A round up of the latest news in 5G development, including Ericsson's 5G contracts with Verizon and Deutsche Telekom and new trial and startup announcements.
A good week for Ericsson
Ericsson made announcements of partnerships with Verizon and Deutsche Telekom last week.
Verizon has selected Ericsson to provide networking equipment for their commercial 5G launch. Verizon will deploy the pre-standard 5G commercial radio network and the 5G Core network in select markets in second half of 2018.
Ericsson are also working to modernise Deutsche Telekom's networks in Germany to make them "5G Ready". This will include delivering a multi-standard Radio Access Network, based on Ericsson’s Baseband 6630 product and multi-standard radios, Ericsson Network Manager for OSS, as well as hardware and software support and services.
Verizon opens 5G startup incubator
Verizon has opened a 5G-enabled Open Innovation lab in New York's Silicon Alley to work with startups and academics to unlock new use cases and experiences through trials and prototypes using Verizon's pre-commercial 5G technology.
The 5G-enabled lab space was created through a unique partnership with Alley, a co-working community that collocates startups, accelerators, and entrepreneurs. The lab will serve as a place to advance new technology ideas, concepts, and solutions with Verizon innovation, product, and venture teams in a space designed for collaboration and ideation, making it the world's first 5G powered co-working experience.
"5G brings an entirely new and unique array of benefits and possibilities compared to previous wireless technologies," says Verizon SVP of Strategy, Innovation and Product Development, Toby Redshaw. "One of the best ways to unleash the true possibilities of 5G is by getting it into the hands of innovators and visionaries. We see Alley as a logical first place to do just that." Verizon plans on offering access to dedicated space in Alley to select participants who are looking to explore test cases that benefit from the speed and latency characteristics native to 5G. The company expects the initiative will provide additional insights into the service and technology, as well as new concepts and use cases brought by those invited to the trial.
Singtel LAA trial reaches Gigabit speeds
Singtel and Ericsson, in their partnership to deliver 4.5G LTE and trial 5G in Singapore, have achieved an Asia-Pacific first in wireless technology by delivering a peak speed of 1.1 Gbps in a joint trial of a new configuration of Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) technology.
Conducted in a Singtel laboratory, the trial delivered speeds that breached the 1 Gbps barrier by combining several key LTE technologies including 256 QAM, 4x4 MIMO, and aggregating two licensed and three unlicensed spectrum bands on a TM500 Test System device .
Mark Chong, Singtel's Group Chief Technology Officer says: "We are very encouraged by this breakthrough in peak speeds. In Singapore, a large percentage of mobile traffic is generated indoors with more mobile customers browsing the web, streaming video and accessing cloud applications on the go. We are now in a position to deploy LAA technology to boost our LTE mobile capacity to meet increasing traffic demand. This will allow us to deliver a faster and more reliable mobile connectivity experience even during peak periods."