Capacity Voice

14 Sep 2016

5G in 5 years?

A phenomenon has developed at telecoms industry events in 2016: the miniature city. I first noticed this earlier this year around the time that news from Mobile World Congress was dominating the technology media. Amongst the inevitable virtual reality headsets and superfast new mobile handsets, I observed the sheer number of model cities and sports stadiums that littered the show’s exhibition floors in the images from the show floor that I saw.

01 Sep 2016

Progress through power – removing latency as a satellite broadband concern

In the satellite communications world, latency is one instance where bigger never means better. Simply put, the less time a data packet takes to travel from the source, to the server, and back again, the happier everyone will be. Latency itself has somewhat been a dirty word – as even on the most technically advanced geostationary (GEO) satellites, the 22,500 mile distance from Earth to the satellite gives latency of around 700 milliseconds (ms). LEO, or low earth orbit, satellites face the same latency issues but, as these satellites are lower to the Earth and have shorter distances to travel, their latency numbers are closer to around 60 - 100ms.

31 Aug 2016

Ofcom: promoting investment and competition in fibre

In its digital strategy review, Ofcom set out to determine the best framework for accelerating fibre investment in the UK – an area where we are increasingly falling behind our continental neighbours (and even more so vis-à-vis countries in Asia).

30 Aug 2016

How liquid infrastructure will unlock tomorrow’s digital economy

Technology is continuing to play a major role in all aspects of business – shifting from what once was an operational support function, to shaping product and service delivery, customer interaction and business transformation. As such, the stakes – driven by the needs of the new digital economy – keep getting higher and IT is under constant pressure to adapt and improve.

29 Jun 2016

VoLTE Deployments – the truth behind the delay

VoLTE has been one of the most highly anticipated network features of recent years, with expectations that roll-outs would have already been completed by now. Unfortunately there are still very few market deployments on what is now a three year old standard. So what really is the truth behind the delay?

26 Apr 2016

Plotting a new world of communications with WebRTC

The internet as we know it will be almost unrecognisable within the next five years, as the rate of technology change continues to accelerate exponentially.

20 Apr 2016

Lonely role of a telco CEO

It’s lonely at the top: “Do people come up to you at parties and tell you their broadband speed?” I asked Gavin Patterson, the chief executive of BT Group. “Oh yes,” he said, and rolled his eyes.

14 Mar 2016

Zero-based budgeting

Like lobsters in a kitchen who wonder what that big pan of boiling water is for, many service providers with large enterprise business contracts may have noticed recent news about more organisations adopting zero-based budgeting (ZBB).

22 Feb 2016

2015 in Review: The year that fintech hit form

What a difference 12 months can make. Industry conversations at 2014’s Mobey Day (Mobey Forum’s annual open conference for all mobile money stakeholders) told of an industry undergoing major disruption. Just 12 months later toward the end of 2015, the industry vibe had changed almost beyond recognition, particularly in the mobile payments arena. Consternation, hesitancy and all-out frustration had given way to optimism. Last year’s disruptions have become this year’s tools of liberation, enabling banks, finally, to make progress.