How 5G could transform cellular business models

Professor Mischa Dohler was at the Johannesberg Summit May 10-12th. Below he gives his thoughts on how the Summit’s 5G discussions have moved over the past two years, and an outline of what he spoke about – including how 5G could change some current business models. 5G was high on the list of topics at the annual summit at Johannesberg Castle, Stockholm earlier this May, as the royal gates were opened for wireless and mobile ICT professionals. King’s College London professor,…

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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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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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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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Nokia makes 5G positioning key part of Alcatel-Lucent merger

Nokia made 5G R&D one of its key rationales for its  €15.6 billion acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) . “France will be home to a huge R&D headquarter, as well as a 5G innovation centre” The merger means that Nokia now boast ALU’s strength in Cloud and IP routing areas , whilst it will locate a 5G/Small Cell research and development centre in France. CEO Rajeev Suri also called out 5G as one of the key capabilities converged operators will need to compete successfully…

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Ericsson and Scania to research 5G-enabled transport

Autonomous buses and improved traffic management systems could be just two of many transport solutions enabled by 5G, with Ericsson leading the drive for futuristic infrastructure in Sweden. “Our expectation is to develop and introduce new products and new business models … for the transport sector” It will join forces with Swedish automotive manufacturer Scania and domestic academic institution the Royal Institute of Technology in an “Integrated Transport Research Lab”, where the trio will explore how next-generation networks could enhance transportation.…

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5G Professor backed by Ericsson calls for no more “G’s”

By Richard Maher Things are finally coming together for Professor Mischa Dohler’s vision of the tactile internet, for which 5G is a key enabler. He is head of telecommunications research at Kings College London (KCL), which has just signed a partnership with network giant Ericsson. ‘They are going to give very expensive equipment to Kings that will be placed within the college,’ claimed the excited professor. ‘They are also going to give us access to their 5G developments which is…

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5Qs on 5G: With Tekes’ 5thGear

Tekes, a publicly funded expert organisation for financing research, development and innovation in Finland, has recently set up 5thGear, a new funding programme for 5G. For the latest instalment of ‘5Qs on 5G’, ‘Inside5G’ spoke to the Programme Manager, Mika Klemettinen to find out what to expect of ‘5thGear’. What is the main purpose and focus of your involvement in 5G? At the beginning of 2015, Tekes launched 5thGear as one of three digitalisation related programs. It will run for five…

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Impressions of 5G at MWC Review: what do we know now we didn’t know before?

Mobile World Congress closed on Thursday with most attendees coming away with 5G etched on their brain. So how exactly has MWC contributed to our fuzzy knowledge of the next-generation? ‘Inside5G’ asks, and answers, the key 5G questions. But more importantly we ask, what do we know now that we didn’t before the event? When? Let’s start with the easy one (if we ignore “pre5G” and “5G enabling” technology launches in the interim). The wide consensus is that this will be…

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Telstra and Ericsson join to ‘evolve’ 5G

Australian operator Telstra will kickstart collaboration activities with Ericsson in the second quarter of this year in an effort to push 5G standards and technology closer to a commercial reality. The companies will work closely together in the evolution of standards and Telstra will become a lead collaborator in the lab. Telstra staff will travel to Sweden later this year to test and analyse the latest technology in Ericsson’s facilities whilst the company will run a 5G field trial in…

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