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The battle over 5G: What is it, who are the players, and why do we care?

Video: Who are the players in the battle over 5G and why do we care? The race to 5G: Inside the fight for the future of mobile as we know it Microsoft is seeking a US ban on sales of several Kyocera Android smartphones that it contends violates its patents. Read More Welcome to the latest installment of our regular ... Read More »

Mobile industry ‘shouldn’t wait’ for 5G to roll out small cells

“if you take anything away with you today, then it’s don’t wait for 5G to plan for small cells,” was the cry of one speaker at SWCS World in London this week. It was hardly surprising to hear such a plea at a small cell-focused event, where many of the speakers have a vested interest in shifting their wares to ... Read More »

Nokia partners with Chorus on optical wavelength solution

Nokia has announced that it is trialling its new optical wavelength services solution with New Zealand telecommunications giant Chorus to provide a more open access network infrastructure. The trial, taking place in Auckland, is testing a technology that Nokia head of Optical Networks Sam Bucci labelled the “first of its kind”. According to Nokia, the solution allows for on-demand service ... Read More »

​South Korea to trial autonomous public transport

South Korea will commence a proof-of-concept project for autonomous public transportation, its transport ministry has announced. The research will last until 2021 with a budget of 35.9 billion won ($33 million), with SK Telecom and Hyundai as participants. The project aims to develop autonomous buses and trucks and an accompanying monitoring system with high-definition mapping and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) support. Also ... Read More »

Diesel power and batteries in the bush feature at mobile blackspot sites

Australia’s Department of Communications has revealed that one telco is using diesel generators to provide power for base stations under the federal government’s mobile blackspots program, while another is storing its backup batteries “out in the environment” rather than in a shed where they belong. “One of the carriers has about 40 base stations on the blackspot program where they ... Read More »

NBN rips up 100Mbps fixed-wireless plans

(Screenshot: Chris Duckett/ZDNet) Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) company has killed off its plans to offer a 100/40Mbps fixed-wireless product, with NBN CEO Bill Morrow telling Senate Estimates on Thursday there is no economic case for it. “We killed it,” Morrow said. According to the CEO, while expanding capacity on fixed lines is a linear cost, the cost is exponential ... Read More »

NBN rips up 100Mbps fixed-wireless plans

(Screenshot: Chris Duckett/ZDNet) Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) company has killed off its plans to offer a 100/40Mbps fixed-wireless product, with NBN CEO Bill Morrow telling Senate Estimates on Thursday there is no economic case for it. “We killed it,” Morrow said. According to the CEO, while expanding capacity on fixed lines is a linear cost, the cost is exponential ... Read More »

Chancellor’s vision for ‘full fibre’ Britain is a boon for mobile operators

The Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond wants ‘full fibre’ connections to be available to most homes and businesses by 2025, in a pledge that could aid the mobile sector’s plans to build high capacity 4G and 5G networks. In a speech at the annual CBI dinner, Hammond once again made technology a pillar of his post-Brexit economic vision for ... Read More »

TalkTalk records loss but makes fibre appointments and sells B2B unit

TalkTalk’s renewed focus on its fixed consumer business has resulted in some short-term pain to its balance sheet, but the company is confident that its plans for full fibre rollout and the sale of part of its B2B business will allow it to thrive going forward. After a disastrous few years that saw significant customer losses, TalkTalk acquired 192,000 customers ... Read More »

Optus confirms Virgin Mobile closure

Optus has confirmed that it will be phasing out its Virgin Mobile Australia subsidiary over the next two years. ZDNet understands that Virgin Mobile employees will be impacted as sales and marketing is consolidated under the Optus brand, with 200 staffers affected. “For Virgin Mobile employees, our policy is always to talk to those who may be impacted by these ... Read More »

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