Month: October 2020

US satellite communications company Ligado Networks raised $3.85 billion to fuel plans to deploy 5G services using L-band spectrum, moving ahead with the effort despite continued pushback from critics. The company stated the funding will allow it to strengthen strategic partnerships with industry players including chipset designers, device manufacturers and network infrastructure providers. It added
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China has already constructed over 690,000 5G base stations nationwide by the end of September, Chinese press reported citing information from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. The government also said that subscribers using applications such as ultra-high definition video, cloud games and virtual reality based on the 5G network already reach nearly 160
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After the disappointing launch price of the Pixel 3a in India last year, and the decision to not launch the Pixel 4, there has been little reason to get excited about the new models launched this year. Google is not launching the Pixel 5 or the Pixel 4a 5G in India, at least not yet,
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I realised that I have not looked at Positioning techniques a lot in our blogs so this one should be a good summary of the latest positioning techniques in 5G. Qualcomm has a nice short summary here: Release 16 supports multi-/single-cell and device-based positioning, defining a new positioning reference signal (PRS) used by various 5G positioning
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China Telecom added 27 million 5G package subscribers in Q3, taking its total to 64.8 million as it works towards a target to surpass 80 million by the year-end. The gains pushed 5G penetration to 18.6 per cent from 11 per cent in Q2, when its tally stood at 21.2 million customers. Its overall mobile
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National regulator Agcom has now revealed the extent to which FTTH connections are improving throughout Italy, showing that a 30 Mbps fixed internet speed is now far more accessible today than it was four years ago.   According to Agcom’s figures, the number of Italian’s with access to a connection of this quality or better
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Sweden should reverse its ban on Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei and ZTE from a planned 5G spectrum auction to avoid a “negative impact” on its own companies, said China’s foreign ministry. “China expresses strong dissatisfaction with Sweden,” said foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, speaking at a regular news briefing in Beijing on Wednesday. The Swedish
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Mobile streaming video startup Quibi, which was backed by Hollywood, has been forced to shut down after its core narrative failed to persuade. On the face of it, creating a new SVoD (subscription video on demand) service at a time when Apple and Disney were joining the fray was at the very least optimistic. But
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Apologies if you’ve heard this story before, but one of the first projects I worked on as an analyst was a research piece focused on opportunities for the use of 28GHz spectrum in the US. Recent auctions had just taken place for what was being called Local Multipoint Distribution Service (LDMS) spectrum and people wanted
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Facebook moderators were reportedly pressured by their employer Genpact to return to office despite safety concerns over the ongoing coronavirus-induced pandemic. Genpact, a third-party contracting firm that handles Facebook’s moderation operations, has reportedly been asking its employees to return to its offices in Hyderabad as early as July. Genpact claimed that most parts of Facebook’s
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Telecoms.com periodically invites expert third parties to share their views on the industry’s most pressing issues. In this piece Susan James, senior director of Telecommunications Strategy at Red Hat, explains why she things edge computing will enable CSPs to maximise their 5G capabilities, strike up partnerships with hyperscalers and flourish as cloud-native players. The edge conversation
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6G SYMPOSIUM: AT&T executive Mazin Gilbert cited AI, edge infrastructure and further reductions in latency as critical areas of focus for the next generation of mobile technology if it is to truly go beyond the capabilities offered by 5G. The VP of network analytics and automation said 6G networks will require 100-times the data throughput
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2020 has seen communications technology become increasingly politicised, with the US wielding its diplomatic might to push countries away from using Chinese technology, which it deems to be a security threat. Naturally, this exclusionary tactic has left the door wide open for traditional RAN vendors, such as Nokia, Ericsson and increasingly Samsung, to fill the
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CommScope exec: ‘the acquisition further solidifies CommScope’s position as innovative indoor RAN provider’ CommScope has acquired the complete patent portfolio for virtual radio access networks (vRAN) from Phluido, a company specializing in RAN virtualization and disaggregation. According to CommScope, the patents “address key concepts introduced in both 5G and O-RAN radio access networks, including efficient fronthaul
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