Category: Industry Updates

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.

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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competitiveness; the Commission has chosen to ignore technological innovation and choice, and instead stick with an outdated wi-fi (802.11p) technology for connected vehicles.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.

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CEN/CENELEC Workshop Agreements published

CEN/CENELEC: “Principles and guidance for licensing Standard Essential Patents in 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT), including the Industrial Internet”:

CEN/CELELEC: “Core Principles and Approaches for Licensing of Standard Essential Patents”:

Taiwan 5G Alliance-CHT Pilot Team Signs MoU with Korea 5G Forum

NGMN partner and Board member Chunghwa Telecom said the “Taiwan 5G Alliance – CHT Pilot Team” had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with “Korea 5G Forum” to establish a strategic partnership in 5G development. The CHT Pilot Team is organized by Chunghwa Telecom under the supervision of Ministry of Economic Affairs (MoEA).

SEVP & CTO of Chunghwa Telecom and co-CEO of CHT Pilot Team, Kuo Feng LIN said, “The significance of establishing Taiwan 5G Alliance – CHT Pilot Team is to integrate the domestic energy to lead the Taiwan industry by leveraging its existing hardware manufacturing capabilities with ICT soft power to develop innovative applications as well as laying an important position for Taiwan in 5G global economy. Korea is one of the leading 5G developing countries, we are glad to establish partnership with 5G Forum and anticipate it to accelerate Taiwan’s 5G industry development be geared to international standards. ”

Chairman of Executive Committee of the 5G Forum, Dong Ku KIM said, “We appreciate Taiwan 5G Alliance – CHT Pilot Team’s efforts and contribution in promoting the 5G industry in Taiwan. It is a great honor for us to establish partnership with CHT Pilot Team. We expect it will facilitate the future cooperation between South Korea and Taiwan telecom and ICT industries via this platform and to further explore new innovative applications in vertical industries.”

In November 2018, Chunghwa Telecom obtained the 5G trial network license issued by NCC, the telecom regulator in Taiwan. The 5G trial networks will be opened to the members of CHT Pilot Team for equipment interoperability testing and innovation applications verification to assist improve industrial competitiveness in Taiwan.

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AT&T First to Make Mobile 5G Service Live in the U.S. on Dec. 21

Mobile 5G Becoming a Reality in 12 Cities with Rapid Enhancements to Follow as the Ecosystem Evolves

On Dec. 21, NGMN Partner and Board member AT&T will be offering a mobile 5G device over a commercial, standards-based mobile 5G network.

While the initial launch starts small and will be limited, as the 5G ecosystem evolves customers will see enhancements in coverage, speeds and devices.

“This is the first taste of the mobile 5G era,” said Andre Fuetsch, president, AT&T Labs and chief technology officer. “Being first, you can expect us to evolve very quickly. It’s early on the 5G journey and we’re ready to learn fast and continually iterate in the months ahead.”

The standards-based mobile 5G network will be live in parts of 12 cities: Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Fla., Louisville, Ky., Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Raleigh, N.C., San Antonio and Waco, Texas.

In the first half of 2019 AT&T plans to deploy mobile 5G in parts of these 7 additional cities: Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose, Calif.

“As the ecosystem evolves, this technology will ultimately change the way we live and conduct business,” said Mo Katibeh, chief marketing officer, AT&T Business. “We expect that our initial adopters will be innovative, growing businesses. They’re the starting point for what we think will be a technology revolution like we’ve never seen before.”

Early adopters will be able to experience mobile 5G over mmWave spectrum.

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Premiere: T-Mobile Polska launches 5G network in Warsaw

T-Mobile lays the foundation for commercial 5G expansion in Poland

Deutsche Telekom subsidiary T-Mobile Polska lays the foundation for commercial 5G expansion in Poland: T-Mobile CEO Andreas Maierhofer today inaugurated the launch of Poland’s first fully functional 5G network.

The project will start with four base stations based entirely on the future 5G standard 5G New Radio (5G NR): First, the center of the capital Warsaw will be covered, then T-Mobile will gradually expand the 5G network to other cities. Further planning will be based on licensing and frequency allocation by the Polish regulatory authorities.

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SK Telecom Opens the New 5G Era

The company launched 5G network at 00:00, December 1, 2018, in 13 cities throughout Korea The first call over the commercial 5G network was made between Bundang and Myeondong

Seoul, South Korea SK Telecom today announced that it has switched on its 5G network at 00:00, December 1, 2018.

To commemorate the launch of its commercial 5G network, SK Telecom held an event at Network Management Center located in its Bundang office building.

At the event, SK Telecom CEO Park Jung-ho said, “5G opens doors to infinite possibilities beyond our imaginations. As the ICT leader that has spearheaded the advancement of mobile communications from CDMA to LTE, SK Telecom will once again create a new future with the best 5G network.”

