China proclaims 6G lead through its extensive patent portfolio

The China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) used state media this week to proclaim the country’s lead in the development of 6G.

CNIPA made the declaration on World Intellectual Property Day (April 26th) and pointed to its analysis of 6G-related patents which found – of 38,000 patents – around 35 percent (13,449) came from China.

The US took second place with 18 percent of patents relating to 6G.

In the report, CNIPA advises China to...

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...

Eight 5G solution providers join Ofcom and Digital Catapult-led OpenRAN initiative

Eight 5G solution providers have joined an OpenRAN initiative led by UK telecoms regulator Ofcom and innovation centre Digital Catapult called SONIC.

The vendor-neutral and interoperable equipment OpenRAN delivers is seen as being the solution to disrupting the perceived monopoly held by the large telecoms vendors—helping to drive innovation, improve security, offer flexibility, and reduce deployment costs.

SONIC (SmartRAN Open Network Interoperability Centre) is a...

T-Mobile US blames issues on severe weather in several areas

T-Mobile US blames network issues on severe weather being experienced across the country, especially in Texas.

DownDetector received a large spike in problem reports yesterday which tapered off for a while but picked back up again in recent hours:

The majority (53%) of reported problems related to lack of access to mobile data, followed by difficulties making calls (28%) and no signal (18%) entirely.

In a tweet, T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray acknowledged the...

Ofcom pushes back 5G spectrum auction due to COVID-19

British telecoms regulator Ofcom has pushed back its upcoming 5G spectrum auction due to COVID-19.

The latest spectrum auction was due to be held this month. However, with just a week left until the end of January, Ofcom issued the following statement this morning saying that it would be pushed back:

“Throughout our planning for the auction we have been closely monitoring the coronavirus situation.

Following a pause in the auction process, we are now planning for...

Four major European operators commit to supporting OpenRAN

Four of Europe’s largest operators have committed to supporting and deploying OpenRAN solutions.

In a joint statement today, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefonica, and Vodafone said they are joining forces “to support the rollout of Open Radio Access Network (OpenRAN) as the technology of choice for future mobile networks to the benefit of consumer and enterprise customers across Europe.”

OpenRAN aims to disrupt the current RAN vendor monopoly with interoperable and...

Verizon expands its 5G UWB to cover more homes and phones

Verizon has announced the expansion of its 5G Ultra-Wideband (UWB) network to cover a greater number of homes and phones.

"We create the networks that move the world forward, and our 5G network brings incredible capabilities that will drive us all as we move into the new year," said Ronan Dunne, CEO of Verizon Consumer Group.

"We're committed to providing our customers with access to the newest technologies and experiences that will shape our future."

Customers...

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and others form 6G alliance

All of the major US telcos have formed an alliance with other wireless industry players to research 6G technology.

The so-called Next G Alliance is designed to ensure North America is a leader in shaping the next generation of wireless technology and its eventual deployment.

Susan Miller, CEO and President of ATIS, says:

“As countries around the globe progress ambitious 6G research and development initiatives, it is critical that North American industry steps...

Three UK awards multi-million backhaul contract to CityFibre

Three UK has awarded a multi-million backhaul contract to CityFibre, the UK's largest alternative provider of fibre infrastructure.

CityFibre has gone from strength-to-strength since it was established in 2012, with network projects ongoing in over 60 cities and plans to reach eight million homes.

The deal with Three will see CityFibre connect an additional 1,300 key mobile masts across 59 towns and cities.

Greg Mesch, CEO at CityFibre, said:

“We...