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Portuguese regulator Anacom revealed proposals to streamline the country’s ongoing 5G auction over fears its slow progress would prove detrimental to the country achieving full economic benefits from the new network technology. Portugal’s controversial spectrum auction has been running in some form since November 2020, when the process commenced with an allocation specifically for a
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HKT ha probado una red 5G autónoma en un ensayo con tecnología C-V2X (siglas de conexión celular entre vehículo con todo tipo de infraestructuras) realizado en la vía pública. Según la empresa, es la primera vez que un sector vertical prueba la tecnología 5G autónoma en Hong Kong. La operadora explica que la prueba se
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Ericsson CEO Borje Ekholm (pictured) used a shareholder meeting to hammer home previous warnings about the need to speed 5G deployments in Europe or risk lagging the US and China. Ekholm explained Europe was coming from behind on 5G because of a legacy lag from 4G, and explained political action is needed to speed deployments
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LG Uplus continued a move to distribute its immersive 5G content outside of South Korea through an agreement to provide AR and VR material to Thai big hitter AIS, Yonhap News Agency reported. The deal, valued at $11.1 million, covers the launch of immersive 5G services, the news outlet stated. LG Uplus has been aggressive
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Japan-based KDDI accelerated its 5G rollout to reach coverage requirements mandated by the government, tapping 700MHz spectrum to complement a network running on the 3.7GHz and 28GHz bands. In a statement, Samsung said KDDI selected its 700MHz radio, and indoor and outdoor baseband units. The vendor already supplies its mid-band and mmWave equipment. KDDI previously
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Competition in the South Korean mobile market was tipped to heat up as ten MVNOs prepared to release low-cost 5G data plans following steps by the Ministry of Science and ICT to relax pricing rules, Yonhap News Agency reported. Tariffs to be unveiled this month will offer subscribers as much as 30GB of data for
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Hong Kong’s Communications Authority (CA) set plans to hold a 5G auction to assign a total of 325MHz of spectrum across five bands in Q4. CA stated the sale will provide 220MHz of new spectrum in the 600MHz, 700MHz and 4.9GHz bands, along with 105MHz of re-assigned 850MHz and 2.5GHz to 2.6GHz. A single auction
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India’s government began fleshing out its approach to implementing new network equipment purchasing rules, The Economic Times (ET) reported, advancing a move thought to be designed to keep Huawei and ZTE out of the nation’s 5G deployments. A representative from one vendor told the newspaper the National Cyber Security Coordinator (NCSC) will require operators to
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PARTNER CONTENT: Rollouts of 5G networks across the world picked up pace throughout 2020, with the ecosystem maturing rapidly and the outlook for the coming years looking even brighter. IHS Markit forecasts global 5G subscribers to reach 500 million in just three years since its introduction in 2019, compared with the six years it took
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Europe will be required to ramp network investment to the tune of €300 billion up to 2025 to ensure the continent taps into the full economic potential of 5G, telecoms association ETNO concluded in a new report on the technology. The study, entitled Connectivity and Beyond: How telcos can accelerate a digital future for all,
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IDC forecast 5G devices would account for more than half of smartphone shipments in Australia this year, with the overall market expected to recover from a decline in 2020. The research company predicts 5G models will comprise 57 per cent of total shipments, up from 27 per cent in 2020. The growth will be driven
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Canadian operator Telus outlined plans to raise CAD1.3 billion ($1 billion) through a share sale, a move designed to boost investments in 5G networks and broadband connectivity. Telus said it would sell a total 51.3 million shares to underwriters as part of an equity offering at CAD25.23 each, representing a 3.4 per cent premium at
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Safaricom told Mobile World Live (MWL) it will launch commercial 5G service in Kenya tomorrow (26 March), with the move tipped to be the first rollout of the next-generation technology in the country. In a statement to MWL, Safaricom said it partnered with Nokia and Huawei for the rollout. Business Daily Africa reported the deployment
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Spark New Zealand unveiled an innovation hub to support local enterprises’ use of emerging technologies to transform their businesses and drive growth as they adapt to challenges including Covid-19 (coronavirus) and climate change. IoT lead Tony Agar said the Innovation Studio aims to bridge the gap between understanding and action by demystifying emerging technology and
