Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Mr Ulf Ewaldsson moves to T-mobile from Ericsson is over crossing the hype of 5G itself.

Industry is presenting the move of Mr Ulf Ewaldsson as T-moble got ultimate of 5G. Almost all the popular analyst and industry news posters are filled with this, seems to be an ultimate transition from one node to other in the whole 5G ecosystem.

In his new position, Ewaldsson will report to T-Mobile US Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray.

In an emphatic statement, Ray said Ewaldsson will be central to T-Mo's 5G deployment plans. "Bringing him on board is a total win for T-Mobile and we couldn't wait to share it! He is going to be the perfect addition to our consumer-fir Un-carrier team to drive our 5G evolution strategy!"

As it relates to 5G, T-Mobile has differentiated itself by promising a nationwide network in the 2020 timeframe as opposed to more limited geographic reach. A big part of T-Mobile's plan for wide-area coverage hinges on its 600 MHz spectrum portfolio. 

To be noted that T-mobile along with ericsson and intel has drwan its 5G plan and tested 5G on low band spectrum. Its relying on existing infrastructure, including ones from it merger partner Sprint, for 5G.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

AT&T 5G Business Strategy

Businesses are leading the 5G revolution, and AT&T* is going to give its business customers a full 5G toolbox. We're the first carrier to publicly lay out what we're making available to help businesses get the most out of this technology.

America's 15 million businesses increasingly look to technology to drive outcomes, but their needs range drastically – from connecting a single location, to using networking to connect smart facilities with the latest technologies like artificial intelligence and mixed reality.

This is why our approach to 5G in business isn't focused on just one solution, but instead brings multiple pillars that reflect our customers' diversity and needs. Real solutions that we're bringing to the market today.  We're building our networks to allow fiber-based connectivity and LTE to work efficiently in parallel with 5G solutions, maximizing the impact of a business's transformation.

Our standards-based approach comes to life via 3 main service pillars:

  • Mobile 5G
  • Fixed Wireless
  • Edge Computing

"The 5G services we're rolling out and combining with our advanced network capabilities will help businesses fundamentally change for the better," said Mo Katibeh, CMO, AT&T Business. "It will open up opportunities to increase revenue, reduce operational costs, and ultimately create amazing new experiences for employees and customers. Whether it's a local startup, a growing regional company, or national enterprise, these 3 pillars are going to be groundbreaking."


LoRaWAN is up and growing with 30-50% growth.

LoRaWAN networks are being actively deployed globally, with the Asia-Pacific and European regions showing the most growth, at 30% and 50%, respectively, throughout 2018. Regional specifications are established in all key regions with additional regions being added continuously. The total operator investment in LoRaWAN is significant on a global basis, offering compelling proof that network operators are making a long-term commitment to the LoRaWAN standard and supporting the market demand for IoT applications. 

More than 100 network operators have deployed and operate LoRaWAN networks, which are both public and private, significantly broadening the technology's reach. This flexibility is a unique differentiator of LoRaWAN compared with other LPWAN technologies. In addition, the number of end-devices connected to LoRaWAN networks is reported to have tripled since the beginning of the year, which demonstrates significant acceleration of adoption compared with other technologies yet to reach such an expansive footprint.

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Huawei may fire employee in anticipation of sales decline out of suspicious outlook.

Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei fired off a companywide email warning that a slowdown in the sale of its 5G gear could lead to job cuts. 

The Financial Times newspaper in the U.K. obtained the email in which Ren, who is also the company's founder, cautioned that a slowdown in the company's fortunes could be in the offing due to security concerns by the United States and other countries over using its 5G and telecommunications gear.

"In the coming years, the overall situation will probably not be as bright as imagined, we have to prepare for times of hardship," Ren said, according to The Financial Times. "We also need to give up some mediocre employees and lower labor expenses.".

Monday, January 21, 2019

After T-mobile & Sprint now Huawei with 2.6 GHZ Low freq 5G tests.

This 2.6 GHz test was conducted in a Huairou 5G trial field and a lab owned by the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology, using Huawei's 5G massive MIMO technology.

