Orange announced that it will conduct new tests in Europe jointly with its technological and innovation partners as it prepares for the arrival of 5G.
Orange's 5G strategy is based on three components: improved high-speed mobile broadband, high-speed fixed broadband access and new applications to support the digital transformation of businesses. By 2020, tests related to these three areas will prepare both consumer and business customers for the arrival of 5G, said Orange.
With Ericsson's 5G equipment, Orange will launch France’s first ever end-to-end test in Lille and Douai in France between mid-2018 and mid-2019. Orange will also deploy an experimental mobile infrastructure to test the necessary 5G functionalities for autonomous vehicles in partnership with Ericsson and UTAC CERAM, a world leader in testing and certifying vehicles. This test network is planned to open in the autumn of 2018.
Orange will also conduct 5G tests for Fixed Wireless Access(FWA) under real conditions in Romania during the second half of 2018 with its partners Samsung and Cisco.
Orange has also announced a partnership with Nokia and Kathrein for the design of a smart antenna that manages 4G/5G connectivity. This type of antenna, which is currently in the prototype stage, will be compact enough to be installed on existing mobile towers.
Cisco on Tuesday announced that it plans to acquire July Systems, a privately-held company headquartered in Burlingame, California with offices in Bangalore, India.
July Systems provides an enterprise-grade location platform with leading features such as instant customer activation, data-driven behavioral insights, contextual rules engine and APIs. The solution is a cloud-based subscription offering with global footprint and backed by end-to-end SLA.
Cisco intents to leverage July Systems' technology to bolster its Enterprise Wi-Fi platform to enable superior indoor location services capabilities.
The July Systems team will join Cisco’s Enterprise Networking Group led by Scott Harrell, senior vice president and general manager.
According to Cisco, the acquisition also supports its journey to intent-based networking —a fundamentally new way of building and managing networks for the digital era.
Vodafone UK on Wednesday unveiled seven cities that will become 5G trial areas, with roll-outs starting between October and December this year.
Vodafone UK said that its engineers are already laying the groundwork for 5G at more than 40 sites in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, London and Manchester. Discussions with a number of enterprise customers are also underway, with a view to testing new 5G applications such as augmented and virtual reality in offices, factories and hospitals.
The 5G trial follows the Operator's win in a recent auction where it acquired the largest block of 5G spectrum and also after it successfully conducted its first UK test of this spectrum across a live network a week after that.
All four leading mobile operators in the UK - EE, Vodafone, O2 and Three - spent almost £1.4bn in total to secure wireless spectrum in the Ofcom’s 5G auction.
The upcoming trials will ensure that Vodafone is ready for the commercial launch of full 5G, which is expected to arrive early in 2020 to coincide with a wide choice of compatible phones and devices.
Telia has launched a partner program for Swedish companies that want to explore new technologies and test business models. The first company to join is Volvo Construction Equipment (CE).
The purpose of the partner program is to provide access to innovative environments with new technologies such as 5G, to implement innovation and to develop services in industries such as transportation, emergency services, police and healthcare.
Primarily, Volvo CE will test 5G technology it its remote-controlled machines and automation equipment at the company’s research and development facilities in Eskilstuna, Sweden. The cooperation with Volvo CE shows that Telia now also focuses on manufacturing industry when it comes to 5G.
This industry sees a great demand for low response times and high-speed data, so 5G will be an important technology for meeting the requirements, says Telia.
KDDI announced that it has successfully completed a live 4K video transmission test using a drone that leverages 5G technology.
The test was carried out in an effort to realize consumer services that can benefit hugely from drones, such as public safety and surveillance, agriculture monitoring and disaster response.
The test area was set up in the university's Kashiwa campus using Samsung Electronics' 5G equipment. Using a 5G supporting device, the video shot in the air using the 4K camera mounted on the drone was uploaded in real time.
The successful result showed that drones, when connected to 5G networks, can take high quality video transmission to new heights and help with monitoring things like buildings, bridges, farm produce and more.
EMEA(Europe, Middle East and Africa) smartphone sales reached a record value of $29.9bn in Q1 2018 despite overall slump in smartphone market, according to IDC
The market showed some stability in the first quarter of 2018 in unit terms, while its value grew to exceed its previous first quarter peak result in 1Q15.
"Overall mobile phone shipments in EMEA declined year on year in unit terms, and it may well be that the market is beyond the peak levels registered in 2017," said Simon Baker, program director, Mobile Devices, IDC CEMA. "This is because the resurgence in feature phones in emerging markets, mainly in Africa, seen from the second half of 2016, is now beginning to ebb. The 1Q18 feature phone market was the smallest in six quarters."
The Western European smartphone market continues to contract, and so, perhaps surprisingly, does that in Africa. The Western European smartphone total dropped to 29.213 million in the quarter, 8.2% down on the year before, according to Marta Pinto, senior analyst at IDC Western Europe, while that in Africa was 4.4% down. In comparison the Middle East market was 1.5% up and the market in Central Europe was up 5.6%.
Samsung is maintaining its smartphone market leadership across all of EMEA, though it has a smaller share in Africa than elsewhere. Meanwhile second-placed Huawei is gaining in Europe, and rising strongly in the Middle East.
Both vendors are looking over their shoulders on how quickly Xiaomi will become a serious new rival.
IDC predicts that the smartphone market will approach 370 million smartphones in EMEA in 2018, a forecast volume which has been trimmed modestly against the previous forecast a quarter ago. However, the smartphone value forecast has increased, to $120 billion — a recovery to the highest level in the region, back in 2015.
Telkomsel, the largest mobile operator in Indonesia has partnered with Swedish video technology vendor Accedo to enhance its new video service MAXstream with additional Streaming TV Channels and 2018 FIFA World Cup content.
Headquartered in Stockholm, Accedo offers a portfolio of experience centric video solutions that enable our customers to monetize video and transform video services.
MAXstream is currently available as either an iOS or Android app that delivers VOD content via installed 3rd party applications which include Hooq, Viu, Catchplay and SuperSoccer TV.
Accedo has worked with Telkomsel and technology partners, including Harmonic with its VOS 360 media processing SaaS, and CastLabs to extend MAXstream to offer in-app live TV channels. This will include coverage of all 64 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup matches, as well as a mix of local Indonesian and International content.
BT and Huawei, Monday announced a new research on 5G network slicing, marking the first area of specific research activity for the team which is based at the BT Labs in Adastral Park near Ipswich as well as in other locations across the UK.
The latest announcement follows a 5G research agreement signed by the two companies in December.
"Network slicing allows specific ‘slices’ within an IP-based network to be ring-fenced for particular activities. This allows individual services to remain unaffected by bandwidth demands on the network as a whole, and to have specific policies applied to the traffic being carried over that slice – especially relevant when those services are mission-critical," according to BT.
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