Intel and Huawei announced that they have successfully completed 2.6GHz 5G NR Interoperability and Development Testing (IoDT) based on the 3GPP Release 15 global standard September version.

The IoDT test is the world's first 2.6GHz 5G interoperability test under SA network and is a key milestone towards accelerating the maturity of the 2.6GHz 5G NR ecosystem.

With Intel’s 5G Mobile Trial Platform (MTP) and Huawei's latest 5G NR (New Radio) base station supporting the 2.6GHz with 160MHz bandwidth, the two companies jointly completed the IoDT and successfully enabled the first call under SA network.

The successful completion of this IoDT test not only marks the end-to-end successful interoperability of 5G in the 2.6G band, but also lays a foundation for large-scale commercial launch. It will promote the development and maturity of the 5G end-to-end industry in the 2.6G band.

In the future, Intel and Huawei will continue to carry out more test and commercial verification, and promote the rapid maturity of the ecosystem, laying a solid foundation for the future 5G commercialization.

Qualcomm Technologies announced that China Mobile Communication Group Device (CMDC) and leading Chinese OEMs, including Xiaomi, OnePlus, OPPO, Vivo and ZTE, are developing 5G mobile devices featuring the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform using the recently launched Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem family.

At the China Mobile Global Partner Conference in Guangzhou, Qualcomm Technologies and Chinese OEMs will jointly showcase 5G mobile demo devices, including smartphones and a customer premise equipment (CPE), marking a significant step toward accelerating 5G commercialization.

The Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform, paired with the Snapdragon X50 5G modem and Qualcomm QTM052 mmWave antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver, RF front-end and antenna elements, allows Chinese OEMs to participate in the global 5G opportunity by addressing the exponential increase in device design complexity that comes with the next-generation of mobile technology, supporting their launch of commercial premium 5G devices in 2019, said Qualcomm.

Cristiano Amon, President, Qualcomm
Earlier this year we announced the ‘5G Pioneer’ Initiative together with leading Chinese manufacturers, and the completion of 5G connections using OEM devices based on the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform is a major achievement for this initiative. 

Xiaowei Luan, GM, China Mobile Communication Group Device
5G will fundamentally change the way we live and reshape every aspect of the industries and society. Facing the massive opportunities 5G brings, we aim to deepen our cooperation with Qualcomm Technologies and the industry chain and create diversified 5G devices and mobile experiences for consumers.

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Telia Company, Ericsson and KTH Royal Institute of Technology this week launched a 5G network on the KTH campus in Stockholm that will serve as an innovation and research platform for the academia and partner companies.

Sweden’s first 5G network is using a test license and will serve as a testbed for developing innovative new solutions and services. It is the latest result of the strategic partnership between Telia Company and Ericsson, and it will further strengthen the two companies’ cooperation with institutions of higher learning. Earlier this year Ericsson revealed a similar 5G plan with Telia Estonia at the Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech), in Estonia.

The KTH campus is exploring vital 5G areas such as autonomous transportation, Internet of Things (IoT), smart buildings and city infrastructure, industry automation and remote VR, making it a natural choice to host this project.

Ericsson and Telia Company have a long history of joint innovation and are at the forefront of 5G innovation in Europe. Already in 2017, the partners announced the first 5G use cases in Europe including a high-speed 5G connection to a commercial passenger cruise ship and a construction excavator remotely controlled with a live 5G network. Ericsson has worked on several advanced field trials in Sweden and Estonia including explorations into how 5G and other technologies, such as Augmented Reality (AR), can create new possibilities for industries and society.

Johan Dennelind, President and CEO, Telia Company
The network will serve as a dynamic testbed where partner companies and start-ups, researchers and students, can continue to develop solutions for the connected society. This means that Sweden will be at the forefront when 5G is launched commercially in 2020.

Borje Ekholm, President and CEO, Ericsson
This project serves as an important step toward launching early commercial 5G services. Building a 5G network in one of Sweden’s most creative environments, the KTH campus, demonstrates Ericsson’s and Telia Company’s joint commitment to drive innovation.

Cellwize, a global leader in mobile network automation and orchestration, announced an equity funding investment from DTCP (Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners).

DTCP is an investment management group with c. $1.6 billion assets under management and advisory from Deutsche Telekom and other institutional investors.

The investment will support Cellwize’s evolution toward enabling the immense growth of the industry with the advent of 5G, said the Company.

As mobile network operators (MNOs) prepare to roll out next generation networks, with competitive pressures and increasing multi-layered complexity driving OPEX up, advanced network automation is paramount. Cellwize has evolved its proven technology into a fully open and modular architecture that orchestrates ‘zero-touch’ closed-loop functionalities and incorporates machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities.

