OPPO completes first 5G internet access on a mobile device

OPPO has successfully completed the first 5G Internet access on a mobile device, with the Shenzhen-based handset maker casting the move as another key step forward, laying the foundations for the commercial launch of 5G smartphones by next year.

OPPO said it had committed to be one of the key contributors to the 5G standard, as part of its push to become the first brand to release a commercial 5G smartphone.

“This latest test by the OPPO Research Institute is a significant milestone in helping the company achieve its goal,” said the firm. “The 5G internet connection was carried out on a pre-commercially available 5G smartphone, developed on the basis of an OPPO R15. It was customised with fully integrated 5G components, including a System board, RF, RFFE and antenna.”

OPPO Australia MD Michael Tran said the 5G technology has been discussed among consumers for years. “This the first step in making 5G a reality and we’re excited about the opportunities this will provide our customers.”

“5G will be the next generation of mobile internet connectivity, it will transform the way Australians interact with their mobile devices, with faster speeds and more reliable connections,” Tran added. “Not only will this enable a better mobile experience but it will also open up a raft of new services, particularly in regards to augmented and virtual reality, that will change the game in terms of mobile technology.”

Fujitsu, Ericsson forge Japan-focused 5G partnership

Fujitsu  and Ericsson have entered an agreement to deliver end-to-end 5G network offerings and related services under a strategic partnership that will focus initially on the Japanese market.

The companies are joining forces to develop this based on their combined portfolios – spanning radio access and core network – for the dynamic 5G market in Japan, connecting communications service providers to the global 5G ecosystem.

They will aim to initially provide systems and solutions for the Japanese market, and seek to further expand their collaboration to other customers globally.

Fujitsu said in the 5G era, mobile CSPs anticipate the ability to provide highly scalable, and intelligent services through open and globally standardised technology for core and radio access network for more efficient network operations.

“As a leading network technology provider, Fujitsu is making concerted efforts to support open standards activities driven by major telecommunications providers and aims to achieve broad interoperability for its radio access products in global markets,” it said.

Ericsson, for its part, has worked closely with mobile operators around the world in the development of 5G, through standardization, trials, and prototyping.

“Through this partnership with Ericsson, we will provide flexible 5G network systems that are open and standard compliant, and will leverage our expertise in wireless technologies and network integration to a wide range of customers in and outside of Japan,” said Tango Matsumoto, Executive VP, Head of Network Business Group at Fujitsu.

“From mobile broadband, expected to be the first widespread use case of 5G, to the Internet of Things (IoT) and beyond, this partnership holds out the promise of exciting new business opportunities,” he said.

NEC, Samsung unveil 5G partnership

NEC  and Samsung have announced a partnership of joint effort to bolster their next generation business portfolio including 5G.

The partnership will seek to bring together the best-in-class technology and expertise in 5G, merging the firms’ 5G and IT services.

“It also provides mobile carriers with flexible 5G solutions that are localized for each region with customized services to meet mobile carriers’ demands efficiently,” NEC said.

“5G development based on standardization will help to accelerate business transformation throughout global markets.” said Atsuo Kawamura, executive vice president and president of the Network Services Business Unit at NEC. “As 5G commercialization is just around the corner, we are confident that the partnership with Samsung will continue to solidify our stance as a 5G leader.”

Samsung has commercialized 5G services across the US and has been selected by a major Korean operator as its 5G vendor. “5G will unlock the potentials, create new values and push the limits of today’s technology,” said Youngky Kim, president and head of Networks Business at Samsung Electronics.

Orange Spain, Huawei unveil joint 5G-oriented antenna suite

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By David Morelo, Europe Correspondent

Orange Spain and Huawei have released their jointly developed 5G-oriented antenna products, which the firms said will soon provide 5G-oriented evolution capabilities for the Spanish division of the operator. 

Launched during

the 7th Global Antenna Technology & Industry Forum in Madrid, the antenna products were designed for the 1+1 SBS (passive and Massive MIMO antennas deployed on two poles) and 1+1=1 (integrated deployment on a single pole) deployment scenarios.

“They include the industrys first 9-frequency 18-port antenna released by Huawei, which is used as the passive antenna and supports 4T4R on sub-3 GHz bands,” added Orange Spain. “A Massive MIMO antenna is used for deployment in the C-band.”

According to Huawei, one passive antenna is required to incorporate functions of all antennas on the live network in the 5G era.

