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.

Alcatel-Lucent debuts new "ultra broadband" technologies

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Alcatel-Lucent appears set to be acquired by Nokia after getting over the final hurdle it needed of winning the approval of China's Ministry of Commerce. It's not hard to see why Nokia is so bullish about gaining the company's talent and technology, with the amount of innovations being pumped-out of Alcatel's labs...

Today, Alcatel-Lucent...

By Ryan Daws, 20 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity, Fiber Optic, G.fast, Innovation.

Opinion: The RF Path to 5G

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The rise of smart devices is largely what drove the wireless operators’ rapid implementation of 4G LTE networks in many regions. Dealing with the demand for data has been central to mobile operators’ strategies over the last number of years, they have worked not only to provide data-hungry subscribers with the bandwidth they need, but also to guard the profit margins...

By Navin Vohra, 09 October 2015, 1 comment. Categories: 5G, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, IoT.

Verizon to initiate 5G field trials in US in 2016

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Verizon is collaborating with a number of companies to boost innovation related to the deployment of 5G technology.

The company is targeting the initiation of field technology trials in 2016 and has put together working teams with Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, Nokia, Qualcomm and Samsung as part of Verizon’s 5G Technology Forum, which also comprises venture capital groups from the East and West coast looking to drive growth in emerging technologies.

Verizon executive vice...

By Telecoms, 23 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Operators.

Numerex works with T-Mobile US to facilitate 2G to LTE migration

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On-demand M2M provider Numerex is working with T-Mobile US to facilitate 2G to LTE migration via a technology upgrade program known as “LTE for the IoT”.

The offering integrates T-Mobile's country-wide 4G LTE network with the module, device, and platform know-how of Numerex. As the 2G turndown is imminent, the program provides a viable option in terms of cost to customers looking to upgrade their IoT deployments easily.

The upgrade program runs on the Numerex nxFAST IoT...

By Telecoms, 15 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, LTE, Operators.

5G industry research: 240m connections and $65bn in revenue by 2025

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According to latest figures by Juniper Research, there will be 240 million active 5G connections by 2025, while revenues will cross the $65 billion (£42.3bn) mark in that year at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 266% between 2020 and 2025.

The technology will gain a premium in comparison to existing ARPU levels on account of its several benefits and features as seen with initial 4G rollouts. Despite the seemingly high number of connections, Juniper warns this will only...

By Telecoms, 09 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband.

Ericsson makes widespread IoT adoption possible

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Gartner predicts 4.9 billion connected devices will be in-use by the end of this year, a number which is set to grow to over 25 billion by 2020. Existing networks are struggling to cope with the demand placed on them by the IoT – and whilst the development of new technologies has picked-up to solve this dilemma – until then software needs to step-in and optimise...

By Ryan Daws, 01 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Connectivity, Devices, Disruption, Industry, IoT, M2M, Networks.

Intel goes for 5G and IoT in latest strategic play

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Intel has elaborated on its plans to incorporate the Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G in its future roadmap – ‘from device to data centre’.

At its recent Intel Developer Forum (IDF), the tech giant announced it would collaborate with equipment and device manufacturers NTT DOCOMO, Nokia, and SK Telecom, alongside academic institutions to “accelerate 5G standards development and solve key technical challenges.” With this in mind Intel also announced the...

By James Bourne, 21 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, IoT, Networks.

The 5G puzzle for operators: Asia most likely to lead way on deployment

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Mobile operators expect Asia to lead the development and deployment of 5G technologies, according to research from InterDigital.

The operator community as a whole expects Asia (71%) to lead development and deployment of 5G, ahead of North America (52%) and Europe (45%), although operators in North America were more likely to think they would lead the charge. Telcos in Asia are already putting forward their proposals; Japanese operator DoCoMo says it will launch a first release of 5G to...

By James Bourne, 30 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Asia, Broadband.

Here's why most mobile data traffic will migrate to Wi-Fi networks

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Across the globe, mobile data traffic continues to grow at an unprecedented pace, driven primarily by online video usage. The increased number of mobile subscriptions, new smartphone users and the multitude of available software apps have resulted in an explosion in data usage.Worldwide mobile data traffic, generated by all smartphones, feature phones and media tablets, will approach almost 197,000 PB (Petabytes) by 2019 -- that's the equivalent to over 10 billion Blu-ray movies, according to the latest...

By David H. Deans, 02 June 2015, 3 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, LTE, WiFi, Wireless.

Ericsson paves the way for insane 5G speeds

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Researchers at Ericsson have been working on technologies to help shape 5G in the coming years, with perhaps one of the most exciting advancements being 'Multipoint Connectivity with Distributed MIMO' which the company demonstrated late last month. 

The technology allows devices to ping multiple towers and maintain more than one datastream at a time for enhanced speed...

By Ryan Daws, 01 June 2015, 1 comment. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Connectivity, Infrastructure, Innovation, IoT, Networks, Research.

The rise of the semi-connected consumer

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The nearly ubiquitous Wi-Fi availability increase in the western world has had a huge impact on the success of OTT service providers, many of whom have been instrumental in shaping the digital needs and expectations of customers.  Wi-Fi calling and messaging services have now become a feasible alternative to the lengthy and often expensive data-heavy contracts that are available from traditional mobile operators. This has given rise to the ‘semi connected consumer’ -...

By Timo Ahomäki, 18 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, WiFi.

Editorial: Strategic review of digital communications market

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Around the world the telecommunications market is going through a period of significant change with technologies such as small cells, the rollout of LTE, the exploration of 5G, and even new ideas such as the Internet of Things and the smart cities born out of it.

One of the digital communications markets...

By Ryan Daws, 13 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Consumers, LTE, MVNO, Operators, Regulation.

Samsung and SK Telecom to demonstrate 7.5Gbps "5G" technology

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You can guarantee 5G will be a big talking point during next week's Mobile World Congress, even if we don't know what it is yet. Samsung and SK Telecom, however, have a good idea of what it should look like and are prepared to show the world during the show...

The two Korean companies are always at the forefront of the latest technology, and that trend looks set to continue thanks to a 5G research and development...

By Ryan Daws, 24 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Networks, Research.

Verkotan buys Microsoft test chambers to recreate wireless environments

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Wireless performance testing specialists, Verkotan, has bought mobile equipment testing laboratories from Microsoft to ensure their facilities are class-leading and able to recreate the same problematic environments found by real-life customers in their day-to-day lives.

The team of six was founded back in November and has its roots in Nokia and...

By Ryan Daws, 09 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Licensing, Testing & Measurement.

Ups and downs of the mobile internet movement

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Not that long ago, internet access via a mobile phone was considered a novelty. Today, as more mobile network operators continue to achieve breakthroughs in broadband upload and download speeds, the growth in total mobile data traffic is rising exponentially.ABI Research now predicts that the average monthly data consumed per mobile service subscriber will increase from 445 megabytes in 2014 to 2,289 megabytes by 2019.In early December 2014, Nokia Networks unveiled its carrier...

By David H. Deans, 03 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks.

Capacity: Delivering app coverage on the road to 5G

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5G may be generating both hype and search engine optimization efforts but, for mobile operators, 5G is already a key consideration in their network strategy and planning. In other words, mobile operators are already on the road to 5G…

There are two recurring concepts that we see when we consider the network evolution to 5G:

  • The first is the concept of app coverage, which looks at network performance and capacity from the user perspective. This is...

By Eric Parsons, 30 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Connectivity, Industry, Networks, Operators, Spectrum.

The tactile internet: IoT, 5G and cloud on steroids

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By Professor Mischa Dohler & Professor Gerhard Fettweis, Fellows of the IEEE

Each Internet generation was believed to be the last, with designs pushed to near perfection. The first and original Internet, a virtually infinite network of computers, was a paradigm changer and went on to define the economies of the late 20th century. However, after that Internet came the Mobile Internet, connecting billions of smart phones and laptops, and yet again redefining entire segments...

By Telefónica, 10 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Cloud, IoT, M2M, Networks.

Samsung gives us a taste of 5G (with 7.5Gbps speeds)

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Korean giant Samsung is often at the forefront of new technologies, and with 5G, it looks to be well-ahead of its time. The standard isn't expected for a few years yet, but a number of companies have started to work on and help shape what it should look like according to their visions.

Samsung has been testing its own...

By Ryan Daws, 15 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Infrastructure, Networks, Research.