Showing posts with label 5G. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 5G. Show all posts

Sunday, December 16, 2018

3GPP delays schedule for 2nd wave of 5G specs by 3 months

3GPP will delay by 3 months the "freeze schedule" for the 2nd wave of 5G specifications.

Following a plenary meeting last week in Sorrento, Balazs Bertenyi, Chairman 3GPP TSG RAN writes that 3GPP RAN has "put extreme focus throughtout the course of 2018 on ensuring the stability and compatibility of these specifications (RAN#82) that are to be used for the first 5G deployments. As a consequence, work on components for the ‘late drop’ that address additional architecture options to aid migration from LTE to 5G have been slightly delayed. Hence the freeze schedule for the Release 15 late drop was shifted by 3 months."

The shift is not expected to impact the first 5G deployments.

http://www.3gpp.org/news-events/3gpp-news/2005-ran_r16_schedule


Friday, December 14, 2018

HTC inks 5G deals with Telstra, Sprint

Taiwan-based HTC announced 5G resale agreements with Telstra in Australia and Sprint in the U.S.

Sprint and Telstra will both carry a 5G "mobile smart hub" built by HTC—the first device of its kind to work across 5G networks. The 5G mobile hotspot, which is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855+SDX 50 chipset, will debut in 2019.

"HTC is leading the innovation wave for mobile technologies with 5G," said Cher Wang, Chairwoman and CEO of HTC. "Today, consumers count on their smartphones—and the carriers that power them—for everyday use at home and at work, but we believe that 5G technology will help connect solutions across even more applications in the future, creating a seamless experience across smartphones, VR, AR, and more."

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

FCC sets rules for 2019 5G incentive auction

The FCC adopted new rules that to promote the availability of high-band millimeter wave spectrum .  The airwaves in the combined Upper 37 GHz and 39 GHz bands are the largest amount of contiguous spectrum available for wireless service in the millimeter wave bands — 2,400 megahertz in total — while the 47 GHz band provides an additional 1,000 megahertz of spectrum.

Specifically, the FCC's action:

  • Modifies the band plans for the Upper 37 GHz, 39 GHz, and 47 GHz bands from 200 megahertz blocks to 100 megahertz blocks to be licensed by Partial Economic Area, which will facilitate the simultaneous auction of licenses in the three bands;
  • Adopts an incentive auction mechanism that will offer contiguous blocks of spectrum throughout the Upper 37 GHz, 39 GHz, and 47 GHz bands, while preserving spectrum usage rights for existing licensees; and
  • Adopts a pre-auction process that allows incumbent licensees to rationalize their holdings.

The incentive auction of these spectrum bands will have two phases: a clock phase in which bidders may bid on generic license blocks, and an assignment phase in which clock phase winners may bid on specific frequencies.  Incentive payments will be offered to incumbents who choose to relinquish their spectrum usage rights to make new licenses available.

New entrants and participating incumbents may bid for new licenses.  Incumbents that bid for new licenses may use “vouchers” equivalent to their existing holdings for credit toward the amount they bid in the auction.  For an incumbent that chooses not to relinquish all its existing rights, the Report and Order provides methods to modify the incumbent’s licenses so that they align with the band plan and service areas adopted by the Commission.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai stated: "Pushing more spectrum into the commercial marketplace is a key component of our 5G FAST plan to maintain American leadership in the next generation of wireless connectivity. Currently, we’re conducting an auction of 28 GHz band spectrum, to be followed by a 24 GHz band auction. And today, we are taking a critical step towards holding an auction of the Upper 37, 39, and 47 GHz bands in 2019. These and other steps will help us stay ahead of the spectrum curve and allow wireless innovation to thrive on our shores."


TIM completes first 5G NR video call using mmWave in Europe

TIM completed the first European 5G NR video call has been completed on the TIM network in the millimiter wave (mmWave) frequency band.

The demonstration was completed using a smartphone form-factor test device powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem and using network infrastructure from Ericsson.

TIM also inaugurated an Innovation Hub in Rome dedicated to 5G. The opening was attended Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi, Mario Di Mauro, Chief Strategy, Innovation & Customer Experience Officer at TIM, Enrico Salvatori, Senior Vice President and President Qualcomm EMEA, Elio Catania, President of Confindustria Digitale and other representatives from the Italian industrial world and the ICT sector.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Australia concludes 5G auction in 3.6 GHz band

The Australian Communication and Media Authority completed its 5G auction in the 3.6 GHz band.

All 350 lots available in the auction were sold, realising total revenue of approximately AUS $853 million, equivalent to almost $0.29/MHz/pop.

The four auction winners are:Dense Air Australia Pty Ltd won 29 lots for $18,492,000.

  • Mobile JV Pty Limited (a joint venture arrangement between subsidiaries of TPG Telecom Limited and Vodafone Hutchison Australia Pty Limited) won 131 lots for $263,283,800.
  • Optus Mobile Pty Ltd won 47 lots for $185,069,100.
  • Telstra Corporation Limited won 143 lots for $386,008,400.

"This spectrum is recognised internationally as a key band for 5G services. Timely release of 5G-compatible spectrum will facilitate the early delivery of next generation 5G services to the Australian public and industry,’ said ACMA Chair Nerida O’Loughlin.

Licences won at auction will commence in March 2020 and will extend until 13 December 2030. However, arrangements exist to enable earlier access to the band, provided that no interference is caused to existing licensees.

https://www.acma.gov.au/theACMA/3-6-ghz-band-spectrum-auction-results

China issues 5G trial licenses in 2600, 3500 and 4900 MHz bands

China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued trial 5G licenses to China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom.

  • China Telecom and China Unicom obtained trial licenses for the 3500MHz band, 
  • China Mobile obtained trial licenses for the 2600MHz and 4900MHz bands. 


The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said the operators should now conduct base station 5G system tests, and carry out interference coordination work between 5G system base stations and other radio stations in the same frequency band, adjacent band satellite earth stations, etc.

Keysight's validated for 5G NR device certification

Keysight Technologies' 5G Conformance Toolset is the first test solution to be approved for 5G New Radio (NR) device certification by PTCRB, a certification forum comprised of select leading cellular operators, accelerating commercial availability of 5G mobile devices across the ecosystem.

The milestone was achieved as a result of the extended collaboration between Keysight and Qualcomm focused on verifying the validity and behavior of the radio frequency (RF) and protocol conformance test specifications as defined by 3GPP.

“The PTCRB approval of Keysight’s 5G conformance test solution establishes an important milestone and enables Keysight to help the global mobile ecosystem accelerate 5G product design development and validation,” said Kailash Narayanan, vice president of Keysight’s wireless test group. “Keysight’s close collaborations with market makers and influential participation in standardization organizations have contributed to the realization of this industry-first achievement, facilitating early 5G commercial deployment.”

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Telia activates 5G at Stockholm's KTH Royal Institute of Tech

Telia activated Sweden's first 5G network on the campus of KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

The 5G network will serve as an innovation and research platform for the academia and partner companies. Telia is using a test spectrum license.

Ericsson is the technology provider.

Börje Ekholm, President and CEO, Ericsson, says: “This is the first 5G network in Sweden using commercial and standardized radio and core products. This project serves as an important step toward launching early commercial 5G services. Building a 5G network in one of Sweden’s most creative environments, the KTH campus, demonstrates Ericsson’s and Telia Company’s joint commitment to drive innovation.”

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Intel and Huawei complete 2.6GHz 5G SA Interoperability Testing

Intel and Huawei 2.6GHz 5G NR Interoperability and Development Testing (IoDT) based on the 3GPP Release 15 global standard September version.

The IoDT test is the world's first 2.6GHz 5G interoperability test under SA network and is a key milestone towards accelerating the maturity of the 2.6GHz 5G NR ecosystem

The testing involved Intel’s 5G Mobile Trial Platform (MTP) and Huawei's latest 5G NR (New Radio) base station supporting 2.6GHz with 160MHz bandwidth.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Verizon shows Inseego 5G hotspot device

Beginning next year, Verizon will offer an Inseego 5G mobile hotspot device powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform and Snapdragon X50 5G modem and antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver, RF front-end and antenna elements. The device also offers powerful next gen Wi-Fi performance using the Qualcomm Wi-Fi 6-ready mobile solution.

The companies demonstrated the device running on Verizon’s 5G NR mobile network deployed at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui. 

“Inseego is separating hype from reality by bringing advanced 5G NR mobile technology to life through a live VR-enabled healthcare application in Maui, powered by patented 5G MiFi® technology,” said Inseego Chairman and CEO, Dan Mondor. “Exceptional speed and low latency connectivity that mission-critical use cases require are being demonstrated in a real-world scenario, running on a live Verizon 5G network.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Telia's 5G robot roams Helsinki airport

Telia activated pre-commercial 5G in the city of Vantaa, just outside Helsinki, where the airport is located.

