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Qualcomm powers FastWeb’s 5G fixed wireless CPE FWA in Italy

Qualcomm powers FastWeb’s 5G fixed wireless CPE FWA in Italy

Italian telecom operator FastWeb is geared up to commercially launch its 5G fixed wireless access service in 50 cities in Italy by year’s end, with customer premises equipment using Qualcomm’s X55 platform.   The companies have been working together over the last two years to prep FastWeb’s mmWave 5G FWA service. An initial rollout in the first three localities happened earlier this week, and plans call for expansion into 500 cities in 2021. By 2024 FastWeb expects to deliver 5G mmWave broadband to 12 million homes, or 45% of Italy’s population, with speeds of up to 1 Gbps. The 5G CPE device using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 Modem-RF System is mounted to the roof or side of houses to connect to nearby cell towers and deliver in-home service. “With the launch of our Ultra FWA connections we bring connectivity up to 1 Giga even in those areas that until now were not covered by ultrabroadband connections,” said Andrea Lasagna, CTO at FastWeb, in a statement.   FastWeb provides landline, broadband internet and IPTV service and has been focused on fiber-to-the-home (FTT deployments). Thirty cities are already covered with FastWeb’s 2.5 Gbps FTTH service, but the FWA roll out marks the first commercial 5G mmWave deployment in the region.  FastWeb was the first to start trialing 5G FWA in Italy, kicking off a five-month trial in Milan nearly two years ago with partner Samsung. The companies were working to demonstrate how the technology could serve as a cost effective and faster alternative to FTTH for gigabit home broadband.   In 2018 the operator scooped up 26 GHz mmWave at Italy’s 5G spectrum auction. Along with 5G FWA, mobile 5G service is expected to be available starting December 27. That includes the cities of Milan, Bologna, Rome, and Naples. Coverage targets aim for 90% of the country’s population by 2025. 5G FWA FWT gains traction Fixed wireless access itself isn’t new, but the technology has gained renewed attention and interest. That’s been seen at a time when home broadband needs intensified, and the issue of the digital divide became even more pressing this year amid the pandemic.   Still, a recent presentation by Shiv Putcha, founder and principal analyst at Mandala Insights noted that most operators are still focused on suburban and urban locations rather than rural. The firm projected 5G FWA users to reach nearly 500 million by 2030.  According to GSA, there are already 38 regional and national providers in the U.S. offering LTE-based fixed wireless service. In the U.S. Verizon offers a mmWave 5G fixed wireless service in about a dozen markets, markets, as well as FWA based on 4G LTE.  T-Mobile too has rolled out an expanded 4G LTE fixed wireless home broadband pilot, with a focused on more rural locations, with plans to offer 5G-based FWA in 2021. Major vendors are also showing their support. Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia this month joined the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GS) 4G-5G Fixed Wireless Access Forum to advocate for development and uptake of the technology. And while mmWave 5G is usually considered only suited for short-range or dense urban areas, tests involving Qualcomm, alongside operators and vendor partners including Ericsson, have shown how new 5G mmWave CPE can extend the range of high-band mmWave signals. Earlier this month, for example, Italy’s TIM hit 1 Gbps with Qualcomm and Ericsson using 5G FWA on 26 GHz – at a distance of 6.5 kilometers between device and base station. US cellular, meanwhile, demonstrated viability of mmWave for rural areas, completing an extended range data call over roughly 3 miles at speeds above 100 Mbps.

South Korea's 5G network speed reaches 691Mbps per second

South Korea's 5G network speed reaches 691Mbps per second

The average download speed on the high-speed network from the country's three major mobile carriers -- SK Telecom, KT Corp and LG Uplus Corp -- stood at 690.47 megabits per second (Mbps) in the second half of the year, up 33.91 Mbps from the first half, according to data from the Ministry of Science and ICT. ·         December 30, 2020, 10:56 IST Seoul: South Korea's 5G download speed and overall quality improved in the second half of the year from the first half as the country races to deploy nationwide coverage of the latest generation network, a report showed on Wednesday. The average download speed on the high-speed network from the country's three major mobile carriers -- SK Telecom, KT Corp and LG Uplus Corp -- stood at 690.47 megabits per second (Mbps) in the second half of the year, up 33.91 Mbps from the first half, according to data from the Ministry of Science and ICT. SK Telecom had the fastest average download speed at 795.57 Mbps, followed by KT at 667.48 Mbps and LG Uplus at 608.49 Mbps. The country's average 4G LTE download speed reached 153.1 Mbps, more than four times slower than the average 5G speed, reports Yonhap news agency. The ministry publishes data on mobile network quality biannually to encourage network investment by mobile carriers. South Korea was the first country to commercialise 5G in April last year and has quickly built up a significant 5G user base of nearly 10 million as of end-October, around 14 percent of the country's total 70 million mobile subscriptions. The network, however, has faced quality issues, such as limited coverage and slower-than-expected speeds, prompting more than half a million 5G users to switch to 4G LTE through August this year, according to Rep. Hong Jung-min of the ruling Democratic Party. The latest report found that the network's quality and accessibility improved compared to the first half of the year. South Korea currently offers the non-standalone version of 5G, requiring support from 4G LTE. South Korea is aiming for nationwide 5G coverage by 2022, and the three major carriers have promised to spend up to 25.7 trillion won ($24 billion) in total to update network infrastructure by that year. MaxComm has partnered with Korean local distributors to explore Korean 5G CPE FWA/FWT markets with MaxComm’s 5G FWT FWA CPE products.

Ericsson picked by KDDI, Japan for 5G core with enhanced zero-touch operation

Ericsson picked by KDDI, Japan for 5G core with enhanced zero-touch operation

Ericsson on Thursday said KDDI will use the vendor’s cloud-native dual-mode 5G core to launch standalone 5G services in its network in Japan. One of Japan’s four major mobile operators, KDDI launched commercial 5G services at the end of March across parts of 15 prefectures, with plans to expand sites throughout Japan’s major cities. That comes two days after Nokia disclosed a deal to supply Japan’s SoftBank with cloud-native 5G Core software, joining Ericsson in supporting the operator’s launch of standalone 5G services SoftBank is using radio access network (RAN) gear from both Nokia and Ericsson, with the latter named as the primary vendor last year. Sweden’s Ericsson is the lead 5G RAN vendor for KDDI. New services, enhanced automation For standalone 5G services, KDDI’s using the Ericsson Cloud Packet Core. Ericsson said it will support KDDI’s focus on corporate customers, as well as new use cases for mobile broadband users and industry partners. Automation capabilities from a container-based microservice architecture will bolster “zero-touch” operation, according to Ericsson, including continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) processes. KDDI and Ericsson have been collaborating on 5G core work for a few years and in February had what the vendor called a breakthrough for CI/CD pipeline delivery, testing software deployment for KDDI’s 5G core. The technology allows new software to be automatically deployed, cloud-natively and without human intervention.  The pair successfully demonstrated delivery with the end-to-end 5G CI/CD pipeline, speeding up the process of accepting new software into KDDI’s network environment. That can be important particularly when operators are looking to push out new applications and functions, with a move to standalone 5G focused on services-based architecture using features like network slicing. The CI/CD pipeline shortens time to market of new software from months to weeks, and enabled KDDI to deploy complex sliced and distributed network functions more easily, Ericsson said after the successful test. “Agile delivery of services while maintaining high quality and availability is a must in 5G Core networks. Our CI/CD end-to-end software pipeline achieves this. We are happy to continue to work with KDDI to automate their network operation,” said Jan Karlsson, Ericsson’s head of Business Area Digital Services, in a statement at the time. Supporting 5G business alliance In Thursday’s announcement, Ericsson said its dual-mode 5G Core will also support KDDI’s 5G Business Co-creation Alliance, which is focused on enterprises. Samsung in October teamed up with KDDI for the alliance, collaborating to explore 5G enterprise network solutions. Initial steps called for validating 5G use cases and developing new business models. Samsung said it would expand the scope of enterprise business the two could offer together. Ericsson made a point that it also is a partner in KDDI’s 5G business alliance. In addition to using Ericsson solutions for 5G core and RAN gear, KDDI tapped Samsung for 5G network technologies, including radio base stations. More recently, at the beginning of December, Fujitsu announced KDDI picked its O-RAN complaint 5G Radio Unit to help support commercial 5G services in Japan. Delivery is planned for the second half of 2021. Fujitsu’s also supplying O-RAN-compliant radios for Dish Network’s 5G network build in the U.S., with volume deliveries expected in that same time frame. The third quarter of 2021 is when Dish plans to have its first major 5G market. KDDI’s 5G plan, meanwhile, has called for about 10,000 5G base stations deployed by March 2021, and more than 20,000 by March 2022.

Huawei appeals ban from 5G networks in Sweden : Telecom regulator

Huawei appeals ban from 5G networks in Sweden : Telecom regulator

Huawei has appealed Sweden's decision to exclude the Chinese telecom equipment maker from being a supplier in the roll-out of 5G networks in the Nordic country, the Swedish telecoms regulator PTS said on Friday. ·         Reuters   Updated: November 06, 2020, 15:42 IST By Helena Soderpalm and Supantha Mukherjee STOCKHOLM: HUAWEI has appealed against Sweden's decision to exclude the Chinese telecoms equipment maker from 5G networks, the Swedish Telecoms regulator PTS said on Friday. "What happens now is we will send the appeal to the administrative court of Stockholm. After that, they will handle this case," a PTS spokesman said. Sweden last month banned https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-sweden-huawei/sweden-bans-huawei-zte-gear-for-use-by-firms-taking-part-in-5g-spectrum-auction-idUKKBN2750VZ Huawei and peer ZTE from its 5G network, joining other European nations that have restricted the role of Chinese suppliers on security grounds. "We think the decision that has been taken is not good for customers nor for Sweden in general," Kenneth Fredriksen, Huawei's Executive Vice President, Central East Europe and Nordic Region, told Reuters. "We therefore want a Swedish court to look at if the decision has been taken through a proper process and according to the law." European governments have been tightening controls on Chinese companies building 5G networks following diplomatic pressure from Washington, which alleges Huawei equipment could be used by Beijing for spying. Huawei has repeatedly denied being a national security risk. PTS has given companies taking part in 5G spectrum auctions until Jan. 1, 2025 to remove Huawei and ZTE equipment from their existing infrastructure and core functions. The auctions are expected to start next week, and to benefit Huawei's Nordic rivals, Nokia and Ericsson .

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