5G

21 APR 2021 Mobile World Live‘s  Justin Springham is joined by Richie Peng, president of Huawei’s 5G product line; Eric Jao, vice president at Nreal, a company focused on mixed reality; and Xiaojun Jang, CEO of augmented reality player EasyAR, as the guest trio discuss the quickly changing 5G landscape, looking at three broad aspects
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Verizon added 5G in four additional US cities, bringing the total number covered by its mobile service to 71, alongside expanding availability of a compatible home internet service. The operator added parts of New Orleans, Louisiana; Fresno and Riverside in California; and San Antonio, Texas to its next-generation mobile network, and is also deploying its
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European Commission (EC) EVP Margrethe Vestager (pictured) reportedly unveiled intentions to collaborate with India on creating global standards for security and transparency in 5G rollouts. Vestager told Bloomberg the European Union (EU) planned to put the 5G deployment topic on the agenda at a summit between the bloc and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on
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Vodafone Germany teamed with Ericsson, Qualcomm and Oppo to commercialise its 5G standalone network in Europe, in what was claimed as a first for the region, covering several cities. In a statement, the companies said the move marked a milestone in the development of the technology in Europe. Vodafone upgraded 1,000 sites to SA 5G,
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SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus agreed to share 5G infrastructure in rural and remote areas of South Korea as part of a Ministry of Science and ICT initiative to boost access, Yonhap News Agency reported. The ministry reportedly stated the operators will deploy a network sharing system by the end of the year, with
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The CEO of Canadian operator Shaw Communications pointed to the necessity of its proposed takeover by domestic rival Rogers Communications to push the full benefits of 5G in the country and rapidly expand connectivity. In the company’s fiscal Q2 results statement (covering the three months to end-February), Brad Shaw argued it would take significant investment
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New Zealand operator 2degrees outlined plans for a late entry into the country’s 5G race, selecting Swedish vendor Ericsson to supply RAN and core equipment for a launch in major cities later this year. In a statement, 2degrees noted work on the 5G network will start immediately, with the first sites to be deployed in
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Smartphone shipments in China during Q1 doubled year-on-year, with 5G models accounting for a greater portion of the total, government figures showed. The China Academy of Information and Communications (CAICT) reported total shipments grew 101.5 per cent to 96.2 million units, of which 71.3 per cent were 5G compatible compared with 29.5 per cent in
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Chinese smartphone maker Realme laid out ambitions to advance adoption of 5G across India, South East Asia and Europe, with plans to scale up rollout of suitable next-generation products at affordable prices. In an open letter, Realme CEO Sky Li said the company wanted to make affordable 5G products, with the goal of 70 per
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I have written about the 5G positioning techniques not that long back on this blog here and on connectivity technology blog here. With Release-16 now ready for deployment, Huawei has already announced world’s first in 5G Indoor Positioning. Their announcement said: China Mobile Suzhou and Huawei reached a new milestone with the verification of the
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Portuguese regulator Anacom revealed proposals to streamline the country’s ongoing 5G auction over fears its slow progress would prove detrimental to the country achieving full economic benefits from the new network technology. Portugal’s controversial spectrum auction has been running in some form since November 2020, when the process commenced with an allocation specifically for a
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HKT ha probado una red 5G autónoma en un ensayo con tecnología C-V2X (siglas de conexión celular entre vehículo con todo tipo de infraestructuras) realizado en la vía pública. Según la empresa, es la primera vez que un sector vertical prueba la tecnología 5G autónoma en Hong Kong. La operadora explica que la prueba se
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Ericsson CEO Borje Ekholm (pictured) used a shareholder meeting to hammer home previous warnings about the need to speed 5G deployments in Europe or risk lagging the US and China. Ekholm explained Europe was coming from behind on 5G because of a legacy lag from 4G, and explained political action is needed to speed deployments
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LG Uplus continued a move to distribute its immersive 5G content outside of South Korea through an agreement to provide AR and VR material to Thai big hitter AIS, Yonhap News Agency reported. The deal, valued at $11.1 million, covers the launch of immersive 5G services, the news outlet stated. LG Uplus has been aggressive
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Japan-based KDDI accelerated its 5G rollout to reach coverage requirements mandated by the government, tapping 700MHz spectrum to complement a network running on the 3.7GHz and 28GHz bands. In a statement, Samsung said KDDI selected its 700MHz radio, and indoor and outdoor baseband units. The vendor already supplies its mid-band and mmWave equipment. KDDI previously
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Competition in the South Korean mobile market was tipped to heat up as ten MVNOs prepared to release low-cost 5G data plans following steps by the Ministry of Science and ICT to relax pricing rules, Yonhap News Agency reported. Tariffs to be unveiled this month will offer subscribers as much as 30GB of data for
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Hong Kong’s Communications Authority (CA) set plans to hold a 5G auction to assign a total of 325MHz of spectrum across five bands in Q4. CA stated the sale will provide 220MHz of new spectrum in the 600MHz, 700MHz and 4.9GHz bands, along with 105MHz of re-assigned 850MHz and 2.5GHz to 2.6GHz. A single auction
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India’s government began fleshing out its approach to implementing new network equipment purchasing rules, The Economic Times (ET) reported, advancing a move thought to be designed to keep Huawei and ZTE out of the nation’s 5G deployments. A representative from one vendor told the newspaper the National Cyber Security Coordinator (NCSC) will require operators to
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PARTNER CONTENT: Rollouts of 5G networks across the world picked up pace throughout 2020, with the ecosystem maturing rapidly and the outlook for the coming years looking even brighter. IHS Markit forecasts global 5G subscribers to reach 500 million in just three years since its introduction in 2019, compared with the six years it took
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I have been meaning to write a post on RAN functional splits and even make a video. Recently I came across multiple of these things so I am taking a shortcut by posting them here.  The first is this basic introductory video from Parallel Wireless where they explain why you need RAN splits providing examples of
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Europe will be required to ramp network investment to the tune of €300 billion up to 2025 to ensure the continent taps into the full economic potential of 5G, telecoms association ETNO concluded in a new report on the technology. The study, entitled Connectivity and Beyond: How telcos can accelerate a digital future for all,
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IDC forecast 5G devices would account for more than half of smartphone shipments in Australia this year, with the overall market expected to recover from a decline in 2020. The research company predicts 5G models will comprise 57 per cent of total shipments, up from 27 per cent in 2020. The growth will be driven
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Canadian operator Telus outlined plans to raise CAD1.3 billion ($1 billion) through a share sale, a move designed to boost investments in 5G networks and broadband connectivity. Telus said it would sell a total 51.3 million shares to underwriters as part of an equity offering at CAD25.23 each, representing a 3.4 per cent premium at
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Safaricom told Mobile World Live (MWL) it will launch commercial 5G service in Kenya tomorrow (26 March), with the move tipped to be the first rollout of the next-generation technology in the country. In a statement to MWL, Safaricom said it partnered with Nokia and Huawei for the rollout. Business Daily Africa reported the deployment
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Spark New Zealand unveiled an innovation hub to support local enterprises’ use of emerging technologies to transform their businesses and drive growth as they adapt to challenges including Covid-19 (coronavirus) and climate change. IoT lead Tony Agar said the Innovation Studio aims to bridge the gap between understanding and action by demystifying emerging technology and
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Aerospace and defence company Lockheed Martin teamed with start-up Omnispace to develop a satellite-based 5G system to supplement terrestrial coverage. The companies explained they would combine Lockheed Martin’s satellite technology and government market expertise with a 3GPP-compliant mobile network in the works from Omnispace to deliver a 5G system running on 2GHz spectrum for commercial
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Samsung Networks won a deal to provide 5G new radio (NR) equipment to Japanese operator NTT Docomo, further advancing the South Korean vendor’s share of the global market. In a brief statement, Samsung said it will deliver an open RAN-compliant system to boost Docomo’s 5G coverage. The operator launched a commercial service in March 2020,
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