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Intel's announced PCs packing 5G, and that's just plain wrong

Intel's breathlessly announced that Dell, HP, Lenovo and Microsoft will deploy its 5G modems in their portable PCs sometime in the second half of 2019, and that it will show off prototypes of said laptops at Mobile World Congress (MWC) next week. Which is actually pretty bad news, because laptops with built-in-modems never …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Feb 2018

Mobile network O2 UK leaps into 5G test bed with Greenwich trial

O2 UK is the latest operator to jump on the "5G test bed" bandwagon, with plans to trial the tech at the iconic former Millennium Dome in North Greenwich later this year. Installation of the network will begin in March, with demos scheduled of 5G-enabled virtual reality, augmented reality and live streaming in select areas of …
Kat Hall, 22 Feb 2018
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Winter Olympics 5G isn't real 5G, says Qualcomm, that won't land until 2019

Qualcomm has fleshed out the details of what's going to land in the hands of the 18 carriers who last week signed on for “standards-compliant” 5G trials. The company last week said the 18 carriers will soon start to field-test its Snapdragon X50 modem, and it's working hard to corner the OEM business as well, with Asus, two …
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5G won't just be fast, it'll do the ML-fuelled self-optimisation thing

There's a race to apply machine learning to networking applications (especially for 5G), and as so often happens in periods of frenzied development, there's an emerging standardisation gap the International Telecommunications Union hopes to fix. Following the January Machine Learning and 5G workshop in Geneva, the ITU has …
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EU digital commish to 5G folk: Improving mobile data-rate, guys? Really?

A European commissioner raised concerns in a private letter to mobile operators and the network infrastructure industry – seen by The Register – that the 5G project is not working out according to plan. Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel said in the letter – sent early in December last year – to the …
Kane Mumford, 8 Feb 2018
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Trump White House mulls nationalizing 5G... an idea going down like 'a balloon made out of a Ford Pinto'

A proposal by the Trump administration to effectively nationalize next-generation 5G networks in America triggered an angry reaction from the mobile industry, former government officials, and federal regulator the FCC. According to a leaked 30-page document [PDF], the White House is considering getting the federal government …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Jan 2018
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We have standards, says 3GPP as group starts to lay groundwork for 5G

The first standards for 5G have been agreed, meaning industry can press ahead with next-gen speeds. The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), the body responsible for setting the standard, unveiled the 5G New Radio Non-Standalone at a meeting in Lisbon, Portugal. The introduction of an intermediate standard on the way to …
Kat Hall, 21 Dec 2017

UK.gov needs help getting folk to splurge on full fibre and 5G

The government has opened a consultation to understand what makes investing in full fibre and 5G "attractive". Its call for evidence (PDF) follows a report from Ofcom this week, which found that the UK's poor full-fibre penetration of just 3 per cent lags behind 18 other countries bar Nigeria. The responses will inform the …
Kat Hall, 19 Dec 2017
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Can't wait for 5G? Don't then, Gigabit LTE will be around for ages

While 5G suffers the usual, protracted birth pangs, unfashionable Gigabit LTE is going to be how your mobile bits are delivered for ages. CCS Insight notes that 43 operators have either deployed Gigabit LTE already or are in trials to do so. T-Mobile says it has deployed the three key technologies needed for Gigabit LTE – 4x4 …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Nov 2017
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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
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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
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UK.gov: 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

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