News: Mobile & Wireless
  1. 17 Oct 2017
    Qualcomm showcases the first ‘5G Smartphone Reference Design’
    Qualcomm Technologies previewed its first 5G smartphone reference design for the testing and optimisation of 5G technology within the power and form-factor constraints of a smartphone. The vendor also announced that it has successfully achieved a 5G data connection on a 5G modem chipset for mobile devices. The demonstration of 5G data connection on a 5G modem took place in Qualcomm Technologies’ laboratories in San Diego. The Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem chipset delivered gigabit speeds using several 100 MHz 5G carriers, and a data connection in the 28GHz mmWave radio frequency band. “Achieving the world’s first announced 5G data connection with the Snapdragon X50 5G modem chipset on 28GHz mmWave spectrum is truly a testament to Qualcomm Technologies’ leadership in 5G and extensive expertise in mobile connectivity,” said Cristiano Amon, Executive Vice President, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and President, QCT. "This major milestone and our 5G smartphone reference design showcase how Qualcomm Technologies is driving 5G NR in mobile devices to enhance mobile broadband experiences for consumers around the world,” Cristiano said.
  2. 17 Oct 2017
    Verizon to speed up trials and wide-scale commercial deployment of 5G NR mmWave technology
    Verizon, Qualcomm Technologies, and Novatel Wireless has announced plans to collaborate on 5G New Radio (NR) millimeter wave technology development and over-the air field trials based on the 5G NR Release-15 specifications being developed by 3GPP. Verizon intends to work with its partners to move the mobile ecosystem towards faster validation and commercialisation of 5G NR mmWave technologies at scale, supporting a full-scale commercial network deployment before 2020. The operator will initially focus on 5G NR operation in 28 GHz and 39 GHz mmWave spectrum bands, showcasing advanced 5G NR technologies to efficiently achieve multi-gigabit download speed with latency of close to 1ms. “Since the inception of the 5G Technology Forum, Verizon has been working closely with Qualcomm Technologies and other technology leaders to accelerate a global 5G specification to help usher in the next generation of wireless innovation for customers,” said Ed Chan, Senior Vice President, Verizon Technology Strategy & Planning. “Verizon’s investment in mmWave spectrum has given us the flexibility to pursue a first-of its kind fixed wireless broadband customer trial, which has been invaluable in advancing our expertise in the deployment of mmWave technology. With the collaboration we’re announcing today, we are taking the next logical step towards extending our leadership position in the advancement of 5G, part of the Verizon Intelligent Edge Network,” Chan said.
  3. 18 Oct 2017
    IBM and Dream Payments expand payment services on the cloud to U.S. financial institutions
    IBM has partnered with Dream Payment (a Toronto-based FinTech company) to launch mobile payment offerings for financial institutions and merchants in the United States via the IBM Cloud. Dream enables powerful partnering options by connecting banks, acquirers, retailers and value-added apps to deliver services that meet the demands of today’s mobile merchants. Dream Payments Cloud is scalable platform that allows financial institutions to offer merchants with secure mobile and digital payment services that help them go to market faster and improve customer experiences. Financial institutions can avoid investing in the expensive and lengthy IT projects required to build such services in-house. They can leverage Dream Payments Cloud to rapidly launch solutions that work with emerging payment technologies like mobile wallets, CHIP cards and contactless payments. “The combination of IBM’s banking and financial services expertise along with IBM Cloud has allowed Dream Payments to build and scale its cloud infrastructure, right down to bare metal hardware access, to maintain bank grade security, PCI compliance and data sovereignty,” said Chad Whittaker, CIO, Dream Payments.
  4. 18 Oct 2017
    Reliance Jio looking at 5G technology: Mathew Oommen
    Jio is working on 5G; however, 4G is its current growth vehicle. The statement was given by Mathew Oommen, President of Network, Global Strategy and Service Development at Reliance Jio. Mathew was speaking at the Qualcomm 4G/ 5G summit. He said that the industry warned that once the free services were removed, customers would not pay for them. But Jio made the fastest transition from free to paid services. Oommen added that incumbents mentioned how Jio was offering free voice to customers but said global firms like Google too had offered many services free and it all depends on what the business model is. He said that the next phase of technology will be supported by AI and open cloud. The demand for data has grown exponentially and firms will have to provide all inclusive plans with data benefits, make voice IP centric, ensure security and reorient business to data centric beyond content subscription model, he added. Jio registered a net loss of Rs 270.59 crore in the last quarter on revenue of Rs 6,147 crore with a positive EBIT, helped by strong user additions and cost efficiencies. The operator expects to turn profitable in a short time.
