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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 ...

GSMA Announces Formation of 5G mmWave Accelerator Initiative as part of Continued 5G Global Support

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In November, the GSMA announced the formation of a global accelerator initiative to drive awareness of 5G mmWave technology. The operators, China Unicom, NTT DOCOMO, Telstra, TIM and, Verizon, and vendors Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies Inc. will share mmWave ...

Open RAN momentum continues to build in the UK and Japan

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The UK Government has announced an update to its plans for accelerating the deployment of open RAN networks in the country. This includes increased funding for open RAN projects and new targets for operators to run 35% of the UK’s mobile network traffic over open RAN by ...

Ericsson acquires Vonage in a deal for 5G enterprise innovation

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Ericsson has announced an agreement to acquire the IP communications business Vonage for $6.2 billion. Pending regulatory review and clearance, the deal is expected to close in H1 2022. Vonage is best known for its roots as a consumer VoIP telephony business before WhatsApp ...

5G powering ahead in China

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The Chinese mobile operators have reported a sharp increase in 5G mobile tariff additions, with the country-wide total reaching 670 million 5G-capable tariffs as of October. While this does not represent the actual number of 5G subscribers – which GSMA Intelligence estimates ...

New AR/VR product launches show the metaverse is not just hype

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Recent product announcements highlight how the market for augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) services is quickly maturing. Qualcomm has unveiled Snapdragon Spaces, a developer kit for creating AR applications. Nvidia has unveiled two new core capabilities of its Omniverse ...

European open RAN initiatives move to the next phase

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The German government last week announced the first projects to receive support from a €300 million fund created to develop and test open RAN technology. One of the winning projects is an open RAN test lab run by a consortium of partners including Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone ...

Network vendors announce new solutions at MWC LA

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Several network vendors used MWC LA to showcase their latest products. Samsung and Ciena announced they have entered into an agreement to deliver 5G solutions to the market. The combined offer will comprise an end-to-end solution set, including Samsung’s 5G RAN and core ...

KDDI, Deutsche Telekom, MobiledgeX, Sturfee and Mawari demonstrate next generation AR mobile app experience in alignment with GSMA TEC initiative

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October 26, 2021 – MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2021 LOS ANGELES KDDI Corporation (headquartered in Tokyo, Japan; hereinafter “KDDI”), Deutsche Telekom AG, MobiledgeX, Sturfee and Mawari have jointly developed a mobile application proof of concept to demonstrate ...