Qualcomm, KT, and Samsung play nice together in 5G NR interoperability demo

Three mobile industry leaders have announced the successful test of 5G interoperability based on the recent 3GPP Release-15 global standard.

Data connections used for testing operated in the 3.5GHz and 28GHz bands using pre-commercial 5G NR base stations from Samsung, and 5G NR UE prototypes from Qualcomm.

“As the industry works toward the goal of commercial launches of 5G NR products and networks in 2019, close collaboration among global mobile industry leaders on testing and successful trials are...

By Ryan Daws, 20 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Mobile, Networks, Standards.

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.

Why open standards are vital for CSPs to gather revenue opportunities from the IoT

A new oneM2M whitepaper argues an open standards approach would be the key for communication service providers (CSPs) to gather revenue related opportunities coming from IoT applications that make use of low power wide area (LPWA) networks.

The whitepaper, titled “Boost LPWA revenue through oneM2M”, is a part of oneM2M’s ongoing work that aims to speed up mass deployment of IoT which is said to add value to both CSPs as well as end-users. In case of IoT, open standards were formulated after...

By Telecoms, 13 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, M2M, Operators, Standards.

Arqiva acquires 28GHz spectrum license ahead of 5G FWA trial

Communications infrastructure provider Arqiva has announced the acquisition of an additional 28GHz spectrum license ahead of the UK’s first 5G FWA field trial.

Global trials in countries leading 5G research including the USA, Japan, and South Korea have been utilising the 28GHz spectrum band for Fixed Wireless Access (FWA). The acquired Region A licence for 2x 112MHz covers Central and Greater London and bolsters Arqiva’s existing nationwide spectrum band ownership.

By Ryan Daws, 04 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Mobile, Spectrum, Standards.

Ericsson takes pole position on 5GCAR project

Ericsson is leading a partnership which is focused on developing a 5G architecture for vehicle-to-everything (V2X) services.

The ‘5GCAR Project’ is backed by the EU and was selected as part of phase 2 of the 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5G PPP). 14 industry leaders are working on the project including PSA group, Orange, and Volvo Cars.

Having such projects in Europe is key in this worldwide race, as it will secure additional business and employment

By Ryan Daws, 07 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, IoT, Standards.

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.

Telenor enables Google’s RCS messaging in Europe and Asia

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Telenor is rolling out Google’s Rich Communication Services (RCS) to customers in Europe and Asia, which it hopes will succeed SMS.

As with most technologies over time, SMS is quickly becoming a relic as more people adopt feature-rich IP messaging solutions like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. These solutions, however, are not universal and require the other user to have the same app installed.

By Ryan Daws, 16 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Mobile, Standards.

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

#MWC16: RCS steps forward as Google and GSMA launch client with operators

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RCS, or Rich Communication Services, is how operators will continue the fight against feature-rich OTT services like WhatsApp through an interoperable standard enabling things like group messaging, IP voice calls, and file sharing between networks. 

As traditional SMS use declines, it will be RCS which hopes to retain those...

By Ryan Daws, 22 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Disruption, Google, Industry, Innovation, OTT Services, Standards.

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.

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.

Google acquires Jibe Mobile – backs it to lead Rich Communications standard

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Earlier this week, we reported on new research from Juniper which points towards OTT voice providers expecting to witness a fivefold revenue increase over the next five years at the expense of traditional operators' voice revenue – which is on a serious decline. 

Part of the reason for this decline in voice revenue...

By Ryan Daws, 01 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Disruption, Google, Industry, Innovation, OTT Services, Standards.

Why open standards on the web will benefit us all

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Deep within the bowels of the internet there is a battle raging - one that has the potential to fundamentally change how people use the web.

Actually, that’s probably a bit dramatic. The bowels of the internet are far more likely to be a brightly lit, open-plan office in downtown San Francisco, or maybe a bit further south in Silicon...

By Telefónica, 17 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Standards.

Customer trials of IPv6 begin in the UK

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A few years ago, some headlines would have made you think the end is nigh for the internet due to a lack of IPv4 addresses to identify each device and allow connection with online services. Luckily, most of the major ISPs held a large stockpile of unused addresses which meant we could all go back to ignoring the impending virtual doom.

Of course IPv4 has a successor, IPv6, of which...

By Ryan Daws, 13 April 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Broadband, Capacity, Connectivity, Devices, Industry, Standards.