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4G/5G FWA Technology Forum Established: Huawei and MaxComm and other Partners Advance to New Successful Era of Wireless Home Broadband

4G/5G FWA Technology Forum Established: Huawei and MaxComm and other Partners Advance to New Successful Era of Wireless Home Broadband

 [Online conference, July 22, 2020] The 4G/5G FWA (Fixed Wireless Access) Technology Forum was successfully held, bringing together the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA); leading chipset, module, and terminal vendors; operator representatives; and analyst agencies. At the forum, Huawei and 20 industrial partners jointly announced the establishment of the 4G/5G FWA Technology Forum as a platform that convenes industrial and ecosystem partners to jointly promote the rapid development of 4G and 5G FWA technologies. Broadband access is the foundation of the digital economy. By 2019, nearly 50% of the world's population still lacked access to the Internet. This has prompted the United Nations' Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development to set 2025 Targets, focusing on "Connecting the Other Half" of the world's population to bridge the digital divide. 4G/5G FWA has been widely deployed around the world, proving to be a promising technology to ensure reliable and affordable broadband Internet access. By 2019, 4G and 5G FWA had amassed over 100 million users. This represents the significance of building a dedicated platform to facilitate in-depth technological collaboration in the FWA industry. It also supports the release of the joint declaration by Huawei and its industrial partners, including ASR, Atel, Esound, Fibocom, FROG, GOSUNCN, HAIOT, Lintron, MaxComm, MobiWire, MOBOT, Neoway, NOTION, QUECTEL, Sequans, Tigercel, Tozed Kangwei, UNISOC, and Zmtel. According to the joint declaration, the forum will serve to help: ·         Share trends in the industry, identify directions in technical development, accumulate successful experiences, and overcome business challenges. ·         Improve the 4G and 5G FWA technologies required to provide wireless broadband connection solutions with increased performance and cost-effectiveness. ·         Enhance the collaboration between FWA solution providers and mobile network operators to improve the industry's ecosystem and ensure business success. ·         Promote the success of the FWA industry to accelerate the provisioning of broadband access to anyone, anywhere, with the goal of "connecting the other half" of the world's population. In addition, the 4G/5G FWA Industry Catalogue was revealed at the forum. It collects together main references of the information about mainstream FWA vendors and their product's main functions to promote the product information sharing between vendors and operators. The participants of the forum shared their views of the FWA industry, as well as technological trends and specifications. They called for greater willingness and solidarity to continuously improve R&D efficiency and product performance while reducing costs. Alex Rock Chou, General Manager of MAXCOMM Co., Ltd. In Taiwan, said : “MaxComm has complete range of 4G LTE CPE Wireless products, including 4G Indoor/outdoor industry modem Routers and CPE Routers, Fixed Wireless Phone, Fixed Cellular Terminals, etc. to fulfill all requirements of worldwide customers’ needs. For the 5G FWA/FWT, MaxComm is adopting the new 5G technology modules to launch the state-of-the-art 5G products by the end of the year!! Zhang Yiqu, General Manager of WTTx Product Line, said in his speech: "Almost 50% of the world's population is still outside the scope of Internet coverage. This represents both enormous challenges and huge market potentials that require the entire industry to come together to develop solutions. Through the 4G/5G FWA Technology Forum, Huawei is excited to collaborate with partners to accelerate the deployment of 4G and 5G FWA and contribute to "connecting the other half" of the world's population. This will be a great achievement for the FWA industry in the new era of wireless home broadband."

