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Operators and vendors continue to drive digital transformation in Africa

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Orange recently launched its first 5G network in Africa in Botswana, while the Samsung Wallet has gone live in South Africa. Recent industry events in Africa, including the GSMA’s MWC Africa event in Kigali and the Africa Tech Festival in Cape Town, have showcased the ...

Vodafone and IBM announce quantum tech partnership

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IBM has announced a partnership with Vodafone on quantum-safe cybersecurity to help validate and progress potential quantum use cases in telecommunications. Vodafone will explore quantum computing for a variety of telco use cases, including how to apply IBM Quantum Safe ...

Operators keep pushing forward on 5G standalone networks

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After user trials and initial testing in 2021, Verizon has started to move commercial traffic onto its 5G standalone (SA) core. AT&T has also reported employing regional 5G SA cores to commence its deployment of edge networks, with the aim to have 12 ‘edge zones’ by the ...

TIP sets its sights on advancing metaverse-ready networks

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The Telecom Infra Project (TIP) has formed the Metaverse-Ready Networks Project Group, a working group to deliver solutions and architectures that enhance network readiness to support metaverse experiences. Telefónica, T-Mobile, Sparkle (Telecom Italia), Meta and Microsoft ...

5G standalone plans amid economic headwinds

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During Mobile World Live’s Unwrapped digital event, Orange CTO Laurent Leboucher dismissed the prospect that economic pressures could hamper 5G uptake among customers, highlighting efforts to ensure it was cost-effective together with the creation of new services based on ...

India launches 5G alongside push for ‘Make in India’ initiative

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Last week, the Indian telecoms market witnessed the launch of 5G from the two biggest operators in India. Bharti Airtel switched on its 5G network in eight cities on 1 October, followed by Reliance Jio going live in four cities. In tandem with the launch of 5G, the Indian ...

FWA and private networks relying on mmWave-based solutions

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At MWC Las Vegas last week, Verizon announced its new proposition for fixed wireless access (FWA) customers, which includes a new receiver that takes advantage of mmWave technology. Meanwhile, Fibocom, an IoT module provider, launched a new mmWave-based module; and pSemi ...

Open RAN ecosystem shows progress at MWC Las Vegas

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Major ecosystem players made key open RAN announcements at MWC Las Vegas last week. Rakuten Symphony (Rakuten’s open RAN technology platform) announced a new partnership with AWS and a suite of innovative open RAN tools. Meanwhile, Qualcomm announced that its open RAN ...

China’s newest operator launches 5G services

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China Broadnet – the country’s recently licensed mobile operator – has joined its three big-name peers (China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom) in offering 5G services. The operator, which formally became the country’s fourth operator in 2020, already supplies cable ...

Completing the 5G offering with efficient voice services

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While Zain in Kuwait recently became the first telecoms operator to launch commercial voice services on 5G standalone networks, T-Mobile US has followed suit in a selection of cities including Portland, Oregon, and Salt Lake City. It plans further rollout of the service to ...

Private networks continue to come of age

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AT&T has trialled its 5G private network capabilities with the US Department of Defense to enable more efficient operations, beginning with the US Navy. The trial was held in San Diego and involved a local 5G private network underpinning use cases including AR and ...

Telia Norway, Ericsson team on 5G mmWave tests

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Telia Norway tapped network partner Ericsson to conduct 5G tests in mmWave spectrum, as it explores how best to exploit the speed and capacity offered by frequencies in the 26GHz band. The operator stated the tests are being carried out in Oslo, Trondheim and Lillestrom, ...

Google acquires edge computing company MobiledgeX

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Google has announced its acquisition of MobiledgeX, with the intention of making the code open source and running it as part of Google Cloud. Founded in 2018, MobiledgeX was a Deutsche Telekom–backed company, which developed federated telco edge cloud solutions that complied ...

EE, Qualcomm declare European 5G first

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UK operator EE claimed to be the first European player to successfully aggregate a 5G signal using seven different spectrum carriers, with speeds topping 2.2Gb/s in laboratory tests. The experiment was performed in collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, and used five 4G ...

5G standalone makes progress in Germany

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Deutsche Telekom is making progress on its 5G standalone (SA) network, with more than 5,000 antennas now compatible with the technology in the 3.6 GHz band, although it has yet to announce when it will commercially launch the advanced service. Vodafone Germany has already ...

GSMA launches new whitepaper: Telco Edge Cloud Value & Achievements

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The GSMA launched the Telco Edge Cloud (TEC) initiative two years ago, with 19 operators committing to design and develop a global edge computing service based on the federation of the edge infrastructure of multiple providers. Working in parallel to the GSMA Operator ...

Vodafone pushes ahead with 5G SA coverage and applications

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Vodafone UK has partnered with Ericsson to complete the first 5G standalone (SA) network slicing trial in the UK, providing the low latency and high bandwidth needed for a VR application. Additionally, in Germany Vodafone has announced plans to achieve nationwide coverage of ...

Mobile Momentum: 5G connections to surpass 1 billion in 2022, says GSMA

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According to the GSMA, 5G connections will surpass 1 billion in 2022 and 2 billion by 2025. By the end of 2025, 5G will account for over a fifth of total mobile connections, and more than two in five people globally will live within reach of a 5G network, according to ...

High Altitude Platform System – A point of view from the mobile operators

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The Mobile Industry has as a primary objective to provide services to citizens and positively contribute to global digital inclusion. According to The Mobile Economy 2021 report from the GSMA, 8% of the global population did not have access to mobile services. However, there ...

Qualcomm outlines 5G-Advanced sustainability goals

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The inaugural standard release of 3GPP 5G-Advanced specifications will boost network efficiency and effectiveness, as outlined by Qualcomm’s VP of engineering Juan Montojo to Mobile World Live (MWL). Improving sustainability in new and evolving technologies is one of the key ...