Telco cloud to reach critical mass after 2020 – driven by 5G growth

Large scale telco cloud deployments will hit global critical mass after 2020 in parallel with the deployment of 5G, according to a new report from ABI Research.

The report, titled ‘Telco Cloud Framework and Deployment Roadmaps’, argues the latest network generation will likely require a new core network to allow for advanced concepts, including network slicing and services geared toward different business verticals. Early 5G deployments, during which time there will not be an immediate need for a...

By Telecoms, 20 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Cloud, Networks, Research.

Galaxy S8 will be the first smartphone to support gigabit LTE

It might be Samsung’s new “Infinity Display” on the Galaxy S8 receiving most of the attention, but the smartphone also has the honour of being first to support gigabit LTE.

Qualcomm revealed last year the first smartphone to support gigabit LTE would arrive in the first half of 2017. While many suspected it would be Samsung’s latest smartphone, this wasn’t confirmed until the Galaxy S8’s full reveal yesterday.

The Galaxy S8 is powered by the...

By Ryan Daws, 30 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, LTE, Networks.

Ericsson and SoftBank to conduct 5G trials on 28GHz spectrum

Ericsson and SoftBank have announced the next step of their 5G trial to 28GHz, after successfully completing the 4.5GHz and 15GHz spectrum on basic 5G trials in Tokyo.

Started in August 2016, the comprehensive 5G run included base stations and user equipment with control signal feedback using mid-band spectrum at 4.5 GHz, which is now one of the future candidate bands for 5G services in Japan.

The upcoming 5G tests will be conducted both in indoor and outdoor trial environments covering both device mobility...

By Telecoms, 27 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Mobile, Networks.

How mobile infrastructure revenue reached $43 billion in 2016

Mobile telecom service provider global infrastructure investment in 2016 was not what vendors had anticipated. But there were pockets of growth in a few key markets where mobile internet demand had fuelled local expansion.

According to the latest worldwide market study by IHS Markit, during the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2016, the global macrocell mobile infrastructure market totaled $11 billion, rising 7 percent sequentially, driven by strong activity in a few Asian countries...

By David H. Deans, 14 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks.

Turin to become Italy’s first 5G city, aims for total deployment by 2020

Turin will become the first city in Italy with a 5G mobile network after the municipality signed a memorandum of understanding with Telecom Italia (TIM).

The project is expected to start its metropolitan trial in 2018, with the aim of covering the whole city by 2020. The telco will install more than 100 small cells in the main areas of the city, as well as at both the city’s universities, with 3,000 users being made part of the trial process.

While plenty of the industry discussion around 5G has been that of bluff...

By James Bourne, 13 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks, Smart Cities.

GSMA report forecasts 5G connections to reach 1.1 billion by 2025

Commercial 5G networks will be ‘widely deployed’ by the beginning of the next decade, according to a new report from the GSMA.

The report, titled ‘The 5G Era: Age of Boundless Connectivity and Intelligent Automation’, was based on an extensive survey of 750 operator CEOs and other industry stakeholders and released at the time of Mobile World Congress last week.

GSMA has predicted that commercial 5G networks will be widely deployed at the beginning of the next decade and, by 2025, will...

By Telecoms, 09 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Networks.

Samsung and Arqiva will trial 5G in the UK this year

Samsung and Arqiva have announced plans to launch 5G trials focused on Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) in the UK during the second half of this year.

The companies decided on the UK as their starting point in Europe due to the country’s low broadband penetration and promising spectrum conditions. Samsung and Arqiva are hoping to demonstrate the potential for 5G to offer a compelling alternative to fibre.

“With advanced news of 5G trials already being made in the US and Korean...

By Ryan Daws, 24 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks.

5G specs are finalised and we now know what to expect

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has published a draft of what it believes will become the final 5G specification – offering us a glimpse at what to expect in terms of performance.

If you want all the granular details, hit the draft link above, otherwise, we’ll try and break down the highlights of “Draft new Report ITU-R M.[IMT-2020.TECH PERF REQ]” for you here with less jargon and formulae.

To be truly...

By Ryan Daws, 24 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Standards.

5G edges closer as China Mobile announces large-scale testing

China Mobile, alongside partners Qualcomm and ZTE, has announced plans to conduct large-scale 5G tests based on specs being developed by 3GPP.

Before a new generation of mobile technology is rolled out, interoperability tests and over-the-air field tests need to be conducted. With today’s announcement, China Mobile is looking to get an early start in this process while the 5G standard is still being finalised.

“The trials will operate in sub-6 GHz mid-band spectrum at 3.5 GHz...

By Ryan Daws, 22 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Industry, Innovation, Mobile, Networks.

Ericsson launches ‘first mover’ 5G platform and announces milestone

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Swedish telco giant Ericsson has announced the launch of a new platform aimed at the ‘first movers’ in 5G, incorporating virtual and augmented reality.

The company expects the opportunity for operators on 5G technology to hit $582 billion (£467bn) globally by 2026, or a 34% uptick in revenues, while adding that the manufacturing, energy and utilities sectors have the biggest potential for growth going forward.

The platform comprises the 5G core, radio and transport...

By James Bourne, 20 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, NFV, SDN.

South Korea’s first NFV-based routing deployment launches with LG U+ and Juniper

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South Korean cellular carrier LG U+ has chosen Juniper Networks to help carry out the country’s first routing deployment based around network functions virtualisation (NFV), according to a release from the network provider.

There were no prior public NFV-based routing references deployments in Korea, and LG U+ wanted someone with a proven track record to provide guidance and support on the 5G project. Juniper worked closely alongside LG U+ from the initial stages of the project to...

By Telecoms, 26 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks, NFV, Operators.

Nokia updates 5G and small cell roadmap in latest missive

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Nokia is looking to showcase its 5G roadmap and unveil technologies that will “be the basis of the next generation of dynamic networks”, the company has said.

At the upcoming IEEE Globecom 2016 event, Nokia will demonstrate how operators can maximise resources such as spectrum to deliver the vastly increased capacity and speed required to serve the expanded ‘fabric’ of connected people, machines and devices expected in the 5G era.

The company will be using its...

By Telecoms, 06 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Small Cells.

Ericsson launches verified NFV infrastructure services

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Ericsson has announced the launch of its verified network functions virtualisation (NFV) solution, known as NFVi, which supports software defined infrastructure, as well as helps provide the building blocks for 5G and IoT infrastructure.

The move will align with various aspects of Ericsson’s current service portfolio, including its hyperscale data centre system, cloud SDN as well as its Cloud Execution Environment and Cloud Manager, as well as other consulting, system...

By James Bourne, 02 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Cloud, IoT, Networks, NFV, SDN.

How 5G LTE mobile networks are enabling a connected future

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As the growing applications for mobile internet access place greater demands on wireless broadband communication networks around the globe, telecom service providers are updating their infrastructure to support the traffic.

There are more than 7.2 billion wireless connections, including 1.45 billion LTE connections, around the world today that are operating with the technology standards developed by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP).

5G Americas, the industry trade...

By David H. Deans, 22 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Disruption, LTE, Networks.

Small Cell Forum urges greater focus from telecom regulators over HetNets and 5G

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The Small Cell Forum (SCF) hs called upon telecom regulators to help build a ‘consistent and supportive’ regulatory environments for deploying heterogeneous networks (HetNets) with the development of 5G technologies.

The organisation believes that dense HetNets stand as the backbone for pervasive and robust connectivity of underlying communications, which helps efficient utilisation of spectrum and network resources.

In order to support this initiative, SCF is...

By Telecoms, 15 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks, Small Cells.

The 5G virtualisation challenge: The next steps

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5G will revolutionise communications by not only offering higher capacity, but also providing new services that service providers will be able to deploy across their network in a very short and simple manner, resulting in faster time-to-market and stronger competition among top service and application providers.

This comes as a result of the fundamental change in the way networks will be designed in the 5G era. Architectures and technologies such as SDN (software defined networking),...

By Dudy Cohen, 07 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Cloud, Networks.