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.

Samsung and Arqiva launch Europe’s first 5G FWA trial in central London

Following a statement of intent back in February, Samsung and Arqiva have kicked off the first European trial of 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) in central London.

The partners chose the UK for its low broadband penetration and promising spectrum conditions. With 5G FWA being pitched as offering an alternative to fibre broadband, the UK offers a great opportunity for Samsung and Arqiva to demonstrate its possibilities.

By Ryan Daws, 26 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Mobile, Networks.

San Marino first European state to get 5G with testing starting ‘within next year’

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San Marino will become the first state in Europe to get 5G after its government signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Telecom Italia (TIM).

The republic, which has a population of 33,000 and an area of 61.2 square kilometres, will work with Telecom Italia to update the mobile sites of its network with 4.5G and introduce some of the features of 5G, such as evolved mast towers (MIMO4x4), carrier aggregation, superior modulation, and cloud architecture, as well as introducing...

By Telecoms, 21 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe.

Operators call for EU policy reform ahead of 5G rollout

The CEOs of many large European operators around the continent have signed an open letter calling for ‘genuine’ reform of the EU with regards to spectrum policy ahead of the rollout of 5G networks.

Telecoms ministers are due to meet in Tallinn, Estonia tomorrow (18th July, 2017) for a meeting on the conditions needed for the successful deployment of 5G technology in Europe.

Ahead of the meeting, the CEOs of Deutsche Telekom, GSMA, KPN, Orange, Telecom Italia,...

By Ryan Daws, 17 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe, Industry, Operators, Regulation, Spectrum.

Virtual treasure hunt launched to help develop 5G technology

A mobile game has been released which has teams competing in a virtual treasure hunt to help develop 5G technology.

The game is part of Bristol is Open, a smart city project ran by the University of Bristol and Bristol City Council, and will test new IP networking technology with the aim of improving end-user experiences by lowering the latency in use cases such as the virtual treasure hunt.

Players will group up in teams of three to six players and navigate around the city using...

By Ryan Daws, 14 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Research.

British government pumps £16m into 5G research

The UK government has pumped £16 million into 5G research to help ensure Britain is at the forefront of mobile technology.

By 2030, 5G is expected to inject up to £173 billion into the economy. In comparison, the £16 million investment announced today sounds like a bargain for the potential return.

Andrew Jones MP, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, added: “Ensuring Britain remains at the forefront of digital innovation is a priority for this government.

By Ryan Daws, 07 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Government, IoT, Mobile, Research.

Arqiva acquires 28GHz spectrum license ahead of 5G FWA trial

Communications infrastructure provider Arqiva has announced the acquisition of an additional 28GHz spectrum license ahead of the UK’s first 5G FWA field trial.

Global trials in countries leading 5G research including the USA, Japan, and South Korea have been utilising the 28GHz spectrum band for Fixed Wireless Access (FWA). The acquired Region A licence for 2x 112MHz covers Central and Greater London and bolsters Arqiva’s existing nationwide spectrum band ownership.

By Ryan Daws, 04 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Mobile, Spectrum, Standards.

SK Telecom conducts 5G trials using 3.5GHz technology by Samsung and Nokia

South Korean telecommunications giant SK Telecom has conducted 5G trials using 3.5GHz technology by Samsung and Nokia.

With 29.83 million mobile customers, SK Telecom is the largest operator in the nation. Looking to continue its lead, the operator is hoping to get the jump on its competitors when it comes to 5G deployment.

“With the successful demonstration of 5G communications using the 3.5GHz spectrum, SK Telecom has secured all key technologies for building commercial...

By Ryan Daws, 28 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

Arcep says 5G services could be launched in France by 2018

Arcep, the communications regulator in France, has suggested 5G services could launch in France in 2018 after publishing responses to its public consultation.

The authority wishes to begin frequency allocations in the 3.5 GHz and 2.6 GHz bands this year “to satisfy the urgent needs that were expressed regarding fixed superfast internet access and professional mobile radio services.”

Arcep also expressed a desire to ‘immediately’ prepare the launch of 5G mobile networks in the 3.4-3.8...

By James Bourne, 26 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe.