Ericsson teams up with EE to showcase 5G SA in AR experience

Ericsson has partnered with EE to demonstrate the potential of 5G standalone (SA) using an augmented reality (AR) experience.

The AR experience is called The Green Planet and is inspired by the BBC series of the same title.

Katherine Ainley, CEO of Ericsson UK & Ireland, said:

“I am thrilled to combine Ericsson’s technology leadership with EE’s drive for innovation to deliver The Green Planet AR Experience.

It shows how 5G, and especially 5G...

Virgin Media O2 humiliates rivals by not reinstating EU roaming fees

Virgin Media O2 is taking a playbook once written by rival Three and will buck the trend of reinstating EU roaming charges.

Gareth Turpin, Chief Commercial Officer of Mobile at Virgin Media O2, said:

“We’re starting the year by giving our customers some certainty: we will not be reintroducing roaming fees in Europe for customers on O2 or Virgin Mobile.

Unlike all the other major mobile networks who are bringing back roaming fees, we will not be following suit....

China Mobile share price retreats following Shanghai debut surge

China Mobile’s share price has retreated following a surge after it listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

The world’s largest mobile operator by total subscribers was delisted from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) following the Trump administration’s decision to restrict investments in Chinese technology firms.

China Mobile’s shares increased by ~8.5 percent from its offering price of 57.58 yuan but over the next six hours had returned to around its offering...

Why it’s time for telcos to get off the sidelines

The gaming and esports industries have seen incredible growth in the last several years. The introduction of platforms such as Twitch and Discord – allowing gamers to showcase their talents on a world stage – has brought about the emergence of influencers as key drivers of gamer engagement. Social media is obsolete for many digital natives, and gaming is the new (and often only) way to connect with friends and their online communities. The COVID-19 pandemic has only accelerated gaming...

Three and EE to provide Tube-wide connectivity

Three and EE have agreed a deal to join the BAI Communications (BAI) network that will provide 4G (and later 5G) connectivity across the London Tube.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, said: “I’m delighted to see Three and EE sign up as the first operators to provide full high-speed 4G access across the tube network. This will make a huge difference to passengers, allowing them to make calls, read emails and check travel information while on the move.

“Investing in...

Airlines warn upcoming 5G deployment will interfere with radio altimeters

Airline industry executives have ramped up their warnings that an upcoming type of 5G service will interfere with radio altimeters.

Radio altimeters measure the altitude above the terrain beneath an aircraft by timing how long it takes a beam of radio waves to travel to ground, reflect, and return to the craft. They are, of course, a key safety feature.

In February, the FCC completed a “C-band” (3.7–3.98 GHz) auction and issued licenses to several wireless network...

Altice fuels takeover concerns as its BT ownership increases to 18%

BT Tower

Altice, the telecoms group of French billionaire Patrick Drahi, has increased its ownership of BT to 18 percent from 12.1 percent.

Drahi’s growing interest in BT has fuelled concerns amongst the company’s leadership and the UK government, with a Downing Street spokesperson stating the “situation is being monitored carefully”.

The French billionaire, known for being a prolific dealmaker, shocked the industry in June when his company paid £2.2 billion for a 12.1...

Ookla answers whether 5G is currently worth it

As we barrel towards the end of a year when 5G became available in most major cities and towns, Ookla set out to answer whether it’s currently worth the upgrade.

Ookla Speedtest is often the go-to tool for analysing network performance which gives the company deep, real-world insights into how the global rollout of the latest generation of mobile technology is going.

Q3 2021 test results from the non-5G iPhone 11 were compared with the 5G iPhone 12/13 as the main...

Virgin Media O2 completes its gigabit upgrade across 15.5M premises

Virgin Media O2 has completed its gigabit upgrade across its entire network of 15.5 million premises.

The most recent switch on delivered gigabit speeds to an additional 1.1 million homes. Any customer on the company’s Gig1 plan can now access ultrafast speeds with an average download of 1,130Mbps—22 times faster than the national average.

While such speeds are excessive for most of today’s applications, the network will speed up things like increasingly large game...

NTT DOCOMO and NEC successfully test 5G SA using O-RAN equipment in multi-vendor configuration

NTT DOCOMO and NEC have successfully tested a 5G standalone (SA) network using a base station conforming to O-RAN specifications in a multi-vendor configuration.

A software upgrade to NEC’s 5G base station baseband unit operating on DOCOMO’s commercial network transitioned it from a non-standalone system into a standalone using the same hardware.

5G SA networks enable operators to provide services that take full advantage of the latest mobile...