EncryptoTel weekly digest(12.05.19)

The growth of telecom market, the decline in demand for smartphones in North America, and blockchain for roaming

Forecast: global spending on telecommunications services and TV will exceed $ 2 trillion in 2023

Global spending on telecom services and TV in 2018 increased by 0.8% to $ 1.615 trillion, according to a forecast by IDC international consulting company. By 2023, spending will reach 2.057 trillion.

The main share of expenses comes from mobile services: in 2018 they accounted for 53.1%. In the period from 2019 to 2023, this segment will grow by 1.4% annually. Analysts predict a slowdown in the growth of expenses on mobile voice communications, but an acceleration of spending in mobile data exchange and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Fixed data channels, in particular broadband Internet access, continue to grow in all key regions. In 2018, the share of fixed access services accounted for 20.5% of global expenditures, and the average annual growth in the period from 2019 to 2023 will be 2.6%. The growth is explained by the need of users, primarily businesses, in higher-speed data transmission channels.

Experiment: Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom tested 100 Gbit / s data channel

The manufacturer of telecom equipment Ericsson and German mobile operator Deutsche Telekom have reached a new record in data transfer speed. In the service center in Athens, they managed to establish a connection with a bandwidth of more than 100 Gb / s using radio waves in the 70/80 GHz bands. This is more than 10 times higher than commercially available speed solutions on the market.

Testing was carried out to transfer data at a distance of 1 km using the so-called “MIMO” technology (multiple input and multiple output).

The tests took place in the middle of April 2019, and speeds above 100 Gbit / s were consistently achieved, with peaks up to 140 Gbit / s, and average reaching 100 Gbit / s with a probability higher than 99.995%.

Report: Shipments of smartphones in North America dropped to five-year low in Q1

The interest of North Americans in smartphones continues to decline. According to Canalys, shipments of smartphones fell by 18% to 36.4 million units in Q1 2019

Apple’s smartphone shipments declined by 19% year-on-year to 14.6 million units, although the American manufacturer continues to occupy a leading position in the market in terms of volume, second only to Samsung, whose share in the first quarter was estimated at 29.3%. It is curious that the supply of Samsung, on the contrary, increased by 3% to 10.7 million units.

Analysts attribute the fall to the unsuccessful launch of new Apple models on the market.

The most popular smartphone models in North America in the first quarter were iPhone XR (share 13%), Galaxy S10 + (6%) and Galaxy S10e (6%).

IBM tested blockchain roaming solution

The international IT giant IBM, in collaboration with Syniverse, has created a solution based on distributed technology that will help mobile operators in different countries to exchange data faster and more efficiently as part of roaming agreements.

As a rule, roaming billing is accompanied by the need to resolve various disputes, but transparent data exchange should reduce their number and duration. The Unified Data Record System (UDR) uses smart contracts that help create, verify, and view all agreements with partners. Each time a call is made, it contains detailed information about the duration and start of the call, as well as the number dialed.

The new solution was tested by mobile operators MTS (Russia) and Orange. According to the Russian telecom operator, the blockchain solution has helped to improve the efficiency of clearing and settlement systems.

EncryptoTel: work in progress

The development team of EncryptoTel, a virtual PBX with a high degree of confidentiality, spent the previous week in testing and improving the work of several system modules. We have also fixed a few minor bugs that were discovered affecting the registration process for new users.

Our team has also begun working on a new large-scale task — creating a convenient and intuitive user interface for the contact list and call book. To make communication simple, fast, convenient and to reduce the time needed to find the necessary information — these are our main priorities.

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