Technical standards for the next generation of wireless services aren’t even finalized, yet the US and China are already locked in a crucial race to be the first country to deploy a so-called 5G network. Or at least that's what both the US government and the wireless industry say. "The United States will not get a second chance to win the global 5G race," Meredith Attwell Baker, president and CEO of the wireless industry group CTIA, warned in April, when the group released a report concluding that the US trails China and South Korea in preparing for 5G (fifth generation) networks. If that doesn’t change, the report warns, the US economy will suffer. The report echoed a leaked National Security Council document that suggested the US government consider building a 5G network. If China dominates the telecommunications network industry, the document said, it "will win politically, economically, and militarily." Democrats are worried too. The Federal Communications Commission's … [Read more...] about Does It Matter If China Beats the US to Build a 5G Network?
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May 16, 2018 - Written By Mark Real The UK network operator EE, and its parent company BT, is considering to deploy its 5G network within the next 18 months. This was mentioned to industry analysts by the CEO of BT, Gavin Patterson, and it means that the carrier could start rolling out its 5G network by 2019, which is a year earlier than the deployment date estimated by many industry insiders. Deploying its 5G network earlier than the competition will allow EE to maintain its lead in terms of network coverage, reliability, and performance, a position that it enjoys primarily due to the earlier rollout of its 4G LTE network. The carrier’s 4G LTE network has already managed to cover 75-percent of the United Kingdom back in 2016, and it aims to cover at least 95-percent of the country’s land area by 2020.The network operator’s parent company, the BT Group, has been involved in the development of the 5G network standard and it has already partnered with … [Read more...] about UK Carrier EE May Launch Its 5G Network Next Year: BT CEO
If the “race to 5G” can be “won” by the first carrier to launch limited 5G cellular services within a country, Qatar’s Ooredoo may have earned a gold medal today. The carrier says that it has just launched 5G Supernet, “the first commercially available 5G network in the world,” and is promising live, standards-compliant 5G NR service in Qatar’s capital city Doha. Ooredoo has been aggressively moving towards deploying 5G since at least 2016, having previously completed local 5G trials, the development of early 5G base stations, and the launch of a 5G business services trial with Qatar Airways last November. This isn’t the first time the carrier has claimed a world’s first on 5G deployment; Ooredoo previously offered a pre-standards “5G speed experience” to a handful of VIP customers, before partnering with ZTE to commercialize standards-compliant 5G hardware in March. Today’s announcement includes a … [Read more...] about World’s ‘first’ commercial 5G network launches in Qatar
May 2, 2018 - Written By Mark Real The Chinese tech giant Huawei and the network operator China Unicom have recently announced a deal that will focus on the development of 5G network slicing ecosystem. As part of this agreement, the two companies will together develop network slicing equipment, which includes terminals, chips, and network infrastructure. In addition, the two firms will also work together in the application of the technology across a variety of use cases including Internet of Things (IoT), Internet of Vehicles (IoV) and even virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) games. An executive from China Unicom mentioned that the two companies target to build a 5G network slicing ecosystem either within the year or by next year.Network slicing has been described by stakeholders as an important component of the 5G cellular standard. This technology allows for multiple versions of network functions, dubbed as network slices, to run simultaneously on top of a shared … [Read more...] about Huawei & China Unicom Sign Deal For 5G Network Slicing
Faced with the prospect of developing several separate 5G networks with patchwork coverage, South Korea’s top cellular carriers have instead decided to collaborate on a single nationwide 5G infrastructure, BusinessKorea and Yonhap report. The plan is estimated to save the companies $938 million over 10 years, with the goal of enabling South Korea to “lead the fourth industrial revolution and to support the early commercialisation of 5G technology.” According to the reports, the South Korean government is coordinating the effort, which will bring mobile companies KT, LG U+, and SK Telecom together with SK Broadband to share everything from antenna mounts to manholes and conduits. Additionally, the Korea Information Society Development Institute will develop pricing models for the carriers. Historically, carriers across the world have developed their own national or regional cellular networks, though governments in certain countries have occasionally stepped … [Read more...] about South Korean carriers agree to build single 5G network, saving money and time