Monday, August 14, 2023

An Overview of the 3GPP Study on Artificial Intelligence for 5G New Radio

In this article, we address a critical gap within the existing literature by offering a dedicated treatment of the 3GPP Release-18 study on AI/ML for the NR air interface. This comprehensive contribution enriches the existing works which often confine their scopes to certain areas of the 3GPP study. Furthermore, we also divulge the myriad factors that underpin the process of standardization. Given that the integration of AI/ML within the air interface is a nascent and largely uncharted avenue in the realm of standards development, 3GPP has identified many new challenges and gained novel perspectives during this study. Conveying these learnings from the front lines of 3GPP helps demystify the decisions and is particularly valuable for researchers not directly involved in the 3GPP work.  

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Saturday, August 12, 2023

Ericsson Green initiative for 5G roll outs, helping Vodafone UK.

Vodafone is rolling out Ericsson's new compact antenna to bring greater 5G capacity, coverage and performance to locations across the U.K.   The Ericsson AIR 3218 combines a radio unit and antenna in a single unit. It can also transmit mobile data over all of the frequencies that Vodafone currently uses in the U.K., without needing additional antenna units, as was the case for previous models.

The combined multiband, Massive MIMO design makes it easier for the operator to add more capacity to a mast without increasing its footprint. It's also easier to mount on rooftops, towers, walls and poles.

"5G is the UK's digital future, but we should never underestimate how difficult it is to deliver a future-proofed network at scale across the length and breadth of the UK. Working in partnership with Ericsson, we are constantly exploring new ways to accelerate this transformation, and this is another example of where innovation is delivered through collaboration," said Ker Anderson, head of Radio and Performance at Vodafone UK, in a statement.

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

Media, content and telecom with AR/VR a great amalgamation

The wireless carrier, which now owns HBO, has shown the power of marrying its popular content with leading-edge entertainment tech. 
After years of acquiring and investing in TV distribution, content, and new client technologies, AT&T is ready to show the world how all their vastly expanded corporate assets come together. To do this, it recently launched Game of Thrones-themed "takeovers" (although "invasions" seems more thematically appropriate) of several of its flagship stores. Artifacts from the immensely popular HBO spectacle entering its final season include costumes and props from the series, including a replica of the series' iconic chair primed for photo opportunities. 

Friday, April 26, 2019

T-Mo added 1.7 million total net additions during the quarter, up 15% from the same period last year

T-Mobile US continues to outstrip the rest of the industry on customer gains while delivering strong financial performance. T-Mo added 1.7 million total net additions during the quarter, up 15% from the same period last year; 1 million of those were branded postpaid net adds, including 656,000 postpaid phone net additions. The company's net income was $908 million for the quarter, up 36% year-over-year.

Company executives said on the quarterly call with investors that they are both confident and enthused about the proposed merger with Sprint and expect it to go through. But the fate of the merger is still in question and as Bloomberg noted, investors continue to be most interested in whether the proposed tie-up will win regulatory approval. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that approval was unlikely as the deal is currently structured; both T-Mobile US CEO John Legere and former Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure, current COO of SoftBank, disputed the story.


Chinese mobile operator China Unicom announced plans to launch a 5G trial network in seven major cities

Chinese mobile operator China Unicom announced plans to launch a 5G trial network in seven major cities across the country, local press reported.

The carrier said that the trials will be carried in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Nanjing, Hangzhou and urban Xiong'an New Area.

The carrier's chairman, Wang Xiaochu, confirmed at a company event that 5G coverage will be made available in 33 cities across China and the company will also deploy a 5G private network and create 5G application scenarios in several cities.

China Unicom has formed a 5G application alliance bringing together 32 industrial players including automaker Dongfeng Motor, heavy industry manufacturer ZPMC, equipment maker Huawei and internet company Alibaba, according to local press reports.

China Unicom has also signed an agreement with the Shanghai government aimed at improving the city's fiber optic broadband networks and high-speed mobile communication networks.

Under the terms of the agreement, China Unicom will invest CNY 15 billion ($2.24 billion) in Shanghai by 2021.