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Aerospace and defence company Lockheed Martin teamed with start-up Omnispace to develop a satellite-based 5G system to supplement terrestrial coverage. The companies explained they would combine Lockheed Martin’s satellite technology and government market expertise with a 3GPP-compliant mobile network in the works from Omnispace to deliver a 5G system running on 2GHz spectrum for commercial
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Samsung Networks won a deal to provide 5G new radio (NR) equipment to Japanese operator NTT Docomo, further advancing the South Korean vendor’s share of the global market. In a brief statement, Samsung said it will deliver an open RAN-compliant system to boost Docomo’s 5G coverage. The operator launched a commercial service in March 2020,
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More than 1,000 5G subscribers in South Korea planned joint legal action against mobile operators over what they claim are slow data rates and poor coverage, Yonhap News Agency reported. The group plans to file a class action lawsuit in May after adding more users to a complaint. It is seeking at least KRW1 million
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AT&T VP of converged access and device technology Gordon Mansfield argued rivals may have jumped the gun on standalone (SA) 5G, noting a key technology had yet to be incorporated into consumer devices. Mansfield told Mobile World Live the operator began limited SA deployments in late 2020 and was aiming to scale those to a
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The UK’s four mobile operators pledged a combined £1.36 billion in a swiftly contested auction of fresh allocations of 5G suitable frequencies, with a total of 200MHz sold across the 700MHz and 3.6GHz to 3.8GHz bands. Regulator Ofcom put 34 lots up for sale in the auction, which started last week having been delayed by
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Huawei revealed the royalty rate for its 5G handset technology for the first time, as it stepped up efforts to increase transparency around its patent cost structure and highlighted R&D progress. In a briefing, Jason Ding, head of Huawei’s IP Department (pictured), announced it will provide “a reasonable percentage royalty rate” for each multi-mode 5G
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Nokia tapped top companies to help it tackle 5G open and cloud RAN, and private networks products, inking separate deals with Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft. In a series of statements announcing the deals, Nokia president of Mobile Networks Tommi Uitto noted “open collaboration is key to the development of new and
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US operator Verizon revealed its 5G plans on the back of committing $45.5 billion to acquire C-Band spectrum, with the expansion of its next-generation network expected to fuel revenue growth over the next three years. In an analyst meeting, Verizon said it had succeeded in more than doubling its existing mid-band holdings, and won between
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12 MAR 2021 Justin brings us a snapshot of our latest Themed Week on Perfecting the 5G Use Case, with a focus on healthcare, media applications and transport and logistics. Elsewhere, Oppo brought one billion colours to its latest smartphone launch and Diana has the week’s other headlines. Subscribe to our daily newsletter
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T-Mobile US set a target to complete construction of its 5G network by end-2023, highlighting the infrastructure would fuel efforts to grow its market share in rural and suburban markets and build up a fledgling home broadband product. In an analyst meeting, the operator said its low-band 5G service is already available to 287 million
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China Unicom revealed 5G user numbers for the first time since launching the service in October 2019, closing 2020 with 70.8 million package subscribers, a penetration rate of 23.2 per cent of its total customer base. The figures took China’s total 5G count to 322.3 million at end-2020: China Mobile closed the year with 165
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PARTNER CONTENT: The pace of 5G deployments accelerated in 2020 and the ecosystem is maturing rapidly, with 140 commercial 5G networks deployed in 59 countries. More than 800,000 5G sites have been rolled out worldwide, and the price of compatible handsets has dropped to as low as $350. Data from GSMA Intelligence forecasts in four
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China Telecom detailed plans to maintain an elevated 5G capex in 2021 to cover plans to almost double its number of base stations to 700,000 by the year-end and deploy the standalone (SA) variant. The operator earmarked CNY39.7 billion ($6.1 billion) for 5G capex, broadly in line with the CNY39.2 billion in 2020 when it
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