Demonstrating neutral-host urban NaaS solutions for the Mumbai Suburban Railway

05 December 2022

The challenge of densification

More than 700 million people living in cities across India depend on their smartphones to connect to the internet for work, leisure, education, medical support and more.
In recent years, mobile data usage has exploded in India’s urban centres: in 2021, demand for 4G data increased by 31%. Currently the average consumption is 17Gb per user per month and growing. With the move to 5G, demand for data will increase at an even faster pace.

MNOs in cities usually pursue network densification efforts to support growing demand, minimize network congestion and maintain customer quality of service (QoS). However, adding new infrastructure is challenging in crowded public spaces where network capacity shortages are also increasingly common.

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Delivering high speed WiFi to 4,000 railway stations

05 December 2022

Bridging the digital divide

As part of Indian Railways’ RailWire initiative to bridge the digital divide between rural and urban parts of the country, RailTel in partnership with Tata Trusts and Tejas Networks implemented a high-speed wireless broadband solution at 4,000+ railway stations across India.

The main challenge was to provide reliable connectivity to thousands of remote stations to backhaul WiFi and other traffic. The solution needed be simple, cost-effective yet robust and scalable so that it can be easily replicated across all railway stations. The flexibility to add new services, technologies and scaling to higher capacities was also required.

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Greater cyber protection required for maritime operators

05 December 2022

The increasing reliance on wireless communications technology, and particularly the internet, across the maritime industry has had a dramatic effect on the volume of cyber-attacks that ship owners and operators are now having to face. Vessel owners incorporate connectivity at sea via very small aperture terminal (VSAT), delivering ship-board services through WiFi and ethernet, which are not necessarily secure. In the past three years alone, the number of reported attacks has increased by 900% and is set to continue on an upward trajectory for the foreseeable future. With the average cost of an attack measured in millions of dollars, cybersecurity has now become the top-ranked serious business risk globally according to the Allianz Risk Barometer.

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GSMA elects 2023-2024 board

07 November 2022

The GSMA has elected new members of the board of directors for a two-year term beginning 1 January 2023 through 31 December 2024.

The GSMA Board has also elected José María Álvarez-Pallete López CEO of Telefónica Group, as chair, and Gopal Vittal, CEO of Bharti Airtel Group as deputy chair. 

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