All Verizon users can start pre-ordering the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G

Verizon announced that it will switch on 5G Ultra Wideband service within this year in: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Des Moines, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Little Rock, Memphis, Phoenix, Providence, San Diego, Salt Lake City and Washington DC. That will take the total number of cities to offer 5G Ultra Wideband to at least 22 by the end of the year, with the networks in Chicago and Minneapolis already live since March. Verizon stands by its plan to deploy 5G network in about 30 cities across the country during the year, so a few more cities may still join the club later.

Meanwhile, all Verizon users can start pre-ordering the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, though only those in the 22 cities and on Verizon's Above and Beyond Unlimited plans will be able to enjoy 5G service. The S10 5G will be exclusive to Verizon for a limited period, and will arrive at Verizon stores on 16 May.


Nokia being sluggish on 5G, impacted on its revenue.

Finnish telecom vendor Nokia reported a disappointing Q1 of flat revenue and expanding loss. The company blamed competition and slow ramp-up of 5G.

Nokia reported a modest 2% net sales growth to reach €5.032 billion over €4.924 billion of Q1 2018, which would be down by 2% on constant currency basis. The gross margin was at 31.3%, down from 36.7% a year ago. The operating loss increased from €336 million (or -6.8% of net sales) to €524 million (-10.4%). Net cash was depleted by more than half from €4.179 billion to €1.991 billion. Earnings per share went from positive €0.02 to negative €0.02.

Nokia Q1 2019

Rajeev Suri, the President and CEO of Nokia, conceded that "Q1 was a weak quarter for Nokia." Meanwhile, the company believes that its fortunes will improve in the rest of the year, especially in the second half.  "As the year progresses, we expect meaningful topline and margin improvements. 5G revenues are expected to grow sharply, particularly in the second half of the year, driven by our 36 commercial wins to date."


Dutch operator has calculated move on Huawei 5G acceptance as vendor.

Dutch operator KPN announced it has signed an agreement with Huawei to build the 5G radio network but will only select a western vendor for 5G core.

KPN said it will modernise its mobile network towards 5G, and has adopted a tightened security policy with regard to vendor selection. The company believes that "the mobile core network which from a security point of view is more sensitive", while the RAN is less so.

As a result, the operator has entered into a preliminary agreement with Huawei to provide the radio access part of the 5G network, but the agreement is adjustable and reversable "to align it with future Dutch government policy." Meanwhile, the company "plans to select a Western vendor for the construction of the new mobile core network for 5G."


Monday, April 22, 2019

Hyper - Revenue gain for Huawei in 2019 Q1.

Huawei posted revenues of CNY179.7 billion ($26.8 billion) in the first quarter of 2019, an increase of 39% year-on-year, the company said in a release.

The vendor's net profit margin in Q1 2019 was about 8%, slightly higher compared to the same period last year.

"Huawei maintained its focus on ICT infrastructure and smart devices, and continued to boost the efficiency and quality of its operations, which has helped contribute to its solid performance in the first quarter of 2019," the company said.


Friday, April 5, 2019

German 5G Auction bid hitting bottom line of expert analyst

Bidding in Germany's auction of 5G airwaves was approaching the bottom end of analyst estimates Thursday morning, with companies offering about €2.9 billion ($3.3 billion) for the licenses to operate next-generation network services.

Financial analysts cited in the mainstream press expect the spectrum sale to rake in between €3 billion ($3.4 billion) and €5 billion ($5.6 billion) for the German government, which has been criticized for restricting the amount of spectrum sold to operators and attaching tough coverage obligations to 5G licenses.


Thursday, April 4, 2019

Intel spanning more on cloudification, with Telco in range.

Intel introduced hardware "spanning intelligent edge to cloud … to move, store, process data" for applications including AI, Internet of Things and security, the company said Tuesday.

Network and edge "cloudification" are major drivers for the new products, as well as cloud, AI and analytics, said Navin Shenoy, Intel executive vice president and general manager for the Data Center Group.

"The same concepts and technologies that created the cloud are now transforming the network. And as 5G emerges, we will only see that cloudification accelerate," Shenoy said.


