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.

Deutsche Telekom looks to Berlin for Europe’s first 5G antennas

Deutsche Telekom is aiming to showcase the future of communication by installing high-speed 5G antennas in the real world setting of Berlin, which provide extremely high throughput and very short network reaction times.

Claudia Nemat, Member of the Management Board responsible for Technology & Innovation at Deutsche Telekom, said: “We are demonstrating 5G live here, in the middle of Berlin, rather than in a lab. This is a very decisive developmental step on the way to the global launch of 5G, which...

By Telecoms, 18 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe, Operators.

Qualcomm announces ‘world first’ connection to a 5G modem chipset

Qualcomm has announced the world's first connection to a 5G mobile chipset in a demonstration conducted with Verizon.

The chipset used for the demonstration was Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem, which was featured in a reference design smartphone. Qualcomm expects the initial smartphones to be connected to 5G by their X50 modem during the first round of service launches anticipated for the first half of 2019.

Announced during Qualcomm’s annual 5G summit in Hong Kong, the company is teaming up...

By Ryan Daws, 17 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Mobile, Networks.

Floating antennas can provide fast, reliable 5G

Researchers are proposing a floating antenna design to help alleviate overcrowding in the electromagnetic frequency spectrum and boost wireless signals.

The researchers, from the ElectroScience Laboratory (ESL) at Ohio State University, are designing suspended high-gain millimeter-wave antenna arrays constructed through a combination of 3D printing and MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems).

Overcrowding will become more of an issue when 5G arrives. Already packed lower frequencies will come under increased...

By Ryan Daws, 16 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks, Wireless.

Ericsson survey reveals 28% of operators expect to deploy 5G by 2018

Ericsson has released the results of its 5G Readiness Survey 2017 which features some fascinating insights on how the industry is preparing itself. According to the survey, 5G trials are being carried out by 78% of the respondents in 2017 compared to 32% in 2016. 28% of the respondents expect to deploy 5G in 2018.

According to the survey, 5G trials are being carried out by 78% of the respondents in 2017 compared to 32% in 2016. 28% of the respondents expect to deploy 5G in 2018.

Operators have also developed...

By Telecoms, 13 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G.

Mobile networks are too vulnerable for smart cities – users at risk of surveillance

An analytical report has revealed serious vulnerabilities in current and future mobile networks which makes them unsuitable for smart cities and puts users at risk of surveillance.

The cybersecurity experts at Positive Technologies discovered security flaws in the 4G network core known as the EPC (Evolved Packet Core) which can be exploited through vulnerabilities in the GTP protocol.

GTP (GPRS Tunneling Protocol) is a group of...

By Ryan Daws, 10 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Industry, IoT, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Security, Smart Cities, Surveillance.

Telia, Ericsson and Intel to deploy first public 5G live network use cases in Europe

Telia is working together with Ericsson and Intel to deploy the first public 5G live network use cases in Europe.

The activity includes a high-speed 5G connection to a commercial passenger cruise ship delivering internet connectivity to its passengers while in port, and an industrial use case featuring a construction excavator remotely controlled with a live 5G network. This is an important milestone for all three partners in the global 5G roadmap, making it possible to bring live 5G services in Tallinn and...

By Telecoms, 29 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe, Networks.

How 5G is set to change the broadcasting and sports landscape

5G will revolutionise the way broadcasters deliver content and enhance their customer experience, according to Caroline Chan, vice president of the network platforms group at Intel.

Chan, speaking at the IBC Conference in Amsterdam, told attendees to begin considering how future 5G developments would affect their business, with early adopters getting set to launch.

In a blog post Chan

By James Bourne, 22 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadcast, Content.

Bari and Matera set to push ahead with 5G testing through TIM, Fastweb and Huawei

Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM), alongside Fastweb and Huawei, will start 5G testing in the Italian cities of Bari and Matera.

The three companies will submit a joint plan with 52 international, national and local bodies, such as university centres of excellence and leading IT companies. The first 5G use scenarios will be provisionally set for June 2018, with three quarters of the area set to be covered by the end of the year and full coverage for both cities by the end of 2019.

Bari, a port city in southern...

By James Bourne, 21 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe.

Nokia aims to change industry verticals through 5G with WIVE project

Tens of billions of connected devices are said to turn into intelligent and programmable systems over the next decade, which is expected to benefit almost every industry at large. Transportation and resource consumption, learning and work, and treatment of health and wellness will be the ones affected by this transformation. This will not only generate massive opportunities in the sector, but will also bring new capacity requirements for networks.

There are many groups across the globe already working on...

By Telecoms, 19 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Industry.

Telecom Infra Project focuses on millimeter wave tech in latest update

The Telecom Infra Project, a 450-strong organisation which focuses on changing approaches to telecom network infrastructure, has announced a project around millimeter wave (mmWave) networks.

The Millimeter Wave Networks Project Group, co-chaired by Facebook and Deutsche Telekom (DT) and announced at Mobile World Congress Americas in San Francisco, aims to “accelerate the deployment of mmWave networks and collaborate on innovative network planning...

By James Bourne, 14 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Networks.

MWC: 49% of US connections will be 5G by 2025

A report from the GSMA, released to mark the start of MWC Americas, predicts 49 percent of US connections will be 5G by 2025.

North America is a global leader in 4G adoption and the GSMA anticipates the nation to make a similar rapid transition to 5G. While around half of U.S connections are expected to be on 5G by 2025, the report expects adoption in Europe and the leading Asian markets(China, Japan, and South Korea) to be around 30 percent.

Mats Granryd, Director General of the...

By Ryan Daws, 13 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, IoT, Mobile, N America, Networks.

SoftBank and Huawei combine to demonstrate 5G use cases

SoftBank and Huawei have announced a variety of potential use cases for a 5G network.

The use cases include real-time UHD video transmission using ultra-high throughput of over 800 Mbps, remote control of a robotic arm using ultra-low latency transmission and remote rendering via a GPU server using edge computing to the company’s business partners.

The demo was conducted using a UHD camera, which was installed inside the demonstration room to capture outdoor scenery of the Odaiba Tokyo Bay area. The...

By Telecoms, 08 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Asia, Connectivity, Networks.

SK Telecom inching closer to 5G realisation with low latency technology and repeater

South Korean wireless telecommunications operator SK Telecom has worked with Finnish multinational company Nokia to dramatically reduce the latency between the handset and base station from 25 milliseconds (ms) to 2ms over its LTE network – thus moving one step closer to realising 5G.

The newly developed 2ms latency technology is expected to facilitate the development of diverse real-time services such as autonomous driving, artificial reality and virtual reality services. The low latency communication...

By Telecoms, 04 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, LTE, Operators.

Deutsche Telekom and Huawei launch Europe’s first 5G network

Deutsche Telekom has partnered with Huawei to launch Europe’s first commercial network heavily-based on what the final 5G standard is set to be.

While 5G is yet to be officially standardised, the 3GPP standards body announced it will bring forward its plans by six months and lock down the first standards in December. This means we’ve reached a point where little change is expected and vendors can get to work on standardised 5G equipment. In fact, some operators expect to launch...

By Ryan Daws, 01 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators.