Category: Industry Updates

TIM

TIM’s 5G overcame the 2 Gbps speed, a new European record achieved on the mmWave live network

TIM confirms its leadership in 5G innovation and in the development of next-generation networks and services by successfully completing the first connection in Europe able to permanently overcome the 2 Gbps speed on a 5G live commercial network with 26 Gigahertz (GHz) millimeter-wave (mmWave) frequencies acquired through MiSE’s 5G bid.

TIM has achieved this key record together with Ericsson and Qualcomm, two NGMN partners, and this represents an additional milestone regarding millimeter-wave to those already achieved in Turin in 2017 through the first 5G connection in Italy and in Rome in 2018, with the first 5G videocall in Europe.

This result marks a significant milestone toward 5G evolution, kicking-off the use of 200 MegaHertz (MHz), acquired through MiSE’s bid on 26 GHz spectrum, in addition to further 200 MHz available thanks to the bid’s Club Use[1], for a total amount of 400 MHz. The performances achieved will improve significantly during 2020, as the network will be able to use up to 800 MHz and afterwards up to 1.000 MHz.

Being able to achieve Gbps speeds and provide with high network capacity thanks to the wide bandwidth available, 26 GHz mmWave frequencies fit the further development of 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) services both in the areas not yet covered by fixed ultrabroadband and the creation of “dedicated” 5G indoor coverage. Furthermore these features enable new Industry 4.0 scenarios based on services with exceptional high speed, extremely low latency and the highest security and reliability levels.

TIM achieved the significant milestone grounded on a standard 3GPP Non-Stand Alone (NSA) solution able to let devices and network components from different providers interacting and to aggregate TIM’s 4G and 5G network, already implemented in 3.7 GHz spectrum.

Michele Gamberini, TIM’s Chief Technology and Information Officer commented: “TIM has been pioneer in the millimeter-wave spectrum innovation and with this new European 5G record the company confirms its technological leadership, thanks to its strive toward innovation and a cutting-edge network infrastructure, able to enable the entire country’s digital transformation. This milestone paves the way to the development of new 5G solutions to grant fixed ultrabroadband to families, companies and public authorities not yet covered. This also includes coverage dedicated to the development of robotics and automation digital services in the smart manufacturing area. All of our customers will therefore be able to take advantage of a wide range of integrated solutions that will allow them to fully enter the Digital Society.

Emanuele Iannetti, Country Manager at Ericsson Italy, says “5G will be the main innovation platform of the next decade and it will allow Italy to be increasingly competitive and attractive in the global scenario. We are extremely pleased that TIM has chosen Ericsson’s 5G technology to achieve this important milestone, placing our country at the forefront of the commercial implementation of the fifth generation of mobile networks. Ericsson thus confirms its technological leadership and its readiness to anticipate any market demands.

“Qualcomm Technologies congratulates TIM on this significant milestone which again demonstrates the potential of 5G mmWave technology and shows how operators are able to use a wide range of spectrum bands to deploy 5G. 2020 will see a significant expansion in 5G coverage and the use of mmWave bands will play a clear role in the build-out”, said Enrico Salvatori, president, Qualcomm EMEA.

[1] 26GHz Club Use means the possibility – exclusive for 5G millimetre-wave spectrum assignees – to use the full 1 GHz band if not used by other assignees

Vecta Labs

Vecta Joins NGMN

Vecta, a trusted independent Test Services company is delighted to announce that it has joined the NGMN Alliance.

Vecta’s services focus on enabling better performing networks, through test and measurement.  It equips Carriers and vendors with hard, reliable data (knowledge) that allows a proactive approach to negating substandard components entering service, or if installed, through onsite remediation.

Greg Delforce, Vecta’s Director of Technology commented “Vecta set out to deal with the TCO (total cost of ownership) problem, where substandard equipment was degrading cell performance and more generally, the value generated from these networks.  We continue to forge great relationships with carriers, radio access vendors, universities and independent technology developers to introduce best-practice solutions with impressive test capabilities.  Participating within the NGMN Alliance alongside other industry champions is a very logical connection for us, taking us towards new measurement tools that contribute to the level of network operation expected in this modern network era.