The successful verification of Huawei's 2.6 GHz NR technology  proves that 2.6 GHz can be one of the choices for operators to deploy 5G NSA/SA commercial network, Huawei said.

Yang Chaobin, president of Huawei's 5G product line, said: "In the early stage of 5G network deployment, C-Band and 2.6 GHz are undoubtedly the most mainstream frequency bands. The C-Band industry chain is gradually becoming mature under the joint efforts of all of us. Similarly, the industry chain of 2.6 GHz needs to be promoted together."

In the past three years, Huawei has conducted a large number of 5G NR verification tasks under the organization of the IMT-2020(5G) promotion group in China. The lab and field tests of all 5G Sub6GHz mainstream frequency bands have been completed, the vendor said.

Huawei also said that it will continue to conduct extensive 5G trials with the IMT-2020 (5G) promotion group during 2019, including VoNR (Voice over New Radio) and terminal chip interoperability tests in order to pave the way for 5G commercial trials in 2020.

Earlier T-mobile in 700MHz and Sprint in 2.6 GHz tested the 5G.

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SK Telecom will initially deploy 2,000 5G sensors developed by Samsung Electronics

South Korea's largest carrier, SK Telecom, was awarded a contract to deploy 5G infrastructure to support a smart traffic system in Seoul, local press reported.

Seoul's cooperative-intelligent transport system (C-ITS) project has a total budget of KRW25.4 billion ($22.6 million) and is expected to be completed by the end of next year. The project aims to make Seoul's roads safer using advanced vehicle communication technology.

Under the project, SK Telecom will deploy sensors and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) facilities on major roads across the city.

SK Telecom will supply 2,000 5G devices for buses, taxis and traffic signal controllers so they can connect with the 5G network. The telco said the devices will be co-developed with compatriot company Samsung Electronics.

The smart traffic system, which aims to cover 121 km along a number of the city's expressways, will enable buses and taxis to communicate with bus stops and traffic lights, among other features. The system will also allow the Seoul Metropolitan Government to analyze the data in real time.SK Telecom said there are approximately 30 safety services the 5G-based transportation system can offer.

SK Telecom highlighted that traffic information can also be shared with non-5G vehicles, with the main aim of reducing  traffic accidents.


Sigfox IOT have no battery

Sigfox reckons is the only network technology in position to support battery-less devices for low-power wide-area (LPWA) IoT solutions, at least in early prototype mode today. 

Sigfox reckons is the only network technology in position to support battery-less devices for low-power wide-area (LPWA) IoT solutions, at least in early prototype mode today. Said Bertrand Ramé, senior vice president of international operations at Sigfox.

"It is not the first time Sigfox has showcased the technology. At its 2017 Sigfox Connect in Prague, in the Czech Republic, it showed that, just by opening an envelope, enough energy could be harnessed to trigger an embedded device to issue a message that the envelope was opened."

Ramé remarked: "All of a sudden, it opens up ideas and use cases that were not available or even thinkable before."

He added: "It is work in progress – the IoT sector is market in creation, after all, and the more innovation we can kick in to the process, the better it will be. This is what we are working on."

At its Sigfox Connect event in Berlin October, the firm unveiled a passive LPWA module, a transmitter, that takes power from an an electromagnetic wave as it comes into contact with Sigfox devices. 

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Hybrid Cloud the future is - Juniper and IBM gone with $325M Deal.

IBM Services and Juniper Networks signed a $325 million deal that will see IBM help manage the networking giant's on-premises and cloud infrastructure and workloads.

Working with IBM will allow Juniper to "collaborate with them on innovative solutions for our cloud-first business model," said Juniper CIO Bob Worrall in a statement.

Juniper, like many large enterprises, has a mix of cloud native and legacy applications and workloads. "The Juniper program will help them design and build the right multi-cloud environment, and mange those workloads on a combination of clouds," said Bill Lambertson, director of cloud industry solutions at IBM.

Under the seven-year agreement, IBM will use its IBM Services Platform with Watson to help manage Juniper's support systems including data centers, help desks, and data and voice networks.

Huawei still on fire trail - next could be Germany to close the shutter.

