5G Focus is a weekly global roundup of notable 5G trials, launches, use cases and major equipment supply contracts. It will also feature in-depth analysis of strategies, expansion plans, business models and other related initiatives.
Nokia Corp. last week announced 5G contracts with telcos in Saudi Arabia and New Zealand. The next-generation technology also made its debut in parts of New York City and Russia. Meanwhile, 5G is expected to drive edge computing, experts say.
With the rise of faster 5G mobile networks expected to ramp up demand for edge computing, we explore how this technology could become a viable alternative to the cloud for processing large amounts of data from local devices.
As 5G networks roll, carriers eye edge computing as new service: As wireless operators begin lighting up next-generation 5G networks, the combination of faster mobile broadband speeds coupled with massive modern data loads is expected to drive the emerging technology of edge computing.
Federal appeals court partially overturns FCC order on wireless: A federal appeals court partially overturned a U.S. Federal Communications Commission order imposing certain review exemptions on the installation of small cells, which are a part of the network densification necessary for 5G deployment.
CenturyLink CEO: Fiber 'beats wireless, whether that's 5G or not': CenturyLink Inc.'s fiber-based services are "more reliable" than those using competing infrastructure, including 5G wireless services, according to CEO Jeffrey Storey.
Vodafone's cell towers spinoff plans welcomed by analysts: The advent of 5G is among factors that could help Vodafone Group PLC succeed in its decision to spin off its European mobile masts with plans for a stock market flotation, analysts said.
Discovery looks to add food to its streaming service menu: Discovery Inc. President and CEO David Zaslav said the U.S. media company is having discussions with "everyone" about its plans regarding 5G, which he views as having the potential to aggregate passionate audiences globally.
T-Mobile seeks swift Sprint decision from Calif. regulators, but timing unclear: T-Mobile US Inc. recently reached an agreement on "public benefits" for its merger with Sprint Corp., including a commitment that the combined entity will ultimately provide 5G coverage for 99% of California households.
US AND CANADA
* Sprint is adding a device from Chinese smartphone-maker OnePlus Technology (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd. to its lineup of 5G devices. Sprint said it will soon provide additional information, including device specifications, pricing and launch date.
* AT&T Inc. said Aug. 6 that it has rolled out 5G in parts of New York City, the 21st city to be included in its 5G coverage.
* Telecom equipment company ZTE Corp. and China Mobile Ltd. have teamed up to deliver live streaming of the 2nd National Youth Games in China using integrated 5G-based live television solutions, according to an Aug. 9 news release. The games are touted as China's first 5G sporting event.
* China Mobile will invest 24 billion yuan in 5G infrastructure in 2019, Yicai reported Aug. 8. The plan includes building 50,000 base stations to support the 5G commercial network in over 50 cities.
* SK Telecom Co. Ltd. successfully developed a 5GX in-building solution to increase the 5G network speed twofold and distribute data traffic load in heavy traffic areas using an active antenna technology, Financial News reported Aug. 7. The company plans to apply the new solution to commercial networks in the third and fourth quarters.
* Chinese officials warned of imposing "reverse sanctions" on Indian companies operating in China if Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. is prohibited from doing business in India due to pressure from the U.S., Reuters reported, citing sources privy to the matter. India has yet to decide on inviting Huawei to participate in its 5G network trials set to take place in the next few months.
* South Korea's Ministry of Science and ICT plans to invest 19.8 billion won to support 5G-based virtual reality and augmented reality businesses, Chosun Biz reported Aug. 6.
* KT Corp. signed an agreement with U.S. publishing company Scholastic Corp. to collaborate on technology-enabled English education content for children, ZDNet Korea reported Aug. 5. The two companies plan to jointly develop educational content and services based on 5G, among other technologies.
* ZTE has begun selling its Axon 10 Pro 5G, the first 5G smartphone model in China, Xinhua reported.
* LG U+ has set up a process to improve 5G network design and quality monitoring, ZDNet Korea reported. The company developed an app for 5G service quality monitoring and a solution for antenna angle measurement.
EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA
* Swedish tech giant Ericsson and Tele2 Russia Telecom have rolled out Russia's first 5G zone in central Moscow via Tele2 Russia's commercial network. The outdoor 5G coverage is live in the Tverskaya Street area, stretching from Red Square to Sadovoe Ring.
* T-Mobile Netherlands BV expects to have a nationwide 5G network in 2020, RTL Z reported Aug. 8, citing CEO Soren Abildgaard. The telecom operator reportedly wants to activate the 5G network after the upcoming frequency auction, anticipated around year-end.
* Nokia and Zain Saudi Arabia teamed up to demonstrate a 5G advanced use case. The companies used 5G-enabled virtual reality to support remote viewing of live Hajj events at the Mashaer and Holy Mosque areas in Makkah.
* In more Nokia news, the company will also bring a commercial 5G network to New Zealand under a deal with Vodafone New Zealand Ltd. Nokia will deliver and integrate a 5G network for the telecom operator for launch in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown by late 2019.
* Telecom operator Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS teamed up with Ericsson to perform a 5G speed test in Turkey over a 5G-compatible smartphone. The speed test, which yielded maximum download speeds of 2.283 Gbps, was performed using Turkcell's network and 5G-ready SIM card on the Oppo Reno 5G smartphone.
* Italy's Ministry of Economic Development is allocating €5 million for 5G projects related to blockchain, artificial intelligence and the internet of things, Telecompaper reported Aug. 6.
* Russia's State Radio Frequency Commission has allocated spectrum in the 4.8-4.9 GHz and 27 GHz bands for ER-Telecom, which operates as Dom.ru, Telecompaper reported Aug. 5. The Russian operator will use the frequencies for 5G testing.
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