The investment from DTCP will be used for the expansion of Cellwize’s global footprint and to continue the company’s support of emerging 5G network rollouts. This announcement follows a year of record results for Cellwize, in which the company launched its new 5G enabled architecture, significantly grew its business and continued to add world-leading MNOs to its customer base.

The investment in Cellwize is made from DTCP’s Special Situations Fund which focuses on investments in cloud, internet, network infrastructure & services and software companies alongside strong financial and strategic co-investors.

Vicente Vento, CEO and Co-Founder, DTCP
Given the increase in network density and complexity, driven by the adoption of 5G, Cellwize is ideally positioned to help its customers automate and orchestrate their next generation network experience.

Ofir Zemer, CEO of Cellwize
The next phase of automation will incorporate machine learning, making the self-driving network more intelligent, maximizing cost efficiencies and improving subscriber experience, delivering in an agile methodology that corresponds to the dynamic nature of the market.

TIM and Amazon have reached an agreement to launch Prime Video - Amazon’s premium subscription streaming service - on TIMVISION’s TIM Box decoder.

A move that further boosts TIM’s content offer with additional premium shows available via the TIM Box decoder, bringing viewers a unique digital entertainment experience. In addition to the TIMVISION programming, the decoder brings TV Netflix originals, DAZN, Eurosport and TIMGAMES’ offer. The Android TV operating system also allows access to the Google Play App world.

Starting today, Prime Video will bring exclusive and award-winning Prime Originals to the TIM Box for all TIMVISION customers subscribed to Amazon Prime, at no additional cost to their Prime membership. Content includes  the second season of the “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”, “The Grand Tour” and Prime Original “Homecoming” TV series starring Julia Roberts. Easy access to the Prime Video catalogue will be granted by the TIM Box “search and recommendations” options, with a selection of Prime Original series available directly on the TIMVISION catalogue.

Daniela Bascarini, Head of Multimedia Entertainment & Consumer Digital Services, TIM
Today we add further value to our programming by adding the contents of Amazon Prime Video to the major sports events, the exclusive previews, movies and TV series that are already available on TIMVISION. 

Brett Ballbach, Business Development Director, Prime Video Europe
We want Prime members to be able to watch all their favourite content when they want, on any device they want; Prime Video is already available on thousands of devices, from Smart TVs, to games consoles, to tablets and mobile devices.

Transaction Network Services (TNS) announced that it has signed new agreements with two tier one North American operators to use its VoLTE Registry solution. 

According to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report, the number of worldwide VoLTE subscriptions is projected to reach 5.4 billion by the end of 2023, up from 617 million in 2017, and will account for around 80 percent of combined LTE and 5G subscriptions.

TNS said its VoLTE Registry makes available a shared registry into which carriers provision the phone numbers of their VoLTE enabled devices, as well as routing information for reaching those devices, over an IMS infrastructure. This information is then shared between operators in a controlled manner allowing discovery of and routing to the VoLTE enabled handsets.  TNS claims that its VoLTE Registry is built on top of its robust and highly scalable Carrier ENUM platform.

TNS’ destination sensitive response facility allows TNS to tailor responses to queries for certain destinations or numbers based on provisioning parameters which have been defined by the customer.

Prior to using TNS, the two North American operators used a variety of different solutions, mainly from hardware and IMS core vendors. TNS’ VoLTE Registry solution enables data sharing and relieves the headache associated with complex data management processes. It resolves route lookup queries faster by using one shared registry rather than using the standard GSMA distributed model that reaches out to the National Root ENUM service.

Bill Versen, Chief Product Officer, TNS
Our VoLTE Registry provides business-critical scalability to cover subscribers’ VoLTE needs, while at the same time being flexible around interoperability requirements, making an operator’s infrastructure more efficient and streamlined. 

David Kaemmer, VP of Sales, TNS Wholesale Telecoms Business
We are delighted to be helping these operators strengthen their VoLTE capabilities. Using TNS will allow these operators to bring together their ENUM requirements into one easy to access facility and to focus their resources on other core objectives. 

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The Germany-based telecommunications software solution provider Oculeus today announced that the company has launched a cloud-based telecoms fraud protection service.

This new service is targeted at enterprise customers and has been branded with the name Oculeus-Protect.

In an official statement from the company, Oculeus described this new service as a real-time telecoms fraud protection service for enterprises to reduce the risks of PBX hacking and toll fraud. The service is designed to provide an automated framework to prevent false charges resulting from unauthorized usage of enterprise telecommunication channels by cybercriminals and other perpetrators of telecom fraud.

The company claims that its service is capable of blocking fraudulent telecommunications traffic within milliseconds and has positioned the service to be completely independent of user’s telecommunications service provider.

“There is a clear and definite need for our new telecoms fraud protection service,” stated Arnd Baranowski, CEO of Oculeus. “In many places, the burden of proving and even paying for the false charges resulting from telecoms fraud are on the enterprise and relying solely on the telco for protection is not sufficient.”

