NEC develops compact antenna for ‘Beyond 5G’

NEC has developed and demonstrated a radio-over-fibre system utilising a 1-bit fibre transmission method. The innovation could make it affordable to build stable millimetre-wave communication networks for ’Beyond 5G’ (B5G).

The 1-bit method allows high-frequency analog signals to be transmitted using inexpensive electrical-to-optical converters intended for general-purpose digital communications. This enables the realisation of compact and low-cost distributed antenna...

Is 6G really necessary for consumers?

The rollout of 5G across metropolitan hubs has been a huge success and newer devices equipped with the latest in mobile networking have taken full advantage of the increased speed, bandwidth, and capacity that 5G offer. As with all things tech related, however, progress never stops, and the next step is already being explored as researchers clamber to explore what 6G networking may offer with early hopes to have something pushed out by the end of the 2020s. 

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Ofcom’s consumer protections ‘fall vastly short’

Ofcom has introduced new rules aimed at better protecting UK mobile customers against unexpected roaming charges while using their phone abroad and at home.

Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU ‘roam like at home’ rules – and UK law requiring mobile operators to alert customers of roaming charges when they start to roam – have ceased to apply. Since then, many operators have voluntarily continued to send their customers alerts.

However, a review...

AI-RAN Alliance aims to integrate AI into mobile networks

A new alliance announced during MWC could reshape the future of mobile networks and telecommunications by integrating AI into radio access networks (RAN).

The AI-RAN Alliance brings together tech giants like Amazon, Microsoft, NVIDIA, and Samsung, along with major telecom companies including Ericsson, Nokia, SoftBank, and T-Mobile.

The alliance's goals are using AI to enhance mobile network efficiency, reduce power consumption, retrofit existing infrastructure, and...

Samsung and Princeton University join forces on 6G research

Samsung Research America (SRA) has joined Princeton University's new NextG Corporate Affiliates program, bringing industry and academia together to advance research on 6G wireless networks and related technologies. 

Launched last year within Princeton's School of Engineering and Applied Science, the NextG initiative aims to spur innovation across networking, sensing, and other key areas that will underpin next-generation data infrastructure.  

As a founding...

SK Telecom and Intel develop low-latency 6G Core tech

SK Telecom (SKT) has collaborated with Intel to successfully develop technology that can significantly reduce communication delays in 6G Core networks.

The Core network acts as the gateway for all voice and data traffic from a user's mobile device to access the internet. As networks become more complex with 5G and 6G, communication delays within the Core network have increased, making it difficult to provide the speed and reliability needed for advanced services like...

Nokia and Hololight enhance XR experiences using L4S

Nokia has joined forces with Hololight to explore how the capabilities of the L4S protocol can enhance XR (extended reality) experiences.

L4S – which stands for low-latency, low-loss, scalable throughput – was developed by Nokia and has the potential to revolutionise real-time applications by simultaneously achieving high throughput and low latency in a scalable manner.

Hololight believes L4S can significantly enhance the performance of cloud-rendered XR services,...

UK joins leading nations to strengthen telecoms security and innovation

The UK has teamed up with key global players – including Australia, Canada, Japan, and the US – to enhance telecom security, resilience, and innovation.

The initiative, named the Global Coalition on Telecommunications, was officially launched today. The collaboration aims to safeguard critical communications networks in the face of challenges such as supply chain disruptions and cyberattacks.

Michelle Donelan, Secretary of State for Science, Innovation, and...

3GPP elects three Samsung researchers as vice-chairs

Samsung has announced that three of its researchers have been elected as vice-chairs within the 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project).

The achievement solidifies Samsung's influence within the world's largest telecommunications standard development organisation. With these new appointments, Samsung now boasts a total of seven officials within 3GPP, comprising two chairs and five vice-chairs.

Since its inception in 1998, 3GPP has united telecommunications powerhouses...

UK publishes new Wireless Infrastructure Strategy

The UK government has launched a new Wireless Infrastructure Strategy aimed at delivering 5G connectivity to all populated areas by 2030, as well as investing in the next generation of connectivity.

The strategy includes a comprehensive 6G plan to ensure that the UK is at the forefront of the next generation of wireless technology. The government has also established a national mission, supported by up to £100m ($130m) of initial funding, to secure the UK’s place in “future...