5G and Wi-Fi is on the back burner for the UK’s railways.
In light of much higher than expected costs and general market apathy towards the project, the UK Government has announced it is to scrap part of its £35 million trial of 5G-based mobile and fixed line fibre technology along the Trans Pennine rail route. With support from the Department for Culture Media and Science (DCMS) the line, which connects Manchester and York, had been selected as a trial area for new trackside wireless systems.
If it’s a ‘safe space’ you’re looking for, the world of business is probably best avoided. Nothing here stays tranquil for long. However quickly a business model can be established, you can be reasonably certain that something will soon come along to turn it on its head.
At no point in history has that been more true than it is today. The technological revolution is churning out innovations and solutions at a dizzying rate. For some businesses, these new technologies deal a hammer blow (think Blockbuster, HMV, Nokia). For others, if they can adapt to the potential of they offer, it can revolutionise how they operate.
Whatever various individual pursuits a business is undertaking, ultimately, they are all part of the same, broader pursuit; the pursuit of continuous improvement. Profits, customer service, employee engagement, supplier relationships, IT infrastructures, for a company to thrive each element of the business must always be subject to analysis of how improvements can be made. One of the many upshots of continuous improvement is enhanced stakeholder loyalty, an essential component of any business model.
“Do I hear rural coverage?”: Bidding has begun for the latest chunk of the UK’s airwaves as 5G starts to move, but what will ‘coverage’ actually mean?
Brexit. Or the ‘B-Word’ as it is becoming more commonly known, given its capacity to fracture friendships, induce hysterical newspaper reporting, and see polite dinner parties descend into finger-jabbing and Vol-Au-Vent throwing. It seems these days the ‘B-Word’ has developed a certain omnipresence, it has become the lens through which we must view all issues surrounding British politics and commerce. Hated, adored, it can’t be ignored. More so since a date for our exit was slapped on the ring-binder.
The UK MVNO market is an ever-evolving landscape. The struggle for market share is played out by the Titans of Virgin and Tesco Mobile, and the plucky new-starts like Delight Mobile. However, as the curtain was drawing on 2017, a new player entered the game. A first for the UK MVNO arena, a red flag with five yellow stars was driven into the Telecoms turf.
China had arrived.
CES 2018: 5G making waves in more ways than one…
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is one of the most hotly anticipated annual technology extravaganzas on the planet. Hosted in Las Vegas (because, obviously), it boasts an array of industry specialists from all the global tech blue-chips, and features demonstrations of some of the most cutting-edge technological innovations. If the year ahead is the movie about which technologies will shape our lives, the CES is the trailer.
So-called ‘next generation’ technologies have been impacting the business world for a number of years now. We take a look at the state of play in this snapshot infographic.
The Future Just Arrived… and you’ll be Wearing it on Your Feet
In one of the most iconic moments in modern cinema, Marty McFly, played by the legendary Michael J. Fox, in Back to the Future 2, squats to adjust a pair of Nike trainers he’s procured from the imagined 2015 he finds himself in.
Delighting audiences at the time the trainers self-adjust and the Nike logo is displayed, moving on an LED strip which runs across the tongue. It took 26 years but in the Spring of 2016 Nike revealed the Nike Mag, a self-adjusting trainer replete with glowing LED branding.