Appetite for small cells being held back by technical issues, claims report

Difficulties in project management, technical issues and negotiations with partners are among the factors that operators believe will lead to a slow rollout of small cells, new research has found.

The report, which was commissioned by Amdocs and written by Real Wireless, found that while 70 percent of operators intend to have small cells deployed by 2018, the majority of them are predicting rollout will be slow.

Scotland will have 98 percent 4G indoor coverage by 2023, claims report

4G will overtake 2G as the main source of coverage in Scotland within two years and extend to 98 percent of the population by 2023, according to a new report by Scottish government.

The report said 4G would spread "surprisingly fast" during the next few years, although it warned that there was a lack of awareness about small cells and too many barriers for the technology to help supplement next generation mobile.

M-payment tokens “need to be standardised”

The digital and m-payments technical body EMVco has called for a globally interoperable system for payment tokenisation, as it published a new technical framework for the industry.

The document is targeted at merchants, acquirers, card issuers and those interested in setting up mobile and digital payments. EMVco said the specifications would help the payments industry develop a "consistent, secure and globally interoperable environment to make digital payments when using a... smart device".

Huawei revs up Flow Engine for traffic management

Huawei has launched what it is calling the first SDN traffic optimisation engine for carrier-grade networks, which it said can improve network throughput by up to 60 percent.

The Flow Engine has been trialled with several operators and is part of the vendor's wider cloud-based SoftCOM strategy. Huawei's proprietary algorithm suite uses the likes of graph transformation, linear programming decomposition and matrix reduction to reduce the time it takes to make traffic management decisions on carrier grade networks to seconds.

Ingenico launches m-payment solution

Payment solutions vendor Ingenico has signed a deal with PayEx to deliver an m-payment solution in the Nordic region.

The payment on-the-go solution, dubbed iSMP, has been jointly developed with PayEx’s POS supplier, OpenSolution Nordic.

Deutsche Telekom adds to security portfolio with specialist apps

Deutsche Telekom has launched new security products for Android and Firefox devices, including a cloud-based encryption app that conceals voice and texts.

The Germany-based operator is pre-installing an Android app on devices in its German, Croat, Hungarian and Greek markets for free. The app is designed to protect against malware, phishing, privacy threats and loss of data in the event of theft or the smartphone going missing.

V2V technology gaining momentum in automobile market

More than two out of five cars will use vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology by 2030, as manufacturers look to use dedicated short-range communications and 4G LTE technology to manage traffic more efficiently.

New research from Frost & Sullivan found that Daimler and Volvo are expected to lead the charge, with vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) systems already gaining traction in the Netherlands, Denmark, Austria, Germany, and France.

EC urges more women to enter tech sector

The European Commission has launched a campaign to find female role models in the technology sector, after a new survey found only one in five ICT managers is female.

The EC is concerned about underrepresentation of women across various technology sectors. It found only nine percent of European app developers are female and only 19 percent of ICT managers are women, compared to 45 percent in other service sectors.

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