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.

Futurist predicts WiFi will kill mobile networks by 2025

A futurist has gone on record alongside the CEO of Purple to make the bold prediction that WiFi will kill mobile networks by 2025.

Digital Futurist Mike Ryan and Purple CEO Gavin Wheeldon believe that mobile networks will fail to hold up under increasing data consumption driven by 5G and unlimited plans.

"Mobile networks rely on being able to offload data onto WiFi," says Wheeldon,...

By Ryan Daws, 18 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, WiFi, Wireless.

Why 5G does not mean the end of the hardwired router…for now

You may have noticed there has been lot of talk about 5G – but what is it and what can it do? It may seem like a woolly concept, but the truth is that its rollout could offer a myriad of benefits to both business and home users, changing the way we interact with our devices.

Currently no standards have been defined around 5G and therefore the technology remains somewhat fluid. The term itself has no anchor to any specific wireless technology, portion of broadband spectrum or network platforms. It does...

By Alan Patterson, 18 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Innovation, IoT, Networks.

Ericsson forecasts strong growth in 5G run-up

Ericsson is forecasting strong growth in the run-up to 5G, and today’s announcement from Verizon is a good indicator of that being the case.

Ericsson released its biannual mobility report last week forecasting strong growth over the coming decade. 5G is expected to cover 20 percent of the world’s population and represent around one billion subscriptions by 2023.

That growth in 5G will provide many opportunities for...

By Ryan Daws, 12 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks.

5G Americas argues how LTE progress is leading to the ‘Massive Internet of Things’

A new whitepaper by 5G Americas outlines how the 5G Massive Internet of Things (MIoT) market is projected to be a major business driver of the telecom industry.

The whitepaper, titled “LTE Progress Leading to the 5G Massive Internet of Things”, has provided an overview of the technological advancements that will support the expanding IoT, connected cars and wearables markets. The term Massive IoT (MIoT) has been recently created by the telecom industry to refer to the connection for...

By Telecoms, 11 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, IoT, LTE, Networks.

Five mandatory technologies that every telecoms company needs to grow

Today, telecommunications companies are forced to reckon with the changes that have taken place in the market: the emergence of new competitors; competition with wireless networks; VoIP; cable companies; IPTV; the influence of the Internet and OTT, and so forth. In response, network operators accelerated the transition to digital formats based on IP technologies, low latency, better standardisation and now even on virtualisation of network functions (NFV). So it’s...

By Suren Arustamyan, 11 December 2017, 1 comment. Categories: 5G, Cloud, Innovation, IoT, Operators.

Why an increase in small cell deployments is providing a fundamental building block for 5G

A detailed survey by the Small Cell Forum (SCF) has found densification has already started in the present LTE networks and will intensify in the 5G era due to significant changes in architecture and economics of small cells.

According to the research, the industry is already witnessing acceleration of deployments in the enterprise, where deployments of small cells surged by 98% between 2015 and 2017. It is also projected that small cell deployments will increase by up to 1600% from 2015 to 2025. SCF...

By Telecoms, 05 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Operators, Small Cells.

Samsung partners with KDDI for the first 5G demo on a high-speed train

Samsung Electronics has partnered with Japanese telecommunications operator KDDI for the first demonstration of 5G on a high-speed train. The partners conducted the world-first test on a train traveling at over 100km/h (over 60 mph) along a section of track where the distance between two stations was approximately 1.5km (nearly 1 mile). While the distance is not as far as what consumers will be hoping for in terms of coverage along transport routes, it nevertheless shows that high-speed 5G data can be delivered to high-speed vehicles. During the demonstration, the companies achieved a successful downlink and uplink handover as well...

By Ryan Daws, 01 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Infrastructure, Networks.

Ericsson predicts one billion 5G subscriptions by 2023 in latest report

Ericsson has looked into its crystal ball for its latest Mobility Report and come up with the goods: by 2023, there will be one billion 5G subscriptions, while global mobile data traffic will be more than 100 exabytes per month.

5G will cover more than 20% of the world’s population by the end of 2023, with early deployments expected in the US, South Korea, Japan and China. In terms of more general geographical trends, North America will lead 5G uptake, Ericsson says, expecting to account for 37% of all...

By James Bourne, 28 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Networks, Research.

Qualcomm, ZTE and China Mobile unveil first end-to-end 5G NR interoperable system

Qualcomm Technologies, ZTE and China Mobile have announced that they have successfully achieved the world’s first end-to-end 5G NR Interoperability Data Testing (IoDT) system demonstrating a data connection based on the 3GPP R15 standard.

The end-to-end 5G NR system operates in 3.5GHz and supports 100MHz bandwidth, compliant with the 3GPP Release-15 5G New Radio layer 1 framework, including the scalable OFDM numerology, new advanced channel coding and modulation schemes, and the low-latency...

By Telecoms, 20 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Networks.

Intel launches portfolio of commercial 5G modems

Intel has announced ‘substantial advances in its wireless product roadmap’ with new modems aiming to accelerate the adoption of 5G.

The tech giant has announced the introduction of Intel XMM 8000 series, the company’s first family of 5G new radio (5G NR) multi-mode commercial modems, and Intel XMM 7660, which is Intel’s latest LTE modem. It unveiled its XMM 7560 modem at the Mobile World Congress 2017, which has achieved gigabit-class speeds.

The Intel XMM 8000 series is a family of...

By Telecoms, 17 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, LTE, Networks.

Swisscom chooses Ericsson to deploy Gigabit LTE and 5G

Swisscom has selected Ericsson as a strategic Gigabit LTE and 5G supplier as it decides to make a total digital transformation and evolution of its entire network to deploy Gigabit LTE and 5G throughout Switzerland from 2018 and 2020, respectively.

By deploying Gigabit LTE and 5G network, Swisscom wants to give its customers an “extraordinary” mobile broadband experience. As part of the new partnership, Ericsson will transform Swisscom’s mobile operations by using its full stack telco cloud...

By Telecoms, 08 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe, LTE, Networks.

Telstra acquires MTData to boost connected vehicles and IoT play

Australian telco Telstra has announced the acquisition of fleet management provider MTData with the aim of bolstering its Internet of Things (IoT) play.

The telco adds IoT is a ‘core focus’ for the company and that its IoT footprint is unmatched in Australia. While this acquisition looks to put more beef in Telstra’s connected vehicle connectivity options, the company’s overall IoT fact sheet (

By James Bourne, 03 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, IoT, M2M.