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5G Launch

Bell launches 5G wireless network in many areas of Canada including Montreal, Greater Toronto Area, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver:

Bell launches Canada’s largest 5G wireless network

  • Initial 5G service now in Montréal, GTA, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver
  • Enhanced mobile data speeds on the largest selection of 5G smartphones available
  • Research partnership with Western University supports Canada’s 5G innovation ecosystem

MONTRÉAL, June 11, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ – Bell today announced the launch of Canada’s largest 5G wireless network, offering unprecedented mobile data speeds and Canada’s broadest selection of 5G-capable smartphones.

Now available in Montréal, the Greater Toronto Area, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, Bell’s initial 5G service will expand to more centres across the country as the next-generation wireless technology grows in speed and capacity, enabling unprecedented connectivity and an infinite range of new consumer and business mobile applications in coming years. To accelerate 5G innovation in Canada, Bell has also partnered with Western University to create an advanced 5G research centre, including the deployment of a campus-wide 5G network.

“Bell has built the country’s best networks since 1880 with a goal to advance how Canadians connect with each other and the world, and we’re proud to take the next step forward with the country’s largest 5G network,” said Mirko Bibic, President and CEO of BCE and Bell Canada. “As the world rapidly embraces the Fifth Generation of wireless, Bell is ready to ensure Canada remains at the forefront of 5G innovation and accessibility. The COVID-19 crisis has clearly underscored the critical importance of high-quality networks to keeping consumers, businesses and governments connected and informed, and Bell remains committed to building the best as we take wireless into the next generation.”

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6G. Why?

As 6G research is ramping up around the World, we operators need to think about the benefits we want 2030s networks to provide to the society. We also need to think how to involve our consumers and business customers in this effort, in order to deliver technology that is fully relevant to their needs. NGMN will leverage its solid worldwide operators organization and the return of experience from delivering the basis for 5G vision, requirements and technologies, in order to contribute in shaping future networks for the benefits of the society..
Emmanuel Lugagne Delpon, Chairman of the Board, NGMN Alliance



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Nicolas Demassieux, head of Orange Research, at the upcoming virtual EuCNC conference ( June 16-17 2020

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First Public 5G Network in Sweden

Tele2 launched its first public 5G network in Sweden on 24th May 2020. From June 2020 and onwards, Tele2’s customers are able to enjoy the next generation mobile network with speeds surpassing 1 Gbit/s in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö. That is up to four times faster than today’s 4G network.

5G technology is crucial to cater for the increasing demand for connectivity. 5G enables faster data consumption, but, perhaps more importantly, it also enables a much higher number of connected devices. Not only will Tele2 continously increase the number of antennas that provide connectivity, but each 5G antenna is also able to handle a much higher number of connected devices.

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Orange on Corporate Social Responsibility

On 19th May 2020 the NGMN Board member Orange ensured in its shareholder meeting sustainable growth by making social, societal and environmental issues a priority.The company highlighted five Corporate Social Responsibility actions, whoch are founded on 5 commitments:

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ATIS Promoting U.S. Leadership on the Path to 6G

On 19th May 2020 ATIS, the North American Alliance for Telecoms Industry Solutions,  published a “Call to Action” from the leading companies in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry to join with the US government in a shared commitment that will put the United States at the forefront of technology leadership for the next decade.
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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

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.”