The company believes that its 1+1 antenna modernization concept, first announced in February in the runup to MWC 2018, will meet the diverse needs of different telecom carriers as they evolve their networks and quickly build out for 5G.

“This helps operators overcome 5G network deployment difficulties and facilitates their business success,” said Zhang Jiayi, president of Huawei Antenna Business Unit.

Optus introduces Tathra to dedicated mobile reception

Optus has switched on a new mobile tower in the New South Wales town of Tathra, providing residents and visitors with dedicated 4G mobile coverage.

The new equipment, co-located on an NBN Co tower on Thomson Drive, will play a key role in delivering a competitive telecommunications alternative to local residents and businesses for the first time, said the Singtel-owned firm.

“It’s important Optus customers in regional and rural Australia have access to reliable mobile reception. The devastating bush fires earlier this year have highlighted the importance of mobile coverage in regional Australia and we are confident that this new Optus site will play a key role in further supporting services in the area,” said Karin Wilcox, Optus’ Regional Manager for the Riverina.

In addition to this new site in Tathra, Optus has recently switched on a further two new sites at Central Tilba and Broulee.

Two additional sites are also due for completion later this year in Candelo Town and Moruya Central.

“This new tower in Tathra, combined with our continued investment across the Sapphire Coast plays a key role in improving network coverage and customer experience for residents, small businesses and the thousands of holidaymakers who visit the region each year,” added Ms Wilcox.

The Optus mobile network handles over 31 million calls and 80 million SMS messages each day and carries 16,128 terabytes of data each week. Optus is continuing to expand and strengthen its network to deliver improved data and voice services across metropolitan, regional and remote locations nationally.

Optus continues to invest in its network to improve coverage, reliability and speed across its Australian mobile network. The Optus mobile network possess a unique mix of technology partners, global alliances and expansive spectrum holdings that position it as a leader in the Australian 5G telecoms landscape.

Optus’ multiyear 5G network build includes upgrading and adding new mobile sites to its award-winning network while densifying the network with innovative small cell solutions to increase capacity and speed.

T-Mobile Poland marks 6,000th base station with carrier aggregation

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By David Morelo, Europe Correspondent

T-Mobile Poland has expanded its array of base stations with support for carrier aggregation, in a bid to dramatically increase the capacity of its LTE network.

The mobile operator first launched base stations with carrier aggregation – a technology that allows two or more carriers into a single data channel –  in February 2016, eventually launching some 600 of them throughout that year.

In Q1 2017, T-Mobile Poland implemented the technology in 400 additional base stations.

“It took us twelve years to build our nationwide GSM network, eight years to build our UMTS network, and only 3 years to build our LTE network,” said T-Mobile Poland External Communications unit manager Konrad Mróz.

Currently, T-Mobile Poland has around 3,000 base stations that apply two-carrier aggregation for download speeds of up to 220 Mbps.

Nearly 800 base stations apply four-carrier aggregation (800 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, and 2600 MHz) for download speeds reaching up to 590 Mbps. According to the operator, its base stations with the highest speeds are located in Warsaw, Poznan, Katowice, Krakow, Tricity, and Wroclaw.

Small Cell Forum welcomes FCC decision to lower barriers to 5G rollouts

Small Cell Forum, the telecoms organization driving network densification on a global scale has hailed a decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to prevent city and town governments from charging mobile carriers up to  US$2 billion worth of fees in relation to the deployment of wireless equipment, including small cells.

“The announcement represents a huge step forward to removing bureaucratic barriers standing in the way of bringing the benefits of small cells to consumers all over the US, delivering better cellular coverage today and helping speed future 5G deployments,” said SCF.

Currently, small cells deployments are treated the same as large microcell towers, and are therefore subject to federal processes. Network operators and their agents are required to comply with extensive bureaucratic constraints when designing, building and deploying small cells. This, SCF added, represents significant municipal fees and delays in the development of the dense networks required to meet the growing demand for mobile data and to lay the foundations for 5G.

“SCF actively works to mitigate the challenges around small cell siting, with progress in the US having been achieved by building industry consensus around siting requirements in terms of size, power and backhaul, as well as a streamlined approval process. These have acted as benchmarks to facilitate discussions with municipalities and regulators such as the FCC,” said SCF Chair David Orloff.

“We welcome the Commission’s announcement, recognising the role of small cells in taking our mobile networks towards 5G, and will continue our efforts in the United States and other markets to drive the industry forward.”