Showing posts with label Korea. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Korea. Show all posts

Thursday, June 22, 2017

SK Telecom – setting the pace in the 5G race

SK Telecom, South Korea's leading mobile operator by market share, is one of the big players to watch on the global stage for early 5G commercialisation. In fact, a race is on with local rivals KT and LG Uplus to have the first 5G service running in time for the 2018 Winter Olympics, which will be hosted in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February 2018 - only seven months away. Of course, 5G standards are not complete and won't be in time for the Winter Olympics, which means that network planners will be rushing to show off systems that have barely been tested. Sceptics will say that 5G demos at Pyeongchang are likely to be very limited in their footprint and perhaps only 4.5G rather than truly next gen. However, SK Telecom has a track record of being first with many networking technologies, extending back to its earliest days in CDMA.

Background

South Korea's mobile market is one of the most mature in the world. There are three dominant mobile operators: SK Telecom (approximately 49% share), KT and LG Uplus. Mobile penetration has exceeded 110% for years. The majority of users are on subscription-based plans, rather than prepaid, and churn is relatively light compared to other countries.

SK Telecom, part of the SK Group conglomerate (chaebol), was founded in 1984 and has a CDMA network architecture heritage. For its most recently reported fiscal quarter, SK Telecom posted revenue of KRW 4.234 trillion, operating income of KRW 410.5 billion, basically flat from a year earlier, and net income of KRW 583.5 billion, up 2.1 %YoY. As of the end of March 2017, SK Telecom had 21.65 million LTE subscribers, representing a 10.9% YoY growth, and taking up 72.6% of the company's total mobile subscriber base of 29.83 million. ARPU was KRW 34,927 ($31.04), down 2.9% YoY. SK Telecom also operates the Cyworld social network and virtual reality service as well as the Nate-on messaging application.

First in Carrier Aggregation

This week, SK Telecom announced the launch of LTE-A Pro service, which it described as the last stage of LTE evolution. The service footprint covers the main areas of six major cities: Seoul, Busan, Daegu, Gwangju, Daejeon and Ulsan. The initial LTE-A Pro service uses three-band/four-band carrier aggregation (CA) to deliver rates of up to 700 Mbit/s. When 4 x 4 MIMO is added, the service accelerates to 900 Mbit/s. SK Telecom plans to scale up LTE-A Pro further using five-band CA with 4 x 4 MIMO to achieve 1.2 Gbit/s peak rates. The first mobile device to support the LTE-A Pro service is Samsung’s Galaxy S8. An over-the-air firmware update will be needed to support the additional CA bands.

SK Telecom's spectrum resources include 10 MHz bandwidth in the 800 MHz band, 20 MHz bandwidth in the 1.8 GHz band, 10 MHz bandwidth in the 2.1 GHz band, 10 MHz + 20 MHz bandwidths in the 2.6 Ghz band.

Peak speeds of 700 Mbit/s and up on a mobile phone are certainly impressive. Actually, SK Telecom has been delivering a 500 Mbit/s mobile service since June 2016 using 256QAM combined with tri-band CA. Four years ago, in June 2013, SK Telecom launched the  first LTE-A service, which boasted download speeds of up to 150 Mbit/s, which is two times faster than its regular LTE service and 10 times faster than its 3G network. This was achieved using CA across two 10 MHz channels, along with the first Coordinated Multi Point (CoMP) implementation. Samsung's Galaxy S4 handset, which was the latest and greatest model in the summer of 2013, was the starring device for this milestone service launch as well.

Many world capitals today have yet to attain the 150 Mbit/s performance peaks offered in Seoul four years ago. But surprisingly, SK Telecom's LTE adoption rate amongst is 29.8 million mobile subscribers was only 72%, or 21.6 million users, as of March 2017. This means that even for a mobile operator with the most advanced network in the world, a significant percentage of users are laggards when it comes to updating to the latest service.