Telia, in cooperation with airport operator Finavia, is launching a 5G network at the Helsinki Airport and starting a robotics project. The idea is to use 5G in airport operations and bring new kinds of experiences to passengers. The project means that Finavia will be Telia’s first customer using the pre-commerical 5G network in Finland.

The 5G robot operates in the non-Schengen area of T2 terminal.

"The robot can deliver real-time video stream from the terminal and enable for example monitoring the terminal area through remote or autonomous control and see that everything is running as it should. The robot can also guide passengers in the terminal, and we aim to try different use cases during the project,” says Heikki Koski, Chief Digital Officer, Finavia.
  • In November, Telia, in partnership with Nokia, is launched a pre-commercial 5G network in the city of Oulu, Finland. A 5G ecosystem will be built in the Nuottasaari industrial area in Oulu. The area will be one of the world's first industrial 5G environments.
  • In September, Telia activated its first 5G base stations in Helsinki. Telia's 5G network operates on test frequencies issued by the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority. Full-scale commercial operation will be possible in 2019, after the 3,5 GHz 5G frequency auction has been conducted in Finland.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Sprint to offer HTC's 5G Mobile Smart Hub

Sprint will offer a 5G mobile smart hub from HTC in the first half of 2019. The device will be powered by silicon from Qualcomm. Product details and pricing are not yet available.

Sprint said it is on track to launch its mobile 5G network in the first half of 2019 beginning in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington, D.C., with additional markets to be announced.

"We're excited to continue building our 5G device portfolio and announce another way our customers can be among the first to experience Sprint 5G next year," said Dr. John Saw, Sprint chief technology officer. "This innovative product will allow customers on the go, at work or at home to enjoy Sprint 5G on multiple devices with incredibly fast connectivity for content sharing, mobile gaming, entertainment and so much more." 

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

T-Mobile tests 5G on 600 MHz spectrum

T-Mobile completed a test of 5G data transmission on low-band spectrum (600 MHz) over its live commercial network. Nokia supported the test, which was performed in Spokane, Washington.  T-Mobile said the test proves that low-band airwaves will provide 5G coverage across hundreds of square miles from a single tower.

T-Mobile notes that it is the only wireless provider building 5G on multiple spectrum bands, including low-band and millimeter wave. The company said it is on track for delivering nationwide 5G in 2020.

“The Un-carrier is focused on delivering 5G for everyone everywhere, while the other guys focus on 5G for the few – reaching just a few people in small areas of a handful of cities,” said John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile. “We’re building truly mobile 5G so everyone can benefit from the 5G revolution. And with Sprint, we’ll be able to supercharge 5G with incredible capacity and speed!”

Telia activates 5G in Oulu, Finland

Telia, in partnership with Nokia, is launching a pre-commercial 5G network in the city of Oulu, Finland.

A 5G ecosystem will be built in the Nuottasaari industrial area in Oulu. The area will be one of the world's first industrial 5G environments.

"Oulu is one of the key locations for research and development of Nokia 5G technology and mobile network products globally. The strong start-up culture of the Oulu region and close cooperation between the city, the university and the businesses in the region have enabled a unique ecosystem to be created in Oulu. Among other things, the ecosystem built an open 5G test network where companies in the area collaborate to generate new products and services," says Rauno Jokelainen, VP, Smart Radio Development Unit, Mobile Networks at Nokia.

  • In September, Telia activated its first 5G base stations in Helsinki. Telia's 5G network operates on test frequencies issued by the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority. Full-scale commercial operation will be possible in 2019, after the 3,5 GHz 5G frequency auction has been conducted in Finland.

Monday, November 19, 2018

SK Telecom signs Keysight for 5G design

SK Telecom signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Keysight Technologies to collaborate on 5G network design development and testing technology.

The MoU covers development of 5G device performance validation technology, test cases and processes to help verify that new products perform as intended on the mobile operator’s network. The two companies will also collaborate on Massive MIMO and beamforming to achieve higher data speeds and lower latencies, which many future 5G applications will require.

"We are excited to extend our collaboration with SK Telecom to support their early deployments of 5G on mmWave frequencies,” stated Kailash Narayanan, vice president and general manager of Wireless Devices and Operators at Keysight Technologies. “Keysight’s early engagements with market leaders, contributions to the 3GPP standardization development and scalable 5G test and measurement solutions is enabling a connected mobile ecosystem to accelerate 5G deployment.”

Thursday, November 15, 2018

A10 Networks outlines 5G strategy and roadmap

A10 Networks outlined its strategy, solutions, and roadmap for the 5G era

The company, which is already a leading solutions provider to mobile carriers, currently has pilot 5G deployments with tier-1 carriers worldwide, including with a major Japanese mobile carrier and an Asian Tier 1 mobile operator. With 5G, there are critical requirements for improved security, reliability and performance, through consolidated solutions, which result in lower latency, high reliability and lower TCO.

“A10 is laser focused on 5G networks. We understand the challenges network operators are facing and have invested heavily in solving these challenges,” said Lee Chen, Founder and CEO of A10 Networks. “We have partnered with key technology providers and developed a comprehensive roadmap to address 5G challenges. Our early bets on 5G solutions are paying off as we have won multiple pilot projects and are best positioned to address market needs.”

A10 said its solutions address Gi-LAN, virtualized EPC, and Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) environments. A10 solutions also provide full-spectrum security and visibility for the control and user plane operations. The strategy includes both 5G Non-Standalone (NSA) or Standalone (SA):

  • 4G to 5G standard compatibility and investment protection: A10 supports existing 4G and 3G network architectures and use cases for the Gi-LAN and EPC, while meeting the more demanding requirements for 5G emerging architectures. These solutions can be deployed in today’s infrastructure, but are future proofed for successful 5G deployments. This includes functional consolidation for application visibility and control, subscriber-aware intelligent traffic steering, Gi/SGi firewall with Carrier-Grade NAT (CGNAT), GTP/SCTP firewall, integrated DDoS, and more.
  • Scale for increased subscriber demand: 5G demands are inherently different than 4G, with smaller packet sizes, more throughput, and higher concurrent session counts observed. A10 solutions can scale concurrent sessions to multi-billion levels and throughput to multi-terabit levels in a scale-out cluster. 5G deployments can benefit from compact and efficient options, for example 220 Gbps in 1RU PNFs, or high performance 100 Gbps VNFs.
  • Core infrastructure security: With new user plane and control plane security requirements coupled with the increased attack surface and scale brought by 5G and IoT device proliferation, more advanced, scalable and automated approaches are needed for 5G networks. To guarantee uptime, and ensure control and user plane security, components include, GTP firewall, Gi/SGi firewall, control and user plane policy enforcement, DNS protection, security proxies (SEPP), and more. Additionally, A10’s advanced 5G DDoS Protection solution includes Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) via Dynamic Attack Pattern Recognition (DAPR), continuous baselining, and One-DDoS for distributed intelligence, for full visibility into all packets, versus traditional sample-based only solutions.
  • SDN/NFV for agile infrastructure: A10’s solutions can be delivered in a variety of form factors to meet the demands of the emerging SDN and NFV environments, for example PNFs, VNFs, bare metal and containers. These solutions are integrated with leading SDN and NFV architectures and interoperate with multiple MANO environments for faster network rollout and optimized performance and agility. A10 also provides flexible software licensing and consumption via A10’s FlexPool subscription-based capacity pooling licensing.
  • Orchestration and analytics for lower TCO and reduced downtime: A10’s Harmony Controller provides actionable intelligence to manage subscriber services, meet Law Enforcement Agency (LEA) mandates and compliance, and deliver per subscriber analytics. Harmony Controller provides visibility, management, orchestration and automation.
  • Eco-system partners for a broader solution: A10’s products integrate with multiple 3rd party solutions and vendors. Ranging from DevOps tools, such as Ansible, to providers of 5G solutions such as Ericsson, NEC, Tech Mahindra, and Lenovo for a comprehensive eco-system.

