SK Telecom accelerates R&D to rollout 5G sooner than expected

Written on Sunday, 12 November 2017 12:14
South Korea’s SK Telecom announced the successful demonstration of essential technologies for 5G network communications in a real-world setting, accelerating its research and development efforts to roll out 5G services earlier than expected. SK Telecom announced that it used an in-building 5G relay repeater operating in both 28 GHz and 3.5 GHz spectrums in the 5G trial network at the company’s Bundang office, a result of the company’s joint development with local vendors. The in-building 5G relay repeater helps deliver…
Oscilloquartz, an ADVA Optical Networking company, announced today that T-Mobile Netherlands has deployed and fully implemented its OSA 5420 Series, enabling the nationwide rollout of TD-LTE services. The upgrade empowers T-Mobile Netherlands to meet skyrocketing levels of data demand and also equip its synchronization network in readiness for LTE Advanced Pro, eLTE and 5G. The OSA 5420 Series grandmaster clocks provide the sub-microsecond accuracy required for next-generation mobile applications as well as an unprecedented level of robustness and scalability. The…
US technology colossus Apple is reportedly renegading on a previous commitment that they made to the Irish government on the construction of $1 billion data center in rural Ireland. Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has publicly disclosed that Apple CEO Tim Cook will no longer commit to the ambitious project. However, the Taoiseach stressed that Dublin would do everything necessary in order to keep the project alive and facilitate whatever Apple needs to see the data center constructed. Apple initially disclosed…

South Africa’s MTN fights back against Turkcell claims

Written on Sunday, 12 November 2017 10:34
South Africa’s MTN filed its plea in the long-running litigation where Turkcell is claiming damages against MTN as a result of MTN having acquired a 49 percent interest in Irancell, which was awarded the second GSM License in Iran in November 2005. MTN said Turkcell's claim is “opportunistic, an abuse of the process of Court, baseless and without merit.” The company said it “will not be bullied, harassed and oppressed in this matter and have every expectation that we will…
Greece-based Intracom Telecom, a global telecommunication systems and solutions vendor, announced that jointly with MGTS, one of the largest wireline telecom operators in the CIS (Commonwealth of Dependent States), a member of Russia’s MTS Group, successfully completed the tests of Intracom Telecom’s Virtualized Wi-Fi Services Platform, thus making MGTS one of the first operators to adopt such technologies for their corporate customers. The pilot deployment was performed at MGTS’ testing center, where Intracom Telecom’s Virtualized WiFi Services Platform, harnessing the…

NTT DOCOMO and MediaTek trial 5G connectivity

Written on Thursday, 09 November 2017 11:17
Japanese telecom provider NTT DOCOMO announced that – in a joint trial conducted with MediaTek, a Taiwanese semiconductor company – it has successfully developed a chipset to increase the spectral efficiency of mobile devices by up to 2.3 times compared to existing LTE technology. The chipset combines DOCOMO's non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) radio access technology and MediaTek's multi-user interference cancellation (MUIC) technology, which is required to achieve NOMA. NOMA multiplexes signals at a base-station transmitter to leverage the increased signal…

Ericsson to transform network of Greenland’s main telco

Written on Thursday, 09 November 2017 11:05
Ericsson is undertaking a massive transformation project to modernize and manage the network of TELE-POST, the main telecommunications provider in Greenland. The deployment of Ericsson Radio System will increase the speed and capacity of mobile broadband services for subscribers and enterprises, while at the same time expand coverage for better services in remote villages. Furthermore, Ericsson Radio System will be used for Fixed Wireless Access in a number of settlements. “Our strategic goal is to improve customer experience significantly over…

Telefónica Chile to completely virtualize core network

Written on Thursday, 09 November 2017 10:25
Telefónica Chile, the country’s largest mobile network operator and internet service provider, has selected Ericsson to completely virtualize the operator’s core network. A fully virtualized core network provides faster time-to-market of innovative new products and services that capture the opportunities presented by use cases in 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT). Under the terms of the new deal, Ericsson will deploy its Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) solution, including virtual EPC, virtual IMS, virtual AAA and NFVi. This provides Telefónica…

Telefónica Chile to completely virtualize core network

Written on Thursday, 09 November 2017 10:25
Telefónica Chile, the country’s largest mobile network operator and internet service provider, has selected Ericsson to completely virtualize the operator’s core network. A fully virtualized core network provides faster time-to-market of innovative new products and services that capture the opportunities presented by use cases in 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT). Under the terms of the new deal, Ericsson will deploy its Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) solution, including virtual EPC, virtual IMS, virtual AAA and NFVi. This provides Telefónica…

Nokia launches security software for cloud-native deployments

Written on Thursday, 09 November 2017 10:19
Nokia announced its next-generation “Session Border Controller” software, offering service providers dramatically higher levels of performance and security for their cloud-native deployments. Nokia SBC acts as the gatekeeper at the edge of the network, preventing cyber-attacks, IP-bandwidth overload and unauthorized access attempts launched against communication interfaces from devices and other peer networks. The new software provides enhanced capabilities to help customers better manage and protect media and signaling streams within and across their networks, ensuring high-quality, uninterrupted delivery of voice…

Qualcomm’s Q4 results reflect ongoing dispute with Apple

Written on Thursday, 09 November 2017 09:54
Qualcomm Incorporated announced results for its fiscal fourth quarter and year ended September 24, 2017. The company reported revenues of $5.9 billion for Q4 2017 compared to $6.2 billion in Q4 2016 (5 percent drop). Qualcomm said the results were negatively impacted by its ongoing dispute with Apple. The company also highlighted a previously disclosed dispute with another licensee, who underpaid royalties to Qualcomm due in the second quarter of fiscal 2017 and did not report or pay royalties due…

SoftBank’s Sprint ends merger discussions with T-Mobile

Written on Monday, 06 November 2017 10:03
Japan-based SoftBank Group’s plans to break off negotiations toward a merger between subsidiary Sprint and T-Mobile US amid a failure to come to terms on ownership of the combined entity, dashing the Japanese technology giant's hopes of reshaping the American wireless business. SoftBank is expected to approach T-Mobile owner Deutsche Telekom as early to propose ending the talks, according to Nikkei. They had reached a broad agreement to integrate T-Mobile and Sprint, the third- and fourth-largest carriers in the US,…
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