OTT flourishing with new challenges, Apple TV+ new launch from Apple.

Streaming video is clearly all the rage today. Even with hundreds of OTT services already flooding the market, Disney, WarnerMedia, Apple, Discovery, Viacom and other major video players are all planning to introduce new streaming services and products over the next 12 months.

Just last week, for instance, Apple unveiled its long-awaited plans to roll out a premium streaming video service, Apple TV+, along with an expanded collection of streaming video apps, Apple TV Channels. With the launch of Apple TV+ expected this fall, Apple will join the gaggle of major media players seeking to carve out a piece of the ever-expanding OTT pie, in competition with such current streaming stalwarts as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime.


Verizon Launch 5G Cellular. No Revenue impact till 2021

Verizon on Wednesday announced that it has turned on its 5G wireless network in two markets — Chicago and Minneapolis — that will work with the next generation of connected gadgets. Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg told CNBC that the company will activate 30 additional markets this year.
Vestberg added that Verizon is unlikely to see any impact on revenue from people who upgrade to new 5G phones until around 2021.
This network complements Verizon's existing "5G Home" service which launched in October in select areas and is a wireless alternative to a traditional cable-based home internet connection, but does not work far beyond the walls of your home.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Vodafone idea is developing multicloud network in India with help of Cisco.

Vodafone Idea, the largest telecom service provider in India, is working with Cisco Systems to build an automated multicloud network for its retail and enterprise customers.

Vodafone Idea and Cisco are deploying a distributed multicloud architecture based on Cisco's network functions virtualization infrastructure (NFVi.) The integrated cloud, which Vodafone Idea said is the largest in the country, is being used for its IT and network applications that are hosted in one cloud.

The automated solution has enabled a nationwide deployment in record time, according to Vodafone.  While the cloud offers many benefits to Vodafone Idea's end customers, it also fast-tracked Vodafone Idea's data core network rollout, increased its capacities, and helped reduce capex, with cloud implementations being done in just 72 hours.

Vodafone Idea said its automated cloud scale architecture is synchronized across applications, operating systems, infrastructure, and an underlying IP-MPLS core. It taps into a range of Cisco solutions including Cisco virtualized infrastructure manager (VIM) for NFVi management, Cisco Ultra Packet Core and policy, third party VNFs (virtual network functions), Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI), leaf-spine architecture, and cloud security.

Vodafone Idea is also working with Cisco's Customer Experience teams on the deployments.


O-RAN is sitting with Linux Foundation

The O-RAN Alliance cemented its collaboration with the Linux Foundation, by creating the O-RAN Software Community (O-RAN SC). As a new open source community hosted by the Linux Foundation, the O-RAN SC is sponsored by the O-RAN Alliance. Together, the two groups aim to develop an open and "smart" radio access network.

The initial set of software projects may include: near-real-time RAN intelligent controller, non-real-time RAN intelligent controller, cloudification and virtualization platforms, open central unit, open distributed unit, and a test and integration effort to provide a working reference implementation.

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Seems AWS has some plan to encroach more Telco space.

Two pioneers of the software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) community have left CableLabs, the US cable sector's R&D body. Intriguingly, Tetsuya Nakamura has joined Amazon Web Services, where he's now working as part of the telecom-focused team, while Don Clarke says he's taking time off from the industry.

Specifically, Nakamura is currently a partner solutions architect for AWS, effective from March, according to his LinkedIn profile. Clarke's LinkedIn profile lists him as leaving CableLabs the same month, and "enjoying a career break to recharge."

Nakamura led CableLabs' open source research efforts on NFV and SDN and led NTT DoCoMo's mobile network virtualization project from 2011 to 2014, as well as serving as NFV-ISG vice-chairman at ETSI and undertaking various roles at OPNFV and OpenDaylight.

Clarke was one of the original authors of the ETSI white paper that launched the NFV vision in 2012, when the Brit was still at BT.

News of their departure from CableLabs was first reported by Fierce Telecom on Monday.

