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Our Research for 2017

5G boom or bust?

The changing tide for radio spectrum valuations

Transforming telecom with platform based business models and autonomous operations

Location, Location: The future of network real estate

A tale of two players: The hacker and the service provider

Finding the winning IoT network technology with TCO modeling

Wireless in the sky: Networking strategies for autonomous drones/UAVs

IoT identity management and cryptography

The rise of augmented reality

...Tolaga in the News


Low-Power IoT networks go global with a satellite backbone

The Year Begins with a Blast of 5G

Ericsson’s Financial Troubles Unlikely to Impact Cisco Partnership — Yet

Wi-Fi vs. LTE could be the start of a mobile rollercoaster

5G will need small cells, so Nokia is sending in the drones

As 5G approaches, 3G and 4G are still getting faster

Emergency responders might share their LTE network with the rest of us

From the air back to the ground -- Telecoms are returning to their roots with Gigabit internet

The next wave of cybercrime will come through your smart TV

Android on LTE brings back the possibility of "phone phreaking"

Time to get serious about big data security

MIT Technology Review: Coffee Shops and Home Routers Could Offer Nearby Phones a 4G Data Connection

Establishing an OSS strategy for SDN/NFV

Confluence of unlicensed LTE and small cells fuels mobile transformation

Invest Correctly: QUALCOMM, Inc. (QCOM) Is Looking At New System Called “MuLTEfire”

Can Wi-Fi offloading finally give the mobile Internet some breathing space?

Are carriers trying to steal Wi-Fi's spectrum? Not exactly

Better mobile UC possible with voice over LTE


Published Research


January 2017: TIA Report. 5G Operator Survey

Read the latest 5G Survey from the Telecommunications Industry Association, which was prepared by Dr Phil Marshall at Tolaga Research.

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December 2016: Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) is a bellwether for new regulation

CBRS is a bellwether for regulatory innovation, and heralds shared spectrum access as the way of the future. Success of this shared access depends on mobile and unlicensed operators to find a middle ground where both their business models can successfully operate. This will depend on number of factors including broad industry support for neutral host architectures and widespread deployments of CBRS technology.



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November 2016: Seeing through the 5G lime-light

Service providers, technology vendors and even some nation states have incentives to promote 5G. This has the potential to set a dangerous precedent for 5G and create misaligned priorities and overly optimistic expectations.
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November 2016: IOT devices compromised for DDoS attacks: How is this possible and can it be remedied?

The proliferation of insecure IoT devices is enabling massive DDoS attacks with devastating consequences. These attacks are targeting identity management vulnerabilities for which IoT device manufacturers are increasingly being held accountable.
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October 2016: Disrupting Convention and Breaking New Ground in Identity with eSIM

The humble SIM is at the epicenter of identity management for devices that connect to mobile networks. eSIM technology has been developed to reduce supply chain and service challenges with conventional SIM technology. The eSIM is disruptive to many mobile service providers, however it also creates an opportunity for service providers to fortify their strategic role in identity management.


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October 2016: 5G fuels millimeter-wave opportunities

While 5G is looking to address diverse service demands, millimeter-wave technologies are disruptive to conventional wireless broadband radio designs. Millimeter wave delivers tremendous peak data rates with technologies that disrupt many of the radio design principles that underpin conventional netowrk designs. However this does come with technical and commercial challenges that limit the use-cases for millimeter wave technologies.
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September 2016: TM Forum Perspective Report. IMS-How to manage it end to end?

Not only do communications service providers have to compete with each other, they also must compete with over-the-top (OTT) players, who are targeting both next-generation data and traditional voice and messaging services using software platforms that are much more flexible than traditional telecommunications networks. This reality is forcing network operators to transform their businesses to become platform providers themselves.

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August 2016: Navigating reliable IoT connectivity with LPWA

LPWA network technologies have been developed with unlicensed radio spectrum to enable wide area network connectivity for IoT devices. With many LPWA technologies available, enterprises end users have alternatives. However they must carefully evaluate these alternatives to ensure that their service demands are met in an optimum manner


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June 2016: Operationalizing Mass-Market Small-Cell and DAS Adoption

To address pent up demand for mobile network coverage and capacity, small-cells and DAS have benefited from tremendous technology innovation. However small-cells and DAS have seen modest market adoption. This is because of site acquisition and backhaul challenges and the macro-cellular centric operational models.


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May 2016: The Changing Face of Professional and Managed Services

Today, as network infrastructure vendors pursue professional and managed services opportunities with CSPs, they are confronted with an industry that is transforming itself to cope with unprecedented customer demands and competition from existing and emergent players.


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March 2016: Navigating the IoT Wireless WAN Connectivity Labyrinth

IoT has a vast array of Wireless WAN Connectivity solutions available, including LTE-M1, NB-IoT, Ingenu, Link Labs, M2COMM, nWave, Qowisio, Semtech (LoRa), Silver Spring, SigFox and Telensa. Consolidation is inevitable and not all these solutions are going to make it.


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March 2016: 5G Aims to be the Chameleon Technology for Wireless

5G is not just about increased bandwidth. It is also targeting ultra-low-latency, ultra-high-availability and ultra-scalable connectivity solutions. How is it achieving this? What are deployment scenarios and success factors?


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March 2016: MWC showcases mobile industry transformation

As expected, Mobile World Congress (MWC-2016) continued to lived up to its reputation as a bastion for mobile industry transformation, when over one hundred thousand delegates converged on the Fira in Barcelona for the February 22-25 event. This year there was a sense of urgency, almost desperation, as mobile industry players vie for leadership in enabling digitized consumer and enterprise services.
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November 2015: Navigating the Turbulent Seas of IoT Security

When researchers demonstrated the IoT security vulnerabilities, by remotely disabling the brakes on a Jeep Cherokee, it was a clear demonstration of IoT security concerns. Most notable is the growing number of security attack surfaces that IoT enables and the heightened vulnerabilities that are created when IoT enables convergence between Informational and Operational Technologies.


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November 2015: A Greater Role for Mobile Devices in NFV and SDN

As networks are virtualized with NFV and SDN, insufficient attention is being paid to the role of endpoint devices in enhancing virtualized service performance. Edge computing initiatives aim to push service enablement closer to the end user, however it is not enough.
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November 2015: LTE Unlicensed Fuels Enhanced Neutral Hosts

As networks are densified LTE-Unlicensed becomes a no-brainer for mobile operators to increase network performance and reliability. LTE Unlicensed is uniquely positioned at the intersection of the cellular and unlicensed worlds and has the potential to enable enhanced neutral host capabilities.


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September 2015: Driving Telecom Customer Centricity with Agility and Network Evolution

It is well understood that Communication Service Providers are coming under tremendous pressure to transform. However this transformation is challenging and is commonly in conflict with the demands of investors, established operational models and organizational structures.


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June 2015: The confluence of unlicensed LTE, small-cells and digital services fuels mobile transformation

As networks are virtualized with NFV and SDN, insufficient attention is being paid to the role of endpoint devices in enhancing virtualized service performance. Edge computing initiatives aim to push service enablement closer to the end user, however it is not enough.
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April 2015: HTTP/2 and QUIC Meets Mobile

HTTP/1.1 was published in 1997 and is now obsolete, resulting in the standardization of HTTP/2. In addition, QUIC is being introduced as an upgrade UDP. A key attribute of these standards is encryption, which is disruptive for mobile services
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March 2015: FCC’S Innovative 600MHz Auction Scheme Likely to go Global

The FCC is introducing an innovative forward/reverse auction scheme, with the aim of easing challenges and delays in reallocating radio spectrum resources according to demands. If successful, this auction scheme is likely to go global.
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April 2015: Automation and SON Redefines Mobile Network Operations

It is well understood that Communication Service Providers are coming under tremendous pressure to transform. However this transformation is challenging and is commonly in conflict with the demands of investors, established operational models and organizational structures.


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March 2015 The Alchemy of RF Filtering for Smartphones

Even though the mobile industry is benefiting from Moore's Law, RF filtering technology does not benefit from Moore's Law and is dictated by techniques developed in the 1920's. This creates tremendous challenges for smartphones, particularly with the increased number of spectrum bands that must be supported.
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February 2015: System Dynamics Modeling of the Impact of IoT on Intelligent Urban Transportation

Smart-city and smart-traffic solutions are being developed to address urban transportation challenges. Systems Dynamics modeling is used to investigate the impact of these solutions.
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February 2015: Demystifying the Small-Cell Security Challenge

With over 15 million small-cells deployed, it is crucial that they are secure. However this is not necessarily the case, and creates potentially dire consequences for mobile service providers.


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December 2014: Operationalizing Customer Experience Management - A Network Perspective

Customer Experience Management (CEM) solutions are improving, and are benefiting from advancements in technology, changes in organization structures and growing market competition. The network plays a crucial role in CEM and has resulted in technology vendors developing targeted solutions. How do these solutions stack up?


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August 2014: Transforming Radio Network Planning and Optimization

In the past, radio Network Planning and Optimization has transformed from a "black-art" to a science. It is now evolving to embrace automation and big data analytics. This evolution has important consequences for the future of planning and optimization and the players involved.

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July 2014: Mobile broadband stokes telecom tower industry

The telecom market is supported by a vibrant outsourced infrastructure industry. This industry drives increased infrastructure sharing and opportunities for real estate investment companies to capitalize on the growing demand for mobile services. However it is not without its risks, particularly as mobile network architectures evolve.


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Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) is a bellwether for new regulation

IOT devices compromised for DDoS attacks: How is this possible and can it be remedied?

Seeing through the 5G lime-light

TIA Report. 5G Operator Survey

Disrupting Convention and Breaking New Ground in Identity with eSIM

5G fuels millimeter-wave opportunities

TM Forum Perspective Report. IMS-How to manage it end to end?

Operationalizing Mass-Market Small-Cell and DAS Adoption

The Changing Face of Professional and Managed Services

Navigating the IoT Wireless WAN Connectivity Labyrinth

5G Aims to be the Chameleon Technology for Wireless

MWC showcases mobile industry transformation

Navigating the Turbulent Seas of IoT Security

A Greater Role for Mobile Devices in NFV and SDN

LTE Unlicensed Fuels Enhanced Neutral Hosts

Driving Telecom Customer Centricity with Agility and Network Evolution

Automation and SON Redefines Mobile Network Operations

The confluence of unlicensed LTE, small-cells and digital services fuels mobile transformation

HTTP/2 and QUIC Meets Mobile

FCC’S Innovative 600MHz Auction Scheme Likely to go Global

The Alchemy of RF Filtering for Smartphones

System Dynamics Modeling of the Impact of IoT on Intelligent Urban Transportation

Demystifying the Small-Cell Security Challenge

Operationalizing Customer Experience Management - A Network Perspective

Mobile broadband stokes telecom tower industry

Transforming Radio Network Planning and Optimization

Navigating reliable IoT connectivity with LPWA




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