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• Satellite operator Intelsat has signed a written committment to clear the C-band spectrum in preparation for US 5G, as ordered by the FCC
• SK Telecom has announced the creation of an autonomous 5G robot with OMRON Electronics to help perform contactless temperature screenings related to the coronavirus
• Research funded by the US army has reportedly developed a 5G frequency switch that is more than 50-times as energy efficient than those currently on the market today
• South Korean telco KT has began introducing 5G autonomous carts at its smartphone warehouses
• 5G disinformation is still spreading throughout the world, with Poland reporting two 5G masts torched in Lódz. Similar arson attacks are still taking place in the Uk, with reports of 5G mast set on fire in Derby over the weekend
• Telia and Tele2 have both launched commercial 5G networks in Sweden
• A1 and ZTE have announced they are testing a standalone 5G network in Belarus, the first to do so in the country
• Thai prime minister heads up newly formed National 5G Committee to boost technology development
• The UK government is reportedly drawing up plans to see Huawei phased out of the country's 5G networks in the next three years
• Romanian regulator ANCOM has announced plans to auction additional 5G spectrum in Q4 this year
• Perth's Curtin University is partnering with Optus to develop a 5G-powered 'smart campus'
• Brazil's 5G spectrum auction will be delayed as a result of the coronavirus
• Iskratel and Telekom Slovenije are testing their co-built 5G network to enable a smart factory
• Ericsson is selected by China Telecom and China Unicom for 5G RAN
• Rakuten and NEC are now testing Altiostar's O-RAN 5G massive MIMO
• Nokia claims the latest 5G speed world record, reaching 4.7 Gbps
• Rakuten Mobile is being forced to push back its 5G launch by 3 months as a result of pandemic-related delays
• Isotropic Systems has released a whitepaper outlining satellites role in a 5G future
• Nokia has been selected by Taiwan Star Telecom as their 5G network provider
• UK town of Glastonbury, famous for its eponymous music festival, has published a report on 5G that has been 'hijacked by conspiracy theorists'
• Canadian 5G is being slowed by the coronavirus pandemic, with only one operator managing to launch so far this year.
• Verizon's CEO has downplayed the company's upcoming nationwide 5G network, suggesting that it will initially offer only a small improvement
• New Zealand has scrapped its upcoming 5G auction, instead opting to allocate the spectrum directly for a cheap price. The government hopes that this will help boost investment in the industry and mitigate the coronavirus' economic impact.
• Austrian regulator RTR has announced that its postponed 5G spectrum auction will take place in the second half of August.
• The Nigerian Communications Commission has quashed rumours circulating this weekend that they a 5G switch on in Lagos was taking place at the start of this week, saying they have not authorised any operator to use 5G.
• Polsat's mobile unit Plus is the first operator to launch 5G in Poland.
• Telia Norway launches commercial 5G using Ericsson equipment
• Satellite operator Dish has scrapped its IoT network plans in favour of 5G. The company plans to purchase Sprint's Boost over the next couple of months.
• The USA and the Czech Republic have signed an agreement on 5G security, pledging strict standards for examining foreign equipment.
• Norwegian regulator Nkom has started its 5G spectrum auction, with six bidders currently recorded. The regulator has put back the payment deadline to November to help operators cope with the financial impact of the pandemic.
• The US Department of Commerce is reportedly close to finalising new rules that would allow US tech giants to work with Huawei once again to develop 5G standards. Some US companies had stopped working with Huawei to develop these standards after the Chinese company was blacklisted.
• IBM is teaming up with its Singaporean partners to test 5G use cases, focussing on AI and augmented reality for smart manufacturing.
• Africa's first mobile 5G network has gone live, courtesy of Vodacom in South Africa. The operator says nationwide coverage will soon follow.
• T-Mobile has announced achieving a range of significant milestones for standalone 5G, alongside a range of partners including Nokia, Ericsson, Cisco, and Qualcomm. The list of 'firsts' can be found here.
