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US satellite communications company Ligado Networks raised $3.85 billion to fuel plans to deploy 5G services using L-band spectrum, moving ahead with the effort despite continued pushback from critics. The company stated the funding will allow it to strengthen strategic partnerships with industry players including chipset designers, device manufacturers and network infrastructure providers. It added
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China Telecom added 27 million 5G package subscribers in Q3, taking its total to 64.8 million as it works towards a target to surpass 80 million by the year-end. The gains pushed 5G penetration to 18.6 per cent from 11 per cent in Q2, when its tally stood at 21.2 million customers. Its overall mobile
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Apologies if you’ve heard this story before, but one of the first projects I worked on as an analyst was a research piece focused on opportunities for the use of 28GHz spectrum in the US. Recent auctions had just taken place for what was being called Local Multipoint Distribution Service (LDMS) spectrum and people wanted
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6G SYMPOSIUM: AT&T executive Mazin Gilbert cited AI, edge infrastructure and further reductions in latency as critical areas of focus for the next generation of mobile technology if it is to truly go beyond the capabilities offered by 5G. The VP of network analytics and automation said 6G networks will require 100-times the data throughput
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A group of 15 European Union (EU) member states urged the bloc to create a long-term strategy to counteract the spread of misleading information related to 5G networks, and highlight the environmental and digital transformation benefits of the technology. The nations urged European Commission (EC) VP Margrethe Vestager, Internal Market Commssioner Thierry Breton and Vera
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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) raised its full year revenue forecast after recording its highest-ever quarterly profit in Q3, citing strong demand for 5G smartphones and IoT silicon. Net profit increased 35.9 per cent year-on-year to TWD137.3 billion ($4.8 billion) and revenue 21.6 per cent to TWD356.4 billion. It stated 5nm chips accounted for 8
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Dutch operator KPN signed-up with Ericsson for its 5G core network, replacing Huawei, as the operator eyes energy efficiency and the ability to better serve emerging sectors such as autonomous driving. KPN noted installation of its new core would begin later this year, with legacy equipment to be gradually phased out. Tests of the new
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16 OCT 2020 This week Justin reviews our big Themed Week, with a focus on how satellites, balloons (yes, really) and blimp-like ‘supertowers’ are all playing a role in Connecting the Next 4 Billion. Meanwhile Diana has highlights of Apple’s 5G iPhone launch and Yanitsa rounds up the week’s other headlines. Subscribe to our daily
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Qualcomm notched a major win for its 5G RAN ambitions, inking a deal to supply chipsets for a range of new indoor small cells from Nokia due out in 2021. The vendor will use Qualcomm’s FSM100xx 5G RAN chipsets in a forthcoming portfolio of Smart Nodes, which it said will address in-home and enterprise coverage
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The US ramped efforts to spread its 5G policies abroad, as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and US Agency for International Development (USAID) teamed up to influence development of the technology in emerging markets. Under a memorandum of understanding, the agencies will coordinate efforts to steer developing countries away from so-called “untrusted vendors”, and encourage
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Apple finally took the wraps off its first 5G iPhones, unveiling a quartet of next generation-enabled handsets during an event which also featured a special network announcement from Verizon. CEO Tim Cook hailed the addition of 5G to its handsets as “the beginning of a new era for iPhone,” stating it will enable “entirely new
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Telstra deployed its 2,000th 5G base station, with availability in more than 60 cities and towns covering in excess of 41 per cent of the population. In a statement said more than 1,400 suburbs have at least 50 per cent 5G coverage. In the past few months it added the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, along
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Orange wasted little time in promoting its forthcoming French 5G network to consumers, revealing a December launch date, early adopter deals and tariff options only a week after the country completed its spectrum auction. The operator said its 5G network would begin rollout in December 2020 with consumers able to sign-up to four different tariffs
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The US Department of Defence (DoD) doled out $600 million for 5G testing, selecting AT&T, Nokia, Ericsson and a dozen other vendors to conduct trials of next generation use cases at five military installations. Test sites include bases in Utah, Washington, Georgia, California and Nevada, with experiments set to explore applications spanning AR/VR, asset tracking,
