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.

Opinion: Accurate and objective testing is key in making 5G a reality

With 5G seemingly on the horizon, people across the UK are dreaming up the possibilities that this super-fast connectivity will bring. Before that time comes, however, we will need to acquire the right technology, plus objective and accurate data concerning the user experience and coverage.

Building 5G

Although 4G and 3G were both designed primarily as new air interfaces, the same is not true of 5G. Instead, it has largely been driven by discussions on use cases and applications, resulting in the scopes of 5G...

By Hakan Ekman, 31 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G.

Ericsson to help Entel evolve towards 5G mobile network with extended partnership

The 20-year strategic partnership Ericsson holds with Entel has been extended to help the Chile-based telecom company to evolve towards 5G mobile network.

As part of the new contract, Ericsson will deploy its latest LTE FDD network technologies and LTE TDD Massive MIMO (multiple input multiple output) thereby helping Entel to boost competitiveness and gain more revenue streams. Entel will be the first operator in Latin America to deploy Massive MIMO countrywide.

Alfredo Parot, VP of technologies and...

By Telecoms, 30 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks.

AT&T announces “5G” Evolution mobile hotspot router

AT&T is hoping the hype for 5G will drive consumers to buy its new mobile hotspot router, despite being nothing to do with 5G.

What the router will offer, however, is faster speeds and more reliability. In that respect it’s a stepping point towards what 5G should offer, but it’s more of a 4.75G (4.5G is reserved for LTE-Advanced) than anything to do with 5G.

"Only AT&T lets you get...

By Ryan Daws, 26 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, N America, WiFi.

ZTE launches ‘total solution’ designed to accelerate the pre-5G evolution

At the recently held 2017 ZTE Wireless and Services User Congress in Brussels, ZTE introduced a total solution designed to expedite the 2017 ZTE Wireless and Services User Congress, which represents a comprehensive Pre5G upgrade following ZTE’s proposal on its Pre5G innovation philosophy and development of a series of solutions.

The total Pre5G solution revolves around enabling the 5G-like eMBB, 5G-Ready network architecture, and 5G-oriented service applications for all-round 5G network construction....

By Telecoms, 24 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Networks.

Majority of one billion 5G users in 2023 will be China-based, says CCS Insight

The number of 5G subscribers across the world will hit the one billion mark by mid-2023, with more than half of those from China, according to the latest figures from CCS Insight.

According to the company’s estimates, China will represent more than four subscribers in 10 5G connections globally by 2025. This is because the country will take an early lead compared to other nations, such as South Korea, Japan, and the US - who are fighting it out to champion the first commercial launch of the network, in...

By Telecoms, 23 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Networks.

Huawei launches the first 5G antenna deployment solution

Huawei has partnered with Telefonica to launch what it claims to be the world’s first 5G-oriented antenna deployment solution.

The company’s 5G antenna deployment solution was announced in Munich during the 2017 Global Antenna Technology & Industry Forum and directly follows the launch of the company’s latest flagship smartphone with dedicated AI.

By Ryan Daws, 20 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Industry, Infrastructure, Operators.