#HAS2018: Huawei CEO tempers 5G expectations

One of Huawei’s rotating CEOs has gone on record to downplay consumer expectations of 5G compared to previous generations

Eric Xu was speaking during the Huawei Analyst Summit (#HAS2018) in Shenzhen when he warned that consumers are unlikely to see a ‘fundamental difference’ between 5G and 4G. For operators planning to charge extra for 5G services, it could be a tough sell to potential customers without many tangible improvements.

Speed is one area where specific...

By Ryan Daws, 17 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Mobile, Networks.

CCS Insight predicts Europe will fall behind in 5G

Researchers at CCS Insight have released a report predicting that Europe will fall behind in the rollout of 5G.

The research firm predicts the U.S. and China will lead the way in deploying the next generation of mobile technology. Initial commercial deployments in the U.S. are expected this year, but China is set to overtake in connection volume by 2020.

CCS Insight's forecast of an initial U.S. lead corroborates with a...

By Ryan Daws, 06 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

Ofcom: 5G spectrum auction is complete – and here are the results

Telecoms regulator Ofcom has confirmed the completion of its milestone auction for 5G spectrum and is now ready to announce the results.

Ofcom ran a spectrum auction for two frequency bands – 2.3 GHz, and 3.4 GHz.

2.3 GHz is geared towards 4G use and will help to improve capacity as more devices and users congest networks. 3.4 GHz is the frequency most eyes are on, as it’s the primary band earmarked for 5G.

Philip Marnick, Spectrum Group Director at Ofcom, says:

By Ryan Daws, 05 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Connectivity, Government, Industry, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Spectrum.

GSMA: The U.S will ‘pioneer’ 5G with 190m connections by 2025

The GSMA has identified several key reasons why it believes the United States market will be the pioneer of 5G over the coming years.

In a new report, the GSMA estimates the U.S. will have 100 million 5G connections by 2023 and 190 million by 2025. Over the entire period, it believes the market will continuously lead the world in the percentage of 5G connections.

Among the main reasons for this...

By Ryan Daws, 28 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, IoT, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Research.

UK hands £25m to 5G testbeds as Ofcom confirms next week’s auction

The UK government and its bodies are upping 5G preparation by providing new testbed funds and confirming next week’s spectrum auction.

UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom has confirmed it will hold its next spectrum auction on Tuesday 20th March. Slices of 4G and 5G spectrum will be sold off to operators looking to expand their portfolios.

All the major mobile operators — EE/BT, O2, Vodafone,...

By Ryan Daws, 12 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

Editorial: Delivering on 5G’s promises

The industry has made bold promises about 5G and some have begun to question if they can be delivered.

Chris Nicoll, Principal Analyst at ACG Research, also pitched this question during a session at MWC in Barcelona which featured speakers from Nokia, Samsung, Evolved Intelligence, and the 5GIC.

Nicoll has written plenty on the promises of 5G in the past, and describes himself as ‘not a sceptic, but a...

By Ryan Daws, 02 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Networks, Standards.

Our moon is getting its own 4G network

50 years after Neil Armstrong first stepped on the moon, another step for man is set to be achieved.

Vodafone is partnering with Nokia to launch a 4G network on the moon. The plan is backed by Berlin-based PTScientists who are looking to achieve the first privately funded moon landing next year.

Robert Böhme, CEO and Founder of PTScientists, said:

“This is a crucial first step for sustainable exploration of the solar system. In order for humanity to leave the cradle of Earth, we...

By Ryan Daws, 28 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Infrastructure, LTE, Networks, Operators.

LTE now represents most of the world's roaming traffic

While most people have been talking about the next generation of mobile network technology, LTE has reached an important new milestone.

According to data from Syniverse, inter-regional LTE data roaming traffic has surpassed non-LTE data roaming traffic for the first time.

In the past year alone, LTE traffic rose to 54 percent of global outbound roaming traffic in 2017 – up from 42 percent in 2016.

John Wick, Senior Vice President at Syniverse, comments:

“Syniverse’s data...

By Ryan Daws, 26 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Roaming.

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.

Praise be signal! Masts will be installed on rural church spires

Ministers have signed a deal with the Church of England to install mobile phone masts on the high spires of rural churches.

