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In delivering 5G to verticals, is a problem shared a problem solved?

Co-creation is key to cracking vertically-tailored 5G solutions; hear from AT&T, Inseego and Vodafone There's broad consensus among the telco set that the real money to made from 5G will be made by selling solutions into high-value vertical industries. But whether you're an operator, cloud...

Telecom Italia joins alliance to promote O-RAN technology

Italian operator TIM joined an initiative recently announced by European carriers Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefónica and Vodafone Group to promote Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN) technology for the implementation of next-generation mobile networks, the telco said in a release. In January, the four carriers...

Telefonica, Vodafone, Orange, DT sign Open RAN MoU

Will operator commitment to Open RAN catalyze vendor R&D? European operators Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefónica, and Vodafone are joining forces to support the rollout of Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN) in future mobile networks across Europe. The four carriers signed a memorandum of understanding...

Telefonica’s 5G infra reaches 80% of Spanish population

Spanish operator Telefonica’s 5G network already reaches 80% of the country’s population, local press reported. The operator’s goal was to provide 5G coverage to 75% of the Spanish population by the end of 2020. Telefonica currently offers 5G connectivity to approximately 1,300 towns and cities across...

UK regulator confirms bidders for upcoming 5G spectrum auction

The U.K. telecommunications regulator Ofcom officially announced the confirmed operators due to take part in the upcoming 5G spectrum auction. Ofcom said in December that BT Group's EE unit, Hutchison 3G UK, Telefonica UK and Vodafone had qualified to take part in the spectrum auction. Following...

The current state of 5G deployments in the UK

The U.K. is one of the most developed markets in Europe in terms of 5G deployments. The country’s four mobile operators have already launched 5G technologies in the U.K.’s main cities as well as in several small and medium-sized cities. EE EE, part of telecom group...

Vodafone uses DSS for 5G but Group CEO calls the tech ‘misleading’

Vodafone uses dynamic spectrum sharing in Germany and Netherlands In reporting its H1 financials today, Vodafone Group CEO Nick Read said the multi-national operator is focused on "5G built right," marketing language used for some time in the U.S. by Verizon in reference to the...

EE expands 5G to 12 new cities in the UK

  U.K. carrier EE, part of telecom group BT, announced it has switched on 5G technology in 12 new cities and towns across the country. The new areas covered by EE’s 5G network are Aberdeen, Aldershot, Barrhead, Blackpool, Castleford, Crawley, Mirfield, Oxford, Porthcawl, Shipley, Stafford and...

Vodafone launches 5G in Czech Republic cities, metro stations

Thirty-six metro stations in the Czech Republic are expected to be covered by Vodafone's 5G by February 2021 Vodafone Czech Republic took a number of steps towards 5G earlier this week with the launch of next-gen non-standalone (NSA) services within the Prague Metro transportation system,...

Intel and VMware partner on 5G vRAN, open interfaces, RIC

Goal is "to simplify the steps and reduce the integration effort" associated with open and virtualized RAN Virtualization of the radio access network is and will continue to happen in the interest of making highest and best use of the 5G New Radio feature set....

UK regulator to award additional 5G spectrum in January 2021

  U.K. regulator Ofcom announced plans to hold a 5G spectrum auction in January 2021, rejecting calls from some carriers which had suggested a direct allocation process rather than a traditional sale. In a statement, Ofcom stated the auction would cover the sale of 80 megahertz...

Vodafone urges UK government to abandon upcoming 5G auction

Facing Huawei rip-and-replace, Vodafone needs to reallocate capital U.K. telecommunications group Vodafone has called for the U.K. government to abandon an upcoming spectrum of 5G spectrum following the government decision to ban the use of Huawei gear in future networks. Vodafone U.K. CEO Nick Jeffrey said...

What’s the status of standalone 5G?

Oracle: Operator standalone motivation is growing enterprise revenue There's a school of thought around 5G that would suggest effective ROI and service monetization hinges on offering up new, differentiated applications to enterprise users. And to do that, operators need the full 5G feature set--enhanced mobile...

Sensing open RAN opportunity, Nokia steps on the gas

Nokia expects “full suite” of O-RAN interfaces available in 2021 Adding on to a recent refresh of its virtualized, cloud-based RAN solutions, Nokia today, after weeks of building up to it, made clear its position on open RAN and its role as a global, incumbent...

France will not implement total ban on Huawei’s gear for 5G: Report

  The French government will not implement a total ban on the use of equipment from Chinese vendor Huawei in the rollout of 5G networks, but it will encourage local operators not to use such equipment, French paper Les Echos reported Guillaume Poupard, the head...

Vodafone UK showcases standalone 5G network

Vodafone U.K. switched-on what it claimed was the first live standalone (SA) 5G deployment in the country, with a new network built for Coventry University, the operator said in a release. Vodafone noted it would be used to show the “true benefits of 5G” covering...

Open RAN 101–Open RAN: Why, what, how, when? (Reader Forum)

History The entire telecom industry is going through a dramatic change that can be only compared to the change that data centers went through in the 2000s, all driven by Moore’s Law. This is driving the need to move from costly, proprietary RAN solutions to...

5G could add almost $200 billion to the UK economy in 10 years: Vodafone

Manufacturing, healthcare and education poised for a 5G boost A new report commissioned by Vodafone U.K. has found that upgrading to 5G could add as much as £158 billion ($194 billion) to the national economy over the next decade. Vodafone also noted that investment in 5G...

UK reviews Huawei’s role in 5G networks following recent sanctions

The U.K. government is likely to conclude that recent  sanctions against Huawei imposed by the Trump administration will make it almost impossible for U.K. carriers to use the vendor’s technology in 5G rollouts in the country., according to local newspaper The Guardian. The new review...

Vodacom launches 5G in three South African cities

  South African carrier Vodacom has launched what it claims to be Africa’s first live 5G mobile network, the telco said in a statement. The initial 5G service is initially available in the cities of Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town, with additional cities to be reached...

Vodafone, Metaswitch conduct 5G wireless/wireline convergence tests

Vodafone: 'This trial more than justifies our faith in the value, practicality of broadband convergence' Yesterday, Metaswitch announced that its Access Gateway Function (AGF) solution has been successfully tested by Vodafone in the industry’s first implementation of the 5G Wireless Wireline Convergence (WWC) Access Gateway...

Vodafone urges London to award more 5G spectrum now due to COVID-19

U.K. carrier Vodafone has has written to the government calling for the planned auction of 5G spectrum to be dropped due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, local newspaper The Telegraph reported. The auction is expected to raise over £1 billion ($1.23 billion). The operator has written to...

UK regulator finalizes rules for upcoming 5G spectrum auction

  U.K. telecom regulator Ofcom has finalized rules for an upcoming auction of spectrum in the 700 MHz and 3.6 GHz to 3.8 GHz bands, with the aim of boosting the rollout of 5G technology across the country. The regulator said in a release that it...

Tesco Mobile launches 5G in 24 UK cities via O2’s network

  Tesco Mobile has officially launched its 5G network in 24 towns and cities across the U.K., using infrastructure from mobile operator O2. Some of the cities in which the company is already offering its 5G service includes Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool,...

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