A10 also said it will continue to provide industry-leading scale in both VNFs and PNFs, including scale-out agile deployments with containerized solutions for virtual mobile edge compute requirements. This includes physical, virtual, and containerized offerings.

https://www.a10networks.com/press-releases/a10-networks-outlines-5g-strategy-solutions-roadmap-help-mobile-carriers


1-minute Video: Cisco on new 5G opportunities for Service Providers



5G is opening new opportunities for Service Providers initially in 3 areas, says Michael Glickman, SVP, Global Service Provider Segment, Cisco. These include (1) SDWAN (2) applications that leverage networking slicing (3) uniting enterprise networking with 5G access.

https://youtu.be/jm8f_v9tVFI

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Verizon completes 5G NR smartphone data transmission over 28 GHz

Verizon completed the world’s first 5G data transmission on a smartphone on a commercial 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) network using its 28 GHz spectrum.

The test was completed with a moto z3 paired with a 5G moto mod, the world’s first 5G-upgradeable smartphone, in Providence, RI. Samsung Electronics America and Qualcomm collaborated on the test.

The companies performed several tests over the 5G connection, including browsing the internet and placing a video call. The moto z3 with 5G moto mod is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem, along with the  QTM052 mmWave antenna modules.

"In the past two years, we have consistently led the world in 5G, including launching the world’s first commercial 5G service last month. This successful test, using an actual smartphone, widens our lead,” said Bill Stone, vice president, Technology Development and Planning for Verizon. “We will be the first to offer a 5G upgradeable smartphone on our network in 2019.”

“This test is also one step closer to getting upgraded speed and connectivity that will affect all aspects of our daily lives. 5G will be a transformational leap in wireless, and we are excited to be a part of it,” Shakil Barkat, vice president, Global Product Development at Motorola.

Telenor picks Ericsson for 5G core network transformation

Telenor has selected Ericsson to transform its core network in Sweden, Denmark and Norway by deploying Ericsson Cloud Core solutions for 5G across multiple data centers. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Under the terms of the Network Function Virtualization contract, Ericsson’s full portfolio of network function solutions and related services will be harnessed to deploy Ericsson Cloud Core solutions for 5G across multiple data centers for Telenor. This includes Policy Control, virtual IMS (vIMS) and virtual User Data Consolidation (vUDC) as well as lead system integration and support services.

Morten Karlsen Sørby, Telenor’s Executive Vice President and Acting Cluster Head Scandinavia says: “Ericsson’s portfolio of VNF enables Telenor to become more agile while reducing costs through improved operations. This transformational deal is an important step towards future-proofing our core network as we look towards 5G. It provides us with state-of-the-art virtual core applications that serve mobile and fixed access and extend the lifecycle of our legacy network.”

Arun Bansal, Ericsson’s Head of Europe & Latin America says: “Ericsson is a long-term partner to Telenor in Scandinavia, supporting the company across multiple engagements in fixed and mobile networks in the region. This deal strengthens that partnership by evolving Telenor’s existing network to the cloud, ensuring continued exceptional services to their customers. As we move together towards 5G it also opens up new opportunities in the IoT space.”

http://www.ericsson.com/press

VIAVI debuts large-scale 5G Base Station Analyzer

Viavi Solutions introduced its CellAdvisor 5G base station analyzer for use by mobile service providers globally for validating and troubleshooting 5G radio access.

The principal test functions of the CellAdvisor 5G include:

Real-time spectrum and interference analysis with persistence display for FR1 and FR2
5G carrier scanner measuring carrier power up to eight wide-band carriers’ power as well as strongest beam power level and its corresponding identifier (ID)
5G beam analyzer assessing individual beams’ IDs, their power levels and corresponding signal to noise ratios
5G route map for coverage verification mapping, in real-time, the physical cell identity (PCI) and its associated beam ID together with beam strength, as well as making coverage data available for post-processing.

Key features include: support for beamforming analysis, massive MIMO and carrier aggregation; spectrum and interference analysis in Frequency Region 1 (FR1, sub-6 GHz) and Frequency Region 2 (FR2, millimeter wave); flexibility to support wider channel bandwidth configurations (5 MHz to 100 MHz in FR1, and 100 MHz to 400 MHz in FR2); touchscreen functionality; and cloud-based asset and configuration management via the StrataSync platform.

“VIAVI has taken an early lead in 5G testing, and continues to expand its investments,” said Kevin Oliver, Vice President and General Manager, Converged Instruments and Virtual Test, VIAVI. “Virtually every 5G base station in the field today has been verified in the lab using VIAVI instruments and systems. Now, as a number of leading carriers are moving from the lab to large-scale field deployments, CellAdvisor 5G will be the fundamental tool that technicians and contractors will need to install and maintain these 5G deployments.”

http://www.viavisolutions.com

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