  5. 18 Oct 2017
    du trials SDAN to build smarter networks and get ready for 5G
    du has partnered with Nokia to trial SDAN technology on NG-PON and establish an intelligent network capable of supporting future needs. The SDN technology will help the operator to accelerate innovation through a more open, automated network environment. It will allow du to create and deploy new intelligent services easily and fast. The trial demonstrated how du can use SDAN to build intelligent networks that can adapt to the changing needs of the consumers. The technology will enable du to increase network performance for highly demanding businesses and 5G use cases, accelerate time-to -revenue and enhance the network usage experience by its fixed and mobile customers. The trial also demonstrated how du can leverage software defined networking to automate network workflows with self healing and optimising capabilities that reduce the time and complexity needed to address network issues and meet the mission critical needs of a future mobile network. Marwan BinShakar, Vice President Access & Transport Planning, du, said, "we're excited to successfully trial Software Defined Access Network technology that marks a logical progression for us as we move to a deeper virtualized network environment - allowing for faster response to proliferation of connected devices and varying network usage patterns. SDAN provides the network intelligence, automation and control we need to support emerging new uses cases like 5G."
  6. 18 Oct 2017
    Tele2 Latvia deploys 5G ready base stations
    Tele2 Latvia has deployed 5G ready base stations in the cities of Riga and Talsi. The operator achieved maximum throughput of 1Gbps using the network with these base stations. The operator has acquired these base stations working on AirScale technologies for Nokia. These base stations have already boosted speeds in the regions and the operator said it expects to further improve network quality by allowing more users to access connectivity concurrently. The operator is also planning to establish another base station in the city of Valmiera by the end of the year. It said the infrastructure was increasing energy efficiency by up to 60 percent. Valdis Vancovičs, Chairman of the board at Tele2, said it was crucial for the operator to prepare itself for the "inevitable" future of 5G. He added that with the provision of infrastructure to run the 5G network, our customers will be among the first to enjoy cloud-speed mobile communications network and internet.
  7. 23 Oct 2017
    South Korea 5G market to reach KRW 35 trillion by 2025
    According to KT Corp's research center, Digieco, the market for 5G services in South Korea will reach KRW 35 trillion in 2025. The anticipated growth can be attributed to the use of 5G technology across many areas from mobile phone networks to smart homes and connected cars. The report forecasts that the 5G network technology market in South Korea will be worth KRW 3.1 trillion in 2020, and more than KRW 30 trillion will be added by 2025. The global market of 5G services is expected to grow at a CAGR of 84% during 2020 and 2025. South Korea will be one of the first countries to launch commercial 5G network in 2019, one year earlier than most of the planned 5G deployments. South Korea aims to complete the deployment of a commercial 5G mobile network in the second half of 2019. SK Telecom and KT Corp. have been competing to launch the country’s first commercial 5G network service in 2019.
  8. 23 Oct 2017
    Huawei completes the second phase of 5G Technology R&D Test
    Huawei has completed the entire second phase of 5G technology R&D test organised by the IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group. Huawei is the first vendor to complete entire second phase. The results obtained during the test were showcased at the PT/Expo China 2017. Huawei achieved peak downlink rate of more than 32Gbps using 200 MHz bandwidth on the C-band. During the trial, over 100 channels of 4K video were smoothly streamed in vehicle-mounted mobile scenarios, showcasing a superior experience for future C-band eMBB. Huawei assumed the initiative to integrate all the key 5G New Radio (NR) technologies, including fOFDM, new frame structure, new codes (such as Polar Code), new parameter sets, Massive MIMO, and SCMA. Wang Zhiqin, Deputy Director of the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) and IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group, said, “During the second-phase test, this partnership helps to deliver considerable achievements both in R&D and tests involving the NR and network technology solutions. These tests further contribute to add confidence in promoting the development of 5G technology innovation, while jointly accelerating the formation of unified 5G standards."
