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

Sunday, October 21, 2018

NEC and Samsung near 5G base station accord

NEC and Samsung Electronics are close to announcing a strategic alliance in 5G base stations, according to numerous sources over the weekend.

Samsung is already a key supplier of network infrastructure to KDDI.  An alliance with NEC could help open doors to NTT Docomo.


KDDI and Samsung prove 5G mmWave works at 190 kmh

KDDI and Samsung Electronics completed a series of 5G tests which demonstrate the viability and performance of 5G millimeter wave mobility solutions while traveling at speeds over 190km per hour.

The demonstration, which took place at 'Everland SPEEDWAY' in Korea, involved a battery of individual tests to examine the performance of Samsung's end-to-end 5G mmWave technology. Specifically, as a vehicle accelerated from 0 to 205km per hour on the race track between multiple 5G base stations, the test measured and evaluated a variety of metrics, including handover interruption time, uplink and downlink throughput stability, and latency stability (or "jitter").

In addition, KDDI and Samsung also demonstrated a successful handover scenario, with Samsung's 5G device attaching to the 5G base station as it approached the service area, and successfully being handed over to the target cell at a speed of 192km per hour (GPS speed).


NEC announces agreement to supply 5G base stations to NTT DOCOMO

NEC announced an agreement to supply 5G base station equipment to NTT DOCOMO. Financial terms were not disclosed. Docomo aims to launch 5G in 2020.

Under this new agreement, NEC will achieve 5G compatibility through software upgrades and a minimal replacement of hardware to maximize the use of existing high-density base station equipment.  NEC said it will provide updates that enable existing high-density base stations to be fully compatible with 5G while continuing to deliver LTE/LTE-Advanced services.

This includes base station equipment that NEC has been supplying to DOCOMO since February 2015. This equipment is already compatible with the advanced Centralized Radio Access Network (C-RAN) architecture advocated by
DOCOMO, and is now being utilized as a base station control unit.

"DOCOMO aims to deploy and expand our commercial 5G services efficiently by maximizing the use of existing communications equipment," said, Hiroshi Nakamura, Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and Member of the Board of Directors, NTT DOCOMO. " This agreement with NEC is in line with that policy and we expect it to make a significant contribution to our 5G services. Going forward, DOCOMO accelerates co-creation of new services and businesses with vertical industry partners."

Monday, October 15, 2018

SK Telecom completes first 5G call with Samsung

SK Telecom completed its first 5G call using the 3GPP 5G Non-standalone(NSA) new radio (NR) standard and Samsung's commercial 5G NR equipment.

The call took place at SK Telecom's 5G testbed located in its Bundang office building.

The first 5G NSA-NR calls were achieved by utilizing end-to-end solutions that SK Telecom and Samsung jointly developed and built for the trial on 3.5GHz 5G NR radio, 4G LTE radio and NSA core.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Intel + Ovum: How big is the 5G opportunity?

How big is the 5G opportunity?

Well, according to a newly released “5G Economics of Entertainment Report” commissioned by Intel and conducted by Ovum, it is forecast that over the next decade (2019-2028) media and entertainment companies will be competing to win a share of a near $3 trillion cumulative wireless revenue opportunity.

Experiences enabled by 5G networks will account for nearly half of this revenue opportunity (close to $1.3 trillion).

“5G will inevitably shake up the media and entertainment landscape. It will be a major competitive asset if companies adapt. If not, they risk failure or even extinction. This wave of 5G transformation will not be the purview of any singular industry, and now is certainly the time for all business decision-makers to ask: Is your business 5G-ready?” stated  Jonathan Wood, general manager of Business Development & Partnerships, 5G Next Generation and Standards at Intel

Some highlights:

  • 2022: 5G accounts for nearly 20 percent of total telecom revenues – $47 billion of $253 billion
  • 2025: more than 55 percent of total revenues – $183 billion of $321 billion
  • 2028: nearly 80 percent of total revenues – $335 billion of $420 billion. The average monthly traffic per 5G subscriber will grow from 11.7GB in 2019 to 84.4GB per month in 2028, at which point video will account for 90 percent of all 5G traffic.




