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Work continues on 5G, shame no one's sure what it's for yet

MWC18 5G is – surprise, surprise – dominating this year's Mobile World Congress as more emphasis is heaped on how non-telco vertical sectors can use the fledgling technology. Unlike 4G or any previous cellular generation, 5G aims to cover a wider set of use cases from the outset: not only enhanced mobile broadband, but also massive …
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5G: Mother of all pipes, or actually useful?

The 5G standardization timeline is set, demos and proofs of concept are proliferating, and claims to 5G world firsts are on the rise. Yet, many mobile operators and vendors don’t really know what future 5G networks will be needed for beyond better mobile broadband services, and they’re calling on potential industry users for …
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O2 chief techie: Light up dark fibre and unleash the small cell army

When it comes to improving mobile network coverage and increasing capacity with small cells, the UK needs more access to dark fibre and easier planning permissions. So says O2 CTO Brendan O’Reilly. Speaking to El Reg recently, O’Reilly said dark fibre was a prerequisite for small cells and heterogeneous networks (HetNets) as …
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Orange is good to go on VoLTE, Wi-Fi calling in Europe

MWC16 Interview Orange announced plans to offer voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Wi-Fi calling services in Europe this year, adding its name to the still short list of European mobile operators that offer either or both new voice services. Both VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling are available on Orange in Romania now, and the operator said it will launch the …

Come join our mobile industry 5G club. You don't even have to be a telco, says NGMN

MWC16 The Next Generation Mobile Network (NGMN) group of mobile operators wants companies from other industries to join its club and help design 5G networks. The group has even changed its membership rules to make it possible for non-mobile industry members to join and has already held discussions with multinational companies in the …

Can Qualcomm broker a peace deal between LTE and Wi-Fi in unlicensed spectrum?

MWC16 Here’s something you wouldn’t expect to see at Mobile World Congress: LTE and Wi-Fi service providers and vendors together in a room, clinking champagne glasses to celebrate a new technology that will allow the two wireless standards to use the same band of unlicensed spectrum. So it was at the MulteFire Alliance launch on …

Interception clouds Deutsche Telekom's pan-Euro network utopia

MWC16 As Deutsche Telekom ramps up its virtualized all-IP pan-European network, dubbed Pan-Net, Europe’s fragmented set of privacy and legal interception laws could thwart the operator’s plans for a delivering cross-border services, according to a senior operator executive. “Legal interception and privacy are the most critical …

Facebook sniffs at slow telcos, launches own Telecom Infrastructure Project

MWC16 Facebook is adding more telco friends as the social media giant launches another initiative, this time called the Telecom Infra Project. It is a collaborative effort to come up with new ways to design and build telecom network infrastructure. Founding members of the infrastructure club include Deutsche Telekom, EE, Globe …

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