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Ericsson and Vodafone 5G trial cuts network energy consumption in half

Vodafone UK intends to deploy 1,500 of the new Ericsson radios across its network by April 2022 Ericsson last year warned in a report that 5G has the potential to "dramatically increase" energy consumption, arguing that is "an industry responsibility" to address this reality. This...

Vodafone launches 5G SA pilots in London, Manchester and Cardiff

U.K. carrier Vodafone launched a commercial pilot of 5G Standalone service in London, Manchester and Cardiff, the company said in a release. The commercial pilot will focus on testing new capabilities being introduced as part of 5G Standalone technologies, such as network slicing. It will...

Saving lives with 5G: Vodafone UK supports Proximie’s remotely assisted surgery trial

Vodafone UK exec: 'This is a direct example of how can revolutionize the healthcare industry' Clinicians and surgeons at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff and University Hospital Llandough are testing the use of Proximie, a global technology platform that allows healthcare workers to...

O2, Vodafone UK announce 5G spectrum trading deal

U.K. operators O2 and Vodafone have announced a new deal to trade airwaves to create more efficient blocks of 5G spectrum. The two operators already share mast infrastructure in parts of the U.K. The carriers noted that this new deal will enable improved coverage for customers...

The latest on the status of the UK’s 5G deployments

According to speed tests, U.K.’s 5G speeds are nearly four times faster than 4G The U.K.’s four largest mobile operators — EE, Vodafone, Three UK and O2 — have launched 5G technologies in the U.K.’s main cities, as well as in a number of small...

Vodafone UK combats the Open RAN Catch 22 with plan for 2,600 sites

Pilot in Wales scaling up to 2,600 Open RAN sites in Wales and England In August this year, Vodafone U.K. turned on its first Open RAN site at the Royal Welsh Showground in Powys, Wales. That particular project used software from the U.S.-based vendor Mavenir...

How are operators approaching standalone 5G?

T-Mobile In Early August, T-Mobile claimed a world’s first with the launch of a nationwide standalone 5G network that uses its 600 MHz spectrum. T-Mo initially launched its 600 MHz 5G network last year and reached nationwide coverage--200 million people covered--using the non-standalone architecture. With...

Vodafone UK turns on OpenRAN 4G site with support from Mavenir

The OpenRAN 4G site will extend mobile services to rural communities Vodafone UK has switched on an OpenRAN 4G site around the Royal Welsh Showground in Powys, Wales with support from Mavenir. The plan is to use OpenRAN to more cost-effectively extend 4G services to...

How are operators approaching standalone 5G?

T-Mobile's 600 MHz standalone 5G network In Early August, T-Mobile claimed a world’s first with the launch of a nationwide standalone 5G network that uses its 600 MHz spectrum. T-Mo initially launched its 600 MHz 5G network last year and reached nationwide coverage--200 million people...

OPPO supplied devices, network slicing to UK SA 5G network

OPPO worked with Ericsson, MediaTek and Qualcomm on Vodafone's SA 5G network A few days ago, Vodafone UK switched-on what it claimed was the first live standalone (SA) 5G deployment in the country with a number of partners including Ericsson, MediaTek, OPPO and Qualcomm. Today,...

Vodafone CEO: 5G conspiracy theorists have ‘swallowed a dangerous lie’

More than 40 masts have been attacked in the U.K. as a result of 5G conspiracy theories A new hospital in Birmingham, England is one of the latest victims of the growing — and false — belief that 5G is somehow causing or spreading the...

O2 UK launches LTE-M network on 50 cell sites, more to follow

As IoT devices and applications continues to rise, O2 is confident that LTE-M will continue to support that increase Telefonica’s O2 UK has launched its 4G-based LTE-M networks of 50 of its cell sites, claiming to be the first in the UK to do so....

GSA reports 100 announced 5G devices

Global 5G rollouts show no sign of abating, says GSA president Last week, the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA)’s August 2019 5G Ecosystem Report confirmed that the number of announced 5G devices has passed a major industry milestone, with 100 5G devices now announced globally. The GSA also revealed that 56 operators in...

O2 sets October launch for 5G in the UK

  U.K. operator O2, owned by Spanish telecommunications group Telefonica, has announced plans to launch 5G in the country in October. The telco said it aims to cover a total of 20 town and cities with 5G technology this year and a total of 50 by...

It’s official: 5G New Radio standard is ratified by 3GPP

In a milestone that ushers in the next generation of wireless technology, the Third Generation Partnership Project has officially ratified the first release of the 5G New Radio standard. The non-standalone 5G NR specification, or NSA 5G NR, will rely on an operator having an...

Vodafone UK hit by cyberattck

Vodafone UK claims attack gained limited customer data from 1,827 customers Vodafone Group reported its United Kingdom operations late last week were hit by a cyberattack that gained access to account information of 1,827 customers, including names, telephone numbers, bank short codes and the last...

Global Telecom: SK Telecom faces probe over subsidies

SK Telecom under investigation The Korea Communications Commission said it will probe an alleged illegal subsidy case centering on SK Telecom. The carrier is accused of using illegal subsidies to lure customers away from other operators. The probe comes after South Korean carrier, KT, submitted documents...

Global telecom: Vodafone customers don’t know what 4G is

Vodafone UK boss says customers don't know what 4G is Vodafone UK may come in second to EE when it comes to 4G network speeds, but according to CEO Jeroen Hoencamp, speed isn't everything. “Our 4G entertainment packs are massively successful for the simple reason that...

Global Telecom: Telefónica telco cloud expanded with Equinix

Telefónica telco cloud expands with Equinix Cloud Exchange Telefónica telco cloud has expanded through a partnership with Equinix to connect multiple cloud service providers through the Equinix Cloud Exchange. The partnership is designed to allow direct access to multiple cloud networks across Europe, Asia and North America. Telefónica said the partnership...

Phones 4U job losses stand at 2,400; retailer, carriers to absorb more than 2,000 employees

U.K.-based retailer Phones 4U continued its slow demise this week, with published reports indicating that more than 2,400 employees were set to lose their jobs with the closing of 362 retail locations. The job losses are to include nearly 1,700 employees immediately, with another...

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