Telefonica signs up for 5G research with Huawei

It’s a proven path: operator + vendor agree to jointly evaluate and research 5G technologies. The vendor gets the kudos or working directly with an operator, and also the benefit of direction and input from a potential customer. The operator gets a chance to influence research directions, and also glimpse fully behind the curtain on vendors’ labs. The latest partner onto the section of Huawei’s 5G dance card marked “operators” is Telefonica, with the two companies signing an MoU to work together on evaluating…

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Ericsson’s 2021 5G forecast a question of definition

Ericsson has said there will be 150 million 5G subscriptions by 2021 – a large number for the industry to have achieved just a year after standards-compliant 5G networks are expected to be launched commercially. On the face of it – that looks like a massive success for 5G. Ericsson seems to think so too, as it makes it the lead stat on Ericsson’s publicity for the report. Consider that there are even now “only” 850 million LTE subscriptions, fully six…

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The GSMA Mobile 360 Series – Europe is where mobile leaders gather, collaborate and define the future.

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Mobile Edge Computing used to support live tests of assisted driving

Continental, Deutsche Telekom, Fraunhofer and Nokia Networks say they have demonstrated communication between vehicles via the LTE cell network with latencies of less than 20 milliseconds. The companies carried out demonstrations of assisted braking and co-operative overtaking using Mobile Edge Computing technology to site application software on compute platforms co-sited at LTE base stations. For the demos, a section of the Deutsche Telekom network was equipped with “cloudlet” MEC technology from Nokia Networks, and upgraded with position-locating technology developed by Fraunhofer ESK. This combination delivered signal…

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Nokia Networks gets 5G welcome to China Mobile Research Institute

Parties to combine on 5G research and on fostering Standards cooperation In the past two years, Nokia has signed not one, but two billion Euro framework agreements for the supply of LTE equipment to China Mobile, so it would make sense for the two companies to also combine on research into new mobile technologies. That’s probably why Nokia has just become the first network equipment manufacturer from outside China to sign a 5G-related MoU with China Mobile’s research arm, CMRI.…

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ZTE’s latest research centre a Tokyo story

For the top vendors, you’re nothing if you haven’t got a string of research centres bearing your name, ringing the world like a bracelet engraved with its owner’s name. The latest research centre to open is ZTE’s 4G/5G research centre in Tokyo – bringing the vendor’s research lab portfolio to a hefty 20 across the world. Although the centre does not bear SoftBank’s name, clearly ZTE felt the need to have some research capability close to its important Japanese customer. In July ZTE…

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Telefonica, IMDEA to open Spain’s first 5G lab

Ericsson first vendor on board Spain is to get its first 5G lab, opening in November. The centre, called 5TONIC, was developed with the backing of  Telefónica and IMDEA Networks and the companies want it to be a place where actual real world, pragmatic tests can be undertaken It says this will make it “the first laboratory in Europe that proposes taking on such investigative processes from an eminently practical point of view” – although that might be disputed by the centres in…

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SK Telecom steps up cmWave research to 19.1Gbps throughput

SK Telecom and Nokia Networks have said that they have achieved a max throughput of 19.1Gbps over the air, using 8x8MIMO and 256 QAM in 400MHz of bandwidth. The two companies said they had demonstrated downlink transmission from an access point operating in cmWave (6-30GHz) frequencies to a test device. Alex Jinsung Choi, Chief Technology Officer, SK Telecom, said: ” With the world’s first demonstration of the cmWave technology, we have reached a significant milestone towards realising 5G. The 19.1Gbps…

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Regional 5G bodies plan to get together and form two Global 5G Events

The main regional bodies involved in developing 5G in the Americas, Europe and Asia have signed an agreement to consolidate the growing number of regional events into two, biannual, Global 5G events. 4G Americas, (Americas), The Fifth Generation Mobile Communications Promotion Forum (5GMF) (Japan), 5G Forum (Republic of Korea), IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group (non-profit organization, China) and The 5G Infrastructure Association – Public Private Partnership (5G PPP) (Europe) have all signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly organise two events per…

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5G without borders: defining a European one stop shop for 5G infrastructure services

One of the promises of 5G is that it will bring about a transformation not just in network technology but in operator business models. Indeed the two are symbiotic: arguably 5G cannot happen without this transformation, and this transformation can only happen with 5G. One of the principal drivers of that transformation will be the ability to provide new service capabilities to enterprise “verticals”. And one of the principal drivers of those new service capabilities will be a network that can deliver…

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