This year seems to have picked up from where 2018 left off for Huawei Technologies, with more countries lining up to effectively block use of the Chinese vendor's equipment in 5G networks. This time it is Germany's turn.

According to a report in German broadsheet Handelsblatt, the German government is actively considering stricter security requirements and other ways to exclude Huawei equipment from the country's 5G networks. The paper noted that the government will not and cannot ban certain companies from the German market. Instead, it is discussing setting security standards that Huawei could not achieve, effectively blocking its participation.

Changes to the German telecommunications law were also under consideration, Handelsblatt added. Germany's BDI industry association told Reuters that no vendor should be excluded from 5G if there is no evidence against them.

It has been previously reported that senior German officials were attempting to convince their government to prevent German telecom operators from using Huawei equipment.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

AT&T's backed Akraino project going to provide open source for Edge cloud

Linux foundation managed Akraino project backed by AT&T is going to provide open source software for mobile edge computing cloud preparation. AT&T has mega plan to decompose RAN functionality into distributed elements and Akraino is for that purpose. 

AT&T is relying on Akraino for high degree of orchestration and ease of deploying edge cloud environment. By decomposing RAN functionalities its can address various application demands and effective management of ran infrastructure. 

The Complete Akraino solution will be a combination of different elements provided through different software vendors.

image source : Akraino.

Why India should not go with the global wind of shortcoming with Chinese vendors like Huawei and ZTE.

Amidst the much hype of 5G and intense attempts to thwarts the challenges around and gain the leads, there are interesting insights to be watched and allude for. 

I took some in context of Indian turmoil to include Huawei and ZTE in its 5G test bed plan. 

There are few industry cues to go with Huawei on 5G, or in general for Chinese vendors.

1. 5G has been there across global in a very limited capacity so far, see the commercial deployment of 5G from Verizon and AT&T and SK Telecom and even the upcoming test beds, all have been in constrained and limited scope. 

2. All 5G commercial deployment have been with rigorous criticism, like for Verizon home broadband service severely criticized by T-mobile  CEO Mr Legere as "fake 5G". As it was on proprietary 5G standards based on Verzon 5G Technical Forum. Also the 5G Which came through AT&T is also under criticism as AT&T shown it with logo of '5G Evolution' not a clear 5G. Both vendors seems to be running on Samsung or Ericsson based equipment.

3. 5G Demonstration from Huawei has been at par with standards in comparison to others, Huawei leadership has been well recognized as BT Chief architect has already praised Huawei capabilities on 5G. 

BT Chief architect Neil McRae  on Huawei capabilities and readiness in Global mobile broadband conference.

"I've been to Shenzhen recently [Huawei's headquarters] and there's nowhere else in the world where you can see" the kind of 5G technology developments that Huawei has achieved, he noted during a panel discussion, though without highlighting any specific advances.

"The other suppliers need to learn from Huawei -- the others are held back by old telco issues," he added.

Not only Huawei but ZTE has also gone side by side with its remarkably innovative streak for 5G E2E Solution like FlexE for backhaul and X-haul kind solution and 5G Converge core for 5G core network solution. Apart from that ZTE solution also enabled pre-commercial rollout on 5G in Europe etc. 

ZTE, in partnership with Wind Tre and Open Fiber, accomplished Europe's first pre-commercial 5G network in October 2017, symbolizing a major step forward for 5G commercial deployment in Europe.  

ZTE seems to be first who satisfied IMT2020 for 5G core networks.

ZTE's latest version of 5G core network is developed in compliance with 3GPP Release-15 specifications released in September 2018. By adopting SBA, micro-service components and network slicing, ZTE's 5G core network can achieve flexible and agile service innovation. 

ZTE recently announced successful 5G call with Chinese service provider china unicom. 

4. 5G Ecosystem is in complete flow with Chinese vendors and Chinese  innovation, Qualcomm investment wings has recently announced to fund Chinese innovative venture Baicell. Altogether global ecosystem does not take Chinese vendors in dissolute. 

5. In an interesting move from Verizon CTO Mr Kely malady, where he recognized that true 5G has yet to evolve and hype around 5G is over hyped, as technology has not been in place in its true form. As per him, more has to come and 5G name need to be reserved for that. 

