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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...

EXFO CEO: Carriers are gearing up for 5G SA deployment

A recently released joint survey by test company EXFO and Heavy Reading show that the majority of North American and European mobile network operators—88%—plan to move to 5G Standalone networks within the next two years. EXFO CEO Philippe Morin told RCR Wireless News that...

‘Just a year ago, it sounded like science fiction’: How virtual testing and massive automation play into Dish’s network strategy

The ability to automatically, virtually and in parallel test new 5G Standalone services, slices and software updates in the cloud is key to Dish Network's network strategy and its differentiation, according to Marc Rouanne, Dish EVP and chief network officer for its wireless business....

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...

Telefonica to reach 50% of Germany’s population with 5G by end-2022

German operator Telefónica Deutschland/O2, controlled by Spanish telco Telefonica, said it expects to reach 50% of the country’s population with its 5G service by the end of next year. By the end of this year, the carrier aims to reach 30% of Germany’s population with...

Smart activates 5G SA network at its headquarters in the Philippines

Philippine mobile operator Smart Communications has activated its commercial 5G Standalone (SA) network in Makati City, the country’s main business district, the telco said in a release. Smart Communications said it first began exploring 5G in 2016. Smart also said it had activated the country's...

Globe Telecom tests Standalone 5G in Makati

Philippine carrier Globe Telecom has announced the launch of a trial 5G SA network in the city of Makati, following its 2020 5G NSA rollout.

Xplornet launches 5G SA network for rural Canada

Canadian rural broadband service provider Xplornet has announced the launch of its 5G standalone (SA) network, starting in New Brunswick.

Ericsson provides equipment, solutions to boost Singtel’s 5G SA network

Swedish vendor Ericsson said it is powering Singaporean carrier Singtel’s 5G SA network with 5G radio access products and cloud-native, dual-mode 5G Core network solutions. The European vendor said its product range will deliver high-quality connectivity for outdoor coverage in densely populated areas and help...

Orange selects Amdocs to support 5G SA Open RAN test network

Amdocs announced that it has been selected by French telecommunications group Orange to provide the business support systems (BSS) for the latter’s 5G Standalone experimental cloud network launched in July in Lannion, France. The data- and AI-driven software-enabled network is a two-year project that aims to...

Test and Measurement: AT&T, T-Mo duel in recent benchmarking

T-Mobile US and AT&T are duking it out over performance honors in recently released network testing. Global Wireless Solutions, which released its annual national report that included testing in nearly 500 markets across 50 states, concluded that AT&T had the best national network, followed...

Anritsu launches 5G SA service assurance with AWS

Amid an evolving carrier perspective on leveraging the public cloud for telecom networks, Anritsu is deploying its mobile network service assurance solutions on AWS' public cloud. The AWS news comes after Anritsu announced in June that it had landed 5G SA service assurance contract wins...

US Cellular selects Nokia for 5G SA core network

Finnish vendor Nokia has been selected by US Cellular for the deployment of the latter’s Standalone 5G core network. The European vendor said that the 5G SA deployment is expected to be completed by the end of 2022. The new 5G SA network infrastructure will enable...

TPG Telecom selects Ericsson for 5G standalone core

Australian operator TPG Telecom has extended its partnership with Ericsson to include the deployment of its 5G core for a Standalone (SA) network. TPG Telecom explained that Ericsson will deploy its cloud-native, dual-mode 5G core with the aim of covering cover 85% of the population...

Deutsche Telekom has deployed 55,000 5G base stations across Germany

German telco Deutsche Telekom’s 5G network already reached 55,000 base stations across Germany, the operator said in a release. According to the carrier, its 5G network infrastructure currently covers 85% of the German population. Deutsche Telekom also said it aims to exceed the 90% mark by...

Singtel unveils new uses cases for 5G SA technology in Singapore

Singaporean telco Singtel launched a number of 5G Standalone (SA) use cases, the carrier said in a release. Singtel said it continues to expand its 5G network, which now covers over two-thirds of Singapore, adding sites in densely populated areas like Choa Chu Kang, Punggol,...

Deutsche Telekom to launch 5G SA in 2021 or 2022: CTO

German operator Deutsche Telekom expects to launch its 5G Standalone (SA) network in the country depending on the use cases for the technology as well as the availability of devices, the company’s CTO Walter Goldenits said in a blog post. “If the first use cases...

Sony and Mitsui operate dynamic spectrum access in 5G SA

Sony and Mitsui aim to 'implement an effective spectrum utilization model and establish cutting-edge business and technology platforms' Last week, Sony Group and Mitsui announced the operation of Sony’s Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA) technology using Airspan 5G Standalone base stations. The Japanese companies have also...

Oppo conducts 5G Standalone trial for Reno6 Series at Reliance Jio’s 5G Lab

Oppo India conducted a 5G Standalone (SA) network trial with its Reno6 series of devices with Reliance Jio at the mobile carrier’s 5G Lab, yielding, according to the company's “highly positive results.” The Reno6 Pro smartphone supports 11 5G bands, and the Reno6 supports...

M1 launches 5G Standalone network in Singapore

Singaporean mobile operator M1 Limited launched a commercial trial of its 5G Standalone (SA) network, the telco said in a release. The Asian operator highlighted that its 5G SA network is up to 10 times faster than the 4G network and four times quicker than...

Four European 5G Standalone trials

In most of the world, current 5G New Radio infrastructure is connected to an Evolved Packet Core that also supports LTE data transmissions. This network architecture, called 5G Non-Standalone (NSA) has an emphasis on delivering enhanced mobile broadband to consumers, but the 5G...

Virgin Media O2 selects Ericsson for 5G Standalone deployment

Ericsson said it has been selected by U.K. carrier Virgin Media O2 provide the core kit for its Standalone (SA) 5G network, with the infrastructure expected to support a range of advanced applications including Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and other immersive media...

Singapore’s IMDA aims to award additional 5G spectrum by end-2021

Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) is seeking views from the public and industry on the potential use and allocation of the 2.1 GHz spectrum band for 5G. The regulator said that the band is currently used for 3G services and will expire at the...

AIS and vivo conduct 5G standalone network tests in Thailand

AIS launched 5G standalone services in July 2020 Thai mobile service provider Advanced Info Service Plc. (AIS) has partnered with Chinese smartphone manufacturer vivo to run 5G Standalone (SA) network tests in Thailand. This is the first time that vivo has stepped outside of China to participate...

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