3G is dead: What next for product designers?

Whether you are imminently bringing out a new Internet of Things (IoT) product or have heard the rumours about 3G switch-off, it is a pivotal time in wireless networks. With 5G on the horizon and 2G beginning to close down, choosing the right technology to future-proof devices is a real challenge, says Dunstan Power, director

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Skyworks collaborates with MediaTek on innovative 5G platform

Skyworks Solutions, Inc., an innovator of high performance analog semiconductors connecting people, places and things, announced that MediaTek, a global fabless semiconductor company that enables 1.5 billion connected devices a year, is utilising its Sky5 suite for their new 5G reference platforms.

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Vodafone grants global certification to u-blox LTE Cat 1 module with 2G fallback

u‑blox, a global provider of positioning and wireless communication technologies, announced that Vodafone certified its multi-mode LTE Cat 1 LARA-R211 module with 2G fallback for global usage over its mobile networks.

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Round Solutions and 1NCE partnership to combine IoT connectivity, services and devices

1NCE, the provider of a revolutionary connectivity offering for IoT that enables IoT applications and services to access connectivity on a buy once, flat rate fee for ten years, has announced a new partnership with Round Solutions, a German based provider and a developer of IoT and M2M devices that also provides connectivity and consultancy

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u-blox introduces LTE Cat M1 and NB-IoT multimode module with quad band 2G fallback

u-blox, a provider in wireless and positioning modules and chips, announced the SARA-R412M, an LTE Cat M1, NB-IoT, and quad band 2G (EGPRS) module with worldwide coverage. Measuring just 16 x 26 mm, the module is the world’s smallest to provide both LTE and quad band EGPRS support in a single design.

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Sierra Wireless AirPrime modules certified on T-Mobile’s NB-IoT network

Sierra Wireless, the provider of fully integrated device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), announced that Sierra Wireless AirPrime® WP77 embedded wireless modules are now certified to operate on T-Mobile’s NB-IoT network, which is live in Las Vegas and will be nationwide mid-year.

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In IoT size matters, today more than ever

As IoT and other consumer devices such as wearables shrink to meet a “right-sized” form factor for a variety of applications, the size of the components that go inside increasingly becoming an issue for device manufacturers. So says Dermot O’Shea, Co-CEO of Taoglas.

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5G to account for 40% of wireless network infrastructure spending by 2025, says SNS Research

SNS Research‘s latest report package indicates that 5G networks will account for more than 40% of all wireless network infrastructure spending by the end of 2025.

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Ercogener builds EMEA’s first Industry 4.0 modem using u‑blox LTE Cat M1 cellular technology

u‑blox, a global provider in wireless and positioning modules and chips, is pleased to announce that ercogener, a global provider in industrial modems, has developed its first Industry 4.0 modem using u‑blox LTE Cat M1 cellular technology.

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Gemalto launches ‘all-in-one’ IoT module with global LTE connectivity

Gemalto, a provider of digital security, is expanding Industrial IoT connectivity with a significant breakthrough in wireless engineering – the industry’s first IoT module to provide global connectivity on 12 LTE bands plus, 3G and 2G cellular coverage all from a single device. This greatly simplifies logistics and distribution and lowers the cost of global IoT

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Software radio reconfiguration enables upgrades to in-vehicle and IoT radio systems

Most new cars sold today offer connectivity as a feature, whether standard or optional. Customers expect their navigation systems to be connected, to download real time traffic information and map updates.

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Berg Insight says pure-play PLC smart meter shipments in Europe will peak in 2017

Annual shipments of smart electricity metres in Europe will grow by 71% in 2017 to reach 23.1 million units, according to a new research report from the M2M/IoT analyst firm Berg Insight. Growth is driven by accelerating deployments in France, Italy and the UK that coincide with the final phase of the nationwide rollout in

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Orange launches ‘Live Booster’ programme to accelerate the adoption of cellular connectivity for object makers

As part of Orange’s Essentials2020 strategy to diversify and succeed in the field of connected objects, Orange announces the launch of a new programme to ease and accelerate the adoption of cellular connectivity for object makers.

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Two u-blox LTE Cat 1 modules now available on T-Mobile’s US 4G LTE network for IoT Access Packs

u-blox, a global provider of wireless and positioning modules and chips, announced PTCRB certification of its TOBY-R202 and TOBY-R200 LTE Cat 1 modules for T-Mobile‘s US 4G LTE network.

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Operational excellence that addresses scalability and security provides the platform for IoT differentiation

Frank Ploumen, is the chief technology officer for IoT platforms and applications at Nokia. Here, he tells George Malim, that among the many challenges facing the further development of the Internet of Things (IoT), technology is no longer the greatest. Technology and connectivity choices in particular still play a critical role – and important work

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Swiss-based u-blox acquires SIMCom cellular module product line in a deal worth US$52.5m

In an asset deal worth US$52.5 million, u-blox is acquiring the cellular modem products, R&D team and customer base of SIMCom Wireless.

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