"The potential to over-hype and under-deliver is a temptation the industry must resists," said Malady

6. T-mobile and Sprint also been reluctant to hype around 5G so far, in fact T-mobile CEO Mr legere called the current 5G as "fake 5G". And their debut on 5G has been around their existing infrastructures and with low spectrum band i.e. 700 MHz and 2100 MHz.   

7. There was some interesting insights on 5G that could be conduced when Vodafone India CTO speak about 5G readiness as a software upgrade only.

Among these all, which i refer to as cues around 5G progress and roll outs with commercials, pre-commercials and even test beds plans. Recent outspoken statement from Huawei CEO  Mr Ren Zhengfei made the dust clear. 

"I personally would never harm the interest of my customers and me and my company would not answer to such requests," Ren said, as reported by Fox Business.
As reported by CNBC, he told the assembled journalists at Huawei's headquarters in Shenzen, China, that "when it comes to cyber security and privacy protection, we are committed to be sided with our customers. We will never harm any nation or any individual.
India has been in on and off situation while taking Huawei and ZTE for its 5G Test bed considerations. Whereas Indian Telecom export specific organization came up with strict restriction on Chinese vendors, but department of telecom and ministry of telecom given a separate stand after initial tussles - and given Huawei a green flag, though ignored ZTE. 
Reason behind accepting Huawei by Indian telecom ministry could not only technical or based on security assessments, but political as well. But as an industry observer, I corroborate with the decision here and even want to extend it further like for ZTE as well. 
Chinese vendors can not be ignored by the massive economy like India, as well as Indian service providers are also in likely hood for them. As Indian Cellular operator association chief Mr matthew has also expressed interest of cellular industry of India in favor of Chinese vendors. This all are due to valid reasons of their capability and suiting prices.
These view are based on industry observation and from Saurabh Verma, Chief technology Consultant, Fundarc Communication (xgnlab).

Thursday, January 17, 2019

ZTE & China Unicom talk on 5G call with their 5G prototype handset.

ZTE Corporation, today announced that the Guangdong branch of China Unicom and ZTE have made the world's first 5G call by means of ZTE's 5G prototype smartphone in Shenzhen 5G field trial. The test also completed the verification of diverse services, such as Wechat group voice call, online video and web browsing.

This achievement has made Shenzhen field of China Unicom become the world's first commercial test field to make the first call in the NSA mode and it is in compliance with the 3GPP Rel-15. Known as "the City of Innovation", Shenzhen is one of the first 5G pilot cities of China Unicom. Shenzhen is fully verifying the 5G network equipment's networking capabilities, special services, roaming and interconnection, and the inheritance of existing services in phases, thereby laying a solid foundation for the 5G whole network commercial construction.

The test adopts ZTE's 5G end-to-end solution, including radio access network, core network, transport network and intelligent device, realizing the connection with ZTE's 5G prototype smartphone in the field environment.

Meanwhile, the test has verified several 5G key technologies such as Massive MIMO, 5G NR, NSA dual connectivity, FlexE transport technology and 5G Common Core.

As one of the world's leading telecommunications equipment providers, ZTE has been leading in 5G technology, 5G equipment and 5G product. The first call of ZTE's 5G prototype smartphone in the NSA mode conducted in China Unicom Shenzhen field was successful. ZTE's 5G solution has passed the end-to-end test in the three months after the release of the 3GPP Rel-15. It showcases ZTE's strong competency in 5G R&D and commercialization, demonstrating ZTE's role as a reliable partner to global 5G operators and a key player in the 5G industry.

Source ZTE Press Release.

Switzerland 5G auction on the way

The Swiss regulator aims to announce the results of the auction in Q2 2019

Swiss telecommunications services regulator Ofcom  said it aims to kick off a 5G spectrum auction this month, according to Reuters. The country's main carriers, including Swisscom, Sunrise and Salt Mobile are expected to participate in the spectrum auction, according to the report.

OFCOM said it will conduct the auction this month  and will reveal the results of the process by the second quarter of the year. The regulator did not provide further details about the auction.