SK Telecom’s 5G network currently covers main areas of 13 cities and counties nationwide, including Seoul, four cities in Gyeonggi-do (Seongnam, An-san, Hwaseong, Siheung), six metropolitan cities, Seogwipo in Jeju Island, and Ullengdo and Dokdo Islands in Ulleng county.

The first call over SK Telecom’s commercial 5G network was made between CEO Park located in Bundang, Gyeonggi-do and SK Telecom Manager Park Sook-hee located in Myeongdong, Seoul. The company has also successfully completed 5G calls from Bundang to Haeundae (Busan), Dunsandong (Daejeon) and Geumnam-ro (Gwangju). Samsung’s 5G smartphone prototype was used for the calls.

Moreover, Telecom’s first 5G enterprise customer Myunghwa Industry began operating the ‘5G-AI Machine Vision’ solution today. Myunghwa is an auto parts company based in Banwol Industrial Complex, Ansan, Gyeonggi-do. The solution is applied to verify product quality. High-resolution, multi-angle photos of auto parts on the conveyor belts taken by 12 million-pixel cameras are transmitted to the cloud server over 5G network and the high-performance AI in the server instantly scans the photos to check for defects.

In addition, 5G self-driving cars began test-driving on public roads in Siheung as well as test tracks of ‘K-City,’ a large-scale test site for autonomous vehicles located in Hwaseong, Gyeongg-do. These cars were able to exchange surrounding information with the control center and traffic lights, dozens of times per second, over SK Telecom’s 5G network.

Furthermore, SK Telecom has plans to boost the 5G-AI ecosystem. Following its launch of ‘5G Global Innovation Center’ in 2015, SK Telecom plans to open ‘5G Device Test Lab’ in early this month at its Bundang office building to support small and medium-sized device manufacturers.

CEO Park stated, “While making efforts to provide the most stable and secure 5G network, SK Telecom will also focus on expanding the 5G-AI convergence ecosystem and generating social values.”

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HUBER+SUHNER joins NGMN Alliance as partner to meet the challenges of the impending 5G future

Vancouver, Canada HUBER+SUHNER, a leading manufacturer of components and systems for electrical and optical connectivity, has announced it has joined the NGMN Alliance.

CEO of NGMN, Dr Peter Meissner, said: “We are delighted to welcome HUBER+SUHNER as our new industry partner. The work they carry out is incredibly valuable and covers important parts of the 5G ecosystem. HUBER+SUHNER produces innovations that are advancing the capabilities of their customers worldwide. We are excited to jointly embark on projects which will contribute to or even extend our existing work programme and by doing so demonstrate our on-going commitment of contributing to the industry”.

Gianna Terenghi, Head of Market Unit Communication at HUBER+SUHNER, said: “We are widely involved in 5G developments, from connectivity solutions, to wavelength-division multiplexing and optical switching. It makes perfect sense to join NGMN at this time, to not only learn from and work with other organisations in the 5G eco-system collaboratively, but to also share our participation in the development and delivery of 5G and associated technology in the future. The contributions delivered by our experts to the NGMN work programme support standards development with a future-thinking outlook, while guiding the industry towards the successful deployment of 5G, benefiting end users in a range of locations, including high density urban and underserved rural areas.”

The announcement came as the NGMN Industry Conference & Exhibition opened in Vancouver, Canada. As well as the announcement of a new Board and Chairman for the Alliance, the exhibition and conference hosted the world’s top Operator CTOs, who came together to discuss the future of mobile broadband. Sponsored by Canadian operator TELUS, the conference featured more than 60 speakers across two days.

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Chunghwa Telecom Cooperates with Taiwan Industry to Participate in NGMN IC&E 2018

4K/8K Live Concert Showcases Taiwan 5G Strengths

Chunghwa Telecom with TW5G Alliance-CHT Pilot Team attended the NGMN Industry Conference & Exhibition 2018 held by NGMN in Vancouver, Canada, from November 6th to 8th. Chunghwa Telecom and its major partners from the Pilot Team, including Advantech, Jorjin, Sercomm, Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and Institute for Information Industry (III), jointly demonstrated leading-edge technologies like live 360° camera and real-time video stitching technology, Augmented-Reality/Mixed-Reality (AR/MR) Smart Glasses, Mobile Edge Computing (MEC), 4K/8K/Edge-AI High Efficiency Video Coding/Advanced Video Coding (HEVC/AVC), Macro Cell/Small Cell Heterogeneous networks and IoT Smart Platform under the theme of “4K/8K Live Concert” to showcase their comprehensive 5G capabilities in Taiwan. With these achievements, the Pilot Team successfully bridges the gap with global telecom operators to promote cooperation between Taiwan industry and global telecom operators and to accelerate the development of Taiwan’s 5G industry.

Follow this link to read the full press release issued by Chunhwa Telecom.