SK Telecom inching closer to 5G realisation with low latency technology and repeater

South Korean wireless telecommunications operator SK Telecom has worked with Finnish multinational company Nokia to dramatically reduce the latency between the handset and base station from 25 milliseconds (ms) to 2ms over its LTE network – thus moving one step closer to realising 5G.

The newly developed 2ms latency technology is expected to facilitate the development of diverse real-time services such as autonomous driving, artificial reality and virtual reality services. The low latency communication...

By Telecoms, 04 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, LTE, Operators.

Deutsche Telekom and Huawei launch Europe’s first 5G network

Deutsche Telekom has partnered with Huawei to launch Europe’s first commercial network heavily-based on what the final 5G standard is set to be.

While 5G is yet to be officially standardised, the 3GPP standards body announced it will bring forward its plans by six months and lock down the first standards in December. This means we’ve reached a point where little change is expected and vendors can get to work on standardised 5G equipment. In fact, some operators expect to launch...

By Ryan Daws, 01 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

Fixed wireless 5G to hit $1 billion in service revenues by 2019

Fixed wireless access (FWA) 5G subscriptions could account for $1 billion in service revenues by the end of 2019, according to a new report from SNS Research.

The market will explode in the years after 2019, the market intelligence provider adds, with the eventual account at more than $40 billion by 2025.

“FWA has emerged as one of the most predominant use cases for early 5G network rollouts,” the company explains. “Multiple mobile operators and service providers are initially seeking to...

By James Bourne, 29 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Networks.

Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm announce record 1.07 Gbps Gigabit LTE lab speeds

Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm have announced a new record on its Gigabit LTE testing, with speeds of 1.07 Gbps being recorded in its latest lab trials.

The speeds were achieved through using 12 simultaneous LTE streams – enabling up to a 20% increase in peak data rates in capacity, as well as greater speed – through Ericsson’s radio system and TLE software, and a mobile test device based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X20 LTE modem.

As per the specifications for Gigabit LTE, the testing...

By James Bourne, 21 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, LTE, Networks.

Research: 5G connections will hit 1.4bn by 2025 as wireless rivals fibre

Juniper Research has predicted 5G will exceed one billion connections by 2025 as wireless becomes a competitor to fibre broadband.

If you’re an avid reader you will be aware 5G developments are ramping up and some players even predict a launch prior to 2020, the current target. Nokia’s CEO, Rajeev Suri, believes it will begin to be defined in “real terms” before the end of the year.

"2020 is probably...

By Ryan Daws, 14 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Research.

Nokia Bell Labs aims to pioneer next-gen 5G platform as a service

Nokia Bell Labs, the industrial research arm of the Finnish technology giant, has said it is collaborating with a variety of stakeholders for the next generation of 5G platform as a service (NGPaaS).

The collaboration includes industry vendors, operators, IT companies, small and medium sized enterprises, as well as European academic institutions, to dedicate 24 months towards the advance of 5G. The group, known as 5G Infrastructure Public-Private Partnership (5G-PPP) mediates between the EU and telecom...

By Telecoms, 10 August 2017, 1 comment. Categories: 5G, Developers, Europe, Networks.

Qualcomm teams up with ITRI to develop 5G NR-enabled small cell technologies in Taiwan

Qualcomm is partnering with Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), to work on 5G NR-enabled small cell technologies.

The collaboration is said to speed up the delivery and global commercialisation of 5G NR small cell products and infrastructure by Taiwanese OEMs and ODMs.

Jim Cathey, SVP and president, APAC & India, Qualcomm International, said, “This joint effort with ITRI is a key part of the investments we are making in Taiwan to ensure the industry continues to move...

By Telecoms, 08 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks, Small Cells.

Assessing the rise of Gigabit LTE – with Telecom Italia Mobile among those leading the charge

Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) has become the latest operator to tout its wares for the rising gigabit LTE connectivity by achieving a download speed of ‘up to 1Gbps’ on its 4.5G live mobile network.

TIM described the test as ‘another first that confirms the technological leadership which is speeding towards 5G offering top performances and extraordinary quality for the mobile data service.’

The company added that the service will become commercially available from September in Milan and...

By James Bourne, 04 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, LTE, Networks.

Nokia and Ericsson results show road ahead for telecom equipment market

Nokia said it expects to face further ‘challenges’ on the networking side despite posting a profit of €574 million (£511.2m), up 73% from this time last year.

The Finnish giant published its Q217 financial results today, seeing overwhelming gains year over year on its global services and Nokia Technologies arms, the latter focusing on patent licensing, but a 4% downturn in IP...

By James Bourne, 27 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks, Operators, Small Cells.

What can the UK learn from China to bolster its 5G market – and ensure its success?

Vendors and operators across the UK are currently looking towards China, which is on track to launch commercial 5G networks by 2020, and is expected to become the world’s largest 5G market by 2025.

A recent report from GSMA Intelligence and the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) revealed that after 5G networks are commercially deployed in 2020, following a...

By John Baker, 27 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Networks.