Recently, SK Telecom gained recognition for two other technology innovations: 5G mmWave Handover and a Green Scheduler with Lean Carrier algorithm. Both advances won Global Telecoms Business (GTB) Innovation Awards last month. The 5G mmWave handover technology, developed with Samsung, supports Gbit/s-level performance using multiple mmWave 5G base stations. The companies used the Ray Tracing method to calculate the optimal location of mmWave base stations. SK Telecom and Samsung also cited their work in 3D beamforming to resolve attenuation of radio signals in mmWave frequencies. The Green Scheduler with Lean Carrier technology, which was developed in partnership with Ericsson, enhances network energy efficiency while reducing signal interference.

With Ericsson, SK Telecom is also known to be working on a 5G connected car program. Earlier this year, SK Telecom, Ericsson and BMW Korea achieved a peak rate of 3.6 Gbit/s for a connected vehicle travelling at a speed of 170 km per hour. To pull this off, the three companies deployed the world largest mmWave 5G trial network using the 28 GHz band. Beamforming and beam tracking technologies were used to optimise the connection to the speeding car.

Leaping ahead in quantum technologies

To further illustrate its interest in pushing technological boundaries, SK Telecom signed separate research partnerships earlier this year with Nokia and Deutsche Telecom focused on quantum cryptography. The first partnership will match SK Telecom's Quantum Key Distribution System (QKD) with Nokia’s next-generation optical transport system. The first prototype was shown at Mobile World Congress in February.

Nokia and SK Telecom are also collaborating on a Quantum Random Number Generator (QRNG), which is seen a key technology for applying quantum cryptography technologies to IoT devices. SK Telecom has developed what it claims to be the world’s smallest 5 x 5 mm CMOS Image Sensor (CIS) based all-in-one, single silicon (ASIC) for providing non-deterministic true random numbers on demand from quantum-shot noise. The plan is to commercialise the technology to enable secure IoT.

SK Telecom's Quantum Alliance with Deutsche Telekom is more open. At this stage, the agreement aims to the channels of communications open between carriers and vendors when it comes to quantum technologies. The official statement from the company, by, Cha In-hyok, EVP and head of IoT business division, states:

    “Committed to building a quantum-safe future, SK Telecom has been actively developing quantum cryptography technologies since 2011. SK Telecom believes that the co-establishment of the Quantum Alliance with Deutsche Telekom will bring us closer to realizing this goal, while also creating new valuable business opportunities in areas including quantum-safe communications, the Internet of Things and big data. It will work together to accelerate the growth of quantum-based cybersecurity technologies and its ecosystem".


Sprint and Samsung test massive MIMO on 2.5 GHz

U.S. operator Sprint, a Softbank company, and Samsung Electronics announced that on the streets of the city of Suwon in South Korea they recently tested massive MIMO on 2.5 GHz spectrum in a real-world environment to support Sprint's efforts to increase LTE Plus wireless capacity and coverage and offer gigabit service to its customers.

During the field testing in Suwon, massive MIMO Samsung radios, equipped with vertical and horizontal beamforming technology, achieved peak speeds of 330 Mbit/s per channel using a 20 MHz channel of 2.5 GHz spectrum. The companies stated that capacity per channel increased approximately four-fold, cell edge performance increased three times and the overall coverage area expanded compared with current radios.

Sprint has deployed 8T8R (8 transmit, 8 receive) radios across its U.S. network, and the test with Samsung was designed to compare the performance of massive MIMO radios with 8T8R radios. The test cases and requirements were jointly developed by Sprint and Samsung and included a variety of performance scenarios involving multi-user and non-stationary testing.

For the tests, Samsung provided the massive MIMO network infrastructure as well as test network design, operation, data collection and processing. Both companies plan to use the results of the testing to prepare for the commercial deployment of massive MIMO in the U.S. and in other markets globally.

Samsung noted that massive MIMO radios involve the use of more antenna elements, for example, 64T64R uses 128 antenna elements, whereas 2T2R/4T4R/8T8R configurations are used in a typical 4G LTE network. The massive MIMO antennas also use advanced horizontal and vertical beamforming technology to focus and transmit cellular signals into targeted locations. This enables more efficient use of spectrum to deliver faster speeds and higher data capacity in high-traffic locations.