The regulator said the process will follow a clock auction model, as this scheme ensures bidders can configure frequency packages which best suit their business models. This scheme lets bidders switch between frequency categories in the course of the process.

The auction covers blocks of frequencies within the 700 MHz, 1400 MHz, 2.6 GHz and 3.5 GHz ranges. The government could raise at least 220 million Swiss francs ($223 million) if bids are submitted for all the blocks on offer.

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Huawei CEO finally clears the fumes around - will it extinguish the fire too.

Mr Ren

 Zhengfei, Huawei's founder and CEO, said that his company does not spy for the Chinese government and that it would not respond to improper government requests for information, according to a published reports.

"I personally would never harm the interest of my customers and me and my company would not answer to such requests," Ren said, as reported by Fox Business.

As reported by CNBC, he told the assembled journalists at Huawei's headquarters in Shenzen, China, that "when it comes to cybersecurity and privacy protection, we are committed to be sided with our customers. We will never harm any nation or any individual.

"China's ministry of foreign affairs has officially clarified that no law in China requires any company to install mandatory back doors. Huawei and me personally have never received any request from any government to provide improper information," Ren added.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

ZTE FlexE : single-hop forwarding latency less than 0.5 us and jitte less than 30 ns, with 69 reliability - for URLLC transport/

ZTE released the white paper "Meeting 5G Transport Requirements With FlexE" along with the consulting firm Heavy Reading.

Based on the new trends of the 5G network architecture and the new requirements for the transport network, the white paper focuses on the key role of the innovative FlexE-based technology in the new service transport.

The white paper introduces the goals, values and key technologies of the 5G transport network solution, and provides comprehensive technical support and advice on the construction of future-oriented high-value transport networks.

The white paper elaborates four major technical features of the 5G transport solution. First, the FlexE channel technology supports on-demand bandwidth provision. It adopts large-port bonding to expand network capacity on demand, effectively solving the problems of bandwidth upgrade resulting from 5G development so that 100GE bandwidth can meet the needs of early 5G services. By virtue of FlexE bonding, the bandwidth can be upgraded to beyond-100GE by simply expanding the capacity of several 100GE ports. It simplifies network adjustment while effectively making use of initial investments.

Second, the 5G transport network solution enables ultra-low latency and ultra-stable jitter forwarding. The FlexE time slot cross-connection technology allows the user service traffic forwarding based on the physical layer so that the user packet is not required to be parsed in the network intermediate node, and the service traffic forwarding can be completed in real time. As a consequence, the single-hop device forwarding latency is less than 0.5 microseconds and the jitter is less than 30 nanoseconds, laying a foundation for ultra-low-latency service transport.

Third, the FlexE channel technology can guarantee ultra-high network reliability. By extending OAM, FlexE Channel provides with the FlexE channel-layer protection, greatly improving the reliability of customer service transport. In case of a fault, the protection switching can be completed within 1ms, enabling the entire network to reach the 99.9999% industry-level reliability.

Fourth, the FlexE channel technology supports FlexE-based flexible network slicing. By virtue of the end-to-end slicing based on FlexE and FlexE Channel, the network features both TDM-like exclusive bandwidth and physical isolation while supporting Ethernet statistical multiplexing. Therefore, it allows slice forwarding separation, management separation, fault separation and protocol separation, ensuring the deployment of 5G differentiated services.

"Operators must address many challenges to meet the unique demands of coming 5G application scenarios, and the transport network will be essential to the large-scale 5G deployments. As a viable 5G transport solution, FlexE is gaining interest and attention of operators, and the new FlexE time-slot cross-connection technology is likely to be an efficient solution for hard network slicing," said Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst of Heavy Reading.

By proposing a layered network architecture based on FlexE, ZTE lays a solid foundation for the research of 5G transport technology standards. The architecture has been widely recognized by the industry, making a significant contribution to ITU-T Moreover, ZTE's 5G Flexhaul solution has been verified by several operators in ChinaSpain and other countries.

The following is the link to access the full white paper "Meeting 5G Transport Requirements With FlexE":

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Hold on Take a breath for 5G - Verizon

"The potential for 5G is awesome," Verizon chief tech officer Kyle Malady wrote in an open letter this week, in protest at the early marketing of rather middle-of-the-road '5G' services being pushed by the telecoms industry at large.

"The potential to over-hype and under-deliver is a temptation the industry must resists," said Malady of the market's, ahem, malaise, which grows feverish periodically, every time shiny new kit is rolled out.

His point was that, for the main part, there is no new kit, yet. Malady wants the industry to reserve the terms '5G' for when new device hardware connects via a new radio (NR) technology, to deliver new capabilities.

Technically, this seems right. Much of the so-called 5G now being rolled out by the likes of AT&T and Verizon – dubbed "fake 5G" by T-Mobile US chief John Legere – is based on proprietary kit, running on old LTE networks.

As yet, there is little in the way of even a non-standalone NR interface, and nothing of a standalone operation.

More appropriately, if the telecoms industry really is to get it right with new-generation radio gear for once, and under-sell and over-deliver on 5G, it would perhaps do well to hang on, and promote standalone 5G NR sometime next decade as the real deal – as an industry-shaking, change-making, earth-quaking new generation of mobile tech (paraphrasing the Boss on Broadway, and variously).

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Breakthrough From Deutsche Telekom & Ericsson - 40 GBPS 5G backhaul/X-haul for dense environment where fiber is not feasible.

Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom are the first to successfully demonstrate a millimeter wave link with a data transmission rate of 40 Gbps in a joint innovation project at the Deutsche Telekom Service Center in Athens.

An important milestone in the evolution from today's 10 Gbps reality toward the 100 Gbps future, the partners achieved four times greater data throughput compared to current commercial millimeter wave solutions to prove the commercial viability of future wireless backhaul technology.

The test also focused on the stringent latency requirements in 5G network architecture to support low latency or ultra-low latency use cases. The round-trip latency performance of the link tested was less than 100 microseconds, confirming the positive contribution of wireless backhaul technologies to satisfy network-specific latency targets.

Alex Jinsung Choi, SVP Strategy & Technology Innovation, Deutsche Telekom, says: "A high-performance transport connection will be key to support high data throughput and enhanced customer experience in next-generation networks. While fiber is an important part of our portfolio, it is not the only option for backhaul. Together with our partners, we have demonstrated fiber-like performance is also possible with wireless backhauling/X-Haul solutions. This offers an important extension of our portfolio of high-capacity, high-performance transport options for the 5G era."

Per Narvinger, Head of Product Area Networks, Ericsson, says: "Microwave continues to be a key technology for mobile transport by supporting the capacity and latency requirements of 4G and future 5G networks. Our joint innovation project shows that higher capacity microwave backhaul will be an important enabler of high-quality mobile broadband services when 5G becomes a commercial reality."

The live trial was completed at the Deutsche Telekom Service Center in Athens over a hop distance of 1.4 kilometers in the millimeter wave (E-band) spectrum. Technical setup included the use of Ericsson's latest mobile transport technology.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Extending the in-building coverage, First 5G cellular signal booster unveiled at CES 2019

SureCall, a leading manufacturer of cell phone signal boosters, announced the release of  Force8, the first 5G signal booster designed to improve cellular connectivity in commercial buildings.

The company launched the new product, which will be available in the second quarter of this year, at the 2019 International Commerical Electronics (CES) show taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada this week.

"Our competitors do not have a 5G signal booster. We are the first to market with this technology. Force8 represents a significant first step toward supporting a successful deployment of the 5G network," said Hongtao Zhan, founder and CEO of SureCall, in an interview with In-Building Tech.

SureCall's Force8 signal booster is engineered to improve non-millimeter wave 5G cellular signals for T-Mobile US' 600 MHz band and AT&T 2.3 GHz mid-band spectrum and boost cellular service for all U.S. carriers' 3G and 4G LTE signals.


Sprint tested 5G in 2.5 GHz in its live network in San Diego, utilized equipment from Nokia and Qualcomm Technologies

Sprint completed what it claims to be the world's first over-the-air 5G data transmission using 2.5 GHz and massive MIMO on its live commercial network.

The test was carried out with Nokia and Qualcomm Technologies, the carrier said.

The field test, conducted on Sprint's commercial network in San Diego, used global 5G standards on a commercial 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) network with Sprint's 2.5 GHz spectrum, Nokia's dual-mode AirScale massive MIMO radio and a mobile smartphone form-factor test device powered by the Qualcomm  Snapdragon X50 5G modem and antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver, RF front-end and antenna elements.

Sprint said that the test "demonstrated a seamless transition of connectivity between Sprint's 4G LTE Advanced and 5G network," while streaming YouTube videos, conducting Skype audio and video calls and sending and receiving instant messages.

"By using 2.5 GHz for 5G, existing sites nationwide can be re-used, with indoor coverage as well. This first standards-based call is thus a critical step towards Sprint's offering of a 5G service to its customers," said Mike Murphy, CTO for North America, Nokia. 


New move in open RAN from Nokia and AT&T partnership

AT&T is working with vendor Nokia to hone its focus on opening up the radio access network. 

In a look ahead at 2019 priorities, AT&T called out its work to replace vendor-specific routers with custom units. "In 2019, we plan to deploy thousands of these 'white box' routers on towers across our network," the company said in a statement. "This year is about the power of open source in a 5G world."
The initial focus of the partnerships is developing a RAN Intelligent Controller. 

"Nokia is a strong proponent of RAN network openness and has been active in numerous open source communities, contributing code and defining open interface specifications," Nokia's Mike Murphy, CTO for North America, said in a statement. "We are excited to be partnering with AT&T to co-create RIC software and share with the open-source community to foster further collaboration and innovation." 

AT&T cellsite routers seems to be its mega plan to bring convergence in 5G networks, which are in principle access agnostic and designed with inclusive approach for other access technologies, said Chief technology consultant of Fundarc Communication (xgnlab), Saurabh Verma. He also add that open source communities will drive the whole ecosystem as AT&T is going to rely on its own created baby ONAP for VNF management. VNF which going to take up much of RAN functionality where Nokia is also endeavoring to come with open source communities.

Will 6G be the turnover from classical to quantum transmission

"We'll start with quantum computing. Once Moore's Law hits its ceiling, the industry at large will have to come up with a new way to power computing. At a very high-level, we replace the 1s and 0s with something called qubits (quantum bits), which draw on complex quantum mechanical concepts like superposition and entanglement." In an interview with RCR Wireless News during CES 2019, Boingo Wireless CTO Derek Peterson said.

He also gone further that qubits would fundamentally alter not just the transmission of information but also the way those transmissions are secured. That ties back into superposition, which speaks to things like wave/particle duality and Heisenberg's uncertainty principle wherein the location and speed of a particle can both be measured just not at the same time.

Peterson, acknowledging the nascency of the 6G discussion as well as the sheer complexity and strangeness of quantum mechanics, said this next generation of communications gets well-beyond the physics principles of classic RF thought and into something totally new that could be tapped to facilitate ready communications between Earth and a Mars colony for instance. 

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Verizon announced “Built on 5G Challenge,” with $1M total grant funding.

To help jumpstart 5G developments, Verizon announced a "Built on 5G Challenge," urging entrants to create applications that take advantage of 5G connectivity. Up to $1 million in total grant funding will be awarded to innovators to develop their concepts on live 5G networks located at Verizon's 5G New York Lab, 5G Waltham Lab, 5G Cambridge Lab and new locations being developed in Los Angeles; Palo Alto, California; and Washington.  

Verizon and Disney plan to work on 5G entertainment use cases

5G-enabled cloud-based production workflows, live volumetric video and delivery of movies to theaters are some of the developments that Disney's StudioLab — an R&D unit launched on the Disney lot last year — will aim to make a reality with its new StudioLab Innovation Partner, Verizon.

Verizon on Tuesday touted the partnership during its CES keynote in Las Vegas, where its recently named CEO Hans Vestberg talked about the broad potential from entertainment to healthcare of a 5G network, which the company has started to roll out in four U.S. cities, including Indianapolis, Sacramento, Houston and Los Angeles.

