5G connections to hit 340m in 2021 and 2.7bn by 2025, says CCS Insight – raising its forecast

The number of 5G connections is expected to increase in the coming years as hundreds of operators intend to bring services to market more quickly than previously stated. Tech analyst firm CCS Insight has estimated the number to reach 340 million in 2021, before surpassing 1 billion in the first half of 2023. And by 2025, the total is expected to hit 2.7 billion – this is equivalent to more than one connection in every five in the world.

By Telecoms, 14 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks, Research.

Vodafone is doubling the size of its European NB-IoT networks

Vodafone has announced it will be doubling the size of its European NB-IoT (Narrowband Internet of Things) by the end of 2019.

NB-IoT provides ‘industrial grade’ Low-Power Wide-Area connectivity for applications such as streetlights, connected healthcare monitors, and wearable devices.

Vodafone’s NB-IoT network is currently live in eight countries; the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Australia, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, and Turkey.

Cell sites in European...

By Ryan Daws, 12 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Networks, Operators, Smart Cities.

US bucks Chinese 5G suppliers for Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung

US telecoms giant AT&T has announced it will be using 5G equipment from Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung for its upcoming network. Predictably, that means no US operator will be using equipment from Chinese firms.

The operator is the last major operator to announce its suppliers. AT&T’s rivals – Verizon and Sprint – have named Nokia, Ericsson, and Samsung as their 5G equipment suppliers. T-Mobile, meanwhile, has named Ericsson and Nokia.

Several governments, including the US, have banned...

By Ryan Daws, 11 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

Charter CFO says 5G is ‘not comparable’ to DOCSIS 3.1

Charter Communications CFO Chris Winfrey is adamant that 5G will not pose a threat to fixed-line providers as it cannot offer the same capabilities.

Speaking at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference on Thursday, Winfrey said:

“I don’t see anything about 5G that ever makes it comparable to DOCSIS 3.1 or DOCSIS 3.1 Full Duplex, or any capability we have through fixed line service.”

Charter has been ramping up its DOCSIS...

By Ryan Daws, 07 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, N America, Networks, Operators.

Opinion: China’s huge 5G merger could work in T-Mobile’s favour

China is exploring whether a merger between two of its carriers will secure its lead in 5G over the US, but it could also work in T-Mobile’s favour stateside.

The country’s ongoing trade war between the US and China is said to have spurred discussions over how it can lead in the latest technologies.

A proposed merger between two of China’s three wireless carriers – China United Network Communications Group (China Unicom) and China Telecommunications Corp (China Telecom) – aims to...

West Midlands selected to host the UK’s first large-scale 5G testbed

The UK government has selected the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) to rollout the country's first multi-city 5G testbed.

As part of its winning bid to become a multi-city 5G testbed, the WMCA will receive £50 million in total for its ambitions.

£25 million will be supplied from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, while a further £25 million will come from partners trialling new 5G applications and services.

Digital Minister Margot James says:

By Ryan Daws, 04 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Innovation, IoT, Smart Cities.

Ericsson and Swisscom bolster 5G initiatives in Switzerland with end-to-end call

Ericsson and Swisscom have announced the completion of what is being described as Europe’s first end-to-end, multi-vendor 5G NR call in the Swiss city of Burgdorf.

The call was made over Swisscom’s 3GPP-compliant network using Ericsson’s radio technology, alongside the Ericsson Cloud Packet Core, a solution aimed to deliver converged communication services.

This can be seen as an...

By James Bourne, 04 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe, Networks.

Huawei and ZTE banned from Australia’s 5G market

It has been a long-running drama – and now Huawei has confirmed it has been banned, along with ZTE, from Australia’s 5G rollout over perceived security concerns.

A joint media release from senators Mitch Fifield – who has since resigned after a turbulent week in Australian politics which has seen prime minister Malcolm Turnbull ousted – and Scott Morrison, acting minister for home affairs, aimed to provide 5G...

By James Bourne, 24 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Networks.

Verizon and Nokia successfully complete transmission of 5G NR mobility call

Verizon and its technology partner Nokia has added another achievement to their book by conducting successful transmission of a 3GPP New Radio (NR) 5G signal to a receiver in a moving vehicle for the first time.

The trial, which was conducted at Nokia’s campus in Murray Hill NJ in June 2018, follows the companies’ successful completion of consecutive outdoor data sessions over the 5G NR standard, and the successful...

By Telecoms, 20 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks, Operators.

Deutsche Telekom ceases Iran operations ahead of T-Mobile/Sprint merger

Deutsche Telekom is ceasing its Iran operations to comply with US sanctions and help to ensure its proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger goes ahead.

The proposed Sprint/T-Mobile merger is one of the biggest things happening in Deutsche Telekom’s business. With tensions between the US and Iran strained, the company has decided to cut off ties with Tehran.

Sanctions against Iran were reimposed earlier this month which means any US company found dealing with the country would not be allowed to do business with...

By Ryan Daws, 17 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Government, Industry, Mobile, Networks.

Head of UK spy agency believes 5G increases cyber terror threat

The head of UK spy agency GCHQ has warned 5G will increase threats of digital terrorism due to its expected use in critical infrastructure.