Peter Meissner, CEO of NGMN said “We are delighted to welcome Vecta as a member of NGMN as we continue to establish and drive fundamental and forward-looking requirements for network operations. Vecta’s work developing innovative test solutions and its commitment towards ensuring the best, reliable network performance in increasingly demanding 5G networks is critical. We look forward to collaborating together and making progress at a rapidly evolving time of network development.”

World 5G Convention 2019

Industry-leading Operators Released Joint Statement on 5G Promotion in Global 5G Operator Forum

Today, the Global 5G Operator Forum, one of the series of major events in the World 5G Convention, was successfully held in Beijing.

As one of the most splendid events this year, the World 5G Convention was successfully held from November 20 to 22 in Beijing, jointly hosted by Beijing Municipal Government, National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Science and Technology, and Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. With the theme of “5G changes the world, 5G creates the future ” and being “international, high-end, professional”, the event has invited the top-profile figures in the ICT industry, including scientists, entrepreneurs, and government leaders across the world, to deliver speeches and high-end dialogues regarding the technological frontier, industrial trends, and innovative applications enabled by 5G.

Dubbed as CTO Forum, the Global 5G Operator Forum is one of the featured forums in World 5G Convention. Co-organized by the O-RAN Alliance, Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) and the Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI), the Forum is composed of keynote speeches of 11 CTOs or executives representing 11 world-leading operators, including China Mobile, Telefonica, Deutsche Telecom, NTT DOCOMO, China Telecom, China Unicom, Bharti Airtel, Singtel, Korea Telecom, KDDI, and China Broadcasting Network Corporation. With the theme of “Enhancing Ecosystem towards ICDT Convergence for 5G and Beyond”, the speakers shared their latest and comprehensive progress, experience, challenges, solutions, business model for vertical industry, as well as vision and roadmap for 5G and beyond. At the closing of the forum, the speakers released a Joint Statement on 5G promotion together, demonstrating their dedication of collaboration to lead the industry towards a Green, Soft, Open and Smart 5G era. The detailed joint statements are:

  • To collaborate in building an open 5G ecosystem, with open architecture and interfaces, open source software and open reference design hardware to facilitate the E2E cost effectiveness and accelerate the maturity of both SA and NSA with global roaming to fulfill the true potential of 5G.
  • To accelerate embedding network intelligence, by leveraging big data and ML/AI, to enhance the network operation, management and real-time performance.
  • To construct a comprehensive Green framework, from material and device, equipment function and HW platform, to network architecture and multi-network operation technologies to guarantee the industry sustainability.
  • To further exploit cloud, virtualization and container technologies to improve E2E network Softwarization and realize Network as a Service (NaaS).
  • To share experience and the best practice of business model and E2E solutions for of vertical industries for a commercially successful 5G era.

“I am very happy to see such heavy-weight event held in China, with the representation from so many industry-leading companies,” Said Dr. Zhengmao Li, the EVP and CTO of China Mobile, and the chair of the CTO Forum, “5G is deemed to transform the society that humanity thrive in. As the world-largest operator, it is our unshakable mandate to build a most cost effective and enabling 5G network infrastructure and services. China Mobile is fully committed to work with our partners and all members of our ecosystem for a sustainable and prosperous future together.”

“With 5G we are building society infrastructures. Building the right architecture: multi domain, multi vendor and regionalized CORE SA, with a clear proposal in Edge Computing and Open Source implementation, are keys for guarantee the availability.” Said Mr. Enrique, the GCTIO of Telefonica, and the co-chair of the CTO Forum, “Orchestration and Integration, combined with AI tools will be key for the maturity and velocity, necessary for the new industry and society services demands.”

Randeep Sekhon, Chief Technology Officer, Bharti Airtel said “Indian market is continues to see huge growth in mobile broadband adoption and volume. We are continuously expanding our 4G footprint, digitizing our operations and making future ready networks for 5G to provide superior data experience to our customers. 5G, IOT & AI/ML would help in realizing government’s vision of Digital India. We encourage an open ecosystem with collaboration between the operators and application players to build smart future ready networks and customer centric services.”

