South Korea: South Korean operators launch commercial 5G services
South Korea has launched commercial 5G network services on 1 December. Domestic mobile operators SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus will initially provide 5G services in Seoul and other major cities.
UK: BT to remove Huawei equipment from its core 4G network
BT will remove Huawei equipment from its core 4G network within two years. BT has also excluded Huawei from bidding for contracts to supply equipment for use in its core 5G network.
USA: Verizon, Samsung to bring 5G smartphone to US in H1
Verizon launched 5G services in October, going live with its 5G Home service in Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento. The Verizon 5G mobility service will go live early next year, with a quick expansion planned, the company said. Once available, Samsung 5G smartphone users will be able to use Verizon's 5G Ultra Wideband network.
South Korea: SK Telecom 5G network goes live without smartphone support
Telecom’s 5G network currently covers main areas of 13 cities and counties nationwide, including Seoul and four cities in Gyeonggi-do. The largest telecom operator in Korea did not reveal its 5G tariffs for residential and business customers.
UK: Alex Younger: MI6 chief questions China's role in UK tech sector
The chief of MI6 has raised questions over Chinese technology companies being involved in the UK's communications infrastructure. MI6 boss Alex Younger said Britain needs to decide how comfortable it is "with Chinese ownership of these technologies".
China: China Mobile and Nokia launch industry-first commercially ready 5G hybrid indoor radio solution
Companies jointly develop industry-first, low-cost hybrid 5G radio distributed indoor system with location services. It will enable China Mobile to evaluate the solution in future field trials and deployments and further proves the 5G commercial readiness of Nokia AirScale Indoor Radio portfolio.
Netherlands: Dutch liberal parties against encouraging newcomers in spectrum auction
Dutch liberals party VVD and social liberal party D66 are not in favour of making room for newcomers during the upcoming mobile auction.
USA: FCC Issues Draft Order on Next Spectrum Frontiers Auction
At its next meeting on December 12, 2018, the agency will vote on rule changes to facilitate a consolidated auction of spectrum in three spectrum ranges designated in 2016 and 2017 for flexible mobile and fixed use: the so-called Upper 37 GHz Band, the 39 GHz Band, and the 47 GHz Band
Sweden: Auction in the 700 MHz band to improve coverage in rural areas
The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) has issued an open invitation to the auction in the 700 MHz band. Planned auction start is December 4 2018.
UK: Ofcom: Consultation: Proposed Annual Plan 2019/20
Our final Annual Plan, published in March 2019, will take into account responses from stakeholders to this document. The closing date for consultation responses to our proposed Annual Plan is 8 February 2019.
Testbed and trials
NTT Docomo to open 5G test lab in Guam in 2019
Japanese operator NTT Docomo has announced it will start operating the Docomo 5G Open Lab Guam as a 5G technology verification center in Guam in spring 2019. The facility will be Docomo's first overseas verification center, and will be available for use by more than 1,900 partners participating in the Docomo 5G Open Partner Program, which provides global businesses and organizations with the latest 5G information, test environments and opportunities for partner workshops.
Japan: Toyota’s T-HR3 humanoid robot controlled remotely over DOCOMO 5G connection
In this test, the T-HR3 robot was controlled using a 5G connection from a remote location. The remote controller and the robot were 10 km apart.
UK: 5G connectivity could keep these hi-tech cows healthy
Experimental hi-tech dairy farm in Somerset, cows are treated to automated milking and feeding as well as collars that beam health and behavioural data to farmers. Superfast 5G connectivity will facilitate video and satellite data being sent and analysed much more quickly, enabling "precision grazing" and earlier intervention by vets when cows fall ill.
South Korea: Factories, tractors and robots benefit from 5G
SK Telecom’s first 5G customer was Myunghwa, a product quality assessment firm in Banwol Industrial Complex in Ansan, Gyeonggi. The company is using the network to process ultra-high definition photos of auto components taken from different perspectives as the products are being moved on a conveyer belt. KT celebrated the launch of its 5G network by having a robot as its first subscriber. The robot, called Lota, will be guiding visitors to the Seoul Sky observatory at Lotte World Tower in Songpa District, eastern Seoul. LG U+’s first corporate customer is LS Mtron, an industrial machine developer based in Anyang, Gyeonggi. The two companies have jointly developed a 5G remote-controlled tractor
China: 3 Hong Kong completes 5G outdoor network trial
Telecom operator 3 Hong Kong has completed 5G outdoor network trials in the 3.5 GHz and 28 GHz spectrum bands.