Japan prepares for the 2020 Olympic Games with 5G trial system

Japan will be hosting the Olympic Games in 2020 and the nation plans to ensure attendees can keep up with the athletes, at least on their mobile.

The country has begun a trial of a 5G system in Tokyo and rural areas as it prepares for the games and the expected launch of the fifth-generation mobile technology in 2020.

Headed by Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), the trials are expected to continue for the next three years and will involve a myriad of private-sector companies...

By Ryan Daws, 31 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Asia, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile.

FCC grants application for Apple’s 5G tests

Apple has received a license from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to begin testing 5G wireless technology for iPhone use.

One expected advantage of 5G is much lower latency

The company is often known for sitting back and watching a category develop before finding a way to define it; the iPhone itself is a great example of this, followed by the iPad. In areas where it counts, however, Apple ensures it’s on the cutting-edge.

When it comes to 5G, Apple wants to ensure its...

By Ryan Daws, 24 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Devices, Mobile, Smartphones.

Verizon says it is now acquiring Straight Path, gazumps AT&T on 5G spectrum

Verizon has announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Straight Path Communications for $3.1 billion (£2.41bn) – almost double the amount AT&T ventured when it announced its intent to buy the spectrum holder last month.

The company had been the subject of a bidding war since AT&T announced its acquisition intention on April 11, with Straight Path giving cryptic updates on new bids. On April 25, the...

By James Bourne, 12 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks, Operators, Spectrum.

How public safety LTE network adoption is gaining momentum in 2017

Public safety 4G/5G LTE technology will reach the mainstream markets after 2020 as trials and deployments gain momentum across the world, according to the latest global market study by ABI Research. Hardware revenue is expected to grow by 30 percent annually, reaching $540 million in 2025.

The United States, UK, and South Korea markets will host the world’s first three operational public safety LTE wireless networks by the end of 2017 or early 2018. Many countries will likely follow, either through a...

By David H. Deans, 08 May 2017, 1 comment. Categories: 5G, IoT, LTE, Networks, Regulation.

T-Mobile sets out its plan for ‘truly’ nationwide 5G

Fresh off winning plenty of desirable 600 MHz spectrum in the FCC’s recent auction, T-Mobile has set out its plan for nationwide 5G.

T-Mobile spent $8 billion on low-band 600 MHz spectrum and has a plan to put it to use efficiently. Some of it will be used to expand and strengthen the operator’s existing LTE network, but a portion will be used to deliver ‘truly’ nationwide 5G coverage from coast-to-coast.

“5G will be amazing, and we can’t even imagine...

By Ryan Daws, 02 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Spectrum.

Telco cloud to reach critical mass after 2020 – driven by 5G growth

Large scale telco cloud deployments will hit global critical mass after 2020 in parallel with the deployment of 5G, according to a new report from ABI Research.

The report, titled ‘Telco Cloud Framework and Deployment Roadmaps’, argues the latest network generation will likely require a new core network to allow for advanced concepts, including network slicing and services geared toward different business verticals. Early 5G deployments, during which time there will not be an immediate need for a...

By Telecoms, 20 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Cloud, Networks, Research.

Galaxy S8 will be the first smartphone to support gigabit LTE

It might be Samsung’s new “Infinity Display” on the Galaxy S8 receiving most of the attention, but the smartphone also has the honour of being first to support gigabit LTE.

Qualcomm revealed last year the first smartphone to support gigabit LTE would arrive in the first half of 2017. While many suspected it would be Samsung’s latest smartphone, this wasn’t confirmed until the Galaxy S8’s full reveal yesterday.

The Galaxy S8 is powered by the...

By Ryan Daws, 30 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, LTE, Networks.

Ericsson and SoftBank to conduct 5G trials on 28GHz spectrum

Ericsson and SoftBank have announced the next step of their 5G trial to 28GHz, after successfully completing the 4.5GHz and 15GHz spectrum on basic 5G trials in Tokyo.

Started in August 2016, the comprehensive 5G run included base stations and user equipment with control signal feedback using mid-band spectrum at 4.5 GHz, which is now one of the future candidate bands for 5G services in Japan.

The upcoming 5G tests will be conducted both in indoor and outdoor trial environments covering both device mobility...

By Telecoms, 27 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Mobile, Networks.

How mobile infrastructure revenue reached $43 billion in 2016

Mobile telecom service provider global infrastructure investment in 2016 was not what vendors had anticipated. But there were pockets of growth in a few key markets where mobile internet demand had fuelled local expansion.

According to the latest worldwide market study by IHS Markit, during the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2016, the global macrocell mobile infrastructure market totaled $11 billion, rising 7 percent sequentially, driven by strong activity in a few Asian countries...

By David H. Deans, 14 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks.

Turin to become Italy’s first 5G city, aims for total deployment by 2020

Turin will become the first city in Italy with a 5G mobile network after the municipality signed a memorandum of understanding with Telecom Italia (TIM).

The project is expected to start its metropolitan trial in 2018, with the aim of covering the whole city by 2020. The telco will install more than 100 small cells in the main areas of the city, as well as at both the city’s universities, with 3,000 users being made part of the trial process.

While plenty of the industry discussion around 5G has been that of bluff...

By James Bourne, 13 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks, Smart Cities.