“5G has been growing very rapidly in Korea since the commercial launch last April. Global 5G Operator Forum is a great opportunity to share KT’s experiences of 5G network deployment and operation and to understand other global operators’ plans for 5G.” Said Mr. Lee, the SVP of Korea Telecom, “Moving forward, I believe that open, intelligent, software-based network solutions will be more and more important to develop business models and technologies for 5G B2B market as well as vertical industries, and KT hopes to collaborate closely with global operators for such solutions with this Joint Statement.”

Mark Chong, Group Chief Technology Officer, Singtel said, “With the arrival of 5G, enterprises are poised to take advantage of the enhanced capabilities for innovation to transform industries and societies. We are pleased to participate in the Global 5G Operator Forum to accelerate the advancement of the technology and 5G ecosystem.”

Huber Suhner

Faster surfing with the first small cell antennas for 5G

Deutsche Telekom is preparing its network for the introduction of 5G small cell antennas. To achieve this, it is working with NGMN partner HUBER+SUHNER, a specialist for electrical and optical connectivity. The Swiss company has developed five small cell antennas for Deutsche Telekom that support 4G and 5G frequencies. The antennas cover the frequency range from 1.7 to 4.2 GHz. Small cells are small amplifiers for the mobile communication network. They enable the targeted expansion of data throughput in locations where a large number of customers are on the move or surfing.

HUBER+SUHNER Small Cell Antenna

The new small cell antennas are initially operating in Deutsche Telekom’s 4G network. Once the 5G spectrum is available, the small cells can be upgraded to 5G in just a few simple steps. The antennas will be used for the first time in Kiel, Lüneburg, Osnabrück, Munich and Mülheim.
In the future, small cells will play an increased role in Telekom’s network. Within the area they cover, they provide a significant increase in data capacity. Currently, up to an additional 150 Mbps. The new antenna types from HUBER+SUHNER feature MIMO technology (Multiple Input Multiple Output), which enables a further increase in quality. This technology uses multiple antennas – both on the transmitter and in the receiving device – to provide higher data throughput.

“Small cell antennas are a key element of our expansion strategy. The new antennas enable us to provide targeted coverage of squares and streets. This will enable us to create more capacity in the inner cities and thus further optimise our network,” says Walter Goldenits, Head of Technology at Telekom Deutschland. “One great additional benefit of the antennas from our Swiss partner is the flexible handling: we can switch over to 5G in just a few simple steps.”

“It was a challenge to develop small cell antennas that support both 4G and 5G technology, and with a small footprint that enables them to be integrated properly into the cityscape,” says Claudia Bartholdi, Product Manager at HUBER+SUHNER.

Small cells are required to provide future 4G and 5G coverage in urban areas. In combination with traditional mast locations, small cells provide the network coverage and capacity needed to support an ever-increasing number of wireless devices.

Radiall

Radiall joins the NGMN Alliance as newest Partner

Paris, France, July 8, 2019
Radiall, an industry leader in interconnect design, development and manufacturing, is thrilled to announce that they joined the NGMN Alliance as its newest Partner.

Committed to the future of the industry, Radiall invests around 8 percent of its revenue to research and development – twice the industry standard. As part of its work in the telecommunications industry, Radiall provides the technology that will support the network shift from 4G to 5G. Radiall has introduced new equipment and standards to the redefined Radio Access Network (RAN). Radiall’s commitment to research and development looks to enhance the ongoing work of the NGMN Alliance towards next-generation networks.

“Radiall has a comprehensive range of products that provides the telecom industry with cutting-edge solutions for harsh outdoor environments. With our RF coax, RF cable assemblies and fiber optics, coupled with industry-leading electrical and mechanical performance, we enable high-speed communication for people across the globe,” said Sebastien Roy, Head of RF&I Marketing at Radiall. “As telecommunications infrastructure grows, so does Radiall. We are glad to be a part of the NGMN Alliance and join its Partners working towards the next generation of networks and technology.”

Radiall’s extensive research and product development in small cells and antennas will significantly support the current developments that NGMN is leading, such as the Base Station Antenna Requirements and Cluster Connector projects. These projects aim to help the industry increase the capacity of wireless networks, improve coverage in dense metropolitan areas and reduce cost for operators deploying networks.

