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Vodafone unveils ‘next phase’ of 5G

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Vodafone has taken the wraps off its next generation 5G networks in what it says is a major step forward for the company.

The operator revealed the so-called ‘next phase’ of its 5G technology, which it says can provide faster and more reliable connections for users across the UK.

The new network, built for Coventry University, uses what Vodafone calls ‘standalone’ 5G technology, marking the first time that connections are entirely from the next-generation networks, rather than the current mix of 4G and 5G connections. read more

Weekly Wrap: Verizon Teases Forthcoming DSS Launch for Nationwide 5G_

Weekly Wrap: Verizon Teases Forthcoming DSS Launch for Nationwide 5G

Verizon reinforced its plans to have a nationwide 5G footprint by the end of the year and it will rely heavily on a new spectrum sharing technology to hit that goal.

The carrier said its 5G rollout plan remained on track despite ongoing challenges tied to the COVID-19 pandemic.

That plan will see Verizon use dynamic spectrum sharing technology to allow it to share spectrum resources across its 4G LTE and 5G network.

The DSS technology allows for a demand-generated and automated sharing of spectrum across the two networks. read more

Nokia selected by TOYOTA Production Engineering for 5G private wireless network

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Espoo, Finland – Nokia, working with local systems integrator NS Solutions (NSSOL), has been selected by TOYOTA Production Engineering Corporation (TPEC) to deploy an industrial-grade private wireless network at its manufacturing design center in Fukuoka, Japan.

TPEC uses leading-edge digital engineering technology, hardware and software to introduce new tools and processes to drive world-class vehicle manufacture. Following this contract award, TPEC will assess the use of LTE/4.9G and 5G private wireless networking across its manufacturing sites, with the aim of designing innovative production processes. read more

Huawei loses out to Nokia, Ericsson in building Singapore’s main 5G networks

Huawei loses out to Nokia, Ericsson in building Singapore's main ...

Chinese telecommunications equipment giant Huawei lost out to Nokia and Ericsson in building Singapore’s main 5G networks, but may be involved in the broader ecosystem at a reduced capacity.

Local telcos were given the final approval on Wednesday by the country’s regulator, Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), to start building the two nationwide networks. They were provisionally selected in April and had to complete the regulatory process.

5G refers to the fifth generation of high-speed mobile internet that aims to provide faster data speeds and more bandwidth to carry growing levels of web traffic. read more

Global 5G connections reach 63.6 million, continued ‘strong uptake’ expected

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As global 5G connections grow, new network capabilities are being added, says 5G Americas President

5G Americas released a global 5G progress report that indicates strong deployment progress, despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic volatility. 5G Americas has revealed that, according to data from Omdia, there are now over 63.6 million global 5G connections as of Q1 2020, which represents 308.66% growth over Q4 2019.

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Verizon trials Pivotal’s 5G network repeaters in Michigan

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Verizon today said it’s trialing Pivotal Commware’s 5G repeaters in Dearborn, Michigan. Pivotal, a Verizon Ventures portfolio company, strategically places its intelligent repeaters to boost Verizon’s 5G signal on mmWave spectrum.

“As we’ve known since our very early trials, high band spectrum provides more limited coverage from macro cells,” said Kevin Smith, VP of network planning for Verizon, in a statement. “Introducing repeaters like the ones we are trialing from Pivotal will help us expand the footprint of our new 5G Ultra Wide Band network and provide another tool in the toolbox for robust network design.” read more

Nokia Unveils Software to Help Operators Expand 5G Footprint

Nokia Unveils Software to Help Operators Expand 5G Footprint

Nokia Corporation NOK yesterday unveiled its cloud-native Digital Operations Center software, marking its first network slice management product. The new solution is aimed at boosting communication service providers’ revenue-generating capabilities with a platform that optimally manages 5G slice-based services. It is expected to be available by the end of 2020.

The company’s Digital Operations Center provides an automated process to deploy and operate network slices across multi-vendor, multi-domain and multi-technology environments. It is built in a modular form that includes the Nokia Orchestration Center and Nokia Assurance Center. Nokia’s solution enables operators to deliver network slices through closed-loop automation. Also, it helps operators adhere to Service Level Agreements as they expand into vertical industries. read more

Nokia conducts 5G NR trials in C-band spectrum in US

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drive tests, which achieved stable peak throughput speeds of over 1 Gbps, confirmed that Nokia’s solution is ready for commercial deployment ahead of the U.S. C-band spectrum auction in December.

The C-band, between 3.4 GHz and 4.2 GHz, is a crucial resource for mobile operators such as AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile US to offer the best mix of 5G network capacity and coverage to subscribers across the United States.

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Deutsche Telekom’s 5G network covers 16 million people in Germany

Deutsche Telekom touted its 5G network in Germany this week, covering 16 million people with a boost from additional spectrum and dynamic spectrum sharing technology.

DT said it already has 12,000 5G antennas live, with 40,000 expected on air by the end of 2020. 5G services are available in more than 1,000 towns and DT is tracking to reach 50% of Germany’s population, or 40 million people by mid-July. That’s an acceleration from the earlier target of the end of 2020.

“This is the largest 5G initiative in Germany. We are bringing 5G to urban and rural areas for half of the German population. And we are now reaching this milestone earlier than planned,” said Telekom Deutschland CEO Dirk Wössner in a statement. “Despite the Corona crisis, we have expanded 5G without detours. Our networks have worked reliably. read more

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