NFV is, of course, a natural fit for AWS. NFV started with a vision to run network functions on commodity hardware rather than purpose-built appliances, but, in a natural step, advocates now seek to run virtual network functions (VNFs) on cloud platforms -- private, hybrid, or public. And nobody's got a bigger public cloud than AWS.


Telco like Telstra wants service API gateways

The Australian operator's grand plan is to get rid of as much spaghetti as possible, replacing it with something more akin to lasagne (see the Telstra slide below). Under a project called NaaS 2020, it has started a major clean-up of its business and operational support systems (B/OSS) and has thrown its considerable weight behind the TM Forum's open APIs initiative as an answer to the problem of growing service complexity.

On the left, spaghetti -- on the right, lasagne. (We didn't ask about the rigatoni...)
On the left, spaghetti -- on the right, lasagne. (We didn't ask about the rigatoni...)

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Report from Barclays Corporate Banking suggests 5G could add £15.7 billion to the UK economy by 2025

A report from Barclays Corporate Banking suggests 5G could add £15.7 billion to the UK economy by 2025 but only if network deployment is done faster.

While progress is being made, the Barclays team forecast the current rate of deployment would add £13 billion to UK businesses, though any hurdles could drop this figure to £8.3 billion. By 2030, the size of the UK economy could be increased by between 0.88% and 1.54% compared to a situation where no national 5G network. The middle-ground, development continuing at today's pace, is an increase of 1.09%

For a country which is courting with controversy and potential regulatory hurdles, this does not necessarily paint the brightest of pictures. But of course, this is entirely dependent on whether UK businesses actually know what 5G is and what can be achieved with the upgraded infrastructure.

"The rollout of 5G offers a huge opportunity for the UK," said Sean Duffy, Head of TMT at Barclays. "We're seeing massive potential for business growth, which ultimately delivers a positive knock-on effect for the whole economy.

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Saturday, March 30, 2019

AWS - Encrypt Everything.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) built encryption into nearly all of its 165 cloud services.  Modern apps require serverless architectures with a lot of automation and continuous security, said Amazon CTO Werner Vogels.

By continuous security, Vogels means a DevSecOps approach where security is built into the continuous integration and deployment model and "security is everyone's job." Old-style security — like firewalls — don't work in today's microservices world, he said. "If firewalls were the right security solution, we would still have moats around our cities. We don't. We protect our individual houses, we protect individual rooms in our houses. So we should do that in our digital systems as well."

Microsoft Azure Security Center for IOT

Microsoft launched a bunch of new services and capabilities to secure Azure-connected IoT devices and workloads. The new IoT security tool is called Azure Security Center for IoT, and it essentially connects Azure cloud security, visibility, and analysis tools with the company's Azure IoT Hub.

Azure Security Center for IoT uses Microsoft's threat intelligence, Azure Security Center, which Microsoft says collects data from more than 6 trillion signals daily. It also hooks into Microsoft's new cloud-native security information and event management (SIEM) tool, Azure Sentinel. And it adds new capabilities to Sentinel that allow customers to combine their IoT security data with security data from across the enterprise, and then use analysis or machine learning to identify and mitigate threats.


Seems Huawei politics will continue till beyond 5G

As the UK operators have ditched the Huawei Security concern from US administrators, UK authorities are  dragging it in other lanes. 

The U.K. report reinforced previous concerns with respect to Huawei's approach to software development. Vulnerabilities that remain in place include "protected stack overflows in publicly accessible protocols, protocol robustness errors leading to denial of service, logic errors, cryptographic weaknesses, default credentials, and many other basic vulnerability types."

NCSC, which has been reviewing Huawei's equipment and processes to mitigate any perceived risks to critical infrastructure in the U.K. for almost nine years, concluded that the company has made no progress of late and "is not confident that Huawei is able to remediate the significant problems it faces." Moreover, the report concludes that "Huawei's software engineering and cybersecurity competence and associated processes are failing to improve sufficiently."

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Kubernetes community found a “high” severity security flaw in a component of the platform

The Kubernetes community found a "high" severity security flaw in a component of the platform that could delete files on a user's workstation. The latest security blip comes on the heels of the latest Kubernetes release and the platform's first major security flaw that was announced late last year.