Verizon, T-Mobile both rank best and worst among global 5G operators

Verizon, T-Mobile both rank best and worst among global 5G operators

by  Bevin Fletcher |  May 20, 2020 Network testing results by multiple companies have told a similar story when it comes to U.S. operators varying approaches to 5G: Verizon’s 5G using millimeter wave spectrum is super-fast, but signals can be hard to find because of the short-range distance. Meanwhile, competitor T-Mobile’s low-band 5G has great coverage helped by its far reaching 600 MHz spectrum but with less capacity speeds are more akin to 4G LTE service.   New analysis from Opensignal has now put that narrative on a global scale, comparing 5G performance of 10 operators across four countries that moved early to deploy 5G. In addition to U.S. operators including AT&T and Sprint (who is now being absorbed by T-Mobile), results look at South Korea’s LG U+, SK Telecom, and KT; Australia’s Telstra; and U.K. operators EE and Vodafone. The results? Beating out the nine other operators for fastest average 5G download speed with 506.1 Mbps: Verizon. Rounding out the bottom of the list with the slowest average 5G download speed of 47 Mbps: T-Mobile. Verizon's mmWave 5G speeds significantly outpaced carriers at home and abroad, though it’s the only one that exclusively uses high-band frequencies. Except for T-Mobile, AT&T ranked behind all other 5G operators in terms of download speeds. However, there’s the matter of availability, which as Opensignal’s Ian Fogg wrote in the analysis, “is equally important” as speed. “There is little point in having the potential to enjoy 5G, if that 5G experience is not often available,” Fogg wrote.   The operator whose users spend the most time connected to 5G with nearly 20% availability: T-Mobile. In last place for 5G availability among global operators, as you may have guessed: Verizon, with 5G availability at a mere 0.5%. Except for T-Mobile, AT&T is the only other operator on the list that used low-band 850 MHz for its 5G rollout. AT&T ranked behind all other 5G operators other than T-Mobile in terms of download speeds, with 62.7 Mbps, and in the middle of the pack at sixth for 5G availability. Notably, the results give an indication of what industry groups and U.S. operators themselves have been calling for – the need for access to more mid-band spectrum. Mid-band is often considered the sweet spot for 5G because it delivers higher capacity and speeds, but signals can travel and penetrate better than high-band mmWave. International operators in the analysis have all deployed 5G using mid-band spectrum. South Korea initially launched 5G last year around the same time as the first U.S. deployments, and the country’s three major carriers had a strong, consistent results. LG U+ and SK Telecom took either second or third while KT ranked fourth both in terms of speed and availability. 5G availability was close to that of T-Mobile for South Korea's operators: SK (15.4%), LG U+ (15.1%), KT (12.6%). Speed was well below Verizon's mmWave, but considerably faster than that of AT&T and T-Mobile: LG U+ (238.7 Mbps), SK Telecom (220.6 Mbps), KT (215 Mbps).  “South Korea continues to demonstrate not only tremendous 5G adoption, but a widely available and fast 5G experience,” wrote Fogg. U.K's Vodafone and EE clocked 122.1 Mbps and 149.8 Mbps for average 5G download speeds, just behind Telstra at 157 Mbps. The U.K. and Australia operators' 5G availability was still well above Verizon, but ranked below all others on the list: EE (6.1%), Telstra (5.9%), Vodafone (4.4%).  U.S. carriers plan to use a combination of low-, mid-, and high-band spectrum for 5G and have already invested billions for mmWave licenses at recent spectrum auctions. Progress on mid-band has been slower, though the first mid-band auction is slated for July and will offer Priority Access License (PALs) in the shared CBRS 3.5 GHz band. An auction for C-Band spectrum is planned for December. Still, in March the industry group CTIA, citing a study by Analysys Mason, said that even with action on the C-Band and 3.5 GHz band, the U.S. needs to effectively double its licensed mid-band spectrum availability to keep pace with other nations leading in 5G. Sprint was the only U.S. operator deploying mid-band spectrum so far, and those 2.5 GHz assets are being integrated into the new T-Mobile since the carriers’ merger deal closed April 1. “We expect to see the average 5G speed of new T-Mobile users rising as they benefit from the mid-band 5G spectrum which Sprint has deployed,” Opensignal said in its analysis. Updated to include additional results from non-U.S. operators. 

BT picks Ericsson for 4G, 5G core, replacing Huawei

BT picks Ericsson for 4G, 5G core, replacing Huawei

by  Linda Hardesty | Apr 15, 2020 12:17pm   BT, along with the U.K. government, has been a bit resistant to remove Huawei equipment from telecom networks. But the British government has been under a lot of pressure from the United States to cut Huawei out. As a compromise, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson decided in January that Huawei gear must be removed from the nation’s core network. Huawei can supply gear for the country’s 5G radio access networks, but it will be restricted to a 35% cap in the RAN. Today, BT said it has chosen Ericsson to deploy a cloud native, container-based, mobile packet core for 4G and 5G services. Ericsson’s dual-mode 5G Core will be deployed on BT’s Network Cloud. “Having evaluated different 5G core vendors, we have selected Ericsson as the best option on the basis of both lab performance and future roadmap,” said Howard Watson, BT’s chief technology and information officer, in a statement. “We are looking forward to working together as we build out our converged 4G and 5G core network across the UK." The 5G Core from Ericsson will also advance BT’s goal to move to a single converged IP network. And the 5G Core will help BT to create new services such as enhanced mobile broadband, network slicing, mobile edge computing and vertical industry support. In Ericsson’s announcement today, the vendor said the containerization of core network functions will enable BT to benefit from greater industry innovation in areas such as automation, orchestration, network resiliency, security and faster upgrade techniques.   There’s a general trend in the data center world to move from virtual machines to containers. And telcos are beginning to jump on this trend as well.  RELATED: Rakuten’s 5G network will be built with containers Rakuten just commercially launched its new greenfield 4G network in Japan. But the operator is already working on transitioning its network to 5G, and it plans to use containers, rather than VMs, for its network functions virtualization (NFV) infrastructure as well as part of its RAN. BT and Huawei Earlier this year, BT said it expected the removal and replacement of Huawei equipment in its networks to cost it about $658 million over five years. With today’s announcement that it’s transitioning to a new core with Ericsson, it appears BT is on track to get Huawei out of its core by the U.K. government’s deadline of January 2023. In a recent conversation with Neil McRae, BT’s managing director and chief architect, he said, “Of the telecom vendors available to BT, Ericsson and Nokia are fantastic partners. We also use Huawei, also a fantastic partner. But we feel like we need more choice and capability.”

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