Small cells and 5G: What the Digital Economy Bill changes mean for operators

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The new Digital Economy Bill, referenced in The Queen’s Speech, has now been debated at its Second Hearing in Parliament and is now going through the process of eventually becoming law. Part of the Digital Economy Bill includes amending the Electronic Communications Code (ECC).

The ECC has, among other provisions, guidelines for arrangements between landowners and mobile mast owners including restrictions for mast height and location. The ECC has not been drastically...

By Paul Carter, 18 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe, Infrastructure, Small Cells.

Analysing why 5G will deliver enhanced mobile internet experiences

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The next generation of wireless communications will apply 5G technologies, and demand for service offerings is evolving slowly. The very first discussions about 5G started in 2012, and in 2013 NTT DoCoMo considered the possibility of deploying 5G in time for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

Soon after, South Korea set the target for 5G pre-standard national service -- in reality, a 4.5G offering -- for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in 2018.  Since then, 5G R&D developments...

By David H. Deans, 27 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, LTE, Networks.

Specs and standards: What is the deal with 5G, anyway?

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It seems just a short while ago when 4G networks were rolled out, with mobile carriers making a lot of fanfare about the new technology and the promised increases in performance. Back then we were reading about the first ground-breaking 4G enabled phones and also a certain actor promoting it in the UK as the best thing since sliced bread!  

4G access is a commodity now. We sit up and take notice if our phones aren’t...

By Chris Romeika, 13 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadcast, IoT, LTE, Networks.

How mobile comms instrumentation is meeting the big data and IoT challenge

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It is 25 years since the 900 MHz GSM standard marked the birth of digital wireless communications. The hunger for data in cellular communications remains insatiable and demand for further technological progress persists. A tenfold increase in mobile data traffic is expected over the next six years, and experts predict an exponential increase in the number of things (Internet of Things, IoT) that communicate with each other via mobile networks....

By Meik Kottkamp, 01 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Big Data, IoT, LTE, Networks.

Tested to destruction: Delivering the 5G dream

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The year 2020 may seem like a long way off, but interest in the development of faster and more robust 5G wireless networks is gathering. While visions of a ‘digital society’ downloading films in less than five seconds and enjoying a revolution in virtual reality grab the headlines, discussion within the industry is centred on what the future holds for the next generation of the mobile network. Yet with the patchy coverage of 4G, mobile consumers in the UK are still spending...

By Sven Boddington, 19 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity.

White House rolls out $400m 5G networks research program

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With a view to facilitate the development of 5G wireless networks across the US, the White House has launched a $400 million Advanced Wireless Research Initiative (AWRI) led by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The announcement follows the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Spectrum Frontiers vote to open high-frequency millimetre wave spectrum for both licensed and unlicensed use.

At the 2015 State of the Union, President Obama said, “Twenty-first century...

By Telecoms, 21 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Networks.

5G milestone reached as ultra-high frequency spectrum made available

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5G is coming, and we're expecting high-speed data on par with that of fixed-line fiber connections. In order to achieve that ambitious goal it will take a different approach from what operators are used to, but it at least begins

Why 5G has ‘captured hearts and minds’ of the wireless industry

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Advisory body 5G Americas has published a whitepaper titled, “Global Organisations Forge New Frontier of 5G”, that details several industry, academic, private company and government organisations that are working towards taking forward the development of fifth generation (5G) technology and its ecosystem.

Chris Pearson, president of 5G Americas, said: “LTE will provide the mobile broadband foundation for 5G for years to come, yet there is no denying that 5G has captured...

By Telecoms, 07 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity, Wireless.

Why 5G is forecast to reach 24 million subscribers by 2021

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The ongoing evolution of mobile network infrastructure to fifth-generation (5G) technologies is already in the planning stages within much of the developed world, as mobile internet traffic fuels the demand for more data bandwidth. Meanwhile, 4G investment has peaked in several key markets.

North America and Asia will each account for more than 40 percent of global 5G subscriptions at the end of 2021, followed by Europe with more than 10 percent of subscriptions, with the Middle...

By David H. Deans, 04 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband.