Thursday, October 11, 2018

Deutsche Telekom outlines 5G program

Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Höttges outlined an eight-point program for rolling out 5G that targets coverage to 99% of Germany's population by 2025. The company is aiming to launch commercial 5G operation will launch in 2020 when terminal devices are available in sufficient numbers. Already 22,000 of the company's 27,000 mobile sites are already 5G-ready thanks to fiber-optic connectivity and the single RAN technology.

Speaking at the Telekom Netze-Tag event in Berlin, Höttges repeated his commitment to continue investing around 5.5 billion euros annually in the build-out of broadband networks in Germany.

He called on representatives from the political and industrial worlds to cooperate with network providers to pave the way for "the best 5G infrastructure in the world."

“Companies, authorities, and citizens in Germany are entitled to the best-performing digital infrastructure. In urban centers and rural areas alike. Broadband for everyone instead of a digital divide remains the objective. We will only achieve this objective by working together, not by competing with one another,” said Tim Höttges at the BDI conference in Berlin. “Not possible is not an option – gigabit networks for Germany.”

Some highlights:

  • 5G coverage to 99 percent of the German population by 2025. 
  • Targetting 90 percent 5G area coverage by 2025. This level can be achieved with 4G in 2021. 
  • The DT Group will invest 20 billion euros in Germany by 2021.
  • All mobile base stations will be equipped to run initial 5G applications such as the NB-IoT
  • DT is also speeding up the installation of new antenna sites. It currently operates 27,000 antenna sites and will be adding at least 2,000 each year. The number of antenna sites will reach 36,000 by 2021.
  • DT is currently running a 5G test cluster in central Berlin. 


https://www.telekom.com/en/media/media-information/archive/working-hard-on-the-5g-roll-out-in-germany-545412

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Nokia intros open and programmable access network slicing

Nokia introduced an open and programmable fixed access network slicing solution that partitions the fixed access network into autonomous slices and delivers for operators the Network-as-a-Service.

Nokia said its solution enables operators to scale to a virtually unlimited number of discrete network slices that can be independently operated, for example to run 5G mobile transport, wholesale or business services.

The new solution is built around Nokia's cloud-native software platform Altiplano and open standards.  It allows operators to establish full control and autonomy for each slice they manage, plus determine the performance metrics for the network and services they deliver to customers.

It uses open interfaces and YANG data models to create a virtual slice that looks, feels and operates just like a physical network.

Each service provider runs its own dedicated controller with a dedicated view of their slice of the network. This provides operators with the control and flexibility to deliver differentiated broadband services in a multi-vendor network environment.  Equipment from different vendors can sit alongside each other, in different slices or on the same slice. The solution also makes it easier to share the physical network by enabling operators to automate challenging processes such as rules, regulations and multi-vendor integration.

Nokia notes that has been actively involved in the work that led to the publication of TR-370 on Fixed Access Network Sharing (FANS) by the Broadband Forum and is currently involved in the specification of the YANG modules that are used to achieve FANS.

Federico Guillen, president of Nokia Fixed Networks, said: "I believe that virtual network slicing will form the basis for everything the fixed access industry does going forward.  It can provide a more elegant and powerful way to monetize ultra-broadband deployments, help accelerate the delivery of new services, spread investment risk, reduce complexity and unlock new business opportunities that allow service providers to better serve their end-customers."

https://onestore.nokia.com/asset/202253


Thursday, October 4, 2018

Vodafone Italy comments on 5G plans

Vodafone Italy announced that the 3700 MHz spectrum it acquired this week in the national auction can be used immediately to enhance coverage, improve capacity, and for the rapid development of 5G services.

In the spectrum action, Vodafone Italy agreed to pay for the following licenses:

  • 3700 MHz – 80 MHz for €1,685 million, available from 1 January 2019 with a licence duration of 19 years.
  • 700 MHz – 2 x 10 MHz FDD (Frequency Division Duplexing) for €683 million, available from July 2022 with a licence duration of 15.5 years.
  • 26 GHz – 200 MHz for €33 million, available from 1 January 2019 with a licence duration of 19 years.

When it is available from 2022, the 700 MHz spectrum will be used to deploy enhanced 5G services, providing nationwide coverage at very high speed and very low latency. Vodafone can also use the 26 GHz spectrum acquired to deliver high capacity services in densely populated locations such as city centres, sports stadiums or industrial plants.

