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.

Ericsson launches ‘first mover’ 5G platform and announces milestone

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Swedish telco giant Ericsson has announced the launch of a new platform aimed at the ‘first movers’ in 5G, incorporating virtual and augmented reality.

The company expects the opportunity for operators on 5G technology to hit $582 billion (£467bn) globally by 2026, or a 34% uptick in revenues, while adding that the manufacturing, energy and utilities sectors have the biggest potential for growth going forward.

The platform comprises the 5G core, radio and transport...

By James Bourne, 20 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, NFV, SDN.

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.

Nokia updates 5G and small cell roadmap in latest missive

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Nokia is looking to showcase its 5G roadmap and unveil technologies that will “be the basis of the next generation of dynamic networks”, the company has said.

At the upcoming IEEE Globecom 2016 event, Nokia will demonstrate how operators can maximise resources such as spectrum to deliver the vastly increased capacity and speed required to serve the expanded ‘fabric’ of connected people, machines and devices expected in the 5G era.

The company will be using its...

By Telecoms Tech, 06 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Small Cells.

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.

How 5G LTE mobile networks are enabling a connected future

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As the growing applications for mobile internet access place greater demands on wireless broadband communication networks around the globe, telecom service providers are updating their infrastructure to support the traffic.

There are more than 7.2 billion wireless connections, including 1.45 billion LTE connections, around the world today that are operating with the technology standards developed by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP).

5G Americas, the industry trade...

By David H. Deans, 22 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Disruption, LTE, Networks.

Small Cell Forum urges greater focus from telecom regulators over HetNets and 5G

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The Small Cell Forum (SCF) hs called upon telecom regulators to help build a ‘consistent and supportive’ regulatory environments for deploying heterogeneous networks (HetNets) with the development of 5G technologies.

The organisation believes that dense HetNets stand as the backbone for pervasive and robust connectivity of underlying communications, which helps efficient utilisation of spectrum and network resources.

In order to support this initiative, SCF is...

By Telecoms Tech, 15 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks, Small Cells.

The 5G virtualisation challenge: The next steps

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5G will revolutionise communications by not only offering higher capacity, but also providing new services that service providers will be able to deploy across their network in a very short and simple manner, resulting in faster time-to-market and stronger competition among top service and application providers.

This comes as a result of the fundamental change in the way networks will be designed in the 5G era. Architectures and technologies such as SDN (software defined networking),...

By Dudy Cohen, 07 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Cloud, Networks.

Small Cell Forum publishes latest guide on NFV, 5G and IoT

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A new practical working guide released by operator and vendor body Small Cell Forum (SCF) details technical and commercial best practice for operators who are looking to deploy network function virtualisation (NFV).

In its recently published Release 8, SCF combines unique experience of real-world deployments of NFV technology today with small cells at the network edge, which will be invaluable in building out the networks for the future. Small cell virtualisation will be a key...

By Telecoms Tech, 04 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, IoT, NFV, Wireless.

Can Ericsson make the required shift to become a digital infrastructure native?

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Analysis The traditional network infrastructure market is undergoing a rapid shift. Traditional telco equipment providers, such as Ericsson, must reinvent themselves to remain relevant in tomorrow’s digital marketplace. Simply selling routers, towers and boxes will not be enough to survive.  Network infrastructure providers have to find new ways to leverage their core assets while simultaneously acquiring new technology skills to align to the new digital economy...

By Marina Kurth, 02 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Cloud, Infrastructure, IoT, Operators.

Improving the 5G business case today – what do operators need to do from here?

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A slew of new devices will be coming online over the next few years, creating a mixture of current and future device types, human-controlled as well as non-human-controlled. These will add up to as many as x100 devices, compared to the online endpoint connected today.

All of these devices will share a common characteristic – higher requirements from an already overloaded data network.

Such requirements could call for higher capacity (1-10Gbps per device) or lower latency (1ms,...

By Dudy Cohen, 24 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks, Operators.

Small cells and 5G: What the Digital Economy Bill changes mean for operators

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The new Digital Economy Bill, referenced in The Queen’s Speech, has now been debated at its Second Hearing in Parliament and is now going through the process of eventually becoming law. Part of the Digital Economy Bill includes amending the Electronic Communications Code (ECC).

The ECC has, among other provisions, guidelines for arrangements between landowners and mobile mast owners including restrictions for mast height and location. The ECC has not been drastically...

By Paul Carter, 18 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe, Infrastructure, Small Cells.

Analysing why 5G will deliver enhanced mobile internet experiences

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The next generation of wireless communications will apply 5G technologies, and demand for service offerings is evolving slowly. The very first discussions about 5G started in 2012, and in 2013 NTT DoCoMo considered the possibility of deploying 5G in time for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

Soon after, South Korea set the target for 5G pre-standard national service -- in reality, a 4.5G offering -- for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in 2018.  Since then, 5G R&D developments...

By David H. Deans, 27 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, LTE, Networks.

Specs and standards: What is the deal with 5G, anyway?

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It seems just a short while ago when 4G networks were rolled out, with mobile carriers making a lot of fanfare about the new technology and the promised increases in performance. Back then we were reading about the first ground-breaking 4G enabled phones and also a certain actor promoting it in the UK as the best thing since sliced bread!  

4G access is a commodity now. We sit up and take notice if our phones aren’t...

By Chris Romeika, 13 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadcast, IoT, LTE, Networks.

How mobile comms instrumentation is meeting the big data and IoT challenge

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It is 25 years since the 900 MHz GSM standard marked the birth of digital wireless communications. The hunger for data in cellular communications remains insatiable and demand for further technological progress persists. A tenfold increase in mobile data traffic is expected over the next six years, and experts predict an exponential increase in the number of things (Internet of Things, IoT) that communicate with each other via mobile networks....

By Meik Kottkamp, 01 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Big Data, IoT, LTE, Networks.

Tested to destruction: Delivering the 5G dream

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The year 2020 may seem like a long way off, but interest in the development of faster and more robust 5G wireless networks is gathering. While visions of a ‘digital society’ downloading films in less than five seconds and enjoying a revolution in virtual reality grab the headlines, discussion within the industry is centred on what the future holds for the next generation of the mobile network. Yet with the patchy coverage of 4G, mobile consumers in the UK are still spending...

By Sven Boddington, 19 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity.