5G edges closer as China Mobile announces large-scale testing

China Mobile, alongside partners Qualcomm and ZTE, has announced plans to conduct large-scale 5G tests based on specs being developed by 3GPP.

Before a new generation of mobile technology is rolled out, interoperability tests and over-the-air field tests need to be conducted. With today’s announcement, China Mobile is looking to get an early start in this process while the 5G standard is still being finalised.

“The trials will operate in sub-6 GHz mid-band spectrum at 3.5 GHz...

By Ryan Daws, 22 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Industry, Innovation, Mobile, Networks.

Nokia boosts operator efficiency with MIKA smart assistant, predictive repairs

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Nokia has announced two new services for operators to boost their efficiency with the use of AI and predictive analytics.

Jumping on the digital assistant trend, MIKA (Multi-purpose Intuitive Knowledge Assistant) is a specialist helper for telecoms operators which provides quick access to detailed information. Based on Nokia’s AVA platform, MIKA will improve the efficiency of...

By Ryan Daws, 27 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Networks, Operators, Testing & Measurement.

South Korea’s first NFV-based routing deployment launches with LG U+ and Juniper

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South Korean cellular carrier LG U+ has chosen Juniper Networks to help carry out the country’s first routing deployment based around network functions virtualisation (NFV), according to a release from the network provider.

There were no prior public NFV-based routing references deployments in Korea, and LG U+ wanted someone with a proven track record to provide guidance and support on the 5G project. Juniper worked closely alongside LG U+ from the initial stages of the project to...

By Telecoms Tech, 26 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks, NFV, Operators.

Why virtual network success depends on strategic service assurance

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With the service provider software defined network (SDN) market forecast to grow from $289 million in 2015 to $8.7 billion in 2020, and the global network functions virtualization (NFV) market estimated to be worth $15.5 billion by 2020, the race is on among communications service providers to grab market share. That means that the ability to be agile and launch new services quickly and realise business benefits is more critical than ever.

However, as virtual services are deployed,...

By Anand Gonuguntla, 19 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Networks, NFV, SDN.

Cisco, Juniper, Huawei, and Nokia secure lion’s share of router and switch market

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Cisco is the most familiar company in the router and switch market with Juniper and Nokia trailing behind, according to a new piece of research from IHS Markit.

IHS Markit conducted a switch and router vendor leadership survey in 2016 that shows how service providers select router and CES manufacturers, whose equipment they have installed, help them evaluate future purchases.

The 15-page study features operator ratings of 11 vendors including, Brocade, Cisco, Coriant, ECI, Ericsson,...

By Telecoms Tech, 13 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Networks, Operators.

With £1bn for digital infrastructure to come – it needs to be spent wisely

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The telecoms landscape in the UK is undergoing its most radical shake-up for years. In the recent Autumn Statement, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a boost to the UK’s digital connectivity with the promise of a £1 billion windfall.  £400 million of this will be dedicated to further development of superfast fibre broadband connections through a Digital Investment Fund. £740 million will be dedicated to the development of 5G. The objective is to...

By Tim Barber, 22 December 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Europe, Infrastructure, Networks.

Opinion: Demystifying networks of the future

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Mobile networks of the future will be at the heart of tomorrow’s society. By 2020, one in five vehicles, or about 250 million vehicles globally, will be connected[i]. Surveillance cameras, health monitors, home automation systems, fleet trackers, sensors on mining and manufacturing equipment, soil, water and air quality analyzers, retail carts, drones, microwave ovens, heating and lighting equipment and a near-endless assortment of other things will get connected...

By Sandeep Bhatnagar, 16 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Networks.

Ericsson launches verified NFV infrastructure services

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Ericsson has announced the launch of its verified network functions virtualisation (NFV) solution, known as NFVi, which supports software defined infrastructure, as well as helps provide the building blocks for 5G and IoT infrastructure.

The move will align with various aspects of Ericsson’s current service portfolio, including its hyperscale data centre system, cloud SDN as well as its Cloud Execution Environment and Cloud Manager, as well as other consulting, system...

By James Bourne, 02 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Cloud, IoT, Networks, NFV, SDN.