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.

EU and South Korea partner to ‘champion’ 5G at Winter Games

A joint EU-South Korea project known as 5GCHAMPION will be demonstrated next week during the 2018 Winter Games.

The system combines terrestrial wireless communications, including mmWave access, with satellite communication technology. 5GCHAMPION aims to demonstrate its fully-integrated intercontinental 5G network proof of concept.

Dr. Emilio Calvanese Strinati, Innovation and Scientific Director at Leti,...

By Ryan Daws, 15 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Disruption, Government, Industry, Research.

Ofcom’s 5G auction will proceed as Three’s court appeal fails

Mobile operator Three has failed its court appeal to force Ofcom to impose stricter restrictions on the sale of 5G spectrum in an upcoming auction.

Three, owned by Hong-Kong conglomerate CK Hutchison, is the smallest mobile operator in the UK in terms of subscribers. In terms of existing spectrum ownership, Three owns a 15 percent share of the market. For comparison — BT/EE holds a 42 percent share, Vodafone 29 percent, and O2 14 percent.

By Ryan Daws, 14 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Industry, Operators, Regulation, Spectrum.

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.

How 5G mobile services enable new M2M apps

Being first-to-market with the latest wireless infrastructure can help drive local economic development. That said, according to industry analysts, the introduction and deployment of 5G communication services will take a different path to market.

Therefore, mobile network operators cannot rely on previous methods of implementing 4G networks. 5G needs ultra-low latency at the edge. A reduction in network power consumption is also a key requirement.

5G M2M market development

According to the latest worldwide...

By David H. Deans, 08 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Apps, IoT, M2M.

SK Telecom completes 5G driverless car trial with national transport safety authority

SK Telecom has completed a trial of 5G technology for driverless cars alongside Korea's national transport safety authority.

The operator's trial with the Korean Transportation Safety Authority (KOTSA) involved two 5G self-driving cars sharing traffic information between the two vehicles.

Both vehicles used 5G and V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) technology for communicating with each other and the control centre. This connectivity, along with a 3D HD map and a deep learning-based decision-making...

By Ryan Daws, 07 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Operators.

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.

Deutsche Telekom partners with Nokia and Hamburg Port to conduct industrial 5G research

Deutsche Telekom has announced a collaboration with Nokia and Hamburg Port Authority to conduct research into the use of 5G in an industrial environment.

The partners will use the 8,000-hectare site in the Port of Hambug to carry out 5G tests of functions such as network slicing.

As part of the tests, 5G will be used for testing out expected real-world use cases including things such as traffic lights management, virtual...

By Ryan Daws, 02 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Infrastructure, IoT, Research.

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.

Qualcomm signs agreement with Chinese OEMs to launch 5G smartphones in 2019

Qualcomm has signed agreements with a range of Chinese smartphone manufacturers to ensure 5G-capable devices are ready to launch in 2019.

The agreement — called ’5G Pioneer’ — was signed by phonemakers Oppo, ZTE, Xiaomi, Lenovo, and Wingtech.

Cristiano Amon, President of Qualcomm Incorporated, said:

“5G will bring massive new opportunities to the mobile industry, and...

By Ryan Daws, 25 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Industry, Smartphones.

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.

Ericsson study outlines six consumer recommendations for operators on 5G

Ericsson’s new Consumer and Industry Insight report outlines six recommendations from consumers that mobile operators need to address to provide a foundation for 5G adoption.

Said to be the biggest 5G consumer expectation study thus far, “Towards a 5G consumer future” presents the views of 800 million smartphone users throughout the world.

The report found that while 60% of smartphone users are battling with the complexities related to mobile data plans, only half of that percent are content...

By Nik Sargent, 16 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Operators.

Verizon CTO claims his network will be the first to launch 5G

Hans Vestberg, CTO of Verizon, claims his network will be the first to launch 5G in the United States.

Vestberg made the comment during a panel on 5G at CES. When asked is there was a race between the major operators to launch 5G, Vestberg was confident that Verizon would be first to launch regardless of competition.

“It’s a great opportunity when 5G is coming into the market right now and we...

By Ryan Daws, 12 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Industry, Operators.

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.

The first 5G spec is officially complete

The organisation which governs cellular standards, the 3GPP, has officially signed off the first 5G specification.

Here on Telecoms we’ve covered many pre-5G trials, but it now won’t be long before we can start reporting on the real deal.

Cristiano Amon, Executive Vice President at Qualcomm Technologies, said:

“We are excited to be part of this significant milestone, and to once...

By Ryan Daws, 21 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Standards.

5G to comprise more than 40% of spending on wireless network infrastructure by 2025

According to SNS Research, by the end of 2025 5G networks will comprise over 40% of spending related to wireless network infrastructure, compared to around 5% of all spending on wireless network infrastructure in 2020.

The spending amount will see a considerable growth due to the notable investments anticipated between 2020 and 2025 in 5G New Radio (NR), Next Generation (NextGen) core and transport (fronthaul/backhaul) networking infrastructure.

The mammoth report package – at more than 1500 pages...

By Telecoms, 18 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Infrastructure, Networks, Research.