5G will "change everything," said the exec, calling the fifth generation of wireless technology "a quantum leap compared to 4G" with the potential to reach peak data rates of 10GB/sec. He cited as an example that it could take three to four minutes to download a movie with 4G, but that might be reduced to 10 seconds with 5G.

In addition to the aforementioned initiatives, as part of the partnership, Verizon and Disney plan to also work on areas including 5G-enabled 3D scanning, as well as delivering marketing and theatrical experiences like interactive characters, location-based experiences and augmented reality and mixed reality experiences. 


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Intelsat Joins GSMA to Spur Integration of Satellite and Terrestrial Solutions, Create Hybrid Networks, and Advance 5G Development

Intelsat S.A., operator of the world's first Globalized Network and leader in integrated satellite communications, announced that it has joined GSMA, the organization representing mobile operators worldwide, to further strengthen the integration of satellite and terrestrial technologies and advance 5G deployments.

Intelsat is now a full member of the London-based GSMA. The association unites more than 750 operators with over 350 handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers, and internet companies as well as organizations in adjacent industry sectors.

"As 5G comes to market, we must capitalize on the strengths of multiple delivery technologies to satiate the connectivity demands of businesses and communities around the world," said Jean-Philippe Gillet, Intelsat's vice president and general manager of Networks.  

ZTE Takes the Lead in Completing IMT-2020 Third Phase 5G Core Network Test

ZTE Corporation takes the lead in completing IMT-2020 third phase 5G test for core network performance stability and security function, fully verifying the maturity of ZTE's 5G core network.

ZTE's system, including NFV platform and 5GC core function network elements, is deployed on the general server platform, and interfaces with third party instruments in accordance with the requirement of the service model. The company passes all the test cases, and the test results meet the requirement of the service model and specification indicators.

The test involves the performance of the NFVI platform, the service performance of 5G core network element single/multi virtual machine deployment, as well as system capacity and stability.  

The security function test focuses on the device identity management and registration, as well as the security service procedure in mobility. 

ZTE's latest version of 5G core network is developed in compliance with 3GPP Release-15 specifications released in September 2018. By adopting SBA, micro-service components and network slicing, ZTE's 5G core network can achieve flexible and agile service innovation.

By means of the separation of service logic and data, ZTE's 5G core network can improve service reliability and user experiences. Moreover, it enables the minute-level deployment through flexible service scheduling.

"It is another significant breakthrough following ZTE's completion of the SA architecture function test in September 2018," said Liu Jianhua, general manager of ZTE's Telecom Cloud and Core Network Products.

Under the guidance of China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group initiated the third phase of 5G R&D tests in November 2017, aiming at continuously improving the 5G technological R&D capability and promoting the maturity of the 5G industry.

In addition to the completion of IMT-2020 third phase 5G core network test, ZTE also completed the world's first end-to-end connection between 5G device and system, based on 3.5 GHz NSA networking, by virtue of ZTE's 5G prototype smartphones. 

Furthermore, ZTE and China Telecom completed the world's first 4G and 5G network interoperability test under the SA architecture. In collaboration with Tianjin Unicom and Port of Tianjin, ZTE released 5G&MEC smart port industry applications.  

Monday, January 7, 2019

Huawei on juggernaut plan for intelligent economy

Huawei has unveiled a new ARM-based CPU called Kunpeng 920, designed to capitalize on the growing euphoria building around big data, artificial intelligence and edge-computing.

The CPU was independently designed by Huawei based on ARMv8 architecture license, with the team claiming it improves processor performance by optimizing branch prediction algorithms, increasing the number of OP units, and improving the memory subsystem architecture. Another bold claim is the CPU scores over 930 in the SPECint Benchmarks test, 25% higher than the industry benchmark.

"Huawei has continuously innovated in the computing domain in order to create customer value," said William Xu, Chief Strategy Marketing Officer of Huawei.

"We believe that, with the advent of the intelligent society, the computing market will see continuous growth in the future. Currently, the diversity of applications and data is driving heterogeneous computing requirements. Huawei has long partnered with Intel to make great achievements. Together we have contributed to the development of the ICT industry. Huawei and Intel will continue our long-term strategic partnerships and continue to innovate together."