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5G in the news

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  • Published by Lucy Woods on 12 Nov 2018
  • Last modified 12 Nov 2018
A recap of the weeks 5G news


"EE launches nine more 5G trial sites as Three splashes the cash", (Trusted Reviews)
EE is expanding its 5G trial to 9 further sites across parts of East London. EE have learned from the trials that rooftop sites often need significant strengthening to carry 5G antennas, the level of upgrade work can cause delays in obtaining planning permission also requires multiple access to be made to landlords, and 5G antennas can't be placed anywhere, there's a requirement to stay below-regulated power output levels.

"Huawei hits back at 5G security concerns", (Nikkei Asian Review)
Huawei has hit back at security concerns about its role in developing 5G networks saying on Tuesday that its ambition to take the lead in next-generation telecommunication technology should not be politicized. Mentions how Huawei is banned in Australia and the US, and that Huawei remains involved as a potential 5G equipment supplier in the UK. 

"Budget is a good start, but don’t get too excited – National Infrastructure Commission", (Telecoms.com)
Analysis of the budget with NIC happy with the contents. Telecoms.com highlight the lack of 5G mentioned in the budget.

"Future Cities Catapult plans 5G consortium for councils", (UK Authority)
The Future Cities Catapult (FCC) has taken the first steps towards setting up a consortium of local authorities looking to develop the capabilities of 5G networks in their areas. It has called for expressions of interest and said it intends to invest up to £500,000 of resources in kind, bringing the results of two years of research into the potential application of 5G in local services.

International Headlines

Germany - Vodafone activates first 5G mast in Germany, announces 5G partners
The 5G mast is located in the city of Aldenhoven and covers a 400,000-square meter testing area. The German carrier also said that railway company Deutsche Bahn and automobile firms e.GO, Audi and Continental have become its first 5G partners.

China: Nokia wins contracts worth EUR 2 bln from three Chinese operators
Nokia announced it has signed three separate frame agreements worth a combined value of more than EUR 2 billion with China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom. Under the terms of the contracts, Nokia will deploy technologies and services designed to upgrade performance in fixed and mobile broadband networks across China to support operators' transition to 5G.

South Korea: South Korea's LG Uplus Completes Cell Planning to Launch 5G Service in December
South Korea's LG Uplus announced that it has completed the cell planning for the launch of 5G services in Seoul and some other metropolitan cities in December.

Australia: Chinese officials lobby Australia to reverse Huawei 5G ban
A ban of the equipment was implemented by ex-Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull, who was ousted earlier this year. Chinese officials have praised his replacement, Scott Morrison, for a more “positive attitude” towards China.


Germany: German govt says 5G licences to come with more coverage requirements
German government ministers have met with the head of the Federal Networks Agency to discuss progress on setting the terms of the 5G spectrum auction. The infrastructure minister Andreas Scheuer suggested that coverage requirements may be stricter than the original proposal.

Europe: Croatia, Netherlands warned over late 700 MHz band plans
The European Commission started infringement proceedings against Croatia and the Netherlands for failure to publish a plan for releasing the 700 MHz band for mobile services. An EU decision from 2017 required all EU states to make public their plans for the band by the end of June 2018.

India: Make 5G spectrum as cheap as possible: 5G Forum's Paulraj
5G wireless technology is valuable for India, and the government which is currently working to advance regulatory regime, should also make airwaves affordable, an NRI scientist and Padma Bhushan awardee said.

Italy: Iliad threatens Italy with legal action over 5G spectrum extensions
Iliad is reportedly on the verge of taking Italian watchdog Agcom to court over licence extensions in the valuable 3.5 GHz band which were offered to various WiMAX operators back in 2008.

Spain: Spain to award 700MHz spectrum for 5G services in Q1 2019
The 700MHz band is currently utilized for Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) services but will be freed up by March 2020. DTT migration is expected to start in January of next year. According to the reports, the government aims to raise up to EUR 1.05 billion ($1.14 billion).

Global: GSMA urges regulators to provide sufficient 5G spectrum
The speed, reach and quality of 5G services could suffer significantly in some countries unless regulators ensure operators have access to the required spectrum, the GSMA has warned.

Testbeds and Trials

China: China Mobile, Huawei claim 8K VR first
China Mobile 5G Innovation Center worked closely with Huawei to unveil what the pair say is the first 5G network based 8K VR live broadcast. Compared with technically mature 4K VR live broadcast, 8K VR services require a higher data rate (100–160 Mbps) and wider bandwidth.

USA: Test and Measurement: Michigan State turns campus into mobility lab
Michigan State University said this week that it is turning its campus into a “connected ecosystem,” with the aim of supporting connected and autonomous vehicle development and better understanding the human element of mobile technology.

Sweden: Ericsson contracts Wistron to build 5G mobile hotspot for network testing
Ericsson announced it's working with the Taiwanese manufacturer Wistron to develop a 5G mobile hotspot device. The company contracted Wistron to build a device it can use in testing new 5G networks with customers. Trials are expected to start this month.

Netherlands: KPN tests 5G applications at Shell refinery in Rotterdam port
KPN has conducted a 5G pilot in the port of Rotterdam with partners Shell, Huawei, ExRobotics, Accenture and ABB, looking at how the new mobile technology and network sensors can help optimise production processes, industrial maintenance and workplace safety.

Germany: Port of Hamburg: 5G applications pass field test
In a world first, the Hamburg Port Authority, Deutsche Telekom, and Nokia are testing new aspects of the 5G standard. The field test is being carried out as part of the EU-funded 5G-MoNArch project in Hamburg and is set to run for two years. The goal is to establish a basis for defining further aspects of the 5G standard.