5Qs on 5G: With Orange

Orange has a keen focus on the next-generation as it looks to sustain the company’s position. Nicolas Demassieux, Senior Vice President at Orange Labs Research, spoke to Inside5G about how he expects 5G to be a totally different network. How are you approaching the subject of 5G? Orange is playing an active and leading role in the on-going work around 5G, both internally and at an industry level. With 5G deployment estimated to start from 2020 at the earliest, it is important…

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5Qs on 5G: With Telekom Austria

With eight European subsidiaries, the Telekom Austria group is one of the major telecommunications players in south of the continent and the largest in its home market. Moving forward, the company is closely following the path of NGMN as it looks to evolve its network for 5G. Sascha Zabransky, Director of Service Network & IT, spoke to Inside5G to talk about how the operator is proceeding in order to meet the challenges of a new generation. How are you approaching the subject of 5G?…

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5Qs on 5G: With Cambridge Consultants

Founded in 1960 with the aim of putting ‘the brains of Cambridge University at the disposal of the problems of British industry and to provide solutions to real world problems’, Cambridge Consultants is now putting its mind to 5G technology. Paul Beastall, director of telecommunications strategy at the firm, spoke to Inside5G about how the consultants view the next-generation network. What is your focus in terms of 5G? At present, our work is focused on strategic research and early stage…

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5Qs on 5G: With Telefónica

After drastic profit drops at the end of last year, Telefónica came out fighting at the Mobile World Congress, with CTO Enrique Blanco fiercely declaring: ‘We don’t want to talk about 4.5G, nor 4.9G … we talk about 5G’. Two months on, Global CTO of Technology Exploration, Dr Diego R. Lopez, spoke to Inside5G to explain how the Spanish operator is proceeding on its “journey” to the next-generation. Can you describe how Telefónica is approaching the subject of 5G? We…

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5Qs on 5G: With OMA

If only it were as easy as tearing the LTE infrastructure down and assembling a brand spanking new 5G system. One of the greatest challenges in the move to 5G though, may be in making it interoperable with its predecessor – where services need to co-exist across network layers. The Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) was formed back in 2002 to deliver open specifications for interoperable services, bridging OS, device and network boundaries. Now, as 5G approaches, Communications Director Elizabeth Rose speaks…

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5Qs on 5G: With SiBEAM

Earlier this month, millimetre-wave specialist SiBEAM announced it would collaborate with NYU WIRELESS on mmWave product research. President, Khurram Sheikh, was keen to tell Inside5G a little more about the company. What is the main purpose of your involvement in 5G? SiBEAM is an industry leader in developing millimetre wave technologies for consumer, telecommunications, and wireless infrastructure applications. (SiBEAM was the first company to ship a commercial 60GHz phased array based chipset solution for the consumer electronics market). “SiBEAM’s expertise … is a…

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5Qs on 5G: With TMForum

With 5G billed as something that will software-controlled, dynamic and adaptable to multiple use cases, as well as enabling new vertical industries, the OSS/BSS experts at TMForum would seem to have their work cut out in piecing together how all that might be supported. On the flip side, there’s the chance to influence how the service architecture and control of the network can ensure 5G networks can really become the foundation for new business cases. Carl Piva, VP of Strategic Programs, tells Inside5G how TMF views its role in supporting 5G. What is…

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5Qs on 5G: With TeliaSonera

Telia Sonera was the first company in the world to launch a commercial LTE network, will it repeat the trick with 5G? Linda Timsäter spoke to Inside5G about how the company views the next-generation of mobile networks. How does TeliaSonera view its position in the market with regards to 5G? We always aim to be at the forefront of new technology that can contribute to enhance customer experience in a significant way, just like when we pioneered and launched 4G…

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5Qs on 5G: With Tele2

Self-professed “challenger” Tele2 wants to make 5G about more than speed. Sure, speed and low latency are good to have, but the operator has its eye on exploiting flexible networking technlogies to create a personal, virtual, optimised network for each user. CTIO Joachim Horn spoke to Inside5G about how the company is aiming to keep up with the competition for the next-generation. What is the purpose of Tele2 in terms of 5G? We want to build on the success of LTE and make…

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5Qs on 5G: With NYU WIRELESS

Professor Elza Erkip is at the forefront of NYU WIRELESS, a research centre at the Polytechnic School of Engineering at New York University. The centre recently hosted the second Brooklyn 5G Summit alongside Nokia Networks, and Erkip was on hand to speak about what the annual forum is all about. What is the purpose of the summit and what did it hope to achieve? The Brooklyn 5G Summit is an invitation-only event co-sponsored by Nokia Networks and NYU WIRELESS, the…

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