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£160m ploughed into 5G is a fair sum. Shame the tech doesn't really exist

Going by last week's Budget, it looks like the only ones still drinking the 5G Kool-Aid are senior politicians. Perhaps they think it will make them look visionary. Insiders have told The Register that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport is more concerned with spending the money set aside for a technology that does not …
Kane Mumford, 29 Nov 2017
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So what does EE's 5G test really signal?

Brit mobile operator EE has proudly announced the success of a "breakthrough test" for 5G, but what do these tests signal for future 5G usage? BT's mobile arm, with the assistance of Huawei, recently managed an end-to-end connection with a stable speed of 2.8 Gigabits per second, and a latency below 5 milliseconds. For …
Richard Priday, 17 Nov 2017
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AT&T, Verizon agree to hop into bed and thrust new erections over US

US telco giants AT&T and Verizon are joining forces to install cellphone towers throughout America. The nation's two top mobile carriers say they will be teaming up with phone mast builders Tillman Infrastructure to put up a network of hundreds of towers around the US with the aim of using them to hold both cellular voice and …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Nov 2017
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Openreach fibre plan for 10m premises coming 'before Christmas'

Openreach chair Mike McTighe says the carrier has concluded its consultation on how to deliver fibre-to-the-premises connections across Britain by the year 2025 and will deliver its plan to do so “before Christmas”. “We will be publishing Openreach's response to that consultation before Christmas, and in that we will put out a …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Nov 2017

Qualcomm takes 5G to spooky millimetre land

It's barely six months since the industry agreed on a standard (5G NR) for exploiting millimetre wave spectrum, and now Qualcomm's silicon has achieved a 5G connection in the extreme high-frequency millimetre wave (MMW or mmWave) portion of the spectrum, between the super high frequency and the far infrared bands. MMW is …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Oct 2017

Super Cali goes ballistic, small-cell law is bogus. School IT outsourcing is also... quite atrocious

California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed a state bill that would have allowed telcos to put up loads of small-cell antennas, and thus boost phone coverage, against city officials' wishes. Brown said that the proposed law, which was written by State Senator Ben Hueso (D) and backed by the wireless industry cheerleaders at the …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Oct 2017
Pennies in a jar. Photo via Shutterstock Who wants £25m... *cheers*... to trial 5G? *crickets chirping*

The British government is looking for places to chuck £25m it has set aside for 5G trials. Under the plans, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is asking interested parties across the UK to submit proposals for match-funded grants of up to £5m. It reckons the technology will enable speeds of up to 10Gbps, …
Kat Hall, 16 Oct 2017

Intelsat and Intel reckon satellite spectrum could help with 5G's coming capacity crunch

Intelsat and Intel reckon there's a chunk of spectrum currently devoted to satellite operations that could be useful for capacity-starved mobile comms. The two (unrelated) outfits have submitted a joint proposal to the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), asking that it consider clearing some C-band …
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Ofcom head Sharon White slams 5G hold-up in spectrum auction

Head of Ofcom Sharon White has come out swinging against providers' legal challenges to its spectrum auction proposals – accusing them of derailing Britain’s “golden opportunity” to take a lead in 5G. Both Three and EE have launched separate judicial reviews against the UK comms watchdog over its forthcoming auction for the 2. …
Kat Hall, 2 Oct 2017

Who needs 5G? Qualcomm, Ericsson and Verizon hit 1Gbps with LTE gear

A group of researchers working for Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm say they have hit a record 1.07Gbps download rate with LTE hardware. The three companies say that, in a controlled Ericsson lab, the Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 chipset was able to use Verizon spectrum to access 12 simultaneous LTE streams and pull data at a gigabit …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Aug 2017
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5G is not just a radio: Welcome to the fibre-tastic new mobile world

Analysis When an executive from Nokia, of all companies, said 5G was as much about fibre as wireless, it was clear this was going to be different from previous mobile standards generations. 5G will not be driven by mobile broadband speeds as 4G was. If higher data rates and larger numbers of broadband devices are an mobile network …
Wireless Watch, 18 Jul 2017

Brit unis bunged £16m in gov cash for 5G test

The UK government has handed £16m to King's College London and the Universities of Surrey and Bristol to test 5G technology. This investment will fund a 5G end-to-end trial in early 2018. This could include a trial in which a signal is sent from a mobile device, such as a phone or in a car, to a data centre and back again. The …
Kat Hall, 7 Jul 2017

Operators and vendors agree that Europe is falling behind in 5G

Comment Ericsson and Nokia are united on one thing, and that is Europe's failure to take a lead on 5G, a view which is supported by operators too. In a joint statement, six operator and technology associations criticized European Union lawmakers for a "timid approach that will do little to improve Europe's chances of success" and …
Wireless Watch, 15 Jun 2017

Ericsson leads 5G connected car gang towards pot of EU gold

Ericsson, the one-time mobe-maker, is leading a coalition tasked by the EU with building a 5G V2X network for connected cars. The company said that its 14-strong consortium had won a place in phase two of the EU's 5G infrastructure public private partnership (5GPPP), which was set up primarily to speed up the implementation of …

Apple asks FCC to let it run mm-wave tests - for backhaul?!

Apple has filed a request with the United States Federal Communications Commission FCC to run wireless tests in spectrum bands associated with 5G. Since Cupertino will want to hold onto its place in the smartphone market once networks appear, it's hardly jaw-dropping that the 28 GHz and 39 GHz bands interest the company. …
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Mimosa spiked! Wireless kit has multiple security holes

5G wireless vendor Mimosa Wireless has patched against a bunch of remote code execution, denial-of-service and file disclosure vulnerabilities. The bugs were reported by Ian Ling on Full Disclosure, and apply to firmware used in the company's access points, client products, and backhaul systems. The products' Web interface …
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Moneybags Verizon swoops in, swipes Straight Path from AT&T with a $3.1bn pot of gold

Just one month after announcing a $1.7bn acquisition deal with AT&T, 5G spectrum holder Straight Path now says it is instead inking a $3.1bn deal with Verizon. The telco giant announced on Wednesday that it would be paying $184.00 per share in an all-stock acquisition deal. Pending shareholders' and US comms watchdog the FCC's …
Shaun Nichols, 11 May 2017

ITU's latest specs show that 5G is not just a wireless network

Analysis We can no longer see 5G as a wireless standard alone. Its heart may still be a 3GPP-defined radio, but to deliver commercial benefits to operators (old or new), wireline links will be as important as wireless ones, and architectural change will be more important than an updated air interface. Several important developments …
Wireless Watch, 27 Apr 2017

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