A round up of the latest news in 5G development, from Fixed Wireless Access trials in the UK and Nokia's new focus into multiple areas of early 5G mobility use cases.
Europe's first 5G FWA trial
UK-based mobile infrastructure company Arqiva, announced that in partnership with Samsung it has launched the first field trial of 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) technology in Europe at its central London offices. The trial uses Arqiva's 28GHz mmWave spectrum. Nicolas Ott Managing Director, Telecoms & M2M at Arqiva presented on making London 5G ready at the recent 5G World event and told us it would enable the UK to "become truly digital."
Apple trials mmWave
Apple has received permission from the FCC to start testing on 5G frequencies in California. This prompted a lot of excitement in the media as it is seen as the first step towards a 5G iPhone. However, others think this is a long way off and Apple might not even be part of the first wave of 5G phones. As Dan Jones from Light Reading points out, "Apple has never seemed dead set on being at the cutting edge of radio technology. Recall that Apple launched its first iPhone -- a decade ago -- on so-called "2.5G" EDGE when rivals and operators were already on 3G."
Nokia put 5G First
Nokia is broadening its focus into multiple areas of early 5G mobility use cases to meet customer interest. They will also push 3GPP to speed up the release of their stadards for 5G and build customer experiences with the Nokia 5G FIRST end-to-end solution.
In markets including the U.S., China, Japan and South Korea, where operators have shown a clear interest in 5G, Nokia will implement early 5G specifications, enhancing 5G FIRST with the 3GPP 5G Phase I protocol.
Marc Rouanne, president of Mobile Networks at Nokia said: "There should be no doubt about the huge potential of 5G. Through 5G FIRST, Nokia is evolving its 5G strategy to drive the industry rapidly towards the adoption of standards-based commercial applications - as early as 2019. Doing so will require broad cross-industry support, and we call upon regulators and governments to free up and enable the use of spectrum at low-, mid- and high-frequency bands for trials. This will allow robust evaluation of 5G to take place, so that collectively, we can deliver one of the most important new technologies in history, one that will truly drive the Fourth Industrial Revolution."