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Telstra launches 5G Wi-Fi hot spots and connected cars

The telco recently opened a 5G innovation center in the Gold Coast Australian telecom operator Telstra is set to launch what it claims to be the world's first 5G supported Wi-Fi hotspots and roll out a 5G-connected car on the country’s Gold Coast. While there are...

Italy, Portugal move toward 5G spectrum auctions

The government of Australia also announced plans to offer 5G spectrum in the 3.6 GHz band Italy's telecommunications services regulator Agcom announced the launch of a public consultation process for the country's first 5G spectrum tender, which is expected to take place by the end...

Qualcomm samples 2 Gbps LTE modem

As Qualcomm reportedly prepares for a high-stakes meeting with hostile suitor Broadcom, the leading maker of smartphone modems is predicting 2 Gbps download speeds for smartphones this year. Qualcomm says it is sampling its eighth generation LTE modem, the Snapdragon X24, and will demonstrate...

Telstra opens 5G innovation center in Australia’s Gold Coast

Telstra to launch commercial 5G services in Australia during 2019 Australian telecommunications company Telstra has opened a 5G innovation centre in the Gold Coast region. Telstra said the main aim of the new 5G center will be to test next-generation technologies to support the early...

Gigabit LTE: ‘For operators, it’s the future,’ analyst says

Gigabit LTE key to providing network experience continuity once 5G hits Since Telstra launched the first commercial gigabit LTE in January 2017, more than 40 other global operators have, to varying degrees, upgraded their networks to support 4X4 multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO), 256 QAM and aggregation...

Telstra, VeloCloud target APAC with virtual SD-WAN offering

Telstra first to launch VeloCloud virtually through SD-WAN in Asia- Pacific Telstra, an Australian telecommunications company, recently announced an update to the Telstra Programmable Network, collaborating with VeloCloud to launch a virtual branch software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) in Australia and globally. Telstra described the new...

Australia unveils national strategy for 5G deployment

Government announced the creation of a 5G working group which will include officials and industry players The government of Australia has developed a paper outlining a 5G policy for the country, including the establishment of a working group to drive the deployment of 5G mobile...

Data encryption advanced by Telstra, Ericsson and Ciena trans-Atlantic trial

Trans-Atlantic encryption test seen as stepping stone toward commercialization Ericsson, Telstra and Ciena have joined forces to trial continuous data encryption while ensuring speed and consistency over a 21,940 km multi-vendor network and cable system. The companies announced they successfully encrypted data in transit between...

China Telecom Global chooses Versa Networks for global SD-WAN

China Telecom Global among first service provider to deploy global SD-WAN service China Telecom Global (CTG), a multinational telecom service provider, announced it has chosen Versa Networks as its main vendor for its software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) and software-defined security (SD-Security) solutions. CTG is...

Qualcomm continues to push gigabit LTE

Gigabit mobile connections don't have to wait for 5G--the service is commercially available in some markets today, and chipmaker Qualcomm continues to work with operators and other partners to expand the reach of gigabit LTE. Earlier this year Australian operator Telstra worked with Ericsson, Qualcomm and...

Telstra funds a 400-acre solar farm

Australian telecommunications company Telstra is protecting itself from rising energy prices by committing to a long-term corporate power purchase agreement with renewable energy producer RES Group and supporting the construction of a new, 70-megawatt solar farm. Telstra is funding the new solar farm to the tune...

5 Ericsson 5G partnerships: SoftBank, Vodafone, Telstra, Chungwa, NTT DoCoMo

As standardization continues, major telecommunications network infrastructure vendors – primarily Ericsson, Nokia, Huawei, ZTE and Samsung along with their suppliers –are racing to not only help guide the standards setting process, but to develop a "5G" portfolio that will enable operator customers to quickly...

Consortium selects Alcatel Submarine Networks to deploy Indigo subsea system

The Indigo cable system is set to link Singapore, Indonesia and Australia. A consortium of Asian operators, Google and telecommunications infrastructure firm Superloop have commissioned a subsea cable system linking Singapore, Indonesia and Australia. Google, Indosat Ooredoo, Singapore’s Singtel, SubPartners, Australian telco Telstra and...

Mobile carriers see gigabit LTE as step closer to 5G

Gigabit LTE represents a step forward for operators as they move towards 5G deployments. Gigabit LTE, which refers to mobile telecommunication operators offering LTE-based download speeds of up to one gigabit per second, made its debut in Australia at the end of last...

Analyst Angle: Gigabit LTE – easier said than done

Editor’s Note: In the Analyst Angle section, we’ve collected a group of the industry’s leading analysts to give their outlook on the hot topics in the wireless industry. A gigabit connection is the most important and desirable component of an LTE-Advanced Pro network. A substantial...

How 5G is taking shape in APAC

The Asia-Pacific region is currently very active in terms of "5G" trials as vendors and mobile operators are carrying out tests with the aim to launch commercial networks before 2020. South Korean operators are among the most active players in the field, with the country's...

Five 5G trials shaping the future of mobile networks

Global 5G trials in Korea, Canada, Italy, Melbourne and the U.S. The deployment of 5G networks is set to be a reality by 2020, with vendors and mobile operators getting ready for the new technology with trials around the world. Some operators, mainly in Asian...

Telstra to boost 4G coverage with Ericsson small cells

Contract includes both indoor and outdoor small cells. Ericsson and Australian operator Telstra partnered to deploy LTE small cell solutions. The deal includes Ericsson's Radio Dot System and Pico Cell RBS 6402. "The outdoor small cell deployment and indoor small cell solutions...

Reader Forum: How mobile operators can minimize network outages

Network outages can haunt mobile telecom operators, but there are ways to avoid the long-term embarrassment. Too many users, not enough bandwidth, “busy hour congestion” and a plethora of other network issues – it's all run of the mill for cellphone service operators...

Reliance Jio reaches 52 million mobile subscribers in three months

Indian telco extended a welcome free offering until the end of March 2017. Indian mobile operator Reliance Jio extended its free mobile service promotion until the end of March 2017. The operator announced a new “Happy New Year” offer including free voice, data...

Ericsson, Qualcomm test Cat M1 for Australian telco Telstra

Cat M1 will allow operators to expand cellular-based IoT capabilities Swedish vendor Ericsson and U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm successfully executed network and device testing of data communications on Cat M1 for Australian operator Telstra. The demo, which took place at Ericsson headquarters in Sweden, used the MDM9206...

Ericsson, Qualcomm, Telstra, Netgear partner on 5G ready router, network

Qualcomm, Telstra, Ericsson and Netgear announce world’s first gigabit class LTE device and gigabit-ready network HONG KONG – At the 4G/5G Summit today, Qualcomm announced it has worked with Telstra, Ericsson and Netgear on the world’s first gigabit LTE mobile device, the Netgear MR1100 router, and the...

Ericsson, Telstra test 5G trial system in Australia

A '5G' test took place in the city of Melbourne and used 800 megahertz of spectrum Swedish vendor Ericsson and Australian telecommunications firm Telstra have carried out an outdoor test of a 5G trial system in Melbourne, Australia. The European company said the trial demonstrated 5G...

Telstra to deploy 135 4G small cells in rural communities

4G small cells part of plan to cover 99% of the country by June 2017 Australian operator Telstra announced deployment of 135 small cells to provide 4G coverage to customers in more than 130 rural and regional communities across the country. This deployment is part of...

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