• Research from Omidia and BearingPoint//Beyond show that CSPs are being outpaced by enterprises when it comes to providing B2B 5G solutions.
• O2 is set to legally challenge Ofcom over the proposed rules of the upcoming 5G auction. The operator wants the regulator to defragment the nation's spectrum, rather than leaving it to the operators to work out between themselves. The legal challenge could delay the auction by up to 18 months.
• Vodafone and Metaswich claim industry's first 5G Wireless Wireline Convergence tests.
• Reading is the latest town to see the deployment of a 5G tower delayed, after a unanimous vote by the local council slowed the project citing health fears, despite a mountain of evidence showing 5G radiation to be well within safety limits.
• India's Finance Ministry have released a report suggesting that the Department of Telecommunication's recommended 5G spectrum price for the upcoming 5G auction is too high. India's telcos have been vocal about the high prices, with Bharti Airtel saying they will not bid unless prices are reduced.
• Telstra's Australian 5G network is now standalone using Ericsson equipment.
• The 5G infrastructure market is estimated to grow from $12.6 billion in 2020 and projected to reach $44.9 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 28.97%, according to ResearchAndMarkets. The projection for 2025 is 22.79% lower than compared to pre-COVID-19 estimates.
• Investment management firm Neuberger Berman is launching a new fund specifically aimed at 5G. The fund currently has $4.2bn in assets under management.
• China continues its 5G push with Xi'an positioned to build 25,000 5G base stations by 2022.
• Singapore's nationwide 5G licences go to Singtel and a joint bid from StarHub and M1, leaving Australian telco TPG without the capability for nationwide 5G deployment.
• The Swiss government's resistance to installing upgraded antennas is significantly hindering the rollout of 5G, according to Swisscom.
• Nokia have won a much needed portion of China Unicom's 5G contract, alongside Huawei and ZTE.
• The Croatian Presidency is calling on the EU Commission to adopt revised 5G and 6G Action Plan to help improve European connectivity, the limits of which have been exposed by the coronavirus pandemic.
• Watch Communications chooses Ericsson for its Evolved Packet Core, to provide 5G for their customers in the USA's Midwest.
• TeraGo's 5G fixed wireless trials begin in Toronto, Canada
• STL Partners and Total Telecom announce the release of The 5G-aliser, a benchmarking tool to assess the latest movements in the 5G space. What do you consider to be the key drivers for 5G development? Let us know via email or social media how you would move the levers of the 5G-aliser!
• The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has appointed Mark Stansfeld, co-founder and former chairman of Giffgaff, to chair the West Midlands 5G board of directors.
• Vodafone plans to launch the first 5G network in the Netherlands later today, ahead of the nation's 5G spectrum auction, by making use of its existing spectrum via Ericsson's Spectrum Sharing.
• As T-Mobile begins to integrate their 5G network with Sprint's, some Sprint customers could in fact lose their access to 5G.
• UK security experts tell MPs that delays to 5G to would be harmful to Britain and that they must 'face up' to China becoming a 5G superpower.
• When it comes to 5G patents, Huawei applied for the most in 2019, but it was Samsung who had the most granted.
• Thailand's True Corporation has selected Ericsson to provide its 5G RAN.
• Austria's telecoms regulator RTR has drafted security regulation for 5G networks, which is now open for consultation.
• Switzerland will keep its current safety standards for 5G, despite public misunderstandings about the technology's safety.
• Deutsche Telekom aims to expand its 5G coverage to 50% of the German population this year.
• Twitter has announced it will be taking a tougher stance on tweets promoting 5G conspiracy theories.
• AT&T has announced its 5G network has gone live in 90 new locations and now covers more than 120 million people.
• Newly merged T-Mobile is beginning to make the changes necessary to incorporate Sprint's 5G network with its own.
• Ericsson's quarterly results show remarkable resistance to the impact of the coronavirus, but there are concerns that 5G deployment is being significantly delayed. The company, naturally, said that "governments should encourage 5G investments as a way to restart economies".
