USA: North America leads race towards commercial 5G deployment
North America seems to be leading the race to launch commercial 5G services, according to a new study by IHS Markit. The study revealed that 82% of mobile operators globally are participating in 5G tests and trials, but only about 12% – all from North America – plan to commercially deploy the technology in 2018.
Worldwide: Streamlined Small Cell Siting Policies Vital for 5G Success
The UK-based Small Cell Forum (SCF) and 5G Americas published Small Cell Siting Challenges and Recommendations this week. The report provides a clear set of guidelines, designed to help cities, regulators and other stakeholders, to adopt a common, streamlined approach to small cell deployment to maximise the benefits of densification.
Europe: Nokia lands EUR 500 million EU Financing for 5G research
This week Nokia signed a EUR 500 million loan transaction with the European Investment Bank (EIB), supported by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), a key element of the Investment Plan for Europe, also known as the Juncker Plan. Nokia will use the loan to further accelerate its research and development of 5G technology.
Africa: Vodacom launches 5G broadband service in Lesotho
Vodacom Group announced that it has created Africa's first standards-based, commercial 5G service in Lesotho using 3.5GHz spectrum, initially to deliver fixed-wireless broadband services to two enterprise customers.
Japan: Communications ministry will start carrying out R&D to develop post 5G standards
Japan’s Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry plans to start carrying out research and development activities for a new telecommunications standard that will succeed 5G technology, Japanese press reported citing sources from the ministry. The ministry said that Japanese operators will be in a position to commercialize this post-5G standard by around 2025
China: China enters ‘5G sprint period’ goes all out to become world network powerhouse
With international standards for 5G now in place, countries like China that aspire to lead in the technology have been entering a "sprint period" and are heading toward the commercial launch of the upgraded wireless network. As 5G is expected to release huge business opportunities once it's applied in various sectors, key Chinese players in turn are going all out in order to prepare for mass adoption.
Channel Islands: Channel Islands get ready for 5G
Working closely with the local mobile operators pioneering 5G, the Channel Islands Competition and Regulatory Authorities are engaging with the States in both Bailiwicks and key stakeholders to develop a framework for the introduction of new licenses and spectrum for 5G.
Hong Kong: Public Consultation on Assignment Arrangements of Spectrum in the 3.3 GHz and 4.9 GHz Bands Launched
The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (SCED) and the Communications Authority (CA) today (28 August 2018) jointly launched a public consultation on the allocation and assignment arrangements of a total of 200 MHz of spectrum in the 3.3 GHz band (3.3 - 3.4 GHz) and the 4.9 GHz band (4.83 - 4.93 GHz) for the provision of public mobile services, and the related spectrum utilisation fee (SUF).
Germany: German regulator says no to roaming requirement in 5G licences
The German networks regulator has ruled out requiring domestic roaming under the new 5G licences to support an eventual newcomer on the mobile market, Handelsblatt reports. According to the terms of the auction seen by the paper, the Bundesnetzagentur also decided not to make nationwide coverage mandatory with the new frequencies, as the bands are not suitable, it said.
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Finland: VTT’s robot car, Martti, now “speaks 5G” and takes another step towards full automation
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Nokia have joined forces to hook the VTT's robot car, Martti, up to a 5G network, which allows the car to detect objects with improved range and share its observations with other vehicles. This also takes Martti a step closer to highly automated driving.
Spain: Triangle invites developers to test out apps with 5G
Mobile app developers are being invited to try out their apps with 5G connectivity on the Triangle project testbed.The testbed is located at the University of Malaga, Spain, but can be accessed remotely. The Triangle project is EU-funded until the end of this year. Mobile developers have until September 14 to get their applications in and a minimum of three will be chosen. Each project will receive a maximum of 15,000 Euros (roughly £13,600) for the testing.
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