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Top 10 mobile stories of 2017

A look back at some of Computer Weekly’s most read mobile networking stories of 2017

For the mobile industry, 2017 was a busy year as work continued apace on the upcoming 5G mobile networking standard.

Most authorities on the subject now agree that the first large-scale commercial deployments will take place in early 2020 – so there is much work to do to make sure the technology is up to the job.

But that’s not to say 4G has had its day, and innovation around the current networking standard continued to thrive in 2017. We will also look back at some of the more interesting mobile projects out in the field today.

Here are Computer Weekly’s top 10 mobile networking stories of 2017.

1. What’s in the UK government’s 5G strategy?

The UK government’s 5G mobile strategy was released to coincide with the Spring Budget in March 2017. We explored some of its key aims.

2. 5G mobile must be transformative, not mission impossible

The opportunities from 5G are considerable, but the preparations are complex. In this article from March, TechUK CEO Julian David shared his views on what needs to be done.

3. Bring the cup home: mobile holds key to UK’s America’s Cup challenge

In April, we visited the Land Rover BAR sailing team in Portsmouth to find out how British sailing ace Ben Ainslie and his crack squad were using mobile innovation to mount the UK’s challenge in the 2017 America’s Cup.

4. South African game reserve goes digital to save the rhino

Dimension Data and Cisco have teamed up to protect rhinos living on a private game reserve in South Africa with the latest mobile networking technology. We sat down with DiData’s “Doc” Watson to learn more.

5. Data takes to the road – the technology behind the Tour de France

The world's greatest cycle race, the Tour de France, is transforming its relationship with fans thanks to the transformative power of mobile to enable digitisation. CW editor-in-chief Bryan Glick headed to France to find out how.

6. Where the device hits the network – a mobile device management update

As business becomes increasingly mobile, Rene Millman looked at the latest trends in mobile device management to give businesses the edge.

7. The race is on to build a 5G business case, says BT CEO

Speaking at a Huawei mobile broadband event in November, BT CEO Gavin Patterson said telcos and mobile operators must overcome the challenge of building viable business cases for investment in 5G mobile networks – and quickly.

8. Emergency Services Network delay to cost hundreds of millions

The government’s botched Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme continued to be a source of bad news in 2017. In November, the Public Accounts committee heard that the network roll-out had hit further delays and was likely to become very costly indeed.

9. Government 5G investment must address roll-out as well as R&D

In the Autumn Budget, chancellor Philip Hammond announced a further round of investment in network connectivity technology, with more cash for 5G and fibre broadband projects, but some said it was time for the government to invest in roll-out, not just R&D.

10. TfL forges ahead with 4G for the Tube after successful test

Having built a pilot 4G network for the emergency services on the Waterloo & City Line during the summer, TfL announced in November that it was pressing ahead with plans to roll out mobile broadband for all London Underground users.

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