The latest flaw, dubbed CVE-2019-1002101, impacts the Kubernetes kubectl cp command. If compromised, the flaw could allow an attacker to write files to any path on the user's machine.

Kubectl, which is pronounced "cube-cuddle," is a command line interface (CLI) for running commands against Kubernetes clusters. It basically allows for the copying of files between containers and the user's machine.

The latest security issue was initially found earlier this month by Ariel Zelivansky, a security researcher at Twistlock. He explained that the new flaw was linked to a patch that was sent out last year.


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Facebook Initiated Terragraph Technology is Setting its Place

Agile Networks is preparing to launch a new pilot deployment of Radwin's 60 GHz technology in Canton, Ohio, where it will address a connectivity shortfall in the city.

Agile has used a lot of Radwin gear in other areas, but not in the 60 GHz band, according to Agile Networks CEO Kyle Quillen. However, Agile's engineering team has a lot of experience in millimeter wave spectrum with other vendors' gear, so they're not expecting the RF side to be all that different.

Plus, they have a lot of confidence in Radwin, whose gear is based on Terragraph technology, the initiative spearheaded by Facebook. The Terragraph by Radwin 60 GHz mesh solution was developed in collaboration with Facebook, Radwin and Intel.


C-Band : Turning to be a hot cake

The 3.7-4.2 GHz band, also referred to as the C-band, is seen as one of the best chances for the U.S. terrestrial wireless industry to get midband spectrum for 5G. However, while the wireless industry deems 100 MHz per carrier as the ideal for 5G, the current satellite companies occupying the C-band say they realistically are only able to relinquish 200 megahertz out of the total 500 megahertz for the sake of 5G.

In a note to investors, New Street Analysts said that while the CBA plan at the beginning of the year appeared to be the only horse in the race, they've heard rumblings of discontent over the last several months about the C-band plan, mostly from other stakeholders but also from some in Congress.

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Monday, March 25, 2019

AT&T 5G E being mocked as LTE-A


Network measurer OpenSignal has had a look at the performance subscribers are getting from AT&T's whizzy new 5G Evolution service and it's nothing special.

"Analyzing Opensignal's data shows that AT&T users with 5G E-capable smartphones receive a better experience than AT&T users with less capable smartphone models, for example those with an LTE Category below 16," wroteOpenSignal Analyst Ian Fogg. "But AT&T users with a 5G E-capable smartphone receive similar speeds to users on other carriers with the same smartphone models that AT&T calls 5G E. The 5G E speeds which AT&T users experience are very much typical 4G speeds and not the step-change improvement which 5G promises."

In other words there's nothing special going on. If you've got a phone that supports LTE-Advanced you're going to get around 29 Mbps download speed regardless of whether your operator cheekily rebrands it on your phone screen. Unless you're on Sprint, however, which has a best effort of around 20 Mbps (see table).

Opensignal 5GE table

AT&T was universally mocked when its bright idea of rebranding LTE-A at 5G E first emerged. Sprint, of all companies, even decided to call the lawyers in to challenge the claimed deception, but AT&T continues to insist it was a great idea. Its marketing department presumably won't be thanking OpenSignal for this latest revelation, but what did they expect?

Europe has ditched the US concern on security with Huawei equipment's.

What we as 'fundarc communication (xgnlab)' recommended  in our views for India to deal with Huawei.

Europe is taking same track and ditching US propaganda around security concerns. 

According to Reuters, Andrus Ansip, European Commissioner for Digital Single Market, will unveil new plans tomorrow (Tuesday 26). These plans will distance the Commission from the idea of an outright ban across the bloc but heighten security protocols and monitoring requirements for 5G. This is only a recommendation, but such is the political influence of the Commission, it would surprise few to see the proposals pass through to national legislation.

"It is a recommendation to enhance exchanges on the security assessment of digital critical infrastructure," said one of the four anonymous sources.

