MediaTek joins China Mobile 5G project

TaiwanDigi Times — MediaTek has announced its participation in China Mobile’s 5G Joint Innovation Center project. MediaTek is also collaborating with Japan’s NTT DoCoMo on future 5G deployment. Earlier in 2016, the pair announced their partnership for 5G technology development and trials.

SK Telecom inks transcontinental 5G trial with Ericsson and DT

KoreaRCR Wireless — SHANGHAI- Korean operator SK Telecom announced during Mobile World Congress Shanghai it signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with German operator Deutsche Telekom and Swedish vendor Ericsson to cooperate in the development of the 5G core network.

5G will have a profound effect on the Internet of Things

APACBusiness Insider — The next generation of cellular technology, 5G, will power networks at speeds far greater than the current 4G can handle. BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service, expects 5G, when fully deployed, to increase network capacity to handle the increase in data that will be transmitted by the more than 34 billion connected devices on the planet by 2020. And 24 billion of those will be IoT devices.

Taiwan market: LG launches G5 Speed smartphone

TaiwanDigi Times — LG Electronics has launched its LG G5 Speed smartphone in the Taiwan market in cooperation with Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), priced at NT$23,900 (US$740) unlocked. The LG G5 Speed, which is almost identical to the LG G5, supports 4G LTE 900MHz, 1,800MHz and 2,600MHz using 3-carrier aggregation (3CA) technology, according to LG Taiwan.

Intel to cooperate with Foxconn on 5G technology, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — Intel, on May 31 at Computex Taipei 2016, announced an agreement with Foxconn Electronics to collaborate on developing network infrastructure technologies to make it easier for mobile telecom carriers and their solution providers to upgrade their networks and start preparation for 5G mobile communications.

Malaysia in 4G mode while others mull 5G: Ericsson

MalaysiaDigital News Asia — THERE is no escape – with the perfect storm of 5G (Fifth Generation), the Internet of Things (IoT) and the cloud, digital disruption is coming to every industry in Malaysia. Yet the country is still caught up in 4G LTE (Fourth Generation/ Long-Term Evolution) mode, lamented Todd Ashton, head of Ericsson Malaysia and Sri Lanka.

Nokia, Turk Telekom to develop 5G, IoT technologies

APACRCR Wireless — Finnish vendor Nokia and Turkish mobile telephony operator Türk Telekom have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to accelerate the development of 5G radio access network technology. Under the terms of the MoU, both firms will work together on testing 5G and Internet of Things technologies for tracking, metering, smart cities, smart home and latency-sensitive applications.

Worldwide 5G service revenues to reach US$247 billion in 2025, says ABI Research

APACDigi Times— ABI Research projects that mobile broadband operators will reap 5G revenues of US$247 billion in 2025 with North America, Asia-Pacific, and Western Europe being the top markets. Specifically, network operators, vendors, and standards bodies will finalize technical details concerning the millimeter wave by 2020, with rollout ramping up afterward.

SK Telecom completes field trial for its 5G system

KoreaZDNet — SK Telecom, South Korea’s largest mobile carrier, and Samsung successfully tested a 5G system using 28 GHz millimeter wave technologies last Thursday, bringing the country a step closer to launching super-fast data for a host of new tech, such as VR, holograms, IoT, and driverless cars.

China will get 5G in 2020, say the people who delayed China’s 4G launch

ChinaTech in Asia — China’s 4G market is growing like a weed. China Mobile, which operates the company’s biggest 4G network, expects to have 500 million 4G users by year’s end. But 4G is old – 4G LTE tech has been around since 2009. When is China getting a next generation – 5G – mobile network? According to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), 5G will be commercially available in China in 2020.

Mobility, 5G-tech will bring transition: Cisco India

IndiaDeccan Herald — Cisco India president (Engineering and Site Leader) Amit Phadnis told Deccan Herald that it is a challenge to bring on board the next three billion as the company will have to keep the speed and analytics in the back-end. “It took 25 years to bring these people to internet. But, the next three billion will come within three years.

Singtel, Ericsson to Test 5G Mid-2016

SingaporeEE Ttimes — MANILA—Singapore telco Singtel revealed last Monday that a trial run for Narrow Band Internet of Things (NB-IoT) is being carried out in the second half of 2016, as a part of its deal with Swedish communication technology company Ericsson. Their partnership, which was sealed early 2015 was made in line with the Singtel’s vision to support the rapid growth of connected devices using Singtel’s current 4G LTE network. Singtel is targeting 5G availability by 2020.

SKT to show off 20Gbps 5G tech at MWC

KoreaTelecom Asia — SK Telecom is demonstrating what it calls the world’s first functioning 5G network at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. The 5G platform can provide a 20 Gbps transmission speed over the air – which meets the performance requirement set by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for the next generation of mobile networks, SK Telecom said in a statement.

Ooredoo Promotes “Internet of Things” Solutions with New Service Launches

QatarIoT Business News — Ooredoo is promoting its success in further developing its Machine-to-Machine (M2M)and Internet of Things (IoT) portfolio for customers across its footprint at the 2016 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Demand for IoT/M2M solutions, which enable business assets to communicate directly with each other or with a central command centre, is rising strongly, as more companies look to automate day-to-day activities.

Ooredoo Promotes “Internet of Things” Solutions with New Service Launches

Australia Telstra unveils new mobile advances in Barcelona

AustraliaChina Daily — Australia’s leading telecommunications service firm Telstra announced a series of mobile advances at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona, paving the way for the launch of a 5G trial service on the Telstra mobile network at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, in partnership with Sweden’s Ericsson. The new technology signifies a breakthrough in mobile speeds and features, and isin line with the firm’s ambition to use the 2018 Commonwealth Games “as a testbed to create one of the world’s most advanced technology-enabled sporting eventsof the decade”, said Mike Wright, Telstra’s Group Managing Director Networks.

Singtel, Ericsson to test new Internet of Things technology

SingaporeChannel News Asia — SINGAPORE: Local telco giant Singtel announced on Monday (Feb 22) that it will trial Narrow Band Internet of Things (NB-IoT) technology in the second half of 2016 as part of its partnership with Sweden’s Ericsson. Their collaboration, in place since January last year, aims to test technologies to prepare Singtel’s current 4G LTE network to support the expected rapid growth of connected devices as Singapore targets 5G availability in 2020.

ZTE, China Mobile announce high-frequency 5G prototype

ChinaTelecom Asia — Hot on the heels of Nokia’s contention that “5G will happen faster than expected,” ZTE and China Mobile announced their latest 5G high-frequency prototype microwave appliance at Mobile World Congress. “The ZTE-developed prototype operates on a 15 GHz carrier with a bandwidth of 500 MB and boasts a hardware structure of a large-capacity baseband unit (BBU) and an intelligent remote radio unit (RRU),” said ZTE in a statement.

KT, DoCoMo, SKT and Verizon team up for 5G trial specs

APACTelecom Asia — Four major cellcos – KT, NTT DoCoMo, SK Telecom and Verizon – revealed plans to form a global initiative to develop 5G trial specifications that would serve as a common platform for various 5G trial activities around the world. The 5G Open Trial Specification Alliance – announced during Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona on Monday – will be focused on technical fundamentals of 5G radio interface trial activities, with the goal of “promoting a more inclusive, open, and collaborative approach to developing 5G trial networks”.

SK Telecom, Deutsche Telekom team on 5G, IoT and media platform

KoreaTelecom Asia — SK Telecom and Deutsche Telekom have forged a technology development partnership covering services, IoT and development of 5G standards. The partnership, announced Tuesday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, aims to seek new growth opportunities in Asian and European markets. Under the partnership, SK Telecom and Deutsche Telekom will work together to develop standardized technologies including SDDC (Software-Defined Data Center) and 5G enabling technologies.

SKT to show off 20Gbps 5G tech at MWC

KoreaTelecom Asia — SK Telecom is demonstrating what it calls the world’s first functioning 5G network at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. The 5G platform can provide a 20 Gbps transmission speed over the air – which meets the performance requirement set by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for the next generation of mobile networks, SK Telecom said in a statement.

5G could be done long before 2020

APACMIS Asia — 5G is coming faster than most people think, Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri says. The next generation of mobile networks will start to get defined “in real terms” by the end of this year, Suri said at a press briefing in Barcelona on Sunday, the eve of Mobile World Congress (MWC). Official estimates say the 5G standard won’t be complete until 2020. Suri thinks there’s too much demand to wait that long.

Ooredoo to demonstrate 5G and voice over LTE mobile technologies at Mobile World Congress 2016

QatarAlbawaba — Ooredoo Group will demonstrate a range of innovative solutions and services at the upcoming Mobile World Congress, set to take place in Barcelona, Spain, next week. The company will use its presence at the event to highlight the incredible progress it has made in updating and optimising networks in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia, as well the range of solutions that Ooredoo companies are delivering over these next-generation networks.

5G: A Leap Forward in Unlocking Future of the IoT, from SG

SingaporeCE Asia Mag — Singapore has already set stage for next-generation of 5G service developments, paving the way for the roll out of IoT services across the island moving forward.  Can you envision a future where connected devices outnumber the human population? Analysts predict that each household around the world could contain more than 500 connected devices by 2020. If this is our future home, then imagine what the factory of the future will look like.

5G: A Leap Forward in Unlocking Future of the IoT

Vodafone AU plans to launch 5G in 2020

AustraliaTelecom Asia — Vodafone Australia plans to launch 5G services in time for the technology’s commercialization in 2020, and plans to make laying the groundwork for the launch a key priority for the year ahead. In an interview with Fairfax Media, Vodafone Hutchison Australia CEO Inaki Berroeta said the company’s other core priorities will be improving customer satisfaction and launching tailored mobile plans.

China Mobile, Ericsson team on 5G, IoT

ChinaEricsson and China Mobile Research Institute signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on “5G” research and development as well as “Internet of Things” technology. The agreement will initially cover a five-year period with the collaboration set to include verification, trial and standardization of a new 5G air interface for commercial deployment from 2020.

Ericsson, China Mobile Team Up to Foster 5G Technology

ChinaZacks — Ericsson  recently inked a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) with China Mobile Research Institute (“CMRI”), the research wing of state-owned telecommunication company of China Mobile Limited, to foster 5G research and development. According to this agreement, the companies will work together to develop innovative 5G mobile network technologies to help revolutionize global information and communication technology.

Huawei describes ‘radical’ new vision for carrier network architecture

ChinaFierce Wireless — Speaking at the IEEE Globecom 2015 conference in San Diego, Huawei Fellow Wen Tong said the company’s innovative Application-driven Network (ADN) architecture vision puts applications at the network’s core to deliver significant application-efficiency gains for networks.

SK, Japan, China and US to drive 5G adoption

APACTelecom Asia — South Korea, Japan, China and the US are set to show the first and fastest 5G subscription uptake, according to the Ericsson Mobility Report. The report reveals that 5G mobile subscriptions are expected to hit 150 million by 2021. This will be accompanied by a significant increase in mobile video consumption, which is driving around six times higher traffic volumes per smartphone in North America and Europe (2015 to 2021).

Ericsson Signs 5G R&D Collaboration With KDDI

JapanTeleanalysis — Ericsson today announced a 5G research and development collaboration with KDDI, a leading telecommunications operator based in Tokyo, Japan. Under the agreement, the two companies will develop a joint understanding of 5G use cases, requirements and deployment scenarios, as well as evaluate performance and applicability of potential 5G key technology components. The areas of interest for the companies include radio and core technologies.

Korea, China and Japan’s telco operators partner on 5G

APACMetering — South Korean telecoms operator KT announced that its chairman Hwang Chang-kyu met the CEOs of China’s state-owned telecommunication company China Mobile and NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s operator, to discuss ways in which the three operators could promote their cooperation in the 5G sector, reports The Korea Herald. The Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement (SCFA) meeting took place in Shizuoka, Japan, and was attended by CEOs and executives of the telecoms companies.