Comcast upped the ante on US cable rival Charter Communications by enabling 5G access for all subscribers on its Xfinity Mobile MVNO service. The company stated next-generation access is now available to customers on Xfinity Mobile’s unlimited and by-the-gig tariffs at no extra charge. Coverage, provided via an MVNO deal with Verizon, is initially available
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Realme has launched the Narzo 10 and Narzo 10A smartphones to target young people, particularly those who value style and gaming performance above all else. The company wanted to create a new sub-brand to emphasise these features, and to create a separate personality for what would otherwise be simple low-cost phones. The Narzo 10 and Narzo
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South Korean operator KT added 360,000 5G subscribers in the first quarter of the year, the telco said in its earnings statement. The carrier, which launched commercial 5G services in April 2019, ended Q1 with a total of 1.78 million 5G customers. “Since the launch of KT’s 5G services, we are currently maintaining a much
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The network is the first solution that can transport 2x400GE across a single 800G wavelength  The international wholesale unit of German mobile operator Deutsche Telekom established the first European 800G network, connecting its data centers in Vienna, Austria. The network makes use of Ciena’s WaveLogic 5 Extreme (WL5e) to satisfy surging traffic requirements and customers’ demands
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Whether it’s important, depressing or just entertaining, the telecoms industry is always one which attracts attention. Here are the stories we think are worth a second look at this week: Reports suggest the BT empire is beginning to crumble No-one in the UK should be in the same league as BT, but poorly executed strategy
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The Austrian company Invenium Data Insights GmbH has partnered with the mobile network operator A1 to analyze and visualize subscriber mobility pattern on a public dashboard to illustrate the impact of the severe restrictions on people’s mobility (and its expected reversal) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Screenshot of the public dashboard (click picture to enlarge) In a side
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15 MAY 2020 This week Justin brushes up on his table tennis skills, but don’t worry, Kavit did some work. He chats with Ericsson about how the vendor is keeping the UK connected with its ‘network heroes’. Justin eventually put the bat down to get the low-down on some very cool student 5G/AI initiatives, and
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The Trump administration on Friday moved to block global chip supplies to blacklisted telecoms equipment giant Huawei Technologies, spurring fears of Chinese retaliation and hammering shares of US producers of chipmaking equipment. A new rule, unveiled by the Commerce Department and first reported by Reuters, expands US authority to require licenses for sales to Huawei
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Smartphone shipments are reportedly beginning to see signs of life in China, after a sizable dip from the COVID-19 pandemic. New numbers from China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (a government-connected agency) point to a 17% rise in shipments for April, pointing to some recovery for the market. The figure, from the China state-supported
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Biju Nair, CEO of used device specialist Hyla Mobile (pictured), tipped US operators to use massive promotions as a tool to get customers to buy new handsets following a dip in sales in Q1. Nair told Mobile World Live AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile US would use “aggressive and strong” offers to kick-start device sales following
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Intelsat has announced it will restructure its finances as it files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Although it sounds very pessimistic, Chapter 11 Bankruptcy is not the end of the world. It is very expensive, thanks to hefty legal and administrative fees, but it allows
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As an addition to my blog post about the 5G RAN Release procedure I would like to have an in-depth view at the details of NGAP UE Context Release Complete message. Indeed, the S1AP (known from E-UTRAN) and the NGAP are very similar protocols and when reading the 3GPP specs it is obvious that many message
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China’s smartphone market rebounded in April on the back of brisk demand for 5G models, which accounted for 40 per cent of shipments, government data showed. The China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) reported shipments increased 17.2 per cent year-on-year to 40.8 million units, with the number of 5G units shipped jumping to
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Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg (pictured) revealed the operator plans to expand a 5G mobile edge compute (MEC) initiative launched with Amazon Web Services (AWS) in 2019 to a total of ten cities this year, to make the technology more widely available to developers. During an investor conference, Vestberg explained a centre launched in Chicago in
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Neville Ray, T-Mobile US president of technology (pictured), laid out plans to deploy 2.5GHz spectrum on up to 30,000 macro sites over the next two years, as it aims to rapidly expand 5G service and transition Sprint customers to its network. During an investor conference, Ray said the 2.5GHz rollout is the first step in
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Executives from AT&T and Verizon pointed to a rumoured launch of Apple’s first 5G iPhone later this year as pivotal for the next-generation technology in the US in terms of consumer demand. While a number of 5G-enabled Android devices are already available, Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg explained the release of a compatible model by Apple
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