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.

Orange Belgium’s LPWA IoT network reaches 100% coverage

Orange Belgium, one of the leading telecommunication operators in Belgium, has announced a nationwide roll-out of Narrow Band-IoT (NB-IoT) and LTE-M technologies – popularly known as ‘Mobile IoT’ on its network.

The NB-IoT and LTE-M technologies are Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) cellular network layers that facilitate large number of objects to be connected to IoT.

LPWA technologies offer many advantages when connecting objects to IoT such as; extending battery life of the connected equipment,...

By Telecoms, 07 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, IoT, Networks.

Samsung partners with KDDI for the first 5G demo on a high-speed train

Samsung Electronics has partnered with Japanese telecommunications operator KDDI for the first demonstration of 5G on a high-speed train. The partners conducted the world-first test on a train traveling at over 100km/h (over 60 mph) along a section of track where the distance between two stations was approximately 1.5km (nearly 1 mile). While the distance is not as far as what consumers will be hoping for in terms of coverage along transport routes, it nevertheless shows that high-speed 5G data can be delivered to high-speed vehicles. During the demonstration, the companies achieved a successful downlink and uplink handover as well...

By Ryan Daws, 01 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Infrastructure, Networks.

Openreach use drones to connect rural areas with fast broadband

Openreach is using drones to quickly bring high-speed fibre broadband to rural areas.

The drones help to lay a fibre cable across routes that would have been difficult to deploy across. Due to the small drones used, the actual fibre cable was too heavy for them to lift directly.

Instead, Openreach engineers are using the drones to fly a high-strength fishing line around 100 meters and drop it across the top...

By Ryan Daws, 30 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Fiber Optic, Infrastructure, Networks, Rural.

Vodafone partners with CityFibre to topple the broadband giants

Vodafone is teaming up with CityFibre in a bid to offer a true alternative to Openreach and Virgin Media in the fibre broadband arena.

In the UK today, consumers have two major options when it comes to fibre broadband. You can go with an Openreach-leased network — such as BT, Sky, or TalkTalk — or there’s Virgin Media.

CityFibre is hoping to offer an alternative to these broadband giants...

By Ryan Daws, 09 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Fiber Optic, Networks, Operators.

Telstra acquires MTData to boost connected vehicles and IoT play

Australian telco Telstra has announced the acquisition of fleet management provider MTData with the aim of bolstering its Internet of Things (IoT) play.

The telco adds IoT is a ‘core focus’ for the company and that its IoT footprint is unmatched in Australia. While this acquisition looks to put more beef in Telstra’s connected vehicle connectivity options, the company’s overall IoT fact sheet (

By James Bourne, 03 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, IoT, M2M.

Telcos switch to prioritising 4G availability over speed

The latest OpenSignal report indicates that global telecoms operators have begun to prioritise 4G availability over speed.

Operators first boasted of their 4G download speeds even when their coverage was poor. As past reports from OpenSignal have shown, these speeds have increased over the years and the ability to boast of faster speeds than competitors appeared to be the priority for operators.

However, according to the...

By Ryan Daws, 01 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, LTE, Networks, Operators.

AT&T announces “5G” Evolution mobile hotspot router

AT&T is hoping the hype for 5G will drive consumers to buy its new mobile hotspot router, despite being nothing to do with 5G.

What the router will offer, however, is faster speeds and more reliability. In that respect it’s a stepping point towards what 5G should offer, but it’s more of a 4.75G (4.5G is reserved for LTE-Advanced) than anything to do with 5G.

"Only AT&T lets you get...

By Ryan Daws, 26 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, N America, WiFi.