Vodafone currently has 5G trials underway in Milan and its metropolitan area, with the aim of transforming Milan into the 5G capital of Europe. Vodafone expects to have already achieved coverage of 80% of Milan and its metropolitan area by December 2018.

Vodafone Group CEO Nick Read said: “Auctions should be designed to balance fiscal requirements with the need for investment to enable economic development. Telecoms is the sector that enables all other sectors to participate in the Gigabit society. It is critical that European governments avoid artificial auction constructs which fail to strike a healthy balance for the industry.”

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Italy raises EUR 6.5 billion in 5G spectrum auction

The government of Italy raised EUR 6.50 billion in an auction of 700 MHz, 3700 MHz, and 26 GHz spectrum for 5G usage. The total significantly exceeded the expected EUR 4 billion government forecast.

Winning bidders included Iliad Italia, Vodafone Italia, Telecom Italia, Fastweb, and Wind TRE.

700 MHz

Iliad Italia garnered 10 MHz in the 700 MHz FDD band for EUR 676 million,472,792.00 euros, while Vodafone SpA was awarded 2 generic lots in the 700 MHz FDD band, for a total of 10 MHz at a bid of EUR 683 million, The remaining 2 generic batches in the 700 MHz FDD band, for a total of 10 MHz, were awarded to Telecom Italia for EUR 680 million.

26 GHz

Five lots in the 26 GHz band awarded: Telecom Italia won a lot for EUR 33 million; Iliad Italia won a lot for EU 32.9 million; Fastweb SpA won a lot for EUR 32.6 million; Wind 3 won a lot for EUR 32.5 million, and Vodafone Italia won a lot for EUR 32.6 million.

3700 MHz band

Telecom Italia won the specific lot (C1) of 80 MHz for EUR 1.694 billion; Vodafone Italia was awarded a generic lot of 80 MHz for EUR 1.685 billion; Wind 3 was awarded a generic lot of 20 MHz for EUR 484 million; and Iliad Italia won the second generic lot of 20 MHz for EUR 483.9 million.

http://www.sviluppoeconomico.gov.it/index.php/it/per-i-media/comunicati-stampa/it/194-comunicati-stampa/2038666-gara-5g



Monday, October 1, 2018

AT&T releases spec for White Box Cell Site Gateway Router

AT&T published specifications for a "white box" cell site gateway router designed to serve its backhaul transport requirements in its next-gen network. AT&T has previously disclosed plans to deploy up to 60,000 such routers at cell towers over the next few years. The specs, which are being released to the Open Compute Project, could be used by network vendors as reference designs. AT&T is developing its own network operating system software, based on technology from its Vyatta acquisition, to control and manage the white box hardware.

“This transformation is about meeting the surging data demands of our customers as we head into this 5G world,” said Chris Rice, senior vice president, Network Cloud and Infrastructure at AT&T. “Data traffic on our wireless network has grown 360,000% since 2007. We now carry more than 222 petabytes of data on an average business day. The old hardware model simply can’t keep up, and we need to get faster and more efficient. We believe this white box approach helps us meet that demand while allowing us and others now to innovate faster than ever before.”

AT&T said its white box could be coupled with a separate, disaggregated software solution. This creates several advantages:
  • It decouples hardware from software, so providers have freedom to choose software implementations that best support their business and operational models.
  • It is designed to support a wide range of speeds on the client side including 100M/1G needed for legacy Baseband Unit systems and next generation 5G Baseband Unit systems operating at 10G/25G and backhaul speeds up to 100G.
  • It is designed to operate at industrial temperature ranges (-40C to +65C).
  • It features the Broadcom Qumran-AX switching chip with deep buffers to support advanced features and QOS.
  • It includes a baseboard management controller (BMC) for platform health status monitoring and recovery.
  • It includes a powerful CPU for network operating software.
  • It has timing circuitry that supports a variety of inputs and outputs to meet the evolving timing requirements and implementations in the 5G technology evolution.

“We’re very excited to be contributing our hardware specification to the Open Compute Project” said Michael Satterlee, vice president of Network Infrastructure and Services at AT&T Labs. “We’ve future-proofed it with high-speed interfaces and density, timing features, Quality of Service capabilities, and a powerful processor. We’re confident other mobile service providers will look at this spec and conclude, like us, that this platform can meet their needs.”

“Our product development and quality assurance processes are structured to ensure we deliver a reliable, feature-rich, and secure product into our production network” said Ken Duell, assistant vice president of Packet Edge Development at AT&T Labs. “We take our time and do it right because we know the stakes are high. We’re on track to meet the commitment made earlier this year to begin First Field Applications (FFA) this calendar year and in time refreshing our entire base of over 60,000 cell site routers to this new white box implementation.”

https://about.att.com/story/2018/5g_cell_specifications.html

The DANOS Project promises a Unified Network Operating System

The Linux Foundation will host a new Disaggregated Network Operating System (DANOS) project to enable community collaboration across network hardware, forwarding and operating system layers.

DANOS is initially based on AT&T’s “dNOS” software framework of an open, cost-effective and flexible alternative to traditional networking operating systems.

A first code release is expected the second half of 2018.

“We are pleased to welcome DANOS to The Linux Foundation community of open, collaborative innovation,” said Arpit Joshipura, General Manager of Networking, The Linux Foundation. “DANOS will provide an open NOS framework that leverages existing open source resources and complementary platforms such as switches and white box routers. We invite others in the broader ecosystem to join the effort to accelerate innovation and creation of an industry-standard disaggregated NOS.”

“As far as we know, DANOS is an industry first: an open-source, carrier-grade operating system for wide area networks,” said John Medamana, Vice President, Packet Optical Network, AT&T. “DANOS is a milestone for us and the industry, and we’re excited to see how developers and other users implement and build upon it.”

“ONF has been a champion of disaggregation, white boxes and open source and in this regard, we are happy to see DANOS launched as a carrier-grade, open source network OS for white boxes,” said Guru Parulkar, Executive Director, ONF. “We are looking forward to DANOS and ONF’s recent open source platform Stratum, thin switch OS, working together.”

AT&T’s whitepaper on the dNOS framework is available here: http://about.att.com/content/dam/innovationblogdocs/att-routing-nos-open-architecture_FINAL%20whitepaper.pdf

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Huawei completes 5G-NR stand-alone testing in Beijing

Huawei completed a set of 5G SA (standalone) functional C-Band tests in Beijing based on the 3GPP NR standard.

The SA test of 5G NR radio access network (RAN) took place in the third phase of China 5G technology R&D test in Beijing, which was organized by the IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group.

Huawei said this marks the first 5G SA functional test based on the official protocol version of 5G NR (New Radio), following the completion of the 3GPP 5G NR Release15 standard (SA) in June 2018.

The testing used Huawei’s End-to-End (E2E) commercial products, including its 5G NextGen Core (NG Core), gNB , 5G test terminal, and a commercial terminal based on its Balong 5000 chipset.


Sprint activates Samsung's massive MIMO

Sprint has activated Samsung's 5G-ready massive MIMO solutions on its production 2.5 GHz TDD-LTE network.

Samsung said its massive MIMO can provide a way for operators to inject new capacity into their network without having to purchase more spectrum or add new base stations. It is being used by Sprint to significantly boost LTE network speeds and capacity for millions of U.S. customers, while improving network efficiencies through advanced beam-forming. Additionally, this helps provide Sprint with a seamless upgrade path to 5G New Radio (NR), utilizing the carrier’s deep 2.5 GHz spectrum.

“We are excited to see Samsung MIMO solutions in use on Sprint’s current LTE commercial network, which will help their customers experience the full benefits of network innovation,” said Lyle Nyffeler, Vice President, Networks Division, Samsung Electronics America. “Our MIMO solutions are engineered to maximize 4G networks today, while offering a graceful, seamless path to a 5G future.”

In February 2018, Sprint announced its selection of Samsung as a massive MIMO provider for their future 5G mobile network launch in the U.S..

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

T-Mobile picks Cisco to build nationwide 5G Virtual Packet Core

T-Mobile announced the completion of its virtualized packet core buildout across its nationwide footprint using Cisco’s distributed SDN architecture,

The companies describe the deployment as the world’s largest virtual packet core, supporting more than 70 million customers.

Cisco and T-Mobile U.S. have also signed a five-year agreement to continue buildout of T-Mobile’s 5G Packet Core and Policy Suite spanning hardware, software and services.

With Cisco Ultra Virtual Packet Core & Policy solution, T-Mobile can deploy 5G nationwide, while realizing the full potential of virtualization and cloud to offer its customers new services faster.

“This was a significant undertaking for us, shifting from a centralized to a distributed core architecture across our footprint, and we couldn’t have achieved that without virtualization,” said Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer, T-Mobile. “This means we can further our 5G plans with more flexibility and agility to deliver new services to our customers – and with Sprint we’ll shift it all into overdrive!”

“The size and scope of this project with T-Mobile marks a milestone as the largest virtual packet core operating today,” said Jonathan Davidson, Senior Vice President, General Manager, Service Provider Business, Cisco. “With this new virtualized architecture with massive scale, T-Mobile can launch new services with automated deployments, spending minutes to deploy what used to take months.”

Keysight supplies 5G network emulation to Motorola Mobility

Keysight Technologies is supplying its 5G network emulation solutions to Motorola Mobility for early 5G chipset prototyping, development, and device design validation.

“We are very pleased to be working with Motorola Mobility to help them bring their latest 5G devices to market faster,” said Scott Bryden, vice president of wireless device solutions at Keysight Technologies. “Early engagements with key 5G chipset providers has enabled Keysight to deliver first-to-market 5G solutions as 5G device design work accelerates.”

Last year, Keysight was first to announce that its suite of 5G network emulation solutions, including 5G Protocol R&D and RF Design Verification Toolsets, support the new 3GPP 5G NR Non-Standalone standard, enabling the device ecosystem to streamline its product workflow from early prototyping and development to design validation and manufacturing.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Verizon 5G Home to launch on Oct 1 -- 300 Mbps, no data cap, $70/month

Verizon will launch its fixed 5G service on October 01 -- claiming the title of first 5G commercial service in the world.

The Verizon 5G Home service uses the company's proprietary 5G TF standard. Verizon said it chose to implement its own 5G TF specification in order to launch its 5G network sooner than waiting for the formal 3GPP 5G NR standard to be incorporated into network equipment, devices, chipsets and software. The company plans to upgrade any installed equipment once the full 3GPP standard is adopted by equipment suppliers.

“To deliver the full potential of 5G, a wireless network provider must have three fundamental assets: deep fiber resources, a large deployment of small cells and critical spectrum holdings. That’s Ultra Wideband,” said Kyle Malady, Verizon’s chief technology officer.  “We will deliver a revolutionary 5G experience that will change how people live, work and play.”

Verizon 5G Home will initially be available in parts of Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento.  Customers in these cities can begin ordering the service on Thursday, September 13th.

Verizon said customers should expect typical network speeds around 300 Mbps and, depending on location, peak speeds of nearly 1 Gig, with no data caps.

Verizon will offer a “First On 5G” promotion whereby customers get 3 months free. Current Verizon Wireless customers with a qualifying smartphone plan will pay $50 per month for the service, while non-Verizon Wireless customers will pay $70 per month (taxes included and no annual contract). There are no additional hardware costs. 5G Home customers will also get YouTube TV free the first three months ($40/month thereafter) and a free Apple TV 4K or Google Chromecast Ultra device at installation.

Verizon noted a series of 5G "firsts", including:

  • First video call placed over a pre-commercial 5G connection on a prototype 5G device at the 2018 Super Bowl with Samsung in February
  • First 5G NR data transmission in a lab with Nokia and Qualcomm in February
  • First two-way data transmission of 3GPP 5G NR and the first use of multi-carrier aggregation to boost the signal into Gbps range -- outdoors -- with Nokia in June
  • First transmission of a 5G NR signal to a receiver in a moving vehicle with Nokia in August
  • First data transmission on a commercially deployed 5G NR network in Washington DC in September with Nokia
  • First data transmission over commercial 5G NR network equipment to a prototype smartphone device in Minneapolis with Ericsson and Qualcomm in September



Verizon opens more 5G labs

Verizon is expanding its 5G incubator program with new locations on the East and West Coasts.

Building on its first 5G innovation center in NYC, Verizon now plans to open 5G Labs in Washington DC, Palo Alto CA, Waltham MA, and Los Angeles CA.  The goal of the labs is "to explore the boundaries of 5G technology, co-create new use applications and hardware, and engage with the community through programming designed to encourage local innovators to rethink what’s possible in a 5G world."

