Vodafone set to Open(RAN) a pioneering new UK R&D centre

Vodafone has set out its plans to launch a pioneering new R&D centre in the UK that will focus on OpenRAN.

OpenRAN is set to bring about a new paradigm for how telecoms networks are deployed. Free of vendor lock-in, operators can use the interoperable equipment which suits their particular needs for cost and performance.

Andrea Donà, Chief Network Officer at Vodafone UK, said:

“The OpenRAN ecosystem is still in its infancy, and we want to spur its...

Featured: Telecoms’ list of innovative companies to watch in 2021

Wherever you are reading this, every country has rightly cheered its frontline healthcare workers over the past year amid the coronavirus pandemic. But just as vital have been another frontline group; those people and companies keeping us connected when we’ve needed it most.

In this feature, Telecoms will be looking at some of the vendors delivering the innovations that are enabling people to work, learn, and live, even in the midst of a global pandemic. In alphabetical...

Huawei appears to get a slight reprieve from US trade ban

Huawei’s business appears to be getting a slight reprieve from a US trade ban which has pressured the firm over the past year.

Huawei was added to the US Chamber of Commerce’s so-called Entity List earlier this year; meaning American companies are banned from doing business with Huawei without explicit permission. The decision was reinforced in July when the FCC officially designated Huawei a national security threat.

Although Huawei has increased the production of...

Nokia unveils further details on NASA partnership to put 4G on the Moon

Nokia has provided further details on its endeavour to put 4G connectivity on the Moon after being named by NASA as a partner.

The company’s pioneering Bell Labs research division is developing the first low-power and end-to-end LTE solution that’s able to handle the rigours of space and the Moon.

Marcus Weldon, CTO at Nokia and Nokia Bell Labs President, said:

"Leveraging our rich and successful history in space technologies, from pioneering satellite...

5G growth remains ‘healthy’ despite pandemic and economic downturn

Research suggests that a pandemic and resulting economic downturn hasn’t severely impacted 5G rollouts.

While 5G rollouts have slowed, they are continuing at a relatively decent pace.

Chris Pearson, President of 5G Americas, said:

“The pace of new commercial 5G network launches has remained healthy through the challenging quarter, as mobile network operators continue to build 5G networks for the long-term.”

In Q2 2020, which covers the first...

Ookla: AT&T beats Verizon in 4G speeds, T-Mobile is the 5G leader

The latest report from Ookla finds AT&T beating Verizon in average 4G speeds and T-Mobile blazing ahead in 5G.

Ookla’s 4G “speed score” for AT&T is 41.23 with T-Mobile quite far behind in second place with a score of 33.69. The other two major operators, Sprint and Verizon, are clumped close to T-Mobile with scores of 31.53 and 30.77 respectively.

All the providers now have high 4G availability scores. Sprint and Verizon lead with a joint 99% 4G...

Vodafone builds first UK ‘standalone’ 5G network for Coventry University

Vodafone has claimed an industry first with the launch of the UK's inaugural 'standalone' 5G network built for Coventry University.

Coventry, which maintained its top 15 ranking in the Guardian's most recent university league tables, was recognised by the operator for its 'innovation and excellence in digital teaching'. The network will be used to trial virtual reality (VR) learning technologies for student nurses and allied health professionals.

The announcement was...

Samsung achieves 8.5Gbps speeds in new 5G mmWave test

Samsung Electronics has said that it has achieved speeds of 8.5Gbps across multiple devices with 5G mmWave technology, a claimed industry fastest.

The lab demonstration combined 800 MHz of mmWave spectrum with MU-MIMO (multi-user, multiple input, multiple output) technology, running on Samsung's 5G mmWave access unit.

Through two test mobile devices, the demonstration saw approximately 4.3Gbps speeds on each, meaning a combined peak speed of 8.5Gbps across both...

Open Networking Foundation launches Aether platform for 5G edge cloud as a service

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) has announced the introduction of Aether, the first open source platform to deliver Enterprise 5G/LTE edge computing as a service.

The platform offers mobile connectivity and edge cloud services for distributed enterprise networks, all provisioned and managed from a centralised cloud. According to ONF, Aether is easy to deploy, highly scalable and is designed...

US Cellular announces LTE-M network to optimise IoT connectivity

US Cellular has announced the launch of its LTE-M network on more than 90% of its cell sites across the country – with the intention to have them 100% covered by the end of the second quarter.

The LTE-M network, which is the international cellular standard designed and optimised for IoT connectivity, is a steadfast, secure and an economical solution that helps them connect large amounts of IoT...