EE to stage live 5G trials in East London later this year

UK mobile operator EE is due to launch what it claims will be the country’s first live 5G trial in East London in October. The service provider said it will switch on 5G at 10 sites  in areas including City Road, Old Street, Hoxton Square and St Paul’s, connecting EE customers and businesses to 5G […]

Fox Sports to broadcast US Open in 4K HDR over 5G

Fox Sports is to use 5G technology to stream 4K video for broadcast across the US at this year’s US Open golf championship in June. The broadcaster has tapped the services of its own Fox Innovation Lab and partners Ericsson, Intel and AT&T for the transmission. The 5G wireless technology will transmit 4K HDR images […]

Smartphone vendors facing tough times as sales flatten

Smartphone sales are set to fall in developed markets, leading to flat mobile phone sales growth overall this year as vendors await the arrival of 5G to reignite the market, according to research group CCS Insight. According to CCS Insight, global mobile phone sales will grow by just 0.2% this year to reach 1.95 billion […]

CCS Insight: 5G connections to reach 60m in 2020

CCS Insight has raised its forecast for 5G rollouts after strong industry momentum in the last six months – but says that Europe continues to trail the early adoption of the US and Asia. The research firm now forecasts that there will be almost 60 million global 5G connections in 2020, up more than 50% on its […]

Vodafone demos live VR in Spain

Vodafone España has said it can now deliver virtual reality experiences to 4G mobile users in close to real-time without a significant delay through the use of Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) technology. Vodafone said it was using MEC technology in conjunction with Huawei’s Network Function Virtualisation (NFV), one of the technologies that will go towards […]

Liberty Global opens Telenet Innovation Centre

Liberty Global has opened a “knowledge and excellence hub” in Brussels to create and test new products. Liberty said it will use the Telenet Innovation Centre – which is its second innovation hub alongside its Tech Campus near Amsterdam – to test its new technology for “connectivity, entertainment, and value-added services”. It will initially focus […]

Ericsson’s Steve Plunkett: IBC 2017 preview

Ericsson’s CTO of broadcast and media services, Steve Plunkett, tells us what to look out for at IBC this year. It’s almost IBC time again, the flagship European event where the great and the good (and everyone else) of the broadcast industry descend on Amsterdam to showcase and discuss the latest trends and products that […]

Telenet agrees 5G and IoT deal with ZTE

Liberty Global-owned Belgian cable operator, Telenet, has agreed a strategic partnership with ZTE Corporation covering 5G and Internet of Things (IoT).  The deal deepens the two companies’ collaboration on next-generation technologies and comes after Telenet selected ZTE in August 2016 to upgrade its national mobile network. “We are convinced this partnership will allow us to […]

5G: KPN slams spectrum decision, TIM to launch trial in Turin

Dutch telco KPN has hit out at what it sees as a misguided spectrum policy from the Dutch government that could hinder the development of next-generation 5G mobile services in the country. KPN accused the Dutch government of failing to provide a degree of certainty about the availability of the 3.5GHz band for 5G services. […]

Mobile execs mull future of 5G at MWC

Mobile technology executives used a wide-ranging conference session on 5G at Mobile World Congress to spell out radically divergent visions of the future of the technology and its prospects. The views ranged from 5G having little chance of success in the current framework of its evolution, to predictions that 5G represents the future of fixed […]