Oculeus’ new telecoms fraud protection service runs from regional Cloud environments managed by the company.

The Oculeus-Protect service begins providing protection by building a profile of expected telecommunications activities. The service continuously monitors a communications network in real-time for traffic anomalies and other patterns that are typical of telecoms fraud. Any suspicious traffic that is detected is immediately sent to a fraud detection engine, which is also located in Oculeus’ Cloud environment, and if confirmed to be fraudulent, is blocked instantly.

“Defense-in-depth is a wise practice considering today’s threat-rich digital world. In countries like the US, the enterprise is actually financially responsible when fraudsters highjack your PBX and dial up a $40,000 bill over a weekend,” said Dan Baker, Director of Technology Research Institute, a market research firm that follows the fraud control software market. “In a simple and transparent way to achieve defense-in-depth, the new Oculeus service provides very affordable insurance.”

Users registering for Oculeus’ service will also have online access to a range of reports detailing the enterprise’s voice communications activities, including graphic overviews of the protective state of the telecoms fraud prevention activities.

Oculeus is offering this new service based on a monthly fee and is priced according the number of PBX devices that are protected.

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The real-time location services (RTLS) market saw tremendous strides in 2018, as organizations looked to derive real business value from the location of people and things. Applications employing RTLS ranged from airport logistics to smart workspaces and beyond. As we look ahead to 2019, the market for RTLS services and solutions will continue to expand as service providers, enterprises, device manufacturers and platform providers begin to come to a meeting of the minds regarding the requirements for scaling the industry on a global level.

Three major trends will propel the market in 2019:

#1: Open systems will proliferate

Location can be a tricky beast, and myriad factors come into play with every individual deployment. Different technologies solve different problems; there is no one-size-fits-all RTLS solution. This market demands open solutions that can work in concert to solve the location conundrum, bringing multiple technologies together to deliver reliable, cost-effective location capabilities. The problem is, most RTLS solutions are single-mode, proprietary solutions with an “either-or” mentality. They’re indoor or outdoor, but not both. They provide support for tags and smartphones, but not both. Ultrawideband or Bluetooth Low Energy, but not both. In 2019, customers who have gotten a taste of the benefits real-time location can bring to their business will demand the best of all worlds in a single solution brought together by multiple partners with the complexity hidden from the customer. As part of this, we’ll also see three emerging sub-trends:

The emergence of multi-mode tags and sensors (for example, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) plus LoRa plus GPS) that enables seamless handovers between indoor and outdoor, such as in logistics cases. A good example might be an airport, where location capabilities are required both indoors (the terminal) and outdoors (the tarmac, gate areas, etc.)

Mixed RTLS use cases with asset tags and smartphones, such as enabling the “paperless factory” or “online work orders” at airline hangars where both humans and things will benefit from location services.

Innovative use cases combining movement detection (such as Passive Infrared) and asset or people (BLE) tags.

#2: Significant advances in location precision

Fabio Belloni,
Co-Founder and Chief Customer Officer,

How precise is precise enough when it comes to location services? That is actually determined by the application itself and the complexity of the environment in which it will be deployed. While some applications only require precision within three to five meters (such as tracking a container in a shipyard), others, like tracking the movements of athletes for drawing accurate workout statistics, may require centimeter-level precision location. That level of precision is, of course, much harder to achieve in heavy metallic environments with multi-floor walkable levels than it is in other less-complex scenarios. In 2019, we’ll see a wealth of new applications emerging that are able to utilize technological advances in location precision and innovation in middleware and applications, across a range of industries, that bring strong business value to organizations.


#3: RTLS deployments will scale significantly

To date, organizations have been testing systems on a smaller scale - in one branch office location, for example - to determine how to make a business case for a larger-scale deployment. In 2019, organizations will move beyond these smaller trials to scale RTLS across their businesses. A wide range of vertical markets will see tremendous growth in RTLS deployments, including industrial IoT, manufacturing, transportation, security, smart buildings, and other industries.

Three industry developments are key to spurring this growth:

Low-cost tags and sensors are becoming available from a growing group of vendors.

Devices will grow in sophistication in terms of sensing and connectivity capabilities without impacting battery life.

Open ecosystems will allow organizations to build more flexible business models (no hardware or software lock-ins).

Large-scale deployments will utilize multiple tag devices with different physical and sensing characteristics for different tracking and monitoring purposes, and over time, we’ll see multiple use cases utilizing the same infrastructure deployment.

Openness and interoperability, including a robust ecosystem of tags, sensors, and software applications; no-hardware or software lock-in; and support for both smartphones and tags, will be key to the continued success of the global location services market. In 2019, each of these enablers will come together, delivering real results and real deployments at scale while ensuring a wide adoption by consumers and enterprises.

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