Qualcomm continues to focus on Gigabit LTE with industry’s first modem

At Mobile World Congress 2018, Qualcomm will feature the world’s first announced Category 20 LTE modem that supports download speeds of up to 2 gigabits per second (Gbps) – the Qualcomm Snapdragon X24.

Through its subsidiary, Qualcomm has already started sampling the Snapdragon X24 - its eighth generation LTE multimode modem and third generation Gigabit LTE solution – and the first chip built on a 7 nanometer FinFET process.

The Snapdragon X24 features the most advanced cellular traits...

By Telecoms, 20 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Networks.

A new reality awaits: Are AR and VR the next big platforms in telecoms?

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) have the potential to become the next big platforms after PC, web, and mobile. Isolated applications of AR and VR have been around for a while, but the technologies to unlock their potential have only recently become available. We expect AR and VR to fundamentally transform how consumers interact in the physical world and how enterprises run their operations. 

Augmented and virtual reality: Distinct but complementary technologies

In a nutshell, AR overlays...

By Gunish Chawla, Daniele Pe and Irish Manipis, 20 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Networks, OTT Services.

Qualcomm, KT, and Samsung play nice together in 5G NR interoperability demo

Three mobile industry leaders have announced the successful test of 5G interoperability based on the recent 3GPP Release-15 global standard.

Data connections used for testing operated in the 3.5GHz and 28GHz bands using pre-commercial 5G NR base stations from Samsung, and 5G NR UE prototypes from Qualcomm.

“As the industry works toward the goal of commercial launches of 5G NR products and networks in 2019, close collaboration among global mobile industry leaders on testing and successful trials are...

By Ryan Daws, 20 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Mobile, Networks, Standards.

Huawei to help make operators 5G-ready at Mobile World Congress

Huawei has taken the step of putting a briefing together on what it will be doing at Mobile World Congress next week. The Chinese operator said it will release an entire range of scenario-based Massive MIMO AAU (MM AAU) 5G ready products to prepare operators beforehand for 5G based on 4G networks.

The MM AAUs to be released at the MWC 2018 include the dual-band MM AAU and MM AAU EasyBlink. Featuring the finest engineering performance, dual-band MM AAU realizes the co-deployment of frequency bands including...

By Telecoms, 19 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks.

Nokia and Tele2 IoT partner on global IoT services delivery

A five-year strategic partnership agreement announced between Nokia and Tele2 IoT will facilitate the delivery of Internet of Things (IoT) services to Tele2’s enterprise customers based on Nokia's worldwide IoT network grid (WING).

Using Nokia WING, Tele2 IoT will provide A to Z IoT services to its enterprise customers to mange their global connectivity requirements and assets such as connected vehicles or connected freight containers. The enterprise customers of Tele2 IoT are spread across several...

By Telecoms, 19 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, LTE, Networks.

Nokia to launch the world's first MulteFire small cell for private LTE networks

Nokia is to launch the first MulteFire small cell in the world to help industries, enterprises, smart cities and mobile service providers leverage global unlicensed spectrum for reliable, safe, high-capacity and high-coverage private LTE networks.

The new Nokia Flexi Zone MulteFire Multiband Pico BTS will pave the way towards 5G connectivity in the future by enabling enterprises to establish a connection between mobile sensor-enabled 'things' and individuals in a more efficient manner.

With the easy...

By Telecoms, 16 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Networks, Small Cells.

Telefónica to deploy 5G in two Spanish cities via Nokia and Ericsson partnership

Telefónica has entered into a partnership with Nokia and Ericsson for the initial deployment of 5G capabilities in Spain’s Segovia and Talavera de la Reina cities – a part of  Telefónica’s 5G Technological Cities project that will lead the way towards 5G throughout the country.

By 2020, Segovia and Talavera de la Reina will be turned into 5G living laboratories with multiple pioneering capabilities such as initial 5G capacity, the deployment of the new 5G network and the...

By Telecoms, 12 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe, Networks.

EE’s new 4G home broadband antenna plans to connect 580,000 homes across the UK

EE has announced trials of a new 4G home broadband antenna that it expects will provide more than 580,000 UK homes with high-speed internet for the first time.

The new 4G home broadband solution combines the 4GEE Home Router with a powerful external antenna and professional installation service. EE believes it will deliver high-speed internet in rural areas that can only access broadband speeds under 10Mbps today.

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By Ryan Daws, 09 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators, Rural.

Telstra and Optus forge ahead with 5G plans in Australia

Australian telecommunications company Telstra will be testing next generation mobile technologies at its newly opened 5G Innovation Centre at its Southport Exchange on the Gold Coast to support the early commercial deployment of 5G-based mobile services in the country.

The aim to develop the 5G Innovation Centre is to bring technology vendors, developers, start-ups together with Telstra’s enterprise customers. In the coming months, it will conduct 5G trials in and around the area, which will be the...

By Telecoms, 05 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks, Operators.

Nokia and Telefónica Germany sign MoU to create joint 5G Innovation Cluster

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed by Nokia and Telefónica Germany leading to the creation of a joint 5G Innovation Cluster.

In the common 5G Innovation Cluster, Nokia will implement some of its leading technologies such as Massive MIMO for high-throughput, multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) for Ultra-Reliable Low latency Communications (URLLC).

Both the companies are in unison about piloting network solutions and technologies on the path to 5G in the Telefónica lab in Munich....

By Telecoms, 02 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks, Operators.

MYCOM OSI and Red Hat collaborate to manage and assure telco clouds

MYCOM OSI has announced a collaboration with open source solutions provider Red Hat with the aim of assuring and managing telco clouds.

When MYCOM OSI’s cloud-native Experience Assurance and Analytics (EAA) solution, which provides real time and automated assurance for end-to-end hybrid telco cloud networks, is deployed on Red Hat’s OpenStack Platform and OpenShift Container Platform, its capacity will not just be limited to dynamically discovering, monitoring and correlating vertical layers in...

By Telecoms, 01 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Networks, Operators.

China paves the way for virtual telecom operators

China has announced plans to grant licenses to virtual telecom operators for the first time in an attempt to shake up the market.

The market is currently dominated by state-owned China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom. Virtual operators use the networks of established players and lease capacity from them.

Interestingly, licenses will even be granted to foreign-invested virtual telecom operators.

By Ryan Daws, 24 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: China, Government, Industry, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

China Telecom, Huawei and State Grid team up for report into 5G network slicing

To get the best benefits of 5G technologies in China, operators need to cooperate with the electricity providers. A new report from China Telecom, Huawei and the country’s State Grid examines the smart grid and a 5G ‘network slicing’ project.

China is committed to the ‘Made in China 2025’ project upgrading the country’s manufacturing sector which, as the report notes, is similar to Industry 4.0 initiatives in requiring fast network connections. A missive from gov.cn, the Chinese...

By , 23 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, IoT, Networks.

Nokia to collaborate with NTT DOCOMO on 5G NR plans

Nokia will work with NTT DOCOMO, Japan’s largest mobile operator, to support the launch of a 5G commercial network planned for 2020.

The Finnish operator said it will enhance existing baseband units and integrate 5G NR (5G New Radio)-based hardware into its network.

5G NR, a global standard which aims to support a wide variety of device types, services and spectrum, was officially given the green light at the 3GPP TSG RAN plenary meeting in Lisbon last month. As this publication

By James Bourne, 22 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks, Operators.

AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon boost Minnesota network speeds in Super Bowl preparation

The Super Bowl is only a couple of weeks away – and AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon have beefed up their cellular capacities in Minneapolis, where the showpiece game will take place, in preparation.

T-Mobile said it was doubling the amount of LTE spectrum in Minneapolis and Saint Paul – the twin cities – and deploying more than 120 small cells throughout the city, the US Bank Stadium, and surrounding venues. A further addition inside the stadium is through the deployment of Centralized Radio...

By James Bourne, 19 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Networks, Operators.

Ofcom pushes ahead with 5G auction despite legal action from Three and EE

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom is going ahead with its 5G spectrum auction despite legal challenges from two of the four major operators.

Last month, the UK High Court threw out legal challenges by EE and Three with regards to Ofcom’s proposed spectrum caps for the auction. Three, the UK’s smallest major operator by subscribers, is now taking the case to the Court of Appeal.

Rules for the auction...

By Ryan Daws, 18 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobile, Networks, Regulation, Spectrum.

A guide: Finding choice in the software-defined labyrinth

Getting to the heart of how software-defined networks (SDN), and software-defined wide area networks (SD-WAN) can benefit your business and the options they provide will improve your IT networks. But currently, not all companies are getting their heads around the technology.

The reality is that SDN, and related technologies are at the heart of next generation networks. SDN delivers a new network architecture, one where the intelligence of the network is controlled centrally by software, enabling greater...

By Richard Kitney, 16 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Networks, NFV, SDN.

Legere: T-Mobile will leapfrog ‘Dumb and Dumber’ rivals in deploying 5G

T-Mobile CEO John Legere has claimed the carrier will leapfrog its ‘Dumb and Dumber’ rivals to be first to deploy a 5G network across the US.

T-Mobile is the third largest mobile network in the US with over 70 million subscribers. The carriers Legere refers to as being Dumb and Dumber, a reference to the cult classic 1991 film of the same name, is of course AT&T and Verizon.

Legere...

By Ryan Daws, 03 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.