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Chinese carriers already deployed 47,000 5G base stations in Beijing

Chinese mobile operators have already deployed a total of 47,000 5G base stations in China’s capital Beijing, local press reported. According to data released by the Beijing Communications Administration, the 5G network infrastructure currently reaches almost the entire city. The Beijing government recently said that there...

Verizon: 5G adoption ‘tracking well ahead’ of 4G adoption rate

Verizon updates guidance for ~4% wireless service growth for the year; 'Great momentum' in 5G device adoption Verizon has "great momentum" in 5G device adoption across its customer base, with more than 25% of its consumer wireless customers using a 5G-capable device, CEO Hans Vestberg...

AT&T sees postpaid phone surge in Q3

AT&T saw its best postpaid phone gains in a decade during the third quarter, adding 928,000 postpaid phone lines out of a total of 1.2 million postpaid net adds overall. AT&T also added 249,000 prepaid phone net additions, and 293,000 "other" net adds, while...

Singapore announces 5G testbed for public sector use cases

The government of Singapore announced a 5G testbed in Sentosa, which will trial promising public sector use cases that could be rolled out in the country in the next five years. The initiative, dubbed ‘5G@Sentosa’, is a public-private sector collaboration led by the Government Technology...

How are US carriers approaching small cell densification?

When it comes to small cell densification in the U.S., markets can be segmented by their current stage of deployment Mobile wireless data traffic in the U.S. hit another record high in 2020, topping 42 trillion MBs, which represents a 208% increase since 2016, according...

‘Not waiting on 6G’: Carriers talk 5G evolution and beyond

The Brooklyn 6G Summit, since its inception in 2014, has focused on the long-term future of wireless technology and looks ahead to research and development and what may come into being beyond 5G. But one of the virtual event's panels this week also focused...

SoftBank launches 5G Standalone services in Japan

Japanese operator SoftBank announced that it has started to offer 5G Standalone services in conjunction with the sale of its new 5G-compatible SoftBank Air terminal, called "Air Terminal 5". With this new launch, SoftBank claims to be the first carrier in Japan to offer 5G...

Samsung to launch 4G/5G trials with Virgin Media O2 in the UK

Samsung Electronics announced that the company will carry out 4G and 5G trials with Virgin Media O2 in the U.K. During the trials, the two companies will verify the capability and performance of Samsung’s 4G and 5G network solutions in Virgin Media O2’s commercial network. The...

Rakuten acquires JTower stake to reduce network rollout costs

Japanese mobile operator Rakuten Mobile and compatriot firm JTower have entered a capital alliance with the aim of sharing infrastructure in indoors and outdoors environments, the latter said in a release. Under the terms of the deal, the two companies will share equipment and towers...

T-2 Slovenia selects Nokia AirScale solutions for 5G services

T-2 bid 18.2 million EUR for 2.1 GHz and 2.3 GHz licenses at the Slovenia spectrum auction, which concluded in August Nokia announced that it will provide equipment from its latest AirScale radio portfolio Slovenia’s T-2 to upgrade the carrier’s existing Single RAN radio...

T-Mobile US ‘dominates’ 5G download speed in latest Opensignal report

The impressive T-Mobile US download speed results are likely due to the progress of 5G mid-band spectrum deployments The latest Opensignal 5G experience report revealed that T-Mobile US has “an impressive lead in 5G Download Speed” thanks to its deployment progress of mid-band spectrum. T-Mobile’s...

Huawei urges industry to adopt energy-efficient networks as 5G expands

The telecommunications industry needs to accelerate adoption of more energy-efficient network technologies as 5G networks expand globally, Ryan Ding, Huawei's executive director and president of its Carrier Business Group, said in a keynote speech at the 2021 Global Mobile Broadband Forum (MBBF) in Dubai...

Deutsche Telekom, ONF launch SD-RAN trial in Berlin

German operator Deutsche Telekom and the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) announced the launch of a software-defined RAN trial in Berlin. The partners noted that the Berlin trial is the first field trial implementing fully disaggregated open RAN solutions using ONF's RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) software...

SoftBank, KDDI select Nokia for Japan’s shared RAN

Nokia has been selected by Japanese mobile operators SoftBank and KDDI as one of the vendors to deploy Japan’s shared Radio Access Network. The Finnish vendor noted that this deployment will deliver 5G services to both SoftBank and KDDI subscribers in the Asian country. As...

GSA reports 180 mobile carriers have already deployed 5G in 72 countries

A total of 180 operators in 72 countries had already launched one or more 3GPP-compliant 5G services as of the end of September, according to the latest update from the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA). Also, 465 operators in 139 countries were investing in 5G,...

Huawei’s boss urges industry to deliver more 5G use cases for enterprises

Huawei rotating chairman Ken Hu urged the telecommunications industry to increase efforts to deliver relevant 5G use cases for enterprises and continue to enhance telecoms networks with the main aim of meeting the high-performance requirements of new technologies such as augmented reality (AR) and...

Dish selects Spirent for core network monitoring

As Dish Network continues to add to its vendors ahead of a planned fourth-quarter 5G beta service launch in Las Vegas, it has selected testing company Spirent Communications for "autonomous" testing of the company's 5G core. Dish says it will be the first telecom...

Chinese telcos to launch 5G messaging service in October: report

Chinese mobile operators China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom are expected to roll out a nationwide 5G messaging service by the end of October, according to local press reports. The combined effort aims to challenge China’s leading app, WeChat, owned by local tech giant...

France ends September with 29,327 authorized cell sites for 5G

France had a total of 29,327 5G authorized sites as of October 1, of which 18,689 were declared technically operational by the local mobile operators, according to the latest information provided by France’s spectrum agency ANFR. ANFR said that the number of authorized 5G sites...

Four carriers qualify for Hong Kong’s upcoming 5G spectrum auction

China Mobile Hong Kong, HKT, Hutchison Telephone and SmarTone Mobile Communications are the qualified bidders for an upcoming 5G spectrum auction, Hong Kong's Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) reported. Hong Kong plans to auction spectrum in the 600 MHz, 700 MHz, 850 MHz, 2.5/2.6...

Ericsson, Singtel to boost adoption of 5G in industries

Ericsson and Singapore operator Singtel have partnered to accelerate 5G adoption across multiple industries and to develop and deploy advanced 5G solutions in Singapore. The partnership utilizes Ericsson’s networking expertise and Singtel’s 5G network, test facilities and capabilities and also involves collaboration with global industry...

TIM Brazil carries out 5G SA tests with Ericsson and Qualcomm

Brazilian operator TIM, in partnership with Ericsson, Motorola and Qualcomm, carried out tests of a 5G Standalone (SA) network with some compatible cell phones. The trials were performed using the Motorola Edge 20 and Edge 20 Pro devices. Both devices support 5G CA NR (Carrier...

Bharti Airtel, Ericsson, carry out 5G trial in rural India

Indian telecommunications operator Bharti Airtel and Ericsson have conducted what they claim is India’s first 5G network demonstration in a rural geography, the latter said in a release. The demonstration took place in the village of Bhaipur Bramanan village, on the outskirts of Delhi. Airtel noted...

Huawei, ZTE secure new contracts with China Mobile

Chinese vendors Huawei Technologies and ZTE have secured contracts to deploy the converged 5G and 4G core network for China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile carrier by subscribers, according to Chinese press reports. Both Huawei and ZTE will each get about 50% of a contract...

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