  9. 23 Oct 2017
    LG U+, Huawei complete technology verification for 4G-5G dual connectivity
    LG U+ has completed the technology verification for 4G-5G dual connectivity in live network. LG U+ completed this field trial with Huawei. The trial involved the use of two base stations at a LG U+ 5G testbed in Seoul. LG U+ had already verified the technology in a laboratory environment. In the field trial, operator was able to link a 3.5 GHz base station with a 28 GHz base station to allow terminals to simultaneously connect to both, achieving maximum download speed of 20Gbps. Kim Dae Hee, LG U+ Director of 5G strategy, said, “Dual- connectivity technology will provide the foundation for 4G-5G heterogeneous networks.” “By demonstrating ‘Dual-Connectivity’ technology, which will play a key role in multi-operation of 4G and 5G wireless base stations, we will develop various next-generation technologies to provide a 5G service,” Kim said. Last month, LG U+ and Huawei completed the first phase of an urban field test of 5G over the 28 GHz band. Both the companies have been collaborating on the development of 5G network technology since the two companies signed a 5G collaboration agreement in July 2015.
  10. 23 Oct 2017
    5G to account for 30% of Europe's mobile network by 2025 – GSMA
    In its report titled ‘The Mobile Economy: Europe 2017’, GSMA has forecasted that 5G connectivity will account for 30% of the mobile network across Europe by 2025. The report forecasts that there will be 214 million 5G connections in Europe by 2025, with the first commercial 5G networks set to be launched by 2020. "Europe has an opportunity to reestablish itself as a global technology leader as we move toward the 5G era", Mats Granryd, Director General of the GSMA said. Europe is the leading region in the world in terms of network penetration. Granryd is urging the Europeon Commission to refresh its regulations in order to keep up with the new technology. "A forward-looking regulatory environment designed to encourage long-term investment and innovation in Europe’s digital infrastructure is essential to maintaining a vibrant European mobile ecosystem and delivering the European Commission’s vision for a ‘Gigabit Society’,” Granryd said.
  11. 23 Oct 2017
    Spectrum allocation critical to 5G adoption: Mathew Oommen
    Spectrum allocation will be the most critical element in adoption of 5G mobile networks in India, Mathew Oommen, Reliance Jio Infocomm President, has said. The comment comes on the sidelines of the Indian government recently allocating INR 500 crore for 5G research and development to help India explore 5G opportunities by 2020. “The government has set its focus on 5G. It is important for the industry, technology community and academia to work together and also participate (in auction) for getting the right amount of spectrum,” Oommen said. “We need building blocks, and the most critical element is the amount of spectrum allocation per carrier,” Oommen added. TRAI has sought views of the stakeholders on the quantum, timing and valuation of airwaves in 3300- 3400 MHz and 3400-3600 MHz bands that could be auctioned in order to enable telcos to offer 5G services. Oommen said that at least 100 MHz per operator would be required for 5G enablement. According to Oommen, 5G deployment would be carried over frequencies in the 3.5 GHz or less than 6 GHz range.
  12. 24 Oct 2017
    IndusInd Bank launches m-wallet with MobiKwik
    IndusInd Bank, an Indian bank, has partnered with leading mobile wallet company MobiKwik, to launch a co-branded wallet, ‘IndusInd Mobikwik’. The wallet allows its customers to pay at the MobiKwik merchant network using their accounts, with a ‘direct debit feature’. The ‘direct debit feature’ will allow IndusInd Bank customers to link their accounts just once and pay using the co-branded app as and when required, thereby eliminating the need to load the MobiKwik prepaid wallet separately. “The transaction is authorised with an additional factor of authentication, in line with mobile banking guidelines,” the bank said in a release. Ritesh Raj Saxena, Head, savings, digital and payments, IndusInd Bank, said, “The partnership with MobiKwik is to leverage the synergies in the payments business between banks and FinTechs, to bring the customers the best of both worlds in a seamless fashion.
  13. 24 Oct 2017
    Huawei Joins Intel in 5G NR Interoperability Development Testing
    Huawei has partnered with Intel to launch 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) based Interoperability Development Testing (IODT) to verify 5G technologies and their degree of maturity. The development points that the telecom industry is rapidly maturing and moving towards commercial deployment of 5G from end-to- end under unified 5G standards. The 5G test collaboration intends to increase collaboration among telcos, network vendors, and vertical industry partners, create a unified 5G industry chain from chips and terminals, to network infrastructure and test equipment, and build a global 5G ecosystem. The launch of 5G NR Interoperability Development Testing (IODT) by Intel and Huawei is a key step toward realising this goal. “Yang Chaobin, President of 5G Product Line at Huawei, said, “In the IMT-2020 field tests in Beijing, Huawei fully demonstrated its competence and leadership in C-Band, mmWave, and downlink and uplink decoupling 5G technology. We are excited to work with Intel to help the industry drive development of 5G terminals and to promote sustainable development and ecosystem maturity in the industry chain.”
  14. 24 Oct 2017
    MTS to invest EUR 400 million on network modernisation
    MTS has signed a network modernisation contract with Ericsson. Under the EUR 400 million contract, Ericsson will help MTS in upgrading the existing network of MTS and make it ready for 5G and IoT. Ericsson will provide the latest software features that will be continuously developed during the next three years. The scope of the agreement also includes 5G-ready radio hardware, Ericsson Radio System and core network with the latest Ericsson Mobile Softswitch Solution (MSS), as well as User Data Consolidation (UDC), providing consolidation of user data for all network functions. These solutions will help MTS in upgrading its mobile networks for 2G, 3G and 4G. In addition, MTS will prepare the network for 5G with Ericsson software for Massive IoT solutions, including NB-IoT and Cat- M1 technologies. This enables a wide range of IoT use-cases including metering and sensor applications. Andrey Ushatsky, MTS Vice President, Chief Technology and IT Officer, said, “In April 2017, in Moscow our companies demonstrated 5G technology with peak data rates up to 25 Gbps. Now we have reached an agreement with Ericsson, which will supply MTS new equipment enabling our network to deploy first solutions based on 5G technologies starting 2020. After upgrade, MTS network will provide higher data rates, increased capacity and low latency. These characteristics are critical for IoT and digital services that we are starting to implement today."
  15. 24 Oct 2017
    SK Telecom unveils next-gen Wi-Fi technology
    SK Telecom has unveiled a self-developed Wi-Fi technology which can offer download speeds comparable to 5G network. SK Telecom’s SVP and Head of Network R&D, Park Jin-hyo said the next-generation Wi-Fi technology is expected to be an important complement to 5G networks. “By introducing the technology for the next generation Wi-Fi that can deliver as fast as 5G technology, we at SK Telecom have successfully laid foundation to offer better mobile services,” he said. SK Telecom has created a Wi-Fi testbed within its R&D center in Bundang to test performance of the technology in various deployment scenarios. The operator achieved download speed of up to 4.8Gbps. The operator is working on upgrading access points to be commercially deployable by the end of 2017. SK Telecom’s Wi-Fi technology and access point is based on the new IEEE 802.11ax standard. The technology can offer speeds almost four times faster than the 1.3Gbps achievable with 802.11ac gigabit Wi-Fi. The operator intends to begin deploying access points for the next generation Wi-Fi next year, concentrating on high traffic density areas. Handsets with chipsets compatible with 802.11ax will be able to benefit from the technology.
  16. 30 Oct 2017
    Slide launched in South Africa, enables free payment and transfer
    Slide, a P2P social payment app, has been launched in South Africa. The Slide app is founded by three young South Africans who recently returned from living in the United States. The app is a South African version of Venmo. “In the US we witnessed the huge growth in payment methods and how easy it was to pay people. So we developed Slide – a safe, simple and free way of sending money from one person to another using a mobile phone. Making a payment is as easy as sending a message. It saves you having to carry cash or knowing someone’s bank account details. It also doesn’t matter which bank or mobile network operator the sender or receiver uses,” said Irshad Kathrada, Slide App Co-Founder. Another feature of the Slide app is that it is social – it looks like a WhatsApp or Facebook messenger, and one can even send payments with emojis. “As Slide is a social payment mechanism, payments between contacts are as easy as sending a message. It really is the easiest way to pay another person, and as there’s nothing quite like it in South Africa, we expect rapid growth,” said Kathrada.
  17. 30 Oct 2017
    SmarTone trialing FDD Massive MIMO
    SmarTone is trialing FDD massive MIMO technology as part of its network evolution plan towards 5G. SmarTone has partnered with Ericsson for the trial. The massive MIMO trial is being conducted using 1.8 GHZ band. The technology will be deployed in 2018 using AIR 3246, Ericsson’s new radio that can support massive MIMO over LTE with Ericsson’s 5G Massive MIMO Plug-In. Ericsson has recently launched AIR 3246, which supports FDD Massive MIMO for both 4G and 5G network. This new radio technology enables telcos to launch 5G using today’s mid-band spectrum and boost capacity in their existing LTE networks. SmarTone CTO Stephen Chau said, “This trial represents a significant milestone in our collaboration, and reinforces SmarTone’s leadership in the network evolution journey. Ericsson’s FDD Massive MIMO solution will play an instrumental part in providing our customers in dense urban environments with enhanced user experiences they have come to expect from SmarTone.” Nishant Batra, head of network infrastructure Ericsson, said one of the reasons Ericsson is trialling in Hong Kong is its territory. Hong Kong is a challenging deployment environment because of its many high-rise buildings and high traffic density.
  18. 30 Oct 2017
    Ericsson to modernise Entel’s existing network towards 5G
    Entel has extended its 20-year strategic partnership with Ericsson to evolve its existing network towards 5G. Entel is the largest telecommunications company in Chile. Under the contract, Ericsson will modernise Entel's existing network for evolution towards 5G. Ericsson will deploy its latest LTE FDD network technologies and LTE TDD Massive MIMO. This network upgrade will allow Entel to boost its market competitiveness by offering fresh use cases. Alfredo Parot, Vice President of Technologies and Operations, Entel, said, "As we evolve our network to capture the new business opportunities of Gigabit LTE and the evolution towards 5G and IoT, we naturally extend this partnership with Ericsson in these areas. Our subscribers and enterprise customers will enjoy the benefits of a very high performance network in the region for years to come." Under the agreement, Ericsson will also help Entel upgrade its voice and data networks to the latest generation to facilitate new end-user services, enable increased broadband capacity and higher data speeds, enhanced voice quality, optimised latency, and reduced network operation costs.
  19. 30 Oct 2017
    LG U+ completes trial of UHD IPTV over 5G
    LG U+ has completed the pre-commercial trial of ultra-high- definition (UHD) IPTV over 5G FWA with a chipset based 5G millimeter-wave CPE. The operator completed this trial using the CPE supplied by Huawei. The trial was conducted to test the commercial FWA applications. During the trial, LG U+ demonstrated UHD IPTV over 5G FWA and up to a 2Gbps capacity of Huawei’s CPE in an end-to- end 5G network. The trial also demonstrated 5G FWA service research results of both sides, as well as FWA service scenarios in advance. The trial demonstrations have laid a solid foundation for the LG U+ 5G commercial launch and set a key milestone for the development of 5G. LG U+ 5G Network Strategy VP Kim Dae Hee said, “This world’s first end-to- end FWA test shows that, following LG U+ and Huawei’s successful cooperation in the LTE era, the investment of the two sides in 5G research has had breakthrough results. We will work with Huawei to maintain in-depth cooperation, and prepare for the coming 5G commercial launch.”
  20. 31 Oct 2017
    Vodafone achieves 2.7 Gbps in the first 5G data connection in Italy
    Vodafone has conducted the first 5G data connection in Milan using the 3.7-3.8 GHz. The trial was conducted under the experimentation promoted by the Ministry of Economic Development. Vodafone has won the 5G trial for the Milan Metropolitan City. The 5G data connection was realised through a localised antenna at Vodafone headquarter in Milan, which represents the first installation of the planned coverage plan. The trial was conducted using the radio system based on massive MIMO technology provided by Huawei. During this live trial, 5G networking prototypes have been used, conforming to the current 3GPP standard, including "Massive MIMO" technology. The operator realised the performance of 5G network during the trial. It achieved download speeds of more than 2.7 Gbps, with a latency of just over a millisecond.
  21. 31 Oct 2017
    Intel 5G mobile trial platform to offer 5G network during 2018 Winter Olympics
    Intel will be offering its 5G mobile trial platform, processors, and technologies for the 5G network being deployed by KT for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. Under the agreement, Intel will also provide its processors to power edge and core computing capabilities, as well as its 5G technologies including FlexRAN. "Our joint activations will give visitors a unique opportunity to experience 5G technologies. And they will highlight Intel's unique 5G strengths across the network, client, and cloud", Senior VP of Intel's Network Platforms Group Sandra Rivera said. "During the games' window, KT will deliver the first broad-scale 5G network paired with Intel 5G technologies that will enable a series of immersive onsite 5G-powered experiences." Rivera added that attendees of the event will be given access to gigabit-speed wireless broadband, low- latency video, and live-streamed content at Gangneung Olympic Park; in Gwanghwamun, Seoul; and at other Korean Olympic venues.
  22. 31 Oct 2017
    Huawei seeking joint innovation around 5G with top India telcos
    Huawei has revealed that it is in talks with top Indian mobile operators to promote joint innovation around the 5G technology. Jay Chen, CEO at Huawei India said that 5G commercial roll out is not far away in India. Huawei has already started its 5G-related technology trials in the country. It is also in talks with Reliance Jio to provide equipment for the latter’s fiber-to- home service, which is likely to be rolled out soon. “Once Huawei has deployed 4G in India, and now we are introducing 5G technology in 4G networks. And by route we believe that in the 4G era, from 4G to 5G journey, India will be at the same pace as global. It is this very reason that we say that 5G commercial roll out is not far away in India,” Chen said. Huawei is helping operators in their network transformations by offering pre-5G technologies such as cloudification of spectrum, network virualisation, SDN and network slicing. This technology enablement will eventually lead to commercial roll out of 5G in India.
  23. 31 Oct 2017
    Qualcomm establishes 5G connection on its first 5G smartphone
    Qualcomm Technologies has performed 5G test on its 5G smartphone using 5G modem chipset for mobile devices in San Diego. Qualcomm has successfully developed a 5G modem chipset ‘Snapdragon X50’ which delivered, gigabit speeds and a data connection in the 28GHz mmWave radio frequency band. Now it seems that 5G devices may hit market earlier than expected. Qualcomm also previewed its first 5G smartphone which is designed to test and optimise 5G mmWave performance within the constraints of a mobile form factor. “Achieving the world’s first announced 5G data connection with the Snapdragon X50 5G modem chipset on 28GHz mmWave spectrum is truly a testament to Qualcomm Technologies’ leadership in 5G and extensive expertise in mobile connectivity,” said Cristiano Amon, Executive Vice President, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and president, QCT. "This major milestone and our 5G smartphone reference design showcase how Qualcomm Technologies is driving 5G NR in mobile devices to enhance mobile broadband experiences for consumers around the world,” Amon added.
  24. 2 Nov 2017
    Telefónica Chile to deploy virtualised core network by 2018
    Telefónica Chile has partnered with Ericsson for full virtualisation of its network functions, becoming the first operator in the country to deploy a virtualised core network. Under the terms of the agreement, Ericsson will deploy its NFV solution, including virtual PC, virtual IMS, virtual AAA and NFVi. This provides Telefónica Chile with the largest number of virtualised telco applications in a shared resource environment known as UNICA. The deployment will help the operator with faster time-to- market of innovative new products and services that capture the opportunities presented by use cases in 5G and IoT. Ericsson said in a press statement that it will virtualise all telecommunications applications into a shared environment known as UNICA, with three datacenters in operation across the country. Installation, project management, network optimisation, training and Managed Services are part of the agreement. Complete rollout and live service is expected during Q2, 2018.
  25. 2 Nov 2017
    Ooredoo Mobile Money Payroll service reaches 130,000 users
    Ooredoo has announced that its Mobile Money Payroll service has seen huge demand in 2017 with now over 130,000 employees being paid via the service. Ooredoo launched its mobile money payroll service in partnership with QNB. This is the region’s first mobile payroll service and offers a secure and convenient alternative to carrying cash. The Ooredoo Mobile Money Payroll service is now used to transfer salary worth QR100 million every month to employees across Qatar directly into their Ooredoo Money Wallet. This mobile payroll services saves businesses on banking processing fees, reducing accounting and administration costs, improving business efficiencies, and making the lives of workers better. The Ooredoo Money App is also available in English, Arabic, Hindi, Malayalam, Bengali, Tagalog, and Nepali.