Sprint plans to deploy massive MIMO radios with 128 antenna elements (64T64R) using its 2.5 GHz spectrum in cities across the U.S. to increase capacity by up to eight-fold. In March, Sprint became the first U.S. carrier to introduce gigabit-class LTE on a live commercial network with a launch in New Orleans.


In New Orleans, Sprint implemented three-channel carrier aggregation and 60 MHz of 2.5 GHz spectrum, combined with 4 x 4 MIMO and 256QAM higher order modulation to achieve Category 16 LTE download data speeds over a TDD network. With massive MIMO radios using 64T64R, Sprint expects to be able to deliver capacity beyond 1 Gbit/s and reach between 3 and 6 Gbit/s bandwidth per sector.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Vodafone and LG UPlus partner to address South Korea market

Vodafone and LG UPlus have jointly announced a new partner market agreement covering South Korea, marking the first strategic partnership by LG Uplus with a global telecoms company.

Under the new partnership, which commenced in April 2017, Vodafone will leverage its global reach and expertise to support the consumer and enterprise operations of LG Uplus in South Korea. As part of the agreement, Vodafone will share best practices with LG Uplus across all areas of its business, including network strategy and development, with the aim of helping LG Uplus to improve its customer base management capabilities.

Vodafone and LG Uplus will additionally cooperate to enable the delivery of unified communications and enterprise services to multinational companies with a presence in South Korea and internationally.

LG Uplus is focused on providing services comprising mobile, B2B solutions and TPS (triple play service, with broadband, VoIP and IPTV), and at the end of the first quarter of 2017 served approximately 12.6 million mobile subscribers and 3.67 million broadband customers.

Vodafone Group is a global telco with mobile operations in 26 countries, partners with mobile networks in a further 49 countries and fixed broadband operations in 17 markets. At the end of March, Vodafone Group had 515.7 million mobile customers and 17.9 million fixed broadband customers, including India and all of the customers for its joint ventures and associate companies.


In April this year, Vodafone and Proximus of Belgium the renewal of their strategic partnership covering Belgium and Luxembourg for a further five years, building on a relationship that began in 2003. The agreement is designed to enable the companies to offer joint products and services across their networks for consumer and enterprise customers.


Friday, May 12, 2017

Centec and DASAN Form Partnership

Centec Networks, a supplier of Ethernet switching silicon and SDN white box solutions, and DASAN Network Solutions, a provider of network solutions in Korea, announced a partnership intended to enable the joint development of flexible and cost-effective next generation network solutions.

By combining Centec's advanced high-speed Ethernet switching silicon with DASAN's system design expertise, the two companies plan to jointly develop next-generation network switching solutions designed to address all layers of the open-networking ecosystem, from chips and equipment to network operating systems and applications.

The partners noted that they are already collaborating in a number of industry standards groups, and through the new partnership plan to expand their work together on industry specifications and initiatives aimed at addressing networking demands arising from the growth in global data traffic, with a focus on enhancing flexibility and efficiency and reducing cost of ownership.

In September 2016, Zhone Technologies announced it had completed the acquisition of DASAN Network Solutions to create DASAN Zhone Solutions, a global provider of fibre access solutions for enterprise and service provider networks, with the combined entity 58% owned by DASAN Networks, formerly the parent company of DASAN Network Solutions.

DASAN Zhone Solutions, based in Oakland, California and with manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Korea and China, is a provider of fibre and copper broadband access, Ethernet switching, mobile backhaul, passive optical LAN and software defined networking solutions.

In November last year, Centec Networks and EmbedWay, a provider of intelligent infrastructure products and solutions, jointly introduced the ExSwitch6400 series 10 Gigabit Ethernet SDN white box solution, claimed to be the first high-density 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet open-networking platform to offer native 100 Gigabit Ethernet (4 x 25 Gbit/s SerDes) uplinks.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Juniper Supplies NFV-Based Routing for Korea's LG U+

Major Korean service provider LG U+ (a member of the LG Group) has selected Juniper Networks technology for its next-generation 5G network upgrade, which includes the Juniper Networks virtual route reflector capability within the vMX, and the EX4300/EX2200 Ethernet Switches.

Juniper said two specific technology requirements were defined by LG U+ for evaluation -- virtual routing and OpenStack-based NFV orchestration. Its virtual routing solution offers two key features that addressed major resiliency objectives for LG U+, including:


  • Auto Recovery - the ability to automatically recognize network errors and then dynamically create a new Virtual Router immediately in order to ensure seamless service continuity.
  • Auto Healing - the ability to prevent system overload if operator-defined maximum CPU and memory utilization values are exceeded.

Juniper's solution also has the openness and flexibility to support third-party hosted operating systems, hypervisors and orchestration tools, while also providing modular customization.Similarly, the EX4300/EX2200 Ethernet Switches feature Virtual Chassis technology that simplifies management while reducing operational costs. Juniper Networks has also enabled IPv6 routing, anti-hacking and anti-DDoS attack services in LG U+'s NFV infrastructure, with additional features that could be added in the future.

"We are very excited about Korea's first commercial launch of a carrier-grade NFV-based router. I believe this will enable us to not only drastically improve our routing performance, but provide greater stability and a more diverse range of services for our customers. As a leader of the 5G era, LG U+ plans to expand the adoption of NFV equipment in close, continued cooperation alongside Juniper Networks," stated Jae-ho Choi, General Manager, Transport Platform Development Team, LG U+.

http://newsroom.juniper.net/press-releases/juniper-networks-drives-5g-evolution-with-korea-s-first-nfv-based-routing-soluti-11g126787-001

 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

IBM Cloud Data Center Inaugurated in Korea

IBM opened a new Cloud Data Center in Korea in collaboration with SK Holdings C&C.

The new facility, which is located outside of Seoul in Pangyo, is IBM’s ninth Cloud Data Center in the Asia-Pacific region, and part of the company’s growing global network of 47 Cloud Data Centers.

“A key part of our cloud strategy is to fuel new ecosystems to spur innovation and collaborate with companies who understand the local market.” said Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president, IBM Cloud.  “That’s why we chose to partner with SK Holdings C&C in Korea. Together, we are able to bring the local expertise, platform and data services that gives Korean customers the ability to compete on a global scale.”

“Companies all over the world are seeking for new business and profit opportunity throughout digital transformation,” said Jung-ho Park, CEO of SK Holdings C&C. “The new Cloud Data Center provides one-stop cloud converting service of existing IT system and infrastructure, and become the base camp to support digital innovation for customers’ businesses by converging digital technologies such as IoT, Big data and AI.”
Growing the Cloud Ecosystem in Korea

The companies said the new data center will further accelerate their commitment to cognitive and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies, as they plan to support local startups and IT developers to create cognitive apps and industry-specific services that leverage Watson. Developers in Korea will also have access to Bluemix, IBM’s Cloud platform, and more than 150 APIs and services spanning key areas such as cognitive, blockchain, Internet of Things and big data.

https://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/50401.wss

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Samsung Acquires Joyent for Container-Native Platform

Samsung Electronics has acquired Joyent, a start-up based in San Francisco that delivers container-native infrastructure, offering public cloud and private cloud software solutions for real-time web and mobile applications. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Since its inception, just over ten years ago, Joyent has developed Node.js, a Javascript runtime, into a de facto standard for web, mobile and IoT architectures. Joyent now offers Triton, a containers as a service solution, and Manta, a scalable object storage solution.

As a result of this acquisition, Samsung will become an anchor tenant for Joyent’s Triton and Manta solutions. Joyent said Samsung will bring it scale, financial muscle, and a strong partner for innovation. Joyent will continue as an independent subsidiary of Samsung.

“Samsung evaluated a wide range of potential companies in the public and private cloud infrastructure space with a focus on leading-edge scalable technology and talent. In Joyent, we saw an experienced management team with deep domain expertise and a robust cloud technology validated by some of the largest Fortune 500 customers,” said Injong Rhee, CTO of the Mobile Communications business at Samsung Electronics
http://www.samsung.com
http://www.joyent.com

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Qualcomm Samples G.fast Chipsets for Korea and Japan

Qualcomm has begun sampling new GigaDSL chipsets to help broadband operators to transition deployments from VDSL to Gigabit access technologies, especially in Korea and Japan.

The company said its new QCO5700 for multiple dwelling units (MDU) and the QCM5720 for customer premises equipment (CPE) can provide up to 1 Gbps broadband over existing telephone lines – while maintaining interoperability with carriers’ existing modems and seamless coexistence with deployed infrastructure.

“We are committed to driving leading edge technologies to meet carrier's unique requirements, including in Japan and Korea,” said Irvind Ghai, vice president of product management, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. “With these new GigaDSL product offerings, we are able to meet carriers’ broadband goals, complementing fiber deployment in time for major events, such as the 2018 Winter Games in Korea and the 2020 Summer Games in Japan.”

Qualcomm said it already has design wins with Sumitomo Electronic, NEC and Wave Electronics.

“We are going to make every possible effort to replace our 1G-EPON FTTH products with 10G-EPON products in the FTTH market in Japan. The transition from VDSL to G.Fast (FDD) ‘GigaDSL’ is an important segment to realize this ‘10G upgrade’ for Telco carriers in order to complement the fiber deployment in MDU in Japan, and we are working closely with them and Qualcomm Technologies to deliver the solutions needed to make this a seamless transition,” said Hiroaki Nishimoto, general manager, broad networks division, Sumitomo Electric. “Sumitomo brings to bear our history of infrastructure expertise to make 10 Gigabit access technologies a reality.”

http://www.qualcomm.com

Sunday, April 10, 2016

KT Tests 5G Backhaul in E-Band with NEC

KT completed a 5G wireless backhaul proof of concept (PoC) in conjunction with NEC.

The test, which was conducted at Phoenix Park Ski World in PyeongChang, South Korea, used KT's commercial mobile network infrastructure. NEC supplied its ultra-compact, iPASOLINK EX microwave communications system operating in E-Band spectrum (70-80GHz).  The microwave radios were used to interconnect KT's LTE base stations.

NEC's iPASOLINK EX supports ultra-multilevel modulation (256QAM) technology for high capacity transmission of up to 3.2Gbps. It also supports narrow band transmission (channel width of 250MHz and 500MHz).

KT aims to launch 5G trial services in 2018. This PoC is based on a collaboration agreement in the field of 5G networks signed between KT and NEC in August 2015. The carrier is considering microwave backhaul using E-Band spectrum for 5G services in mountainous areas, where it is difficult to lay optical fibers.

“We are honored to have contributed to KT's 5G-related trial," said Hideyuki Muto, Deputy General Manager, Mobile Wireless Solution Division, NEC Corporation. “NEC's iPASOLINK EX can operate in harsh environments, and is easy to install at various outdoor locations without large scale installation works because it is compact and light weight. This joint PoC took advantage of these features in order to implement a high-capacity mobile backhaul network in snowy, mountainous areas very quickly. Going forward, NEC will strengthen its partnership with KT to contribute to the launch of their 5G trial services in 2018."

http://www.nec.com

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Samsung Ships its 15.36TB SSD

Samsung Electronics began shipping the industry’s largest solid state drive (SSD) – the “PM1633a,” a 15.36 terabyte (TB) drive.

The new 15.36TB SSD is based on a 12Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface, for use in enterprise storage systems. Samsung said the unprecedented 15.36TB of data storage on a single SSD is enabled by combining 512 of its 256Gb V-NAND memory chips. The 256Gb dies are stacked in 16 layers to form a single 512GB package, with a total of 32 NAND flash packages in the 15.36TB drive. Samsung’s 3rd generation, 256-gigabit (Gb) V-NAND technology which stacks cell-arrays in 48 layers.

Because the PM1633a comes in a 2.5-inch form factor, enterprise storage managers can fit twice as many of the drives in a standard 19-inch, 2U rack, compared to an equivalent 3.5-inch storage drive.

http://www.samsung.com

Saturday, February 20, 2016

#MWC16: Ericsson and SKtel Plan 5G Field Trial This Year

SK Telecom is working with Ericsson to build an end-to-end 5G trial network by the end of this year.

The companies recently achieved peak downlink throughput of over 25 Gbps with Ericsson 5G Radio Prototypes  They have also previously demonstrated 5G network slicing.

Park Jin-hyo, Senior Vice President and Head of Network R&D Center at SK Telecom, says: “SK Telecom is focused on technology innovations that will ensure the early success and rapid adoption of new 5G services for our customers and we are collaborating on end to end 5G field trials with Ericsson. By leveraging MU-MIMO, Massive MIMO and beam tracking, we are clearly demonstrating peak throughput of more than 25 Gbps that shows the commercial viability of millimeter wave band spectrum for 5G.”

SK Telecom is a long-time Ericsson customer.

http://www.ericsson.com

Ericsson Demos 5G Network Core Slicing with SK Telecom

Ericsson demoed 5G network slicing at an event held by SK Telecom in Korea.  The demo showed a single physical network being partitioned into multiple virtual networks to offer optimal support for different types of services for different types of customer segments. The instantiation of the network slicing used the NFV-based Ericsson Virtual Evolved Packet Core (EPC).

By using logical instead of physical resources, Ericsson says operators could provide networks on an as-a-service basis, which enhances operational efficiency while reducing time-to-market for new services.

Ericsson and SK Telecom also plan to build the world’s first hyperscale datacenter for 5G based on Ericsson’s pioneering HDS 8000

Monday, January 11, 2016

AWS Activates Data Center in Korea

Amazon Web Services launched commercial services from a new facility in Korea.

The new Seoul region has two Availability Zones (raising the global total to 32). It supports Amazon EC2 (T2, M4, C4, I2, D2, and R3 instances are available) and related services including Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS), Amazon Virtual Private Cloud, Auto Scaling, and Elastic Load Balancing.

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/

Friday, January 8, 2016

Brocade Supplies VCS Data Center Fabric for Korea's Dong-Eui University

Dong-Eui University, a leading private university in South Korea, is using Brocade's VCS Fabric technology to virtualize its data center.

The scalable network infrastructure is capable of supporting the high-bandwidth requirements of multiple Virtual Machines (VMs) running on VMware ESXi hosts.

The BROCADE VDX 6740 SWITCHES support up to 64 wire-speed 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports, with the units being deployed with an initial 24 active ports and the option to activate more in eight-port increments under Brocade's pay-as-you grow Ports on Demand (PoD) licensing model. Thanks to the embedded VCS Fabric technology, any additional switches connected to the network are auto-configured to become part of the Ethernet fabric, which acts as a single intelligent switch.

In addition to the Brocade VDX 6740 switches, the university has also deployed BROCADE 6510 SAN SWITCHES to support its virtualization program. While these switches provide Gen 5 Fibre Channel (16 Gigabits per second) ports rather than 10 GbE, they mirror the Brocade VDX switches in many respects, offering pay-as-you-grow scalability along with self-learning, self-healing fabric configuration.

http://www.brocade.com

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Nokia Hits 428 Mbps w TD-LTE with 3-Band CA and 256QAM

Nokia Networks, together with SK Telecom, demonstrated 428 Mbps data transmission using TD-LTE 3xCA with 256 QAM.

The test used a Qualcomm  Snapdragon X12 LTE modem along with Nokia's Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station and software to aggregate three carriers on the TD-LTE band 41 spectrum (2496 – 2690 MHz).

The companies said this lays the foundation for the introduction of TD-LTE in Korea, with Nokia’s Single RAN Advanced platform as a foundation for SK Telecom.

http://networks.nokia.com/


  • In November, Nokia Networks has achieved a transmission speed of 19.1 Gbps and lower latency using 5G cmWave technology in a trial in South Korea. 
  • The trial used an OFDMA-based TDD system with 4x100 MHz carriers and 8x8 Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO), enabling eight independent data streams sent between the base station and the user device. In addition, 256QAM modulation enables the sending of eight bits of information per modulation symbol. The scaled OFDM has a shorter symbol length and Transmit Time Interval (TTI) that is expected to achieve a lower latency than with LTE.


http://networks.nokia.com/news-events/insight-newsletter/articles/nokia-achieves-5g-speed-record

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

LG Launches LTE-Connected Android Smart Watch

LG is launching the first Android Wear smartwatch to feature cellular connectivity

The LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, which begins shipping this month in the United States and Korea, allows users to answer calls and check messages. They can receive and respond right from their smartwatch, even when they are not carrying their mobile phone.  It features a hairline-etched stainless steel body and a full-circle 348ppi P-OLED display. The three buttons on the right side of the smartwatch provide quick access to shortcut settings, LG Health and other apps.

AT&T will be offering the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE in its store on Nov. 13.  The new Watch Urbane is also available for pre-order online from Verizon.

"Staying connected is of the utmost importance to consumers today. With the introduction of the second edition Watch Urbane LTE, consumers have options when it comes to their devices and we are excited to bring the latest to the wearables category," said Morris Lee, senior vice president and head of North American sales and marketing, LG Mobile Communications Company.

http://www.lg.com

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

AWS to Open Data Center in Korea

Amazon announced plans to open an AWS region in Korea in early 2016. This will be the fifth AWS region in the Asia Pacific area, bringing the global total to 12 (this does not include the regions that we are planning to open in India and Ohio, also in 2016).

In addition to serving Korean customers, the new facility will allow organizations outside of Korea to reach end users in the area with very low latency.

https://aws.amazon.com


Friday, October 30, 2015

Ericsson Demos 5G Network Core Slicing with SK Telecom

Ericsson demoed 5G network slicing at an event held by SK Telecom in Korea.  The demo showed a single physical network being partitioned into multiple virtual networks to offer optimal support for different types of services for different types of customer segments. The instantiation of the network slicing used the NFV-based Ericsson Virtual Evolved Packet Core (EPC).

By using logical instead of physical resources, Ericsson says operators could provide networks on an as-a-service basis, which enhances operational efficiency while reducing time-to-market for new services.

Ericsson and SK Telecom also plan to build the world’s first hyperscale datacenter for 5G based on Ericsson’s pioneering HDS 8000

Ulf Ewaldsson, Chief Technology Officer, Ericsson, says: “As Ericsson’s demonstration with SK Telecom shows, the development of 5G has reached a very exciting phase. Success with network slicing technology is critical to enable networks to become innovation platforms for new types of applications and thereby meet the future expectations of people, business and society.”

http://www.ericsson.com/news/151029-ericsson-and-sk-telecom_244069644_c

Thursday, October 29, 2015

5G Trial Hits 19.1 Gbps Using Nokia's cmWave technology

Nokia Networks and SK Telecom reported an over-the-air transmission speed of 19.1 Gbps.

The joint 5G trial in South Korea used Nokia's cmWave technology, 256 quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM), 8x8 Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) transmission and 400 MHz of bandwidth. This capacity would enable over-the-air delivery of a full-HD movie in a matter of seconds.  

Some highlights of the trial from Nokia:

  • Demonstrates access point sending downlink transmission over the air and receiving it at the mobile terminal
  • Evaluates radio channel performance at cmWave frequency band
  • Provides runtime feedback while moving the mobile terminal or blocking paths between the access point and the terminal

"With the world's first demonstration of the cmWave technology, we have reached a significant milestone towards realizing 5G. The 19.1Gbps transmission speed we achieved almost meets one of the key capabilities of 5G defined by the ITU-R. SK Telecom will continue to work closely with Nokia Networks to maintain this momentum towards creating a new era of communications," stated Alex Jinsung Choi, Chief Technology Officer, SK Telecom.

http://company.nokia.com/en/news/press-releases/2015/10/30/sk-telecom-and-nokia-networks-achieve-191-gbps-over-the-air-in-joint-5g-trial

Nokia Unveils 5G "System-of-Systems" Architecture


Nokia Networks unveiled its programmable 5G architecture with the ability to reshape radio and core networks in real time to adapt to changing demands.  The goal is to enable Network-as-a-Service for operators to offer network functions to other industries. The announcement outlines key principles of this architecture and its suitability to address a variety of 5G use cases. In a nutshell, Nokia will leverage the concept of network slicing...

SK Telecom and Nokia Collaborate on 5G


SK Telecom and Nokia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on the development and verification of 5G mobile technologies. The companies will conduct joint research on core 5G technologies such as the gigabit-level data communications and cloud-based virtualized base stations. They plan to establish a test bed at SK Telecom’s R&D Center in Bundang, Seoul. One area of R&D will be cmWav

Monday, October 26, 2015

Radisys and InterDigital Demo M2M + LTE Core Interoperability

Radisys and InterDigital have demonstrated interoperability between a Radisys end-to-end LTE network, including the CellEngine eNodeB and Evolved Packet Core, with InterDigital’s oneMPOWER Platform.

The demo, which is showcased at this week's IoT Korea International Conference in Seoul, Korea, includes 3GPP Release 12 compliant Radisys’ Trillium LTE CNE and CellEngine TOTALeNodeB LTE small cell software with certain feature modifications by InterDigital along with Google Nexus 5 handsets.

“The HetNet revolution can only become a reality with the successful convergence of networks to manage the data traffic explosion,” said Dr. Byung K. Yi, executive vice president, InterDigital Labs, and chief technology officer of InterDigital. “Our oneMPOWER Platform is well positioned to support the growing Internet of Things. With Radisys’ CellEngine TOTALeNodeB software, along with Radisys’ Professional Services expertise to add an Evolved Packet Core emulator and integrated with InterDigital’s oneMPOWER Platform, we’ve demonstrated the ability of HetNets to address the mobile broadband and interoperability requirements for Internet of Things deployments.”

“Radisys is supporting numerous LTE deployments around the world, including more than 80 LTE small cell wins with our CellEngine TOTALeNodeB small cell software,” said Tom McQuade, general manager, CellEngine and Trillium Software, Radisys. “Critical to our success has been the support of our Professional Services team to help configure and integrate our software products at customers alongside our partners’ complementary networking technologies. This successful interoperability demonstration with InterDigital is not only a win for our CellEngine software products, but for our Professional Services team as well.”

http://www.radisys.com/2015/radisys-and-interdigital-announce-successful-interop-demonstration-between-m2m-and-lte-core-networks/

Friday, September 18, 2015

China Mobile and ZTE Sign TD-LTE with South Korea

ZTE has signed a cooperation agreement with China Mobile Research Institute and South Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) for research including TDD/FDD data roaming and VoLTE.

"We are delighted to cooperate with ZTE and China Mobile in this project," said Dr. Cui Kuishi, head of the Convergence Technology research department at MSIP’s Telecommunications Institute. "China Mobile and ZTE are leaders in the global telecommunications industry, and this strategic cooperation will help South Korea with the deployment of 4G interconnection and interoperability tests, especially the tests based on TD-LTE."

"We are excited about this tripartite cooperation with MSIP and China Mobile,” said Jason Cao, ZTE’s chief representative in South Korea. “The adoption of common telecommunications standards in China and South Korea will generate increased opportunities for industry and commerce, as trade and partnerships between businesses in the two countries grow under the China-South Korea Free Trade Agreement.”

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