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...

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...

Singaporean mobile users are enjoying faster speeds over 5G than WiFi

A report from Opensignal finds that Singaporean mobile users are enjoying faster speeds over 5G than WiFi.

The first 5G networks in Singapore went live in H2 2020 after the pandemic had begun. As with most of us around the world, Singaporeans have been spending more time at home using their fibre broadband rather than mobile networks.

On 5G networks, Opensignal’s users from Singapore logged an average speed of 179.6 Mbps. On WiFi, the average speed recorded was 120.9...

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...

AWS Private 5G helps enterprises to deploy and scale their own networks

Amazon has launched AWS Private 5G at its re:Invent conference, a managed service that helps enterprises to deploy and scale their own networks in a matter of days rather than months.

Businesses can use the service to set up a private 5G network in their facilities quickly. Such networks enable businesses to accelerate their digital transformation journeys and reap the full benefits of Industry 4.0 technologies.

Stephen Bye, Chief Commercial Officer of DISH Network, an...

Nokia uses 5G SA to accelerate the digital transformation of Finnish mining

Nokia is deploying a 5G SA (standalone) network in its homeland of Finland to accelerate the digital transformation of mining.

The vendor is working with mobile operator Telia and its partner Digita to deploy the network for Agnico Eagle Finland Oy.

Agnico Eagle operates the Kittilä mine in northern Finland which is the largest primary gold producer in Europe. The 5G SA network will support Industry 4.0 use cases at the mine.

Tommi Kankkunen, General Manager...