The UK is set to permit Huawei equipment in 5G networks in ‘limited role’

British officials will reportedly greenlight the use of Huawei equipment in national 5G networks despite US-led concerns.

Reuters reports officials from senior government departments held a meeting on Wednesday and made the recommendation to allow the Chinese network vendor in a “limited role” in national 5G networks.

A complete ban on Huawei’s equipment would be a costly endeavour. Telecoms reported...

Huawei founder says the company is ready 'to withstand' further US actions

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei has said the company has invested heavily in ensuring it can withstand further US actions taken against it.

The Chinese giant is the world's most popular telecoms equipment manufacturer and the second-largest smartphone maker. Despite various US actions taken against Huawei, the company is yet to be shaken from its leading positions.

The US has long...

How 5G technology will continue to evolve mobile voice services

The global mobile communication services market has always been prone to technological disruption and innovation. Over the past 10 years, however, the mobile voice services landscape has been profoundly affected by advances in new technology.

These include the penetration of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in communication services, the rise of highly customised over the top (OTT) mobile voice and messaging applications, and the rollout of superior connectivity modes such as 4G LTE and...

By David H. Deans, 23 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Content, LTE, Operators, OTT Services, Research.

KT and Samsung to develop 5G-powered medical service

KT Corporation, along with Samsung Medical Center (SMC), have announced the launch of a 5G-enabled medical service as an initial step to setup a 5G-based smart hospital. The pilot project, which is developed by the Seoul-based South Korean telecom giant, developed service environments in operating and proton therapy rooms and performed a test operation.

Based on the results from the pilot, both KT, formerly Korea Telecom, and...

By Telecoms, 20 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Asia, Connectivity, Disruption.

Rogers rolls out Canada’s first 5G network, plans more than 20 markets by 2020 end

Canadian telecommunications provider Rogers has started rolling out Canada’s first 5G network in Toronto, downtown Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa, expanding to more than 20 markets by the end of 2020.

The network will initially use 2.5 GHz spectrum, with plans to move to 600 MHz 5G spectrum – better to carry wireless data across long distances and through urban buildings – later in the year. The firm is also...

By Telecoms, 16 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, N America.

US officials issue the UK with a dossier highlighting Huawei 5G risks

Officials from the US have issued Downing Street highlighting the risks of allowing Huawei to have involvement in national 5G networks.

The US has long taken a wary stance of Chinese telecoms equipment over concerns of state control and potential surveillance. With 5G set to be used for more critical infrastructure, the US has increased pressure on its allies to block Huawei equipment in particular.

Huawei has a reputation for innovative equipment at cost effective prices. With

FCC announces rules for $20 billion allocation of rural broadband funds

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on rules later this month for the distribution of over $20 billion in rural broadband funds.

FCC chairman Ajit Pai announced the rules on Wednesday for the funds that will not only support rural broadband providers, but also companies that have previously been ineligible for subsidies including wireless firms, electric co-ops, and cable providers.

The funds will be distributed over 10 years with the intention of finally closing the digital divide when it...

IDC shows how 5G use case development will drive further adoption

Across the globe, mobile network service providers are preparing for the ongoing deployment of fifth-generation (5G) wireless network infrastructure. The number of 5G connections is forecast to grow from roughly 10 million in 2019 to 1.01 billion in 2023, according to the latest worldwide market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

This represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 217.2 percent over the 2019-2023 forecast period. By 2023, IDC expects 5G will represent 8.9 percent of all mobile...

By David H. Deans, 07 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Operators, Research.

Huawei remains confident about its UK future as it opens innovation centre

Huawei remains confident about its future in the UK as the Chinese vendor opens a new 5G innovation centre in London.

The vendor describes its new facility as a “base for knowledge and skills sharing” and intends to promote collaboration between innovators and businesses in 5G. Visitors can experience 5G applications, such as VR and AR, as well as test out brand new innovations.

“With the opening of our 5G Innovation and Experience Centre in London we, as a leader of 5G, are taking another...

Tech groups petition US court to reconsider net neutrality ruling

Groups representing major tech firms have asked a US court to reconsider an October ruling which largely upheld the 2017 repealing of net neutrality rules.

The subject of net neutrality consistently made the headlines during 2017 and 2018 – we know, we wrote many of them – but it's become a less hot topic this year.

Part of the reason for the decline in debate is that the FCC ruled against net neutrality in December 2017 and repealed...

AT&T switches on its low-band 5G network in ten cities

AT&T has switched on its low-band 5G network in ten cities across the United States as it ramps up its rollout.

The network launched alongside the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G and is now available to all customers in the ten cities rather than select business partners. 

AT&T's network is now live in:

  • Birmingham, AL

  • Indianapolis, IN

  • Los Angeles, CA

  • Milwaukee, WI

  • Pittsburgh, PA

  • Providence, RI

  • Rochester, NY

  • San Diego, CA

  • San Francisco, CA

  • San Jose, CA

The next cities being targeted for launch are Boston, Bridgeport, Connecticut; Buffalo, New York; Las Vegas, Louisville, Kentucky and New York City. A specific date is yet to be set but AT&T says it's working "toward offering nationwide coverage in the first half of 2020".

As a reminder, AT&T now essentially has three types of 5G network...

By , 13 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Spectrum, Wireless.

Nokia’s partnership ecosystem prepares for local 5G and private wireless LTE in Japan

Nokia has announced that its partnership ecosystem is preparing to introduce local 5G/private wireless LTE to industrial as well as government customers in Japan.

By the end of December, the spectrum designated for local 5G will be released for enterprise use. The firm will help to boost IoT for industries in Japan by uniquely offering an end-to-end industrial-grade private wireless portfolio. By the end of 2019, the Japanese...

By Telecoms, 13 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Asia, Connectivity, LTE.

Optus claims making world's first 5G data call using 2300MHz spectrum

Australian telecommunication company Optus is claiming that it has made the world's first 5G data call by making use of a 2300MHz spectrum.

Optus conducted the test in Sydney with Ericsson kit. According to the company, it is the only Australian telecommunications firm with shares in the 2300MHz and 3500MHz spectrum bands.

Optus...

By Telecoms, 11 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Testing & Measurement.

Deloitte notes how 5G could boost smartphone sales in latest survey

Two in three consumers are more likely to buy a new phone once 5G-compatible devices become available, according to a new Deloitte survey.

The study, Deloitte's Connectivity and Mobile Trends report, found that 16% of consumers who use smartphones said that 5G capabilities will be the most important factor when they choose their next phone. While 26% chose display quality as their top preference, 22% opted for brand. 

As first reported

By Telecoms, 06 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Research, Smartphones.

South Korea boasts of hitting almost four million 5G subscribers

The Ministry of Science and ICT in South Korea reports the country is close to hitting the milestone of four million 5G subscribers.

While it's often debated whether South Korea or the US was first to launch a commercially available 5G network, both countries were among the first.

This leadership makes South Korea closely watched by industry observers for how their 5G rollout is progressing, including the pace of adoption.

5G adoption is happening fast in South Korea. As of October, the ministry reports...

By Ryan Daws, 03 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

China forces new mobile network subscribers to provide facial scans

A controversial law which forces new mobile subscribers in China to first provide scans of their face has now been implemented.

To sign up for a new plan, Chinese consumers will still need their national ID card but will now also be forced to supply facial scans. First announced in September, Beijing says it’s taking the step to “protect the legitimate rights and interest of citizens in cyberspace.”

The...

By Ryan Daws, 02 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: China, Connectivity, Consumers, Government, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Privacy, Surveillance.

EE streams live AR music gig to multiple locations using 5G

UK mobile operator EE has streamed a live gig to multiple locations using 5G and augmented reality technology.

Commuters passing through Birmingham's New Street Station were treated to the show by four-piece group Bastille, best known for their track Pompeii, in-person.

In a demonstration of how 5G is bringing live shows to consumers wherever they are, EE also streamed the show to people passing through Liverpool and Edinburgh city centres.

Nreal’s mixed reality glasses were used alongside the...

By Ryan Daws, 29 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Entertainment, Innovation, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

SK Telecom selects Ericsson’s Cloud Packet Core to power its 5G network

SK Telecom has announced that it has selected Ericsson’s Cloud Packet Core to power its 5G network. 

The Cloud Packet Core from Ericsson helps service providers to smoothly migrate to 5G Core stand-alone architecture. It also helps to create visibility, value and control of traffic and applications by determining the optimal quality of a service, then enforcing it through an appropriate policy. 

Jung Chang-kwan, VP and head of infra engineering group at SK Telecom, said: “By...

By Telecoms, 28 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Operators.