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5G in the news

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  • Published by Lucy Woods on 21 Oct 2018
  • Last modified 21 Oct 2018
A recap of the weeks 5G news


"More details revealed of 5G trials planned in Orkney", (BBC News)
Coverage of the RuralFirst project, with it outlining their plans in Orkney 

"Expert Group Appointed to Advise on 5G For Wales", (Innovation Point)
An expert group has been created in Wales to help prepare and shape a national 5G programme in Wales. The group is made of 8 people with a range of backgrounds in academia, vendors and innovation groups. The group was criticised for being all male. 

"Chinese kit 'putting all of us at risk' if used in 5G", (Sky News)
Security threats from Chinese companies building 5G networks could end up "putting all of us at risk" if they are not tackled quickly, according to Admiral Lord West, a former First Sea Lord who served under Gordon Brown as a security minister. The UCC project in the West Midlands is mentioned in the article. 

International headlines

Japan: Japanese MNOs to rollout 5G in 2019 – one year ahead of schedule
Japan's mobile network operators have confirmed that they expect to rollout initial commercial 5G services in 2019.

USA: Americans have no idea what 5G is, survey finds, T-Mobile customers most in the know
Amidst all the reporting on this or that test market getting 5G connectivity from Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile, and the onslaught of 5G phones that is arriving next year, it's easy to forget that for most folks this is not a household word.(link to the original release)

Germany: Deutsche Telekom targets 99% 5G coverage in Germany by 2025
Deutsche Telekom’s plans for the 5G expansion include cities, towns, highways, main roads, and train paths. Business parks and schools are also part of it.

Germany: DT CEO: 80% of Our Network Is '5G Ready'
Deutsche Telekom boss has said 80% of the German operator's mobile network is now "5G ready" as it works toward a commercial launch of the next-generation mobile technology in 2020.

South Korea: SK Telecom completes first 5G call with Samsung commercial equipment
South Korean operator SK Telecom, in cooperation with Samsung Electronics, has completed the first 5G call using the 3GPP 5G Non-standalone (NSA) new radio (NR) standard and commercial 5G NR equipment that can be readily applied in a commercial 5G network.

Europe: T-Mobile and Ericsson Sign Major 5G Agreement
T-Mobile and Ericsson have entered a multi-year $3.5 billion contract to support 5G network deployment.

Saudi Arabia: Mobily, Huawei collaborate to bring 5G to Saudi Arabia
MOBILY, a leading Saudi Arabian telecommunications services company, and Huawei, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) announcing a five-year plan to upgrade Mobily’s networks and accelerate the arrival of 5G to the Kingdom.


USA: FCC plans to tilt a spectrum auction toward T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon.
The FCC is changing the rules for an upcoming spectrum auction in a way that will make it harder for small carriers to buy spectrum. The MNOs pushed the FCC to increase the size of the license areas from census tracts (small areas of 1,200 and 8,000 people, with ~74,000 total census tracts in the US) to counties (3,141 counties total in the US) and proposal published last week would deliver the change if agreed at a meeting on 23 Oct.

Czech Republic: Czech Regulator Preps for 5G

Netherlands: Dutch govt publishes DotEcon advice on upcoming spectrum auction
EZ (ministry of economic affairs) is now designing the auction process: what software to use and how the bidding process should proceed. DotEcon supplied the software package for the 2010 and 2012 auctions. New choices will have to be made for the new auction, which will sell spectrum in the 700 MHz, 1400 MHz and 2100 MHz bands.

Testbeds and Trials

Italy: TIM shows off 5G capabilities at Rally Legend
360° cameras have been activated on the race track, allowing fans to experience the action through VR headsets, while the TIM streaming platform will broadcast the footage on large screens throughout the village.

Canada: TeraGo starts 5G technical trial in greater Toronto area
Canadian operator TeraGo announced that it will be starting a technical trial in the greater Toronto area utilizing fixed wireless 5G millimeter wave equipment from PHAZR. The trial will use TeraGo’s licensed spectrum in the 24 GHz frequency band.

South Korea: SK Telecom and Samsung test 5G commercial equipment
South Korea's top mobile carrier SK Telecom successfully tested fifth-generation (5G) commercial equipment provided by Samsung Electronics, paving the way for the smooth establishment of an ultra-fast mobile network.

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