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There is growing industry consensus that the enterprise segment offers the biggest incremental revenue opportunity for operators in the 5G era – $700bn by 2030 (Ericsson).

With 5G network rolling out, the leading operators have started to deploy the enterprise use cases on live networks and are benefiting from unique characteristics such as fast mobile broadband, ultra-reliable network and network slicing.  The following case studies will demonstrate what the use cases are and how operators deploy the services on the 5G network.

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

FCC sets mid-band spectrum auction in motion

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In the US, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) began Auction 110 on 5 October, allowing operators another chance to acquire mid-band spectrum for 5G. The auction will offer 100 MHz in the 3.45–3.55 GHz band, with spectrum being auctioned in each of the US’s partial ...