The idea is a much more pragmatic and considered one. A ban on a single company, or companies from a single country, is far too narrow-focused and assumes threats can only emerge from that source. A broader approach to security, leaning on monitoring and heightened security requirements, allows the bloc to mitigate risk more effectively and take an impartial approach.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

VMware in vendor space of telco's - seeing as global power.

The data center and network software company has been spending years building an arsenal of software as it aims to become a global power in the telco market. And now it's emerged on the world stage, with a series of customer wins and product announcements during the past three weeks that send very clear signals to the comms networking ecosystem.

In particular, VMware is focused on the telco cloud, helping carriers transform production networks by freeing network functions from specialized purpose-built devices, and instead letting those functions run anywhere on a shared pool of hardware, software and networking infrastructure. It's the same technology model that enabled VMware to win the enterprise data center market with server virtualization.

VMware's telco strategy fits with its overall cloud strategy, according to Shekar Ayyar, VMware executive vice president and general manager of the telco NFV group. "The vision around VMware is connecting any application to any cloud, accessible on any device," Ayyar said during an interview conducted during the recent Mobile World Congress 2019 show in Barcelona.

telecom, which has traditionally not used the cloud for its production networks, instead relying on purpose-built hardware from traditional technology suppliers such as Ciena, Cisco, Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia and more, notes Ayyar. But that's changing. "Now, with NFV, telcos are starting on a journey where more and more operators are asking why they shouldn't do things the way large cloud operators and private clouds have done," says Ayyar, "which is running a common foundation for infrastructure, rather than siloed, purpose-built hardware for every network function." Additionally, in this model, functions are defined in software in virtual machines and operate on a common infrastructure foundation.

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FCC riding the bumps in T-mobile and Sprint merger

The FCC has once again stopped its informal "shot clock" merger review of the proposed $36.5 billion marriage between T-Mobile and Sprint.

The FCC has paused its review following the filing of "substantial new information" by the operators on February 21. The FCC has asked for "Interested Parties to file comments" no later than March 28, 2019.

If nothing from that process causes any further delays, the 180-day shot clock review will start again on April 4, which would be day 122 of the the 180-day process.

The latest FCC twist comes after T-Mobile revealed more of its "home Internet strategy," which is designed -- according to T-Mobile CEO John Legere -- to challenge what he labelled as the "cableopoly."   

New Street Research stated in an analyst note about the latest development that the home Internet strategy was a "good political strategy" but not "a good anti-trust" move.  


5G Race, from marketing stunt to political mileage.

Almost since 5G first grabbed the industry's attention, US telcos have been crowing about their investment in the next-generation mobile standard. And, rightly or wrongly, an impression has taken hold that America is a frontrunner in the 5G race. Only this week, a report from Arthur D. Little, a respected consultancy, ranked the US just behind South Korea in its new 5G country leadership index (see below). Other commentators point to major equipment deals for Ericsson and Nokia, and enthusiastic announcements about 5G launches, as evidence of the US position.

But it's all just marketing flimflam, according to one of the UK's top executives involved in the rollout of 5G technology. Light Reading spoke with Scott Petty, the chief technology officer of Vodafone UK, on the sidelines of a press briefing in London this week, and his verdict on claims of US 5G leadership was damning. "Only the Chinese are ahead of the UK. The US is miles behind," Petty told Light Reading. "They are making it up. They are rebadging 4G Evolution as 5G."

Source: Arthur D. Little.
Source: Arthur D. Little.

This would seem like chest-thumping for the UK telecom sector were it not for the fact that US boasts have never quite made sense.

For one thing, the 5G equipment vendor that just about every non-US telecom executive thinks of as the world's best -- China's Huawei -- is effectively barred from doing business with the main US operators. Elsewhere, even telcos ripping out Huawei's equipment, or promising not to use its 5G products, rank it ahead of Ericsson and Nokia. How can a country that excludes the world's "only true 5G vendor," in the words of BT's Neil McRae, be a 5G leader?

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FCC riding the bumps in T-mobile and Sprint merger

The FCC has once again stopped its informal "shot clock" merger review of the proposed $36.5 billion marriage between T-Mobile and Sprint.