• Vodafone Germany launches 5G in 700 MHz band.
• Despite the coronavirus having a dramatic impact on profits and overall mobile subscriptions, China Mobile reports doubling their 5G customer base in March to over 30 million.
• China Mobile is working with Huawei to bring 5G to Mount Everest. They aim to have coverage reach the summit on Saturday.
• Shenzhen, China plans to add 30,000 5G base stations this year, adding to the 15,500 they build last year.
• US operator GCI has brought 5G to Alaska for the first time.
• Verizon says it's still "on track" to deploy 5G in 30 additional cities this year despite disruption from the pandemic.
• Ofcom have released an updated 5G electromagnetic frequency report, which again shows the radiation levels to be safe.
• Polish regulator, the Urzad Komunikacji Elektronicznej (Office of Electronic Communications), has confirmed the delay of its upcoming 5G spectrum auction due to the coronavirus. No alternative plans for the auction have been presented at this time.
• Samsung has announced its partnership with Xilinx to make use of the latters adaptive compute acceleration platform for their 5G solutions.
• Turkcell taps Mavenir for virtualised IMS solution for voLTE and future 5G networks
• BT selects Ericsson for 4G and 5G core components, but seems to be in no hurry to remove the Huawei equipment.
• The UK5G Testbed & Trials Working Group have launched a Security-Sub Group focussing on the development of security policies and principles for the new technology.
• China Mobile's annual report shows 50,000 5G base stations built in 50 cities and 15.5 million 5G subscribers.
• Bad news for 5G conspiracy theorists as French spectrum angency ANFR publishes preliminary report showing 5G exposure from pilot projects, even at full power, is well below the regulatory limit.
• Proximus is pausing its 5G deployment in the city of Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve until it can allay the residents healthcare concerns about the new technology.
has transferred its 50 MHz of 3.5 GHz spectrum to sister company Telcel
, in preparation for the latter’s 5G deployment
are claiming a new 5G speed record
, having achieved 8.5 Gbps across two devices.
has announced it will be supplying Kansas-based operator Nex-Tech Wireless
with 5G RAN and core
This Morning co-host Eamonn Holmes
receives backlash after lending support to 5G–coronavirus conspiracy theories
. (Edit: Holmes has since apologised for his statements and said that there is “no scientific evidence to substantiate any of those 5G theories”.)
VP Victor Zhang publishes an open letter
defending the company's role in UK connectivity
is taking ‘aggressive measures
’ to remove misinformation linking 5G to the coronavirus from its platform
Coronavirus pressure means Dish
may be unable to fulfil its 5G network obligations
related to the Sprint–T-Mobile
merger. If it fails to provide 5G coverage to 70% of the US by 2023, the company could face around $2 billion in fines.
5G conspiracy theorists set fire
to Dutch phone towers
CEO Philip Jansen, himself recently recovered from COVID-19, has called for an end to 5G conspiracy theories
and the resulting abuse to telecoms staff
“We all need to be able to recognise conspiracy theories, and to stop them before they become harmful. They are just like a virus – if we starve them of the ability to reach new people, they will die out, and we can all focus on coming together as one nation to get through these most challenging of times.”
• China Mobile
to implement the 5G Message Center and send China’s first 5G message
based on the GSMA’s UP2.4 standard.
• China Unicom Beijing
sign and memorandum of understanding for the ‘5G Capital
’ joint innovation project, which will see the two parties work together on pilot programmes for six new 5G solutions.
Hungarian operator Magyar Telekom
launches its commercial 5G network
• Erillisverkot Finland
’s 5G core
for public safety network
launch new products in its AirScale
range, including new MIMO adaptive antennas and compact dual and triple-band remote radio heads to support cell site deployment requirements.
• World Wide Technology
develops blueprint to accelerate deployment of 4G/5G open virtualised RAN
solutions with Cisco
and Altiostar Technology