142 years of strong connections: How Eastern is changing the Philippines’ telecom ecosystem

Sponsored The telecoms ecosystem in the Philippines is a fascinating one, as the Southeast Asia country looks to capitalise on burgeoning digital infrastructure.

According to a report from BuddeComm earlier this month, the coming years will see most telecom investment in the Philippines focused on supporting fibre infrastructure in urban areas. The report also states that ‘a continuing interest in new data centre builds is expected as well as augmenting existing...

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...

Small Cell Forum publishes two new 5G physical layer API specifications

The Small Cell Forum (SCF) has published a set of key documents that are focused on stimulating a competitive ecosystem for 5G-era small cell hardware, software and equipment vendors. 

These new documents, which extends last year’s 5G Physical Layer API specification, allow small cells to be assembled using components from different vendors to address a mix of 5G use cases relatively easily.

The new release also includes two new specifications, SCF223: 5G NR FAPI...

HPE launches Open Distributed Infrastructure Management initiative

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced an open source programme, called the Open Distributed Infrastructure Management initiative that aims to streamline management of large-scale geographically distributed physical infrastructure deployments.

The Open Distributed Infrastructure Management helps telecom companies in resolving the complexity while deploying 5G networks across thousands of sites equipped with IT infrastructure from multiple vendors and different generations...

Nokia successfully completes first phase of 5G deployment at Port of Zeebrugge

Nokia and Belgium’s Port of Zeebrugge have completed the first phase of its 5G-ready and industrial-grade private wireless network deployment.

By integrating the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud platform, Zeebrugge would be able to offer private wireless connectivity to over 100 endpoints across the entire port operations.

Zeebrugge would not only...

T-Mobile and Sprint merger nears completion after federal judge approval

After at least half a decade of rumour, conjecture and court appearances, T-Mobile and Sprint’s on-again, off-again, on-again merger has cleared a considerable hurdle following a ruling by a New York federal judge.

The announcement was made as Southern District of New York judge Victor Marrero dismissed a legal challenge by several state attorneys general regarding anti-competition fears.

First 6G whitepaper from University of Oulu aims to paint picture for 2030 wireless landscape

In February, US president Donald Trump sent out a tweet which demanded the United States be at the forefront of emerging technology innovation amid a turbulent wireless industry landscape. In that month alone, aside from the ongoing Huawei saga, Verizon touted an edge computing solution as a way to reduce 5G latency, while Sprint and AT&T were at loggerheads over alleged misleading 5G-E branding.

The...

Ericsson’s latest Mobility Report shows greater 5G momentum than previously forecast

5G is naturally the hottest topic right now in telecoms. Various milestones have been hit in the UK, US and more, while Samsung is even beginning research into 6G. This has been noted by Ericsson, who argues that 5G subscriptions are now expected to hit 1.9 billion by 2024 as operators ramp up their deployments.

The findings appear in the company’s latest Mobility Report, which argues rapid early...

How Optiva and Google Cloud aim to alter perception – and adoption – of public cloud in telco

A few weeks ago at MWC19 Barcelona, telecoms software provider Optiva announced that its BSS-focused Optiva Revenue Management Suite was available on Google Cloud Platform (GCP). It is a move which could have ramifications for how telcos approach the public cloud.

The concept of ‘telco cloud’ has been a long-standing – and potentially confusing – one. Previously, it revolved...