Q&A

Q&A: Simon Fletcher, CTO, Real Wireless

01 July 2021

Simon Fletcher, CTO, Real Wireless

Simon Fletcher, CTO, Real Wireless

What was your big career break?

I think in terms of establishing my career, my entry to the international technology arena came when I was thrust into the front line of creating the joint venture between NEC and Siemens to create the first global market platform for 3G. For a number of years, it was the market-leading platform for 3G products. It really shaped my philosophy for how projects of similar scale should be approached and how large corporations through strategic collaboration can effectively compete in an early adopters market. 

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Fixed wireless access

Fixed wireless access and Wi-Fi on the move

11 May 2021

Wherever you live, the average broadband speed requirement continues to rise and fibre access is arguably still the go-to option. It makes complete sense, when one considers its high bandwidth performance, low latency and maintenance, as well as durability.

Of course, copper and fibre deployment for better broadband service is not always an upgrade option. Reasons include the fact that municipal regulations can make fibre trenching prohibitive, lower population densities in rural markets often harm the fibre business case return on investment (ROI), while buildings or things of natural beauty may prevent the installation of fibre regardless of how much money has been made available.

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Satellite

Shaping the future of satcoms

11 May 2021

Satellite has attracted many favourable column inches of late. From Starlink, SpaceX’s much-hyped satellite internet service to China’s mission to dominate space internet, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the technology is going through a renaissance. Indeed, the opportunities afforded by this method of communication is moving at speed in military and defence applications and broadband IP services, to name a few. However, the challenge has been that these advancements have coincided with performance gains enjoyed by other telecommunications systems.

So, with satellite having long been viewed as a technology belonging to a different era, is it  going to be playing catch up for a long time?

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5G

5G: where were we?

10 February 2021

Prior to the global pandemic that is Covid-19 indiscriminately pulled the rug from under the world’s economies, we were heralding the arrival of 5G. Since then, governments in Asia and the rest of the world have, quite rightly, been more focused on keeping their populations alive than investing in a new technology.

Now, a year on from the first-known cases, vaccines have been developed and the future looks a lot less bleak. It’s also time to get back to “normal” and  find out how 5G has progressed…or not. Sanjeev Verma, chief executive officer at core network product vendor Squire Technologies, says “5G was well on its way in southeast Asia prior to Covid-19 taking a firm grip on proceedings and disrupting pretty much every industry on the planet”, including telecoms and the burgeoning 5G market.

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