Ericsson announces restructuring after Q1 sales disappoint

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Swedish telecommunications giant Ericsson has announced disappointing Q1 sales and the intention to focus on restructuring to harness new oportunities and drive growth and profitability over the coming years. Hans Vestberg, President and CEO, Ericsson, says: "We are not satisfied with our overall growth and profitability development over past...

By Ryan Daws, 21 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Devices, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Networks.

Research: 5G will generate $247 billion revenue in 2025

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According to research by ABI, mobile operators should prepare to welcome a big paycheck in 2025 as 5G is expected to generate $247 billion revenue. This growth will be fuelled by the North America, Western Europe, and Asia-Pacific markets. 

“5G will be a fast growing cellular technology, most probably faster than preceding generations including 4G,”...

By Ryan Daws, 13 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Mobile, Operators, Small Cells.

Korea Telecom and NEC trial 5G backhaul ahead of 2018 Winter Games

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In two years’ time, Pyeongchang in South Korea will be hosting events as part of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Ahead of the event, Korea Telecom and NEC have been trialling 5G backhaul services to launch alongside it for attendees and participants.

The trial was conducted in the E-band spectrum on the 70-80GHz frequency, and utilised NEC’s iPASOLINK EX solution...

By Ryan Daws, 08 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation.

AT&T reveals 5G roadmap, schedules field trials

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The fifth generation of wireless technology, 5G, is the talk of the industry and we’ll be sure to report on all the latest developments from this year's Mobile World Congress later this month. Until then, you'll have to settle for welcome news that AT&T has revealed their roadmap for 5G, and that field trials are due to start before the year's...

By Ryan Daws, 12 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, IoT, Mobile.

Opinion: 4G to 5G - 2015 to 2016

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Looking back on LTE deployment has shown us that 2015 was a slow year for most of the deployment teams. However, it was not dead. Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile US continued to build out their networks and gave steady work to the teams. The LTE rollouts among the larger carriers are nearly complete, but this doesn’t mean that 3G will be going away soon because there are so...

By Wade Sarver, 13 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, LTE, M2M, Standards.

Evolution of mobile networks for the Internet of Things

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The emergence of IoT will bring radical innovations and entirely new ways of delivering services across businesses and industries. Over the past few years, an exponential growth in smartphones led by ubiquitous mobile broadband coverage transformed telecom networks to being data centric networks. The evolution to the IoT will see mobility, broadband, and cloud as disruptive...

By Hammad Tariq, 09 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, M2M.

5G uptake predicted faster than 4G – subscriptions to hit 150m by 2021

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According to Ericsson's latest Mobility Report, 5G is set to be in huge demand with 150 million subscribers expected to adopt it by 2021 - a year after the technology is due to hit the market. Such a large uptake over a short period would mean 5G is adopted much faster than 4G has. 

The markets which Ericsson predicts will lead 5G uptake is...

By Ryan Daws, 17 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Consumers, Europe, Industry, IoT, Research.

Superfluidity Project wants to build a cloud-based 5G network

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A consortium of vendors and institutions are collaborating on a project called 'Superfluidity' which hopes to build a 5G network based on cloud principles. The converged 5G virtual network and service platform will be distributed over the mobile edge and core of 5G networks extending up to data centers. 

The project describes itself as tackling...

By Ryan Daws, 10 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Cloud, Infrastructure, Innovation, Networks, Research.

Ericsson introduces 5G research exchange project - aims for unified infrastructure market

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Ericsson has announced the launch of a research exchange project between industry partners which aims to advance the development of 5G technology and create a unified European infrastructure market.

The 5G Exchange (5GEx) project is described as a Phase 1 5G infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5G PPP) and integrates multiple operators and various technologies. 5G PPP was initiated by the EU Commission to ensure the necessary solutions, architectures,...

By Ryan Daws, 27 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Research, Standards.

Telstra's 4G network will hit 99% coverage by 2017 – continues to lead the Australian market

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During this year's Telstra 2015 Australian Digital Summit in Sydney, CEO Andrew Penn committed to delivering 4G coverage to 99 percent of the population by June 2017. This will be achieved through a AU$5 billion investment over the next three years from the telecommunications provider. 

"We are committed to having the...

By Ryan Daws, 26 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators.