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24 million 5G SIM connections to drive £2.88 billion revenue in UK by 2022


The UK is set to have around 22 million 5G SIM connections and 2 million 5G SIM machine to machine (M2M) mobile connections by 2022, driving up to £2.8 billion in revenue. This is according to new analysis from Netscribes.

The Global 5G Markets (2020-2025) report forecasts that the worldwide 5G market will grow at an overall compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 97% and will be worth $251 billion (£177.3 billion) by 2025.

Devashish Nabhi of Netscribes told 5G.co.uk: “In the UK, the revenue from 5G services is expected to increase. The UK is expected to have approximately 22 million 5G SIM connections and approximately 2 million 5G SIM M2M mobile connections by 2022. The revenue generated from 5G SIM mobile connections is expected to reach nearly $4 billion (£2.8 billion), while the revenue from SIM M2M mobile connections is expected to reach approximately $0.09 billion (0.06 billion).”

Nabhi added: “Major drivers for the UK region would be the rising demand for a faster mobile broadband experience to support more connected devices.”

However, Nabhi noted that “declining average revenue per user (ARPU) has also been witnessed” in the UK. A 2017 report from Ofcom, based on operator data, found that the average revenue per user (ARPU) in 2015 was £16 per month, a 32% fall compared to 2005. At the same time, the data use per mobile SIM increased year on year by around two-thirds to 0.9 GB (1.3GB in 2016). Adoption of 5G could exacerbate this further. Recent research from Ericsson found that 26% of consumers envisage that 5G will be much faster than 4G and they also anticipate that it will offer better coverage. However, 13% also expect to get all this and see their plan price drop.

Socio-economic transformation

As well as “making way for a globally connected digital society”, 5G networks will also bring about “socio-economic transformation”, according to the analysis from Netscribes. The technology could increase productivity, sustainability and well-being, the research finds.

5G is expected to address demand for advanced applications such as 4K/8K video streaming, augmented reality, autonomous vehicles, remote healthcare, connected factories and more.

Getting there

Despite the promised benefits of 5G, adoption will not be immediate and mobile 4G LTE will dominate in terms of volume for at least the next ten years, Netscribes researchers say.

The report highlights that clear business regulations and well-defined standards will be essential to reaping the rewards of 5G. The analysis also outlines key challenges ahead, including inadequate spectrum and lack of infrastructure. These issues are particularly acute for developing countries, Netscribes finds.

The full report can be found here : The Global 5G Markets (2020-2025) 

Source: Sarah Wray-5G.co.uk

Mobile technology will nurse the NHS back to health

Mobile technology will nurse the NHS back to health

Smartphone technology could help nurses spend more time with patients and improve the quality of healthcare on the NHS


Nurse Using Mobile Phone At Nurses Station

A smart nurse call system that can send patient alerts or lab results directly to the phone or tablet of the closest, most appropriately qualified member of staff. Photograph: Alamy

Overhauls, strategic changes, new objectives: the NHS is no stranger to grand claims and plans about the future of healthcare. However, all too often these plans are political footballs, doing little to improve day-to-day patient care or the working lives of frontline healthcare professionals.

We all know that in the face of budget cuts and rising admissions, NHS professionals at every level are under pressure to do more with less. While change in the NHS is no easy task, investment targeted in the right areas provides huge opportunities to increase efficiency, reduce costs and improve patient care. One recent initiative, the NHS Nursing Technology Fund, has provided some hope for those at the frontline of health services.

A recent freedom of information request submitted to NHS trusts across England highlighted that, despite the pledge to create a “paperless NHS” by 2018, two-thirds of nurses and medical staff continue to rely on handwritten notes and corridor conversations to communicate vital patient information. Another survey of NHS staff recently found that, although 37% of those surveyed did not have access to a Wi-Fi network installed at work, 66% felt that this would improve their ability to provide good quality care.

This system of pagers, fixed terminals and handwritten notes draws nurses away from patients. But sophisticated mobile communication technology could turn the situation around, allowing nurses to effectively be at their patients’ bedsides whenever required. Technology can identify new ways to reduce administration and speed up decision-making, knowledge transfer, delegation and equipment finding. The right tech means nurses can spend more time with patients, improving the quality of care they can provide.

The key is to take advantage of opportunities such as the Nursing Technology Fund to adopt technology that makes it easier to communicate and share information on the move. Nursing is clearly not a sedentary role. If nurses are equipped with devices and tools that allow them to quickly input data, contact colleagues or respond to patients, they’ll be free to focus their attention where and when it is needed most.

Consider three simple capabilities that could run on a mobile device and improve the lives of clinical staff and patients alike:

• A smart nurse call system that can send patient alerts or lab results directly to the phone of the closest, most appropriately qualified member of staff. This means that nurses can respond to patients’ needs immediately without necessarily having to walk back to their room. The result? Peace of mind and a comprehensive view of activity on the ward.

• Barcode scanning would help ensure the right medicine is being given to the right patient or that the right person has turned up for surgery accompanied by the right paperwork. By using a device equipped with a scanner nurses can be rapidly assured that no errors have been made.

• Geo-location of vital equipment could save hours of wasted time searching the hospital and ensure essential pieces of kit are well distributed across wards. Wheelchairs, medical devices, even beds can be easily fitted with RFID tags and then identified with a mobile device, allowing nurses to find what they need quickly and easily.

• Static technology, no matter where it is located, will create delays. Short periods of time spent walking to an information source add up if repeated over the course of a long shift.

However, when we talk mobile devices we don’t mean consumer-grade smartphones and tablets. A day in a ward or in A&E will quickly demonstrate that these flashy bits of equipment aren’t cut out for serious work. In a demanding hospital environment, smartphones will be prone to breakages, water damage from chemical cleansers, drained batteries and network blackspots – leading to inconvenience, expensive repairs and an extremely high cost of ownership. More seriously, we saw recently that smartphones pose a hygiene risk, potentially spreading viruses like MRSA.

The NHS needs to invest in purpose-built, smart mobile communication devices if it is to improve patient experiences, nurse satisfaction and hospital efficiency. And with £70m of the Nursing Technology Fund still to be distributed, the means are finally available to make a difference.

Simon Watson is director at Spectralink

Source: The Guardian

Renault and Orange join forces to explore uses for 4G on future vehicles

The partnership provides Renault and Orange with a real-life testing framework for exploring new connectivity applications on vehicles using high-speed technologies.

Tomorrow’s vehicles will be hyper-connected. Everywhere, where driving circumstances permit, motorists will be able to access their professional and personal digital worlds from their vehicles in complete safety. To prepare for that future, Renault and Orange have joined forces as part of a research project on testing the automotive uses of very-high-speed, 4G/LTE (Long Term Evolution) connectivity.

Under the partnership, Orange has rolled out 4G in advance at Renault’s research and testing facilities. The aim is to enable both partners’ teams to test in real-life situations the uses enabled by very-high-speed mobile technology, ranging from virtual office and cloud gaming to video conferencing. An initial test is underway on the NEXT TWO prototype based on Renault ZOE and to be presented on the Renault stand at the upcoming Le Web’13 conference.

Commenting, Rémi Bastien, Head of Engineering Innovation at Renault, said: “This partnership is an example of an effective working relationship between two very different worlds. We were able to benefit ahead of time from a high-speed LTE network and from Orange’s expertise, with an opportunity to take advantage of the network for our prototype of the connected vehicle of the future.

Nathalie Leboucher, Head of the Smart Cities Program at Orange, said: “We are delighted to provide Renault with the unrivalled performance of our 4G network and thereby contribute to the development of new web-mobility uses and services for the vehicles of the future. Connected cars make travelling more efficient through communicating services and stand as a major development priority in Orange’s strategy”.

Connected vehicles are already a reality. With R-Link, Renault brings its customers an integrated and connected touch tablet rated by the SBD firm as Europe’s user-friendliest multimedia system. R-Link, available on most Renault range models, already features nearly 100 apps. Connectivity-wise, the R-Link system relies on the know-how of Orange Business Services, which supplies all the SIM M2M cards used on board equipped Renault cars.

Source: Renault