Jeremy Fleming, Head of UK spy agency GCHQ, wrote in the Sunday Times to raise his concerns about the next generation of mobile networks.

5G is expected to expand beyond its current primary use for mobile broadband to connect...

By Ryan Daws, 14 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Networks, Security, Surveillance.

Nokia and Ericsson have links to China's Communist Party

While some believe Huawei poses a national security threat, some of its rival companies’ links to the Chinese Communist Party are ignored.

As the debate over whether Huawei should be banned from Australia’s 5G network rollout continues, the company has reportedly asked senior government officials whether the same security concerns apply to its Scandinavian rivals Nokia and Ericsson.

Nokia and Ericsson have existing contracts with the Australian government and both are expected to participate in...

By Ryan Daws, 13 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks.

Ericsson boosts its US investment to accelerate 5G deployments

Ericsson has pledged to boost its US investment to support the acceleration of 5G network deployments across the country.

Investments from Ericsson will all into two categories: 1) increase research and development work done close to customers in the US, and 2) increase flexibility to shorten the timeline for new product introduction and product delivery to customers.

Börje Ekholm, President and CEO of Ericsson, says:

“The United States is our largest market, accounting for a...

By Ryan Daws, 10 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks.

Deloitte: ‘Near impossible’ for the US to catch up with China on 5G

Analysts from Deloitte have determined it would be ‘near impossible’ for the US to catch up with China in 5G due to a significant investment gap.

Deloitte determined that China outspent the United States by $24 billion since 2015 and has over ten times more sites ready to support 5G. Furthermore, in the first three months of 2017 alone, China added more 5G sites than the US in the last three years.

"China and other countries may be creating a 5G tsunami, making it near impossible to catch...

VeChain is officially a ‘5G Partner’ of Japan’s largest telecoms company

Blockchain platform VeChain has been selected to be among the first batch of partners for NTT Docomo’s 5G Open Partner Program.

NTT Docomo is Japan’s largest telecoms company with over 76 million subscribers. The firm’s recent launch of the 5G Open Partner Program is aimed towards fostering the industrial use of the latest generation of mobile networks by 2020.

Blockchain technology is set to have an impact on many industries. VeChain started by focusing on a sector that’s ripe for...

By Ryan Daws, 06 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Innovation, Networks, Operators.

Moto Z3 is the world's first smartphone to support 5G – kind of

With relatively little fanfare, the world’s first smartphone that will technically support 5G networks has been announced.

Smartphone manufacturers bragged of their intentions to be first, industry fans placed their bets on who actually will be… all while Motorola quietly announced the Z3 with 5G support.

To be clear, the support will be added using the Z-series’ infamous Moto Mods.

Moto Mods have often been called a gimmick, but as we near the...

By Ryan Daws, 03 August 2018, 1 comment. Categories: 5G, Devices, Mobile, Smartphones.

IDTechEx argues benefits of 5G in latest note – but also offers pessimistic tone

A report titled “IoT Low Power Wireless Networks and 5G 2019-2029: Global Forecasts, Technologies, Applications” by IDTechEx Research, found that alongside the benefits of 5G there is also a growing pessimism.

The pessimism comes from many policymakers and telecom companies like Huawei, which is one of the leading 5G standard contributors. Their argument was that deployment of 5G will be very expensive for operators, requiring tens of thousands of new base stations per country and enormous...

By Telecoms, 03 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks, Research.

Three picks Huawei over existing 4G partners for its 5G network

Hutchison-owned Three has decided against its existing 3G/4G network partners in favour of Huawei for its future 5G rollout.

Three uses equipment from Nokia for its 3G network, and Samsung for 4G. The operator decided to once again switch things up for its 5G rollout over the belief Huawei’s technology is far more attractive.

Many rival operators around the world often choose to stick with the one vendor to ease the upgrade process and keep costs down. Ericsson is one vendor which has gone on record to...

By Ryan Daws, 03 August 2018, 1 comment. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Security.

China is going to set the pace for 5G network deployments

Many observers predicted China to be a leader in 5G, but an updated forecast shows an unprecedented deployment pace increase.

Analysts from Mobile Experts have released accurate 5G predictions over the past four years. Strong reports from China have caused the firm to dramatically revise their latest forecast.

The company predicts 5G will spread across most of the world at a steady pace over several years. China, however, will be a lot more aggressive.

Joe Madden, Principal Analyst for Mobile Experts,...

By Ryan Daws, 02 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks.

First-gen 5G smartphones will be chunky and guzzle power

Reports of Huawei choosing a supplier for large heat dissipation sheets all but confirms the first wave of 5G smartphones will be chunky and guzzle power.

Huawei wants to be among the first to launch a 5G smartphone and plans to do so in less than a year. Industry rumours put the release around June 2019.

The company is said to have decided on Taiwan-based Auras Technology for its cooling modules. While refraining from commenting directly on the rumours, Auras Chairman YS Lin said that smartphone...

By Ryan Daws, 31 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Consumers, Devices, Mobile, Smartphones.