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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...

Ecosystem Meets in London for UK launch of RCS Business Messaging

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RCS Business Messaging is now available amongst all UK operators: meaning highly engaging digital marketing campaigns, and interactive AI user support, are now available out-of-the-box across the country with the highest smartphone penetration on earth.  To celebrate this ...

Verizon adds VR to its media portfolio with Jaunt XR deal

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Verizon has acquired the AR and VR technology assets of Jaunt XR, a start-up that has raised over $100 million since 2013. The deal bolsters Verizon’s capabilities in AR/VR, adding to its RYOT portfolio which is building immersive entertainment content for the operator’s 5G ...

GSMA Future Networks 5G Global Launch Update: Revenue generated to hit $4.2 billion by next year (Gartner)

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GSMA Future Networks 5G Global Launch Update: Revenue generated to hit $4.2 billion by next year (Gartner) 5G’s development has continued apace over August, with new evidence of clear progress towards mainstream availability in both the shorter and longer term. By the start ...

The Latest in RCS, 5G, XR and AI: Future Networks at MWC19 Shanghai

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As MWC returns to Shanghai later this month, there is a natural focus on the latest developments in Rich Communications Services (RCS), the mobile industry’s major collaborative upgrade to SMS. RCS Business Messaging offers particularly rich commercial opportunities for ...

How Latin America Brands Are Embracing RCS

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The next generation of SMS is here. Rich Communication Services (RCS) is fast becoming the go-to messaging technology for businesses who are looking for new opportunities to engage customers and promote their brands.  And it’s not just hype. GSMA Intelligence estimates that ...

RCS Lab #26: Join Operators in the Philippines to Discuss RCS as Regional Deployment Soars

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The global market value of Rich Communications Services (RCS) is now projected to reach $74 billion by 2020 – as users across the globe become increasingly aware of how this far more engaging, interactive and secure upgrade to SMS can enrich their experience of messaging ...

5G Roaming is now a commercial reality

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2019 has been widely referred to as ‘the year of 5G’, and it’s increasingly easy to see why. Following the first commercial launches in the US and South Korea (nationwide rollout by all three operators concurrently across all key cities and towns) on the 3rd of April this ...

LivePerson Talks Up RCS at GSMA RCS Business Messaging Lab at MWC Shanghai

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The GSMA’s Future Networks programme hosted the 25th edition of its GSMA RCS Business Messaging Lab this week at MWC Shanghai. The event, which brings leading stakeholders in the messaging industry together such as mobile operators, aggregators and brands, took a focused ...