ESA partners with space industry on ‘Satellite for 5G’

The ESA (European Space Agency) has joined forces with 16 space companies on a new ‘Satellite for 5G’ initiative.

Satellite for 5G aims to offer truly global high-speed coverage even in areas difficult to reach by cell towers such as up mountains and remote islands. To preserve bandwidth, cell towers will remain the first point of access for most but satellites could be used to reach the emergency services wherever you are on Earth.

“5G provides a major...

By Ryan Daws, 22 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Rural.

EE’s inflatable masts are powered by ‘pre-5G’ backhaul

We’ve already reported on EE’s plans to use inflatable masts for providing mobile coverage during events, blackouts, and emergencies, but now we have more details about what technology powers it.

EE’s helium balloon, the Helikite, packs miniature antennas which link to a ‘network in a box’ on the ground via 26GHz millimetre-wave (mmWave) spectrum. Similar...

By Ryan Daws, 14 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Innovation, Mobile, Rural.

Ericsson takes pole position on 5GCAR project

Ericsson is leading a partnership which is focused on developing a 5G architecture for vehicle-to-everything (V2X) services.

The ‘5GCAR Project’ is backed by the EU and was selected as part of phase 2 of the 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5G PPP). 14 industry leaders are working on the project including PSA group, Orange, and Volvo Cars.

Having such projects in Europe is key in this worldwide race, as it will secure additional business and employment

By Ryan Daws, 07 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, IoT, Standards.

ZTE partners with Telenet for IoT and 5G synergies

Telenet, the largest cable broadband service provider in Belgium, has entered into a strategic partnership agreement with Chinese telco ZTE to advance its technology offerings in mobile Internet and telecommunications.

Telenet chief technology officer Micha Berger and ZTE senior vice president Xiao Ming signed the agreement in the presence of Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, in a ceremony at the Castle Val-Duchesse in Brussels.

Berger noted satisfactory results in the...

By Telecoms, 05 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, IoT, Operators.

Opinion: 5G’s role in transforming healthcare

The next generation of mobile network technology will help to drive a transformation in healthcare with remote monitoring providing accessibility, proactive treatment, and reduced waiting times.

Wearable technology provides a method of keeping track of health conditions and it’s already being used in both hospitals and at home. Most of these devices, however, must be synced when in range of a network or manually checked by a professional by attending appointments in person

By Ryan Daws, 02 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Consumers, Devices.

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.