The first year-long robocall study has been completed by the YouMail Robocall Index and the numbers are staggering -- two and a half billion monthly robocalls, that works out to 80 million calls per day and 921 calls per second.
Given the staggering robocall numbers, it’s no surprise that robocalling topped the list of worst nuisance calls. The YouGov survey released this month reveals the five top nuisance calls received by nine out of ten consumers in 2016 with robocalls heading the list, followed by credit card/loan arrangers, charitable causes, telephone/long distance providers, and last, lottery/sweepstakes providers.
The drive to increase bandwidth and boost ultra-fast internet access is continuing to push 5G development to meet the growing demand for content-rich data traffic. AT&T this month announced its 5G Evolution plans for 2017 and beyond, and highlighted its other initiatives to expand and enhance ultra-fast internet access for millions of customers. The carrier claimed data on its mobile network has increased about 250,000% since 2007, and the majority of that traffic is video. 5G promises greater speed and overall network performance for the Internet of Things, 4K video, augmented and virtual reality, smart home and cities, autonomous vehicles and more.
The push for 5G is being felt worldwide. Turkcell, in cooperation with Ericsson, has completed Turkey's first ever 5G test, reaching speeds of 24.7 Gbps on the 15GHz band and representing one of the first 5G tests in the world.
The CEA Tech Leti research institute has been granted a six-month license from Arcep, France's telecommunications regulatory agency, to run a field trial with multiservice transmission at 3.5 GHz TDD band with 40MHz bandwidth. 3.5GHz might be the first carrier frequency that will be released for 5G. Leti will deploy a 5G framework on the MINATEC campus in Grenoble to demonstrate a new post-OFDM (orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing) multicarrier waveform.
5G represents more than just the next stage of wireless communications, it also represents a potential economic bonanza. A CTIA-commissioned analysis by Accenture Strategy released this month estimates 5G may yield a US GDP boost of $500 billion and provide three million new jobs along with savings and benefits to local communities in excess of $160 billion. Accenture Strategy's analysis estimates that wireless operators will invest as much as $275 billion nationwide over seven years as they build out 5G.