major cities of Russia by 2024. In line with this plan, five major Russian telecom operators are planning on launching 5G commercially in 2020.
US cable company Comcast has acquired Dutch company Metrological, whose cloud-based application platform integrates over-the-top content into the pay-TV experience. Comcast’s move highlights the growing opportunity for carriers to create go-to hubs for customers who want all their content collected in one place.
Pay-TV household penetration in Mexico will reach 56.9% by year-end 2019, the second-highest in Latin America with 17.7 percentage points above the Latin America average.
The Polish telecom regulator, UKE, is planning to auction the 3.4-3.8GHz bandwidth frequencies, which are dedicated to the construction of the 5G networks in Poland.
The Chinese smartphone manufacturer OnePlus Technology is making inroads into the US market over other Chinese rivals who are struggling to gain entry. OnePlus benefits from a small product line that allows it to streamline its resources to offer better support.
Between October and December 2019 the BBC and ITV will launch their new subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service, BritBox, across the UK.
In its early days, when IT was overly fond of technical jargon, magazine features and advertisements were overflowing with terms such as “megabytes per second” and “POSIX compliance”, much to the delight IT practitioners.
As concerns over data privacy, IT and network security continue to grow, a recent survey of information security professionals shows a growing demand for tighter security regulations.
Infrastructure giant VMware is feeling the pinch from application modernisation technology’s biggest threat, Kubernetes.
This year has already seen more than 14 telcos launch commercial 5G services globally, with launches concentrated in the US, Western Europe, developed Asia and the Persian Gulf.
In February 2019, Telkom Kenya and Airtel Kenya announced plans to merge their Kenya telecom services into a joint venture to be called Airtel-Telkom.
The European Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) market is highly competitive, with an increasing number of global and local players competing for market share. Securing the right content is a key element for companies looking to succeed in the over-the-top (OTT) video space.
Software manufacturers are leaping on the idea of containerisation as a quick route to true cross-cloud compatibility; however, enterprise buyers need to be aware that there is a huge difference between compatibility and capability.
In the realm of AI, Huawei is readying itself to go head to head with global leaders, including Google and Amazon.
Netflix has established itself as the global leader in online video streaming.
A new privacy regulation similar to Europe’s Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is looming for companies doing business in California, as that state’s Consumer Privacy Act takes effect at the beginning of 2020.