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Telefónica and Rakuten partner to accelerate Open RAN

Telefónica and Rakuten have announced a partnership to accelerate the development of Open RAN technology for 5G access and core networks, and the associated operations support systems (OSS). They will jointly test, develop and procure Open RAN systems. They will also develop ...

Operators embrace network virtualisation

Telefónica Germany / O2 is working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Ericsson to virtualise its 5G core network, leveraging AWS for cloud infrastructure and relying on Ericsson for 5G core and orchestration components. The operator is starting to implement 5G network ...

5G chipsets and devices develop at pace

Qualcomm has announced plans to add 5G compatibility to its budget Snapdragon 4 series chipsets in 2021. While it has already enabled 5G support on an expanded list of chipsets, this latest development will bring the network standard to the cheapest range of smartphones yet. ...

Telefonica and Deutsche Telekom cross-border trial validates federated Telco Edge Cloud for differentiated XR gaming

It is well established that edge computing is opening up new use cases that are computing and data-intensive, latency-sensitive and that may also require data residency, security and resilience. As Edge becomes a commercial reality, with more players competing in the space, ...

EU regulations set to accelerate deployment of 5G small cell antennas

The EU has adopted regulations to accelerate 5G network installations by simplifying the deployment of small cell antennas that provide the last mile for 5G networks. The regulation defines the physical and technical characteristics of small cells, setting strict limits on ...

Guidance Out Now on 5G’s Standalone Option 2 Configuration

Since 2018, the mobile industry has witnessed the adoption of 5G for broadband use cases, namely Fixed Wireless Access and enhanced Mobile Broadband using non-standalone (NSA) configuration Option 3. While there are more 5G use cases such as Massive Internet of Things (mIoT) ...

Nokia joins Open RAN Policy Coalition

Nokia has become the first of the world’s three largest telecoms equipment vendors to join a new open RAN lobby group. Launched in early May with more than 30 members from across the ecosystem, the Open RAN Policy Coalition aims to influence and promote government policies ...

Verizon chief details 5G MEC, network expansions

Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg (pictured) revealed the operator plans to expand a 5G mobile edge compute (MEC) initiative launched with Amazon Web Services (AWS) in 2019 to a total of ten cities this year, to make the technology more widely available to developers. During an ...

GSMA Future Networks: 5G Ecosystem Directory

The Future Networks team continue to work towards expanding the 5G Operator Platform ecosystem, and we are compiling a collaborative list of stakeholders who are filling various roles to support the 5G Era. The 5G Operator Platform Ecosystem Directory will list companies by ...

Chinese operators make major RCS commitment: Whitepaper

China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom yesterday (8 April) released a 5G messaging white paper outlining their commitment to mandate all compatible handsets sold in the country support Rich Communication Services (RCS). The move to adopt the GSMA’s Universal Profile ...

Ensuring positive outcomes from 5G rural rollout: KDDI & SoftBank

KDDI and SoftBank have established a joint venture to build out 5G technology in rural areas. The agreement will include the ‘mutual use’ of existing base stations and management of new sites, which will accelerate deployments in rural Japan. This follows a recent ...

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 ...

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 ...