A new survey from YouGov, which was commissioned by Cobham Wireless, has revealed that British adults would rather connect to the internet on trains via a 3G or 4G mobile data network (51%) than public WiFi (36%), yet only 33% of passengers felt that the mobile signal was good enough.
Cobham Wireless, providers of mobile communications systems, reports that commuters are frustrated with the state of mobile signal reception on train journeys up and down the UK. Results of a national online survey indicate that 52% of passengers are prevented from working some of the time during their commute, potentially stopping them from being able to check emails, stay in touch with clients and colleagues or access files remotely.
Two thirds of Britons say mobile phone coverage on commuter trains is so bad they cannot connect to the internet when they travel, while over half say poor and unreliable coverage makes their daily commute frustrating.
Latin America’s ongoing struggle to achieve the same prosperity as its northern neighbour continues to be a difficult one, with 2016 seeing the region’s third lowest growth in 30 years. Despite a young population (when compared to Europe and North America), the IMF predicts the region to grow at a modest rate of 2.6 per cent from 2019 onward in the medium term.
There are two sides of 5G test. First, there are the test providers that are providing systems right now to aid 5G R&D in labs and field trials. These test providers are being tasked to come up with simulators and analysers that can support much greater bandwidth across a much greater range of frequencies, and that can enable manufacturers to test the operation of new advanced antenna technologies such as beam-forming and massive MIMO.
In April this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially opened India’s longest road tunnel. Located in Jammu and Kashmir and spanning 9.28 Km, the Chennai-Nashri tunnel links cities of Jammu and Srinagar, reducing the usual travel distance by 30 Km, and cutting the commute by two hours.
However, these incidents beg the question: are telcos doing enough in terms of their cybersecurity strategies to keep up with the pace of hackers? They are, after all, just as susceptible as any other organisation in theory, and are responsible for millions of customers that could be affected. This wave of ransomware, particularly the attacks on Telefónica and Canada Bell, should serve as a humbling reminder for telcos worldwide.
Cobham Wireless has launched TeraVM LaaS (Lab-as-a-Service) for core network testing. The solution is designed to support mobile operator networks as they shift towards virtualised, NFV infrastructures.