  26. 2 Nov 2017
    KT Corp. likely to cut 5G investments amid uncertain market demand
    Shin Kwang-seok, CFO of KT Corp. said that the operator is likely to cut investments in 5G technology, taking into consideration a wide range of factors from market demand to technical issues. But the operator confirmed there was no change in its earlier plan to test its 5G technology at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in February and launch the services in the market by 2019. KT has planned to demonstrate its 5G capabilities at the Olympics along with Intel. Shin said that the company's level of investments in 5G technology is likely to be lower than that for 4G technology. "The amount of investments in 5G is likely to be cut compared with 4G, though it is hard to forecast it at this moment. We will decide on expansion of 5G infrastructure by monitoring market demands," Shin said.
  27. 2 Nov 2017
    Telefónica Spain completes 5G transport test with ZTE
    Telefónica has successfully completed phase-1 5G transport test at its Future Networks Lab in Madrid, Spain. Mr. Luis M. Contreras, Telefónica’s GCTIO, said, “The test results completely meet the expectation.” The operator said that it will continue to perform phase-2 transport test together with ZTE, and will perform further tests and verification for 5G end-to- end solutions. The test was conducted using ZTE 5G Flexhaul solution. ZTE's 5G Flexhaul solution offers a solution for fronthaul, midhaul and backhaul applications using a common product series which supports flexible on- demand deployment models. The Chinese vendor is trying to lead 5G innovations by taking 5G development as its core strategy. ZTE has established 5G R&D collaborations with leading mobile network operators such as China Mobile, SoftBank, KT Corp., U Mobile, Deutsche Telekom and Hutchison Drei Austria.
  28. 3 Nov 2017
    Orange launches mobile banking service in France
    Orange France has launched mobile banking service Orange Bank and currently offering a welcome gift of €120 to lure existing customers. User can now avail basic services such as current and savings accounts, however, in the coming months the bank has planned to introduce many advanced offerings such as personal loans and mortgages. Orange Group CEO Stéphane Richard said, "With Orange Bank, this is an important new chapter in our history: Orange is now also a bank”. “We are targeting 2 million clients in ten years. That would represent 25 percent of the (online banking) market, but I hope we will not stop there ... and we will be the market leader in several years,” Andre Coisne, Chief Executive of Orange Bank, said. After France, Orange plans to roll out the service to other European markets.
  29. 3 Nov 2017
    Huawei planning 5G innovation projects with Indian operators
    Huawei is collaborating with Indian mobile operators to promote joint innovation around the 5G technology. The Chinese vendor has already started 5G trials in Indian market. Huawei is also in talks with Reliance Jio to offer network gear for its fibre-to- home service, which is likely to be rolled out soon. “Now we are introducing 5G technology in 4G networks. And by route, we believe that in the 4G era, from 4G to 5G journey, India will be at the same pace as global. It is this very reason that we say that 5G commercial rollout is not far away in India,” Jay Chen, CEO at Huawei India, said. Chen said that the vendor has got new contracts in India in the domain of wireless, core and transmission in the last few months. It has recently signed a contract from Airtel to offer pre-5G technology, massive MIMO, in some of the circles.
  30. 3 Nov 2017
    NTT DOCOMO to trial 5G-enabled 4K digital signage system
    NTT DOCOMO has partnered with SONY to conduct a joint trial involving the real-time transmission of high-definition video via a 5G mobile communications system to a 4K digital signage system fitted to the outside of the New Concept Cart. This Concept Cart is an experimental high-tech vehicle developed by SONY. During the trial, DOCOMO will evaluate its 5G technologies that it plans to commercialise in 2020. DOCOMO said in a press release that the trial will be conducted at the 5G Trial Site in Tokyo, which it built to evaluate 5G technologies and potential commercial services that it is developing with partners. During the trail, both the partners will evaluate the speed and quality of high-definition video transmitted via a 5G system to the vehicle's high-definition 4K digital signage system. The operator also said that it will continue to collaborate with companies to create new commercial applications based on 5G technologies that it is developing with major vendors globally.
  31. 3 Nov 2017
    Pakistan to trial 5G network technology
    Ahsan Iqbal, Minster for Planning and Development, said that after successful launch of 3G and 4G technology, the government will soon launch 5G trial in the country. The minister was speaking during a meeting on Digital Pakistan in Islamabad. Ahsan said that the government is striving to achieve the goals in the human resources development and technology sectors in collaboration with the private sector in the light of vision 2025. Ahsan Iqbal claimed that Pakistan has become the fourth largest freelance country of world due to 3G and fast speed internet service. Ahsan also revealed that the government is also establishing centers of excellence in AI, cyber security, big data, cloud computing and robotics.
  32. 6 Nov 2017
    Swisscom showcases Gigabit LTE with Radio Dot System
    Swisscom has enabled its retail stores across the Switzerland with Gigabit LTE using Ericsson’s Radio Dot System. The operator achieved Gigabit speed using the Ericsson Radio Dot System, with carrier aggregation over 3 LTE frequency bands, 4x4 MIMO and 256QAM, delivering up to 1.2Gbps in downlink capacity. Dirk Wierzbitzki, Head of Products and Marketing, Swisscom, said, “Delivering Gigabit LTE in our retail stores allows us to showcase the incredible performance of the overall Swisscom network at our key customer touchpoint. Subscribers and potential subscribers can experience first-hand our products on our Gigabit network. We are the first Swiss provider to present 5G-ready applications with our partner Ericsson, establishing the foundation for the further digitisation of Switzerland.” The technology enables operators to offer greater quality coverage and capacity in hard-to- reach places such as garages, elevators and commercial buildings.
  33. 6 Nov 2017
    ICASA hosts inaugural 5G forum meeting
    The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) hosted the inaugural 5G forum meeting to outline plans for 5G roll out in South Africa. The 5G meeting was organised from 1-2 November, 2017 in Sandton, with government, institutions of higher learning, research institutions, and industry players with discussions over the future of 5G in the country. The participants discussed a range of topics including 5G use cases, spectrum, standard, and global developments on 5G. ICASA said in a press statement that it is also awaiting international developments with regards to global standards, as well as the identification of harmonised spectrum for operation on a global/ regional basis. “ICASA’s interest in 5G technologies stems from the belief that ultimately all the people of South Africa should have access to 5G, which is an all embracing technology that would offer much more scope, in a manner that would enable automation of device and machine use, through the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT),” the statement, said.
  34. 6 Nov 2017
    NTT DOCOMO completes 5G Trial for Connected Cars
    NTT DOCOMO announced that in a 5G technology trial for automobiles, it achieved data speeds of up to 1 Gbps for 4K-resolution video communications with a vehicle traveling at 30 km/h. The operator conducted this trial jointly with Toyota Motor Corporation, Ericsson, and Intel Corporation (Intel). The technology will be demonstrated at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) in Tokyo from November 9 to 11 as part of DOCOMO R&D Open House 2017. This initial phase of multi-party 5G trial was conducted along Tokyo's Odaiba waterfront on November 2, 2017. The trial involved a moving vehicle mounted with an Intel GOTM 5G Automotive Platform terminal and equipped with a compact on-board antenna head designed for connected car trials. DOCOMO will conduct further trials with Ericsson, Intel, and Toyota to test the practicality of services for 5G connected cars and other applications.
  35. 6 Nov 2017
    ZTE organising summit to attract 5G business partners in Thailand
    Chinese ICT solutions vendor ZTE is organising an event to attract 5G business partners in response to the government’s Thailand 4.0 call for development of digital technology. The vendor said that its ZTE Summit 2017 is expected to attract overseas companies, including from China, Japan, South Korea and Europe to showcase 5G innovation, and technologies to revolutionise the industry format for interested local operators and allies. the summit will showcase innovative 5G applications across multiple industry verticals. Changes made as a result of the summit could advance Thailand’s position to become a leader in 5G technology in Asia Pacific region, the vendor said. "The 5G technology is a trend that is being talked about all over the world", said, Zhiming Han, President of ZTE Thailand.  He also claimed that its technology is tested and used in many countries, and ZTE is expected to contribute to help push Thailand in accordance with government policies. "ZTE is ready to provide a full range of services to support the use of 5G immediately upon adoption. The ZTE Summit 2017 is the foundation to understand the new 5G technology and innovation", he said.

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