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TM FORUM DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION WORLD SERIES: Telenor CEO Sigve Brekke (pictured) called on operators to seize opportunities for growth from the deployment of 5G networks, ensuring investments in the next-generation technology roll-out are monetised. Telenor’s chief described 5G as an opportunity to use technology for getting into an era of growth but cautioned operators should
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Uptake of 5G handsets as a proportion of total US smartphone sales accelerated significantly between January and August thanks to falling device costs, but still substantially lagged behind China, data from Counterpoint Research showed. The analyst company noted 5G smartphones accounted for 13.5 per cent of total sales in August, quadrupling from 3.3 per cent
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Apple finally appeared set to unveil its first 5G iPhones, scheduling its second launch event in as many months for 13 October. Though short on detail about what exactly will be revealed at the event, media invitations emblazoned with the phrase “Hi, Speed” suggested a focus on next-generation capabilities. Bloomberg previously tipped the company to be
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GSMA THRIVE AFRICA 2020: Xiao Ming, SVP of international sales at ZTE (pictured), spotlighted 5G as an opportunity for Africa to digitise a range of industries, but noted investments in more than just networks will be needed to ensure the transformation is sustainable. In a keynote, Xiao said digitisation of fields including agriculture, manufacturing, mining,
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Nokia announced it had now struck 100 commercial 5G deals overall after adding 17 agreements in Q3, sealing major wins in the UK and Finland while seeing increasing traction amongst enterprise customers. In a statement, Nokia said the new agreements validated its progress in strengthening its mobile radio product portfolio as the transition to 5G
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The Czech Republic’s communications regulator announced seven companies applied to take part in the country’s 5G spectrum auction, which will progress as planned after legal bids to hold the sale were dismissed. Czech Telecommunication Office (CTO) said terms of the auction prevented it from naming the parties which had submitted applications. The country is keen
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US politicians urged President Donald Trump to maintain a free market approach to 5G after a government request for information on shared spectrum models renewed concerns he may pursue nationalised infrastructure. A group of 19 Senators, including the chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet, warned Trump “experimenting with untested models
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Google fleshed out the details of its first 5G Pixel smartphones, after a limited unveiling early last month. The Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 both feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G processor; a dual rear camera system with 12MP main and 16MP ultra-wide lenses; 128GB of storage; and a Titan M security chip. Pixel 4a 5G
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Verizon cleared a major hindrance to its fixed wireless access (FWA) 5G home broadband ambitions, making long-awaited hardware available which executives previously stated was needed to improve deployment economics. The operator stated the 5G Internet Gateway router offers typical data rates of 300Mb/s and a maximum of 1Gb/s, with self-installation guidance offered through an app.
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German authorities were rumoured to be hatching a plan to help Deutsche Telekom enter China’s mobile market, WirtschaftsWoche reported, with speculation the move could be part of a deal related to Germany’s 5G policies. The publication did not divulge what shape Deutsche Telekom’s involvement in China’s mobile market could take, with the operator already offering
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BIG 5G EVENT: Executives from Cisco, T-Mobile US and Ericsson stressed simplicity as key for widespread enterprise 5G adoption, arguing too many options and requirements could be overwhelming. During a panel session, Cisco VP of product management for mobility and automation Masum Mir said there is demand from large enterprises for sophisticated 5G-powered applications including
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BIG 5G EVENT: Executives from AT&T and Orange tipped standalone (SA) 5G as a catalyst for fixed and mobile network convergence due to the drastically lower latency on offer. During a panel session, VP of technology strategy and development at Orange’s US subsidiary Gabriel Sidhom said the less than five millisecond latency expected from SA
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Singaporean operator M1 appeared to beat its rivals to the punch in launching commercial 5G services on a non-standalone (NSA) network, albeit with a deployment offering limited coverage. In a statement, M1 said the network covers the central business district, Orchard Road, Suntec City and Marina Bay, with key commercial and residential centres across Singapore
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KDDI and Samsung claimed an industry first after demonstrating end-to-end network slicing in a standalone (SA) 5G network using a RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC). The companies stated the trial in Tokyo generated multiple network slices with quality assurance using a RIC, which performs advanced control of the radio network as defined by the O-RAN Alliance.
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