“NGMN is very pleased to welcome Radiall as a member of the Alliance as we continue to focus on the ongoing efforts that are vital to the advancement of next-generation networks,” said Peter Meissner, CEO of NGMN. “Radiall’s work in facilitating the transition from 4G to 5G is very important, and we are looking forward to working together in the coming months as 5G deployments around the world continue to take shape.”

“It is this forward-planning and creative thinking of all our Partners that we advocate for the NGMN Alliance. As 5G trials and launches are in progress, industry stakeholders need to come together in order to ensure next-generation networks are successfully rolled out around the world,” said Peter Meissner. “The NGMN Alliance will undoubtedly benefit from the knowledge and expertise that Radiall can provide.”

NGMN News

China grants 5G licenses for commercial use, starting new era in telecom industry

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) on Thursday granted 5G licenses for commercial use, marking the beginning of a new era in the country’s telecommunication industry.

Please follow this link to read the full article on Xinhua Net:http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-06/06/c_138121387.htm

Avanci News

Avanci Announces New Patent License Agreements with Audi and Porsche

Porsche AG and Audi AG Become Licensees of the Avanci Marketplace, Obtaining a License to Essential Patented Technology for Present and Future Connected Cars.

Avanci announced it has signed patent license agreements with Audi and Porsche. Both companies will use Avanci’s open marketplace to obtain licenses to the patented wireless technology of many different patent owners. The licenses granted by Avanci include all 2G, 3G, and 4G essential patents owned by twenty-four different patent owners. In addition, the licenses will include all essential patents owned by other companies that join Avanci in the future.

“Our agreements with Audi and Porsche demonstrate our focus on streamlining patent licensing through the Avanci marketplace,” said Kasim Alfalahi, founder and chief executive officer of Avanci. “Ultimately, we’re focused on a better way forward, helping ensure continued investments in the Internet of Things, and providing an efficient licensing process while reducing risks and transactional costs for all involved. We are very pleased to have two market leaders such as Audi and Porsche receive the benefits that the Avanci marketplace provides and look forward to adding more patent owners and licensees to the marketplace in the future.”

Etsi

ETSI re-elects Director General Luis Jorge Romero

Sophia Antipolis During their 73rd General Assembly, 2-3 April 2019, ETSI members re-elected the current ETSI Director General Mr. Luis Jorge Romero with an overwhelming majority on the first ballot.

Luis Jorge Romero, first elected as ETSI’s Director General 8 years ago, outlined his achievements over this period. “These years provided ETSI with a valid and solid foundation. We embraced many technologies, including artificial intelligence, network virtualization or blockchain to name a few, thanks to a team who keeps updated on new technologies and trends” he said. He pointed out the governance, financial stability and new working methods of ETSI over the years and reminded members that ETSI addresses both European and global needs, is versatile and inclusive in its membership and culture.

ETSI’s Director General is elected for a five-year term of office, which may be extended by the members for a further three years.

Mr. Romero has 30 years’ experience in the telecommunications sector. Previously he has held diverse Director positions in Spain, Morocco and Mexico, predominantly with Telefónica. As Global Director for International Roaming and Standards, and Director of Innovation and Standards, he oversaw Telefónica’s participation in global standardization activities, and participated directly in the work of the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance and in the GSM Association (GSMA). Before joining ETSI, he also held the position of Director General of Innosoft and was also a partner and board member of the Madrid-based Innology Ventures.

GSMA

GSMA on European Union risking to undercut Europe’s 5G future with its Connected Car legislation

Today the European Commission made a technology choice in its Connected Car Legislation that, in the view of the GSMA, undercuts its own 5G Action Plan and jeopardises its digital competitiveness; the Commission has chosen to ignore technological innovation and choice, and instead stick with an outdated wi-fi (802.11p) technology for connected vehicles. The GSMA urges EU Member States and the European Parliament to reject the proposed rules that favour wi-fi technology to connect cars across Europe, and instead maintain flexibility to encourage the deployment of more advanced technologies, like Cellular-V2X (C-V2X) connectivity.

Click here to read the full article: https://www.gsma.com/