Matt Hancock, Digital Secretary of State, says:

“Churches are central features and valued assets for local communities up and down the country. This agreement with the Church of England will mean that even a 15th century building can help make Britain fit for the future improving people’s lives by...

By Ryan Daws, 19 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Government, Infrastructure, Rural.

EU and South Korea partner to ‘champion’ 5G at Winter Games

A joint EU-South Korea project known as 5GCHAMPION will be demonstrated next week during the 2018 Winter Games.

The system combines terrestrial wireless communications, including mmWave access, with satellite communication technology. 5GCHAMPION aims to demonstrate its fully-integrated intercontinental 5G network proof of concept.

Dr. Emilio Calvanese Strinati, Innovation and Scientific Director at Leti,...

By Ryan Daws, 15 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Disruption, Government, Industry, Research.

EE’s new 4G home broadband antenna plans to connect 580,000 homes across the UK

EE has announced trials of a new 4G home broadband antenna that it expects will provide more than 580,000 UK homes with high-speed internet for the first time.

The new 4G home broadband solution combines the 4GEE Home Router with a powerful external antenna and professional installation service. EE believes it will deliver high-speed internet in rural areas that can only access broadband speeds under 10Mbps today.

Sarah...

By Ryan Daws, 09 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators, Rural.

Deutsche Telekom partners with Nokia and Hamburg Port to conduct industrial 5G research

Deutsche Telekom has announced a collaboration with Nokia and Hamburg Port Authority to conduct research into the use of 5G in an industrial environment.

The partners will use the 8,000-hectare site in the Port of Hambug to carry out 5G tests of functions such as network slicing.

As part of the tests, 5G will be used for testing out expected real-world use cases including things such as traffic lights management, virtual...

By Ryan Daws, 02 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Infrastructure, IoT, Research.

T-Mobile prepares to capitalise on NB-IoT growth

T-Mobile has revealed the nation’s first plan for narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) as it prepares to capitalise on expected growth.

NB-IoT is built on the 3GPP standard and is often seen as a step towards 5G IoT with its similar benefits — which includes low power usage, long battery life, and support for more connections per cell site.

Mike Sievert, Chief Operating Officer for T-Mobile, says:

By Ryan Daws, 09 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Operators.

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.

Futurist predicts WiFi will kill mobile networks by 2025

A futurist has gone on record alongside the CEO of Purple to make the bold prediction that WiFi will kill mobile networks by 2025.

Digital Futurist Mike Ryan and Purple CEO Gavin Wheeldon believe that mobile networks will fail to hold up under increasing data consumption driven by 5G and unlimited plans.

"Mobile networks rely on being able to offload data onto WiFi," says Wheeldon,...

By Ryan Daws, 18 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, WiFi, Wireless.

Lord Adonis: Dear Ofcom, fix ‘deplorable’ mobile coverage

The chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission, Lord Adonis, has written a letter to the head of Ofcom calling for the telecoms regulator to fix ‘deplorable’ mobile phone coverage.

In the letter, Lord Adonis says the regulator should “put all options on the table” to improve mobile phone coverage between now and the next mobile spectrum being auctioned.

Large parts of the country remain without reliable coverage

By Ryan Daws, 18 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Regulation.

Armed Forces Chief: UK must boost its navy to defend underwater cables from Russia

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach has warned the UK must boost its naval forces to counter the Russian threat to underwater cables.

Russia’s modernised navy has often been spotted near to underwater communications cables in the Atlantic. The economic reliance on these cables makes them a prime target.

Britain’s economy is around 80 percent service-based and relies on underwater cables to...

By Ryan Daws, 15 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Europe, Infrastructure, Security.

Ericsson forecasts strong growth in 5G run-up

Ericsson is forecasting strong growth in the run-up to 5G, and today’s announcement from Verizon is a good indicator of that being the case.

Ericsson released its biannual mobility report last week forecasting strong growth over the coming decade. 5G is expected to cover 20 percent of the world’s population and represent around one billion subscriptions by 2023.

That growth in 5G will provide many opportunities for...

By Ryan Daws, 12 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks.