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Achieving over $1bn cost efficiencies in the 5G era: new Network Economics Annual Report

As 5G becomes an increasingly ubiquitous feature of connected life over the course of 2020, operators seeking to make the most of this transformative, but famously capital-intensive, the development will need to achieve economic optimisation of their networks.   Drawing on ...

Open RAN trials gaining traction

Telefónica has partnered with Altiostar, Gigatera Communications, Intel, Supermicro and Xilinx to assist in the development and deployment of open RAN solutions. This follows an announcement from the operator that it would also be conducting 4G and 5G Open RAN trials in key ...

Lufthansa pilots standalone 5G networks in aircraft maintenance industry

Lufthansa Technik is working with Vodafone and Nokia to test its own private 5G networks on two separate projects. One enables clients to remotely join the airline’s engineers in real-time inspections of engine parts; the other project applies live AR/VR to overlay ...

Operators & GSMA join forces on edge computing push

A group of leading operators, backed by the GSMA, teamed to develop an interoperable platform for edge computing, with the goal of making the solutions more accessible to end users and enterprises. In a statement, the GSMA said it would support a partnership between ...

Future Networks convene developers in Montreal for 5G Operator Platform Lab

With the business case for 5G now established, attention in 2020 turns to launches worldwide, and how to make the most of this new era of hyperconnectivity. There is broad recognition across the mobile industry that, while consumer use cases will make up the majority of ...

Is RCS set to transform Mobile Payments and PSD2 SCA?

Mobile telecommunications services, and the devices consumers use to access them, are evolving rapidly – and, with the roll-out of 5G, the integration of IoT and wearables, and the adoption of embedded SIM, mobile services will soon be available everywhere. Service providers ...

China issues 5G spectrum licences for indoor coverage

The Chinese government has granted new licences to mobile operators to share spectrum for 5G indoor coverage. China Telecom, China Unicom and China Broadcasting Network (CBN) will share the 3.3–3.4 GHz spectrum for 5G, and co-develop and share 5G indoor access networks to ...

Telefónica Deutschland obtains 4G/5G deployment loan with strict sustainability dimension

Telefónica’s German unit has secured a loan of EUR450 million from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support its rollout of a 5G network to 30 cities by the end of 2022 and to enhance its existing LTE infrastructure. According to the EIB , the eight-year agreement ...

GSMA Beta Labs Launches Energy Benchmarking Tool to Help Operators Monitor Their Energy Consumptions

The GSMA Future Networks Programme has launched an MNO Energy Consumption Benchmark initiative to support member operators against the projected increase in energy consumption as well as support the UN’s 2030 goals for sustainable development. The scheme has been piloted ...

2019 saw 5G become a commercial reality – 2020 will take it to the mass market

2019 was without question the year of 5G, as the industry took it from the conceptual phase of standardisation of 2018, to worldwide consumer launches. This is primarily due to the successful collaborative efforts made by the industry to identify common challenges, share ...

Nokia to introduce dynamic spectrum sharing in 2020

Nokia has announced it will introduce dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS) as a software upgrade in time for commercial 5G FDD mass-market device launches in 2020. DSS enables operators to use the same spectrum for both LTE and 5G New Radio (NR). Certain operators, depending on ...

RCS ecosystem celebrates rapid growth in Tokyo

Tokyo provided an especially fitting location for the RCS Business Messaging Awareness Lab. Through global brand campaigns, Japanese operators have proved both the value of RCS to enterprise in communicating with their customers, as well as the speed, scale and reach that ...

Orange and Telefonica to focus on sustainability and social responsibility

Orange has launched its Engage2025 initiative, which will see the operator increase its focus on social and environmental issues, while simultaneously delivering strong business growth. The company is ‘convinced that in the years ahead strong economic performance will not be ...

Major operators partner with Amazon for edge 5G play

Verizon, Vodafone Group, SK Telecom and KDDI have become the first operators to partner with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to develop edge computing services on 5G networks. Amazon has introduced a new cloud computing platform, AWS Wavelength, which will be deployed by its ...

The bright future of RCS Business Messaging in Japan

The ascent of RCS in Japan has been nothing short of meteoric.  The Japanese operators (NTT Docomo, SoftBank and KDDI) have achieved something remarkable, which serves as an example to be emulated around the world: delivery platforms which are fully aligned through ...

RCS Business Messaging has a Growing Track Record of Success

RCS is now well on its way into the mass market in North America, with commercial launches in double digits and forecast to grow steadily over the next year – and leading the business case here as elsewhere is RCS Business Messaging.  The latest GSMA RCS Business Messaging ...

GSMA Beta Labs: Latest Report Digs Deep on 5G-era Network Cost Optimisation

The business case for 5G is now well established, with the subsequent global wave of commercial launches now bringing total active deployments to 46.  That being said, there’s no escaping the scale of the task at hand: 5G is more than an upgrade, it is a new era, and new ...

AI in Network Use Cases in China

Right now, around the world, 5G networks are being deployed. Compared with 4G networks, 5G networks can support more diverse service scenarios and applications. However, 5G networks also bring the challenges of increasing CAPEX and OPEX for mobile operators. In 5G Era, ...

RCS, 5G AND CLOUD GAMING: FIND OUT ABOUT THE FUTURE NETWORKS PROGRAMME AT MWC19 LOS ANGELES

The Future Networks programme will host a number of activities at this year’s MWC19 Los Angeles including seminars, workshops and interactive demos covering the key programme areas of RCS and 5G. Please find a comprehensive overview of activities linked here: ...

Vodafone starts trials of OpenRAN in Europe and Africa

Vodafone has announced it will introduce virtualised open networks based on OpenRAN architecture, in parts of its UK network, as well as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Mozambique. The trials will focus on mobile calls and data services across 2G, 3G and 4G, with ...