Each Verizon 5G Lab location will concentrate on industries and technologies that draw from local expertise:

New York City – media and financial technology
Waltham, MA – robotics, healthcare and real-time enterprise solutions
Palo Alto, CA – emerging technology, education and big data
Washington, DC – public safety and first responders, cyber security and hospitality
Los Angeles, CA – immersive experiences such as augmented reality and holograms

Monday, September 10, 2018

Verizon completes 5G-NR call to smartphone

Verizon completed an end-to-end call with a smartphone form factor test device on a commercial 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) network.

The test, which occurred in Minneapolis, MN, used a prototype smartphone powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 5G modem and RF subsystem silicon and network infrastructure supplied by Ericsson. The transmissions were completed over Verizon's 39 GHz spectrum and an Ericsson millimeter wave radio through the Ericsson non-standalone Option 3x core.

"This latest demonstration is significant because it took place over commercial 5G NR network equipment to a test device in the form factor of the handheld devices our customers will eventually use on our 5G network," said Bill Stone, vice president, Technology Development and Planning for Verizon. "

Verizon intends to launch 5G residential broadband service this year in four markets in the U.S. - Los Angeles, Sacramento, Houston and Indianapolis, followed by a mobile 5G solution

Verizon and Nokia announced another 5G milestone: completion of the first over-the-air, end-to-end data transmission on a commercial 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) network in Washington DC. The signal was carried over commercially deployed Nokia radio equipment and Verizon’s millimeter wave spectrum and 5G network core to a Nokia test van parked in downtown Washington.

“The cadence and frequency of these significant milestone achievements from Verizon and Nokia show just how quickly we’re taking the promise of 5G technology from the lab to the field and to the marketplace where our customers will ultimately use this revolutionary technology,” said Bill Stone, vice president, Technology Development and Planning for Verizon. “We said Verizon will be first to 5G, and our latest milestone moves us closer to fulfilling that promise.”

“Nokia and Verizon have had a tremendous summer for 5G innovations and technology advancements,” said Marc Rouanne, president of Mobile Networks, Nokia. “We are thrilled to be on the forefront of this new technology, helping Verizon make yet another significant stride towards becoming the first-mover to the market.”

Verizon and Nokia complete 5G NR mobility call

Verizon and Nokia announced a 5G milestone: the first successful transmission of a 3GPP New Radio (NR) 5G signal to a receiver situated in a moving vehicle, seamlessly handing off the signal from one radio sector to another.

The test, which took place at Nokia’s campus in Murray Hill, NJ, used two 5G NR radios on a Nokia building and a third radio/receiver in a vehicle outfitted with equipment to measure transmission statistics. The transmission used 28 GHz spectrum. Seamless 5G NR Layer 3 3GPP-compliant mobility handoffs were achieved between the two sectors (intra-gNB and inter-DU).

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Keysight supplies 5G NR Device Dev + Verification to ASUS

Keysight Technologies has supplied its 5G network emulation solutions to accelerate 5G New Radio (NR) device development and verification to ASUS.

ASUS is using Keysight’s 5G network emulation solutions to validate new designs that support the latest 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) Release 15 specifications, including beamforming and beam management technologies across both sub-6GHz and mmWave frequencies.

Keysight offers end-to-end over-the-air (OTA) testing capabilities by combining its network emulation solutions with customizable chambers for radiated testing. ASUS will use the Compact Antenna Test Range chamber, which has been approved by 3GPP, as an indirect far field test methodology. This chamber will be used to perform device characterization and validation under real-world conditions.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

CommScope builds a C-RAN small cell for in-building 4G/5G

CommScope announced a "OneCell" C-RAN small cell solution for in-building 5G performance.

The enhanced OneCell portfolio includes a new radio point platform, the multi-carrier RP5000 Series, which features software-programmable radios that can flexibly support new air interfaces to enable LTE-to-5G migration. Its supports cell virtualization, distributed MIMO (multiple input/multiple output), and granular location-awareness to support smarter services including emergency services. It uses off-the-shelf Ethernet LAN fronthaul infrastructure components to reduce cost and complexity for enterprise deployments.

CommScope describes its OneCell is a 5G-ready in-building LTE solution that combines carrier-grade performance and reliability with deployment simplicity for single- and multi-operator environments. With OneCell, wireless operators and neutral hosts can fully participate in 5G-enabled services while preserving their investments in LTE.

The company notes that many 5G target use cases – such as ultra-high definition video, industrial automation and “smart building” applications – will be deployed inside buildings.

“In-building delivery of 5G service will be a major opportunity for operators to own the user experience, differentiate from over-the-top service providers and monetize service offerings,” said Matt Melester, senior vice president, CommScope. “But the old ways of delivering cellular service indoors simply cannot achieve 5G performance levels. CommScope’s enhanced OneCell small cell solution is uniquely positioned to make indoor 5G an enabler of enterprise business opportunities.”


Saturday, September 1, 2018

Intel and Ericsson complete 5G-NR call over 39 GHz

Intel and Ericsson completed the first 5G-NR compliant live data call over the 39 GHz band using Intel’s RF mm-Wave chip with Ericsson Radio System commercial equipment, including the 5G NR radio AIR 5331, baseband and Intel 5G Mobile Trial Platform.

The 5G trial was completed in labs in Kista, Sweden, and Santa Clara, California.

“This live 5G demonstration on the 39 GHz band signifies how close 5G commercial services are to reality in North America. Using the Intel 5G Mobile Trial Platform configured with a 39 GHz RF chip/antenna, we successfully demonstrated a 3GPP-compliant data call performed connecting to an Ericsson commercial 5G g-NB base station, an important step in ensuring our commercial platforms are field ready for deployment in 2019,” stated Asha Keddy, vice president Next Generation and Standards at Intel.

“Completing this end-to-end data call on 39 GHz with Intel shows our commitment to realizing 5G in different spectrum bands,” said Fredrik Jejdling, executive vice president and head of Business Area Networks at Ericsson. “In July we did it on 3.5 GHz and now on 39 GHz, which will smoothen the path to 5G for our customers. Using commercial 5G radios for this multivendor interoperability milestone shows our progress towards making 5G a commercial reality.”

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

AT&T adds Indianapolis to its mobile 5G rollout

AT&T added Indianapolis to its list of 5G rollout cities, joining Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Oklahoma City and Raleigh, and Waco.

“Indy is a city on the forefront of innovation and technology. Home to a variety of large and small businesses, thriving communities, and a local government that understands the importance of technology to fuel innovation and boost economic growth,” said Bill Soards, president AT&T Indiana.  “Whether you’re a retailer, car wash owner, hospital, manufacturer, public safety entity or a bank, we expect 5G will eventually change the customer experience and provide new economic opportunities for your business. It was a natural choice for AT&T to name Indy as one of the twelve introductory 5G cities.”

AT&T invested nearly $425 million in its Indianapolis area wireless and wired networks during 2015-2017. In 2017, AT&T made more than 525 wireless network upgrades in the Indianapolis area. These include new cell sites, boosting network capacity and new wireless high-speed internet connections. The upgrades included its 5G Evolution technologies and LTE-LAA.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Vodacom launches a commercial 5G FWA service in Lesotho

Vodacom launched a standards-based, commercial 5G service in Lesotho, the landlocked kingdom encircled by South Africa.

Vodacom's 5G service is delivering Fixed-Wireless Access broadband services to two enterprise customers in Lesotho. The service uses 3.5GHz spectrum.

Vodacom said it has deployed the same standards-based 5G technology in South Africa, where it reports speeds in excess of 700 Mbps and latencies of less than 10 milliseconds. The carrier expects to boost the downlink to 1 Gbps or more as new software versions and devices become available. Until such time as 3.5GHz spectrum becomes available to Vodacom South Africa, this network will not be available to its customers.

Shameel Joosub, Vodacom Group Chief Executive Officer, says: “Vodacom prides itself on being a market leader and we are extremely pleased to be first to deliver 5G services to customers in Africa. What we’ve accomplished in Lesotho is an example of what can be achieved in Africa, should the requisite spectrum also be made available. Vodacom South Africa has been granted a temporary spectrum license of 100MHz in the 3.5GHz band to showcase the same standards-based 5G network capabilities in South Africa.

http://www.vodacom.co.ls/ls-personal/offers/voice-and-data-plans/data-plans/5g



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