The FCC has paused its review following the filing of "substantial new information" by the operators on February 21. The FCC has asked for "Interested Parties to file comments" no later than March 28, 2019.

If nothing from that process causes any further delays, the 180-day shot clock review will start again on April 4, which would be day 122 of the the 180-day process.

The latest FCC twist comes after T-Mobile revealed more of its "home Internet strategy," which is designed -- according to T-Mobile CEO John Legere -- to challenge what he labelled as the "cableopoly."   

New Street Research stated in an analyst note about the latest development that the home Internet strategy was a "good political strategy" but not "a good anti-trust" move.  


Sunday, March 10, 2019

Etisalat is on move for 5G in UAE

Etisalat plans to invest DH 4 billion ($1.1 million) in digital transformation, mobile and fiber networks in 2019 alone. The CTO Mr Hatem Bamatraf explained:

"We have launched 5G for fixed-line businesses and are launching 5G for mobile businesses this year. Our commitment to the government of UAE is to create the most advanced area in terms of connectivity for the Expo 2020."

Successfully monetizing 5G rests not only on how quickly providers jump on opportunities, but how skillfully too. Etisalat has been doing its bit by preparing for 5G well in advance.

The company formed a committee encompassing various business functions, moving beyond siloed discussions among the C-suite, and towards a collaborative, organization-wide effort to make 5G a success. It has also been proactively seeking and developing use cases rather than reactively waiting on industries to approach it with their own.

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Rakuten marching ahead with full virtualized E2E Telco solution

During Mobile World Congress Barcelona, Cisco touted that 40 service providers are trialing and deploying its 5G products, and announced new or expanded deals with half a dozen operators, including Rakuten. Cisco said it's providing Rakuten an "end-to-end fully virtualized, cloud-native mobile network, ready for 5G," tapping Cisco's software and services and routing and switching hardware. 

Red Hat is providing open-source software, including Enterprise Linux, its OpenStack Platform and storage solutions. Altiostar, a U.S.-based virtual RAN provider, also received funding from Rakuten to accelerate and scale its operations.

For future internet of things services, Rakuten will use Nokia's Impact IoT platform with an eye on applications in agricultural, industrial and automotive fields, as well as for business-to-consumer-type services. Nokia is also supplying core and radio products. Qualcomm is providing its FSM Small Cell Platforms for both outdoor and indoor densification.

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Vodafone serious on betting in Industry 4.0

Vodafone will use a range of private networking options to serve industrial verticals, it has said, as it develops its advanced LTE and emerging 5G proposition for enterprises. These options include spot usage of unlicensed LTE, localised usage of public LTE, and dedicated slices of its public 5G networks. 

Vodafone said at MWC 19 
"We are proving 5G for Industry 4.0. When you move into the factory, you move to more control-based applications, and 5G brings together a number of interesting things. Firstly, it brings private networks – this ability to lay a private network over a factory. Secondly, 5G takes IoT from a data network to a control network. Third, it introduces mobile edge computing, and fourth, it leverages cloud and hybrid cloud." 

On cloud functionality, Vodafone last month signed a $550 million deal with IBM to combine connectivity, cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to help companies remove complexity from their digital transformations. "5G doesn't just depend on fibre, spectrum and gadgets, but on advanced levels of integration, automation, optimisation and security across the ever more complex IT systems that companies are building in a bid to transform," noted IBM in its press push.  

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Ericsson to push 5G deployment, warns regulators for spectrum release and ridicule issues like security concerns from china.

Ericsson has warned Europe will fall further behind North America and Asia on LTE and 5G unless governments and regulators act to accelerate the release of new spectrum and licences. 

The Swedish vendor, with an early-morning address at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, refused also to take sides on the national security concerning Chinese rivals Huawei and ZTE, but warned security of 5G networks is a industry challenge.

He addressed Europe's perceived tardiness on 5G, and sought to put right the reasons it is falling behind the US and Asia Pacific, citing high spectrum fees and regulatory uncertainty. It has already impacted rollout of 4G LTE systems in the region. He noted certain other "structural inhibitors" delaying LTE and 5G deployments in Europe, including site access and permits. 

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