MoU Season For 5G As Companies Link Up

The bells are ringing as we move into what must be 5G wedding season. Two high-profile Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) were signed this week as companies continue to take a co-operational approach to the network. Firstly, Alcatel-Lucent, recently acquired by Nokia Networks, has signed a collaboration with South Korea’s KT. The pair will work to test technologies before eventually introducing 5G mobile networks and infrastructure. “a way to … accelerate 5G technology adoption in the industry” Alcatel-Lucent’s virtualised Radio Access Network…

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Real Wireless Leads SME Wave Into 5GIC

The University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) is opening its doors to small and medium-sized enterprises, and independent advisor Real Wireless has taken the opportunity to enter. The centre will be looking to benefit from Real Wireless’ advice on regulatory, technical and business challenges, which form the company’s main research areas. “Real Wireless joins the first wave of SME members of the 5GIC” By becoming a member, it joins the likes of Huawei, EE and Samsung in an impressive…

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5Qs on 5G: With Comptel

Comptel is not getting too carried away with talk that 5G could change the world as we know it. Simo Isomäki, VP of Partner Development, says it is just ‘the next new thing’ in a line of technological developments, and the service deliverer is treating it accordingly. What is the main purpose of your involvement in 5G? Comptel Corporation is a 26 year old software company with mission to perfect digital moments. 5G technology could be viewed as a ‘new…

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Erdoğan Syndrome: Premature 5G Plans From South African Operator

Erdoğan Syndrome is an occasional column tracking those who seem a little… confused by 5G. Named in honour of  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan after his questionable 5G plans, the latest victim is Cell C CEO Jose Dos Santos. It is being reported that South African network operator Cell C is yet another company getting carried away with talk of 5G. “It’s where the world is going” Speaking at the HQ in Midrand, CEO Jose Dos Santos claimed: ‘It’s where the world is going’.…

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Finland To Facilitate 5G Future

Finland is in pole position to lead the drive towards 5G in Europe, according to a leading professor. Heikki Hämmäinen, Professor of Communications and Networking at Aalto University, speaks about the death of the SIM card, the growth of indoor networking and the role Finland can play in it all. ‘Because of Nokia, the history with Ericsson R&D and now Huawei being here in Finland with R&D, there is a long tradition in radio communications research,’ claimed Hämmäinen. ‘I consider that level…

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5G Trials Set for Qatar World Cup

The general manager of a Middle-Eastern advisory group has told Inside5G that there will be 5G trial networks for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in 2022. Jawad Abbassi, of Arab Advisors Group, gave an insight to the potential 5G landscape in the region. ‘The usual suspects who have been pioneers in implementing 4G will probably also use 5G when it’s available’, he said. “Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Qatar, and possibly Kuwait, will be the ones who will…

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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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Ericsson Picks Out “Frontrunner” Operator Traits for 5G

Ericsson has announced a new project to identify and study “frontrunner” mobile operators as the market hurtles towards 5G. “we set out to find out which operators have thrived during this transformation” Patrick Cerwall, Head of Strategic and Tactical Marketing at Ericsson Business Unit Radio, argued that some operators have been more successful than others in reacting to a massive growth in data demand, and that a project called Growth Codes would be useful to get a sense of why…

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National Instruments Unveil HQ 5G Lab

National Instruments has unveiled a new ‘Wireless Innovation Lab’ as its Austin headquarters, which will see the American company press ahead in developing technology aimed at 5G applications. The lab will accommodate NI’s RF/Communications Lead User programme which aims to address network capacity concerns and spectrum shortage. “eager to build on the latest research” ‘We have had several research projects with the RF/Communications Lead User team that range from MIMO interference alignment to interference cancellation,’ said Robert Heath, IEEE Fellow…

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Jordan Must Act To Become 5G Leader in Middle-East

An Ericsson executive has urged telecommunication companies in Jordan to start preparing for 5G immediately or risk being left behind – despite the fact 4G only launched in the nation earlier this year. “5G will be the solution” The Middle East is set to undergo the strongest mobile data traffic growth of any region in the immediate future, with an expected annual growth of 77% during the next five years. Ericsson’s head of the region, Rafiah Ibrahim, has appealed for…

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