5G pre-MWC, it’s all happening

It looks like 5G is actually going to move from being the up and coming topic at MWC, to forming much of the bulk of the discussion at the event itself. Just this week we have seen: 1. Vodafone announce its 5G R&D partners. In a blog post, the company said it would be working with Huawei, Nokia, Ericsson, Intel and Qualcomm to evaluate technologies and work on standards submissions. 2. Ericsson announced that it had achieved a 25Gbps headline rate,…

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It’s too early for Europe to get defensive on 5G, Mr Commissioner

Surely it’s too early for arse-covering on 5G? We’re not even at the early standards stages of 5G, so it’s a bit premature to press the “don’t panic/actually do panic” switch. Yet there are signs of twitchiness at the European Commission, given its public summons of leading operators to discuss what can be done to get a move on with turning Europe into a 5G wonderland. As there has been no official statement, beyond that interestingly targetted leak (by whom?) to…

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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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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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5GPPP and 4G Americas sign MoU for 5G development

5G-PPP and 4G Americas have signed a Memorandum of Understanding which outlines that the organisations will work together in an attempt to build a clearer road to 5G. Information on basic 5G system concepts and fitting spectrum frequencies will be shared as the two attempt to find common interests in order to prepare global standards which are suitable for both. “4G Americas looks forward to cooperation with 5G PPP on the 5G vision” ‘Planning for the future 5G connected society…

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Europe Want To Avoid 5G War

EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger has warned that Europe will ‘not stand a chance’ in the race to 5G unless authorities aid the continent’s drive towards the next-generation network and suggested co-operation, rather than competition, is the way forward. Having already been criticised for sluggish movement with regards to 4G, the EU will be looking to cooperate with China, Japan and the USA (having already signed an agreement with South Korea) as it aims to help companies catch up in the…

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5Qs on 5G: With 5G-PPP

Image Credit: Net!Works 5G-PPP is under the spotlight in Inside5G’s second of a series of profiles on key industry bodies. Dr. Werner Mohr, Chair of the Board, helps to illuminate the activities which the initiative is undertaking. A joint enterprise between the European ICT industry and the European Commission, with €1.4 Billion backing, 5G-PPP has been tasked with finding a way to create the next generation of communication networks and services. 1. What is the main purpose of your involvement in 5G?…

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