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Nokia and AT&T completed trials of voice calls in C-Band spectrum, moving the pair closer to a goal of launching 5G service in the band this year. The companies employed a device running Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 5G modem-RF in a pair of trials conducted at AT&T’s headquarters in Texas and the city of Detroit, Michigan.
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The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) scheduled its next auction of 5G-suitable mid-band spectrum to commence on 5 October, offering up to 4,060 licences covering the 3.45GHz to 3.55GHz band. Dubbed Auction 110, the regulator plans to auction ten licences of 10MHz in each of the nation’s 416 Partial Economic Areas, geographic boundaries established under
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An online conference on 5G is currently going on. ‘Backed by 5G: Technology for Impact’, is hosted by Start North as a part of the Aalto University Summer Course 5G Hack the Mall. It is a two-week online conference which gathers the industry experts, entrepreneurs and policymakers together to discuss, present and question how 5G will affect our
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Dos entidades de tecnología móvil en Japón y Finlandia han acordado colaborar en el desarrollo de tecnologías 6G con el objetivo de hacer contribuciones significativas a los estándares globales y desarrollos regulatorios. El Consorcio de Promoción Beyond 5G del Ministerio del Interior y Comunicaciones de Japón y el programa de investigación 6G Flagship dirigido por
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Research by IBM’s Institute of Business Value found most operators have not yet developed a business case for 5G applications, though executives were optimistic on the prospects for edge-computing as a revenue generator. A survey of around 500 operator executives revealed 7 per cent of new services are expected to be uniquely enabled by 5G.
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Nokia, Qualcomm and UScellular claimed a world record after transmitting data over a distance of more than 10 kilometers (kms) on a live mmWave network, potentially addressing a key stumbling block for the spectrum. The companies reported average downlink speeds of approximately 1Gb/s during trials in the 28GHz band across multiple locations on UScellular’s network in
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Back in November 2020, ITU completed the evaluation for global affirmation of IMT-2020 technologies. Three new technologies were successfully evaluated by ITU and were found to conform with the International Mobile Telecommunications 2020 (IMT-2020) vision and stringent performance requirements. The technologies are: 3GPP 5G-SRIT and 3GPP 5G-RIT submitted by the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP),
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Shipments of 5G-enabled smartphones to Australia increased in the year to end-March, IDC revealed, citing the release of more compatible models and a rise in consumer confidence. IDC data showed 5G models accounted for 55 per cent of shipments in Q1 compared with 14 per cent in the opening quarter of 2020, with the number
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Viettel Group, VNPT and Mobifone expanded network sharing agreements to cover 5G RAN equipment, Vietnamnet reported stating the move is a first in terms of active infrastructure. Previous agreements covered passive infrastructure including base stations, antennas and towers, the news outlet reported, adding the 5G agreements also cover roaming and testing. Vietnamnet noted operators are
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Spain released the terms for its latest 5G spectrum auction, snipping starting prices by an average of 15 per cent from its initial estimate and easing other conditions in an attempt to promote operator investment. Unveiling the final document Spain’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation pointed to changes from its original draft related
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Fitch Ratings forecast weak growth and high 5G investment to weigh on the profitability of mobile operators in Thailand, as the economy recovers slowly from a third wave of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The company expects flat service revenue for the sector in 2021, down from its previous forecast of low single-digit growth, with operators
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We looked at the 5G Enhanced URLLC (eURLLC) earlier. One of the ways to improve reliability is to have redundancy in the user plane. This can use different approaches like:  Duplicating N3 Adding a secondary gNB using Dual connectivity Introducing another UPF Two anchor UPFs In fact they are all built on top of each
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Singtel turned on its standalone (SA) 5G network in parts of the city state, becoming the first to offer the upgraded service. The operator claimed its SA 5G network offers 30 per cent faster uploads than LTE, along with stronger authentication and encryption. It deployed more than 1,000 sites running on 3.5GHz spectrum in locations
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La compañía de investigación IDC pronostica que las ventas de smartphones alcanzarán a fines de 2021 su volumen máximo de los seis últimos años, sumando 1.380 millones de unidades. El mercado se está viendo impulsado por la demanda entre los consumidores de terminales 5G, cuyo precio es cada vez más asequible. IDC estima en un
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Nokia scored another RAN deal in the Philippines, being tapped to provide 5G equipment for a launch planned on the island of Mindanao by new entrant Dito Telecommunity. The vendor explained the 5G RAN deal involves equipment from its Massive MIMO, multi-band, single RAN AirScale portfolio, along with its NetAct platform for network management and
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Indonesia-based Telkomsel reportedly launched commercial 5G service in six residential locations in Jakarta and in parts of eight other cities today (27 May), making it the first in the country to offer the next-generation technology. Local news outlet Kompas stated services were live, with the launch coming three days after Telkomsel detailed its plan. The
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Ericsson teamed with Italian aerospace, defence and security company Leonardo to develop 5G products and business models for industrial, public safety and critical infrastructure applications. The companies stated they will focus on addressing cybersecurity, particularly in critical infrastructure areas. They plan to use LTE and 5G to provide secure communications for emergency services, pooling R&D
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Realme detailed the global launch of Narzo, a new smartphone series targeting younger users released as part of a wider push to launch more affordable 5G products. The move is headed by Narzo 30 5G, a gaming-focused smartphone designed for younger users. Realme’s move comes after CEO Sky LI issued an open letter outlining intentions to
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T-Mobile US became the latest US carrier to offer business internet service based on fixed wireless access (FWA) after AT&T and Verizon. The move follows the recent launch of T-Mobile’s 5G Home Internet service. The operator told Mobile World Live its Small Business Internet offer will covers 2.5 million addresses when it goes live on
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Last year I blogged about Global ITU AI/ML 5G Challenge on the theme “How to apply ITU’s ML architecture in 5G networks”.  The grand challenge finale happened in December. All the recording and presentations are available here. Back in October, Bilel Jamoussi from ITU presented a keynote to the 2020 IEEE 5G World Forum plenary
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Nokia ha formalizado un acuerdo con Movistar Chile, del grupo Telefónica, para suministrar los equipos para el despliegue de 5G del operador. El país se dispone a lanzar la conectividad de próxima generación tras ser el primer estado de América Latina en licitar espectro para ello. El suministrador finlandés ha indicado que utilizará sus productos
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Australia-based Optus turned on its first 5G mmWave sites in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane using the 800MHz of 26GHz spectrum acquired in an auction last month. The new sites cover four locations in Sydney, and one each in Melbourne and Brisbane: Optus stated more will be added in the coming weeks. Lambo Kanagaratnam, MD of
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Telenor Group teamed with Enea to deploy its cloud-native data management system in the operator’s multi-vendor standalone (SA) 5G core initiative, seeking to boost network slicing use cases for telecom and enterprises. The Swedish cloud-native software provider stated it joined Telenor’s SA 5G core effort, which spans multiple vendors and includes a proof-of-concept for a
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Hon Hai Precision Industry (Foxconn) partnered with automaker Stellantis to develop digital car cockpits, a move the companies claim will cut the time taken to launch advanced in-vehicle and connected car technologies. Their Mobile Drive joint venture will focus on delivering infotainment, telematics and cloud service platform developments, with 5G and AI cornerstones of its
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Industry association GSMA called on governments to open sufficient amounts of 6GHz spectrum for licensing 5G, warning failure to do so could impede the future of the technology on a global level. The Association highlighted the full speed and capabilities of next-generation networks relies on 6GHz mid-band spectrum as it called for governments to make
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Research by GameBench found mid-band 5G spectrum offered gamers a better experience than low-band, with performance more akin to a Wi-Fi-based broadband connection when playing cloud-based titles. The company produces software to measure app performance: in a test of gaming title Destiny 2 on Google’s Stadia cloud platform conducted in Los Angeles, it found 2500MHz
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Rakuten Mobile’s bottom-line was hit by higher network deployment costs and domestic roaming fees during Q1, though subscriber uptake accelerated after it introduced a new data plan. Chairman and CEO Mickey Mikitani (pictured) used an earnings call to explain a rise in capex associated with deploying Rakuten Mobile’s cloud-based network would pave the way to
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