Tag: 5G

Juniper warns that networks are too complicated

63078f1c3ddb730c43c45986518654a0Juniper Networks’ CEO Rami Rahim has warned that networks have become too complex, and firms are ill prepared for IoT and 5G which will make matters worse.

He told the assorted throngs at Juniper Networks’ annual EMEA shin-dig in London that Networks have become too complex, fragile and difficult to manage… this could be this industry’s biggest challenge so far.

“Our driving strategy is what we call the pursuit of simplicity, because what I see as the main challenge of today is managing complexity,” he said.

He claimed his outfit’s Juniper’s PTX series core routers and packet transport routers were a solution to increasing complexity.

“We knew that there needed to be a more effective, and cost-effective, approach to deploying networks, and we invented this new concept of a lean core network with a product called the PTX which has been growing incredibly well for us. In fact, this year for the first time ever we have achieved number one market share in North America in core routing and that’s primarily because of this product line”, he said.

Rahim added that IoT and 5G were the two tech trends that will exacerbate the problems of excessive complexity and “fundamentally change network architectures”.

“This concept that we know today of the cloud being a central datacentre that is delivering services to the masses will reach a breaking point due to IoT and 5G”, Rahim said.

“If you think of the billions of devices that are going to be connected to this global network, the time between sensing the data from sensors – that are typically going to be video cameras – then collecting, acting, processing and then feeding back the intelligence into the network, that process is going to need to get tighter”, he said.

ZTE profits soar by 94 percent

zte-open-firefox-osChinese telecomms provider ZTE said higher sales of 4G network kit and smartphones meant that for its financial year it turned in a 94 percent net profit increased.

The Shenzhen based corporation said the net profit rose to $423.5 million in its 2014 financial year.

It claims it is the fastest growing providers of 4G across the world, with strong wins internationally and consolidation of its number one position in mainland China.

It claims its lead in 4G technology is allowing it to take the lead in research on 5G technology and it has already introduced pre G5 base stations for trial.

In addition to telecomms, ZTE made inroads into the cloud computing for the financial services market, and also showed growth in data centre products

Revenues from business outside China accounted for 50.2 percent of ZTE’s results.

The company said that it showed growth for both 4G smartphones and 3G handsets worldwide, and improved its branding, its channel distribution and its services.

 

Huawei increases 5G patent portfolio

huawei-liveHuawei is spending a bomb to improve its 5G patent portfolio.

The outfit said that it wants to spend $600 million on 5G wireless research and development from 2013 to 2018.

But speaking to reporters at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona yesterday, Huawei Chief Executive Ken Hu said that 5G research spending was likely to rise, without giving specific figures.

Huawei was Europe’s seventh-largest patent filer in 2014, up from 13th the previous year, according a report published last week by the European Patent Office (EPO). It was granted 493 patents by the European agency in 2014, although they were not all 5G related.

5G is supposed to be the next big thing, promises superfast internet speeds, broader network coverage and peace in our lunchtime.

It is also expected to be the driver to hook up objects to the internet from cars to health monitoring devices or the internet of things. The commercial launch of 5G is expected to begin in 2020.
“We have made quite a large number of technology innovations and breakthroughs,” Hu, deputy chairman and ‘rotating’ chief executive of Huawei, said.

These give Huawei a stronger position in terms of intellectual property, he said.

Hu urged cooperation among telecom operators, equipment makers and other industries to agree on a single set of standards for 5G technology to ensure a global market.

5G boffins break 1Tbps speed limit

speed University of Surrey researchers working on  5G mobile broadband claim to have broken the transfer speed limit of 1Tbps (Terabits per second).

Normally when people talk about 5G they are happen to hint at speeds of 10Gbps to 50Gbps (Gigabits per second). Samsung managed 7.5Gbps in a car moving at 60MPH over a distance of 4.35km and using the 28GHz radio spectrum band.

The Surrey test said that its performance was managed over 100 metres via new transmitters and receivers.

The plan is to take the technology outside of the lab for testing between 2016 and 2017, which would be followed by a public demo in early 2018.

Professor Rahim Tafazolli, who leads the project said that the technique is independent of centre frequency whether mm wave or below 6GHz.

“It is a new detector that works really well in environments where there is a lot of interference I.e dense cells (for example cells of ~100m) and cells with lots of interfering antennas like massive MIMO. The indicated rate was measured in 100MHz of bandwidth.”

 

EE to invest £1.5 billion in 4G

oldphoneComms company EE said today it will spend £1.5 billion over the next three years to expand its 4G network in the UK.

EE said that 4G will overtake 2G by 2017, with 99 percent of the British population able to access 4G networks.

And, by 2017, 4G+ will be available in 20 British cities.

It said that it will spend to create data and voice connections in 1,500 places that don’t have either reliable mobile or high speed broadband.

Its “double speed” broadband will be available for 90 percent of the UK population, with data speeds of up to 60Mbps available for both smartphones and tablets.

And in the future it claimed it will be a leader in 5G, because the foundation for even faster speeds will rely on 4G infrastructure being available.

Its 4G+ network will allow speeds of 150Mbps, EE said.

Today it released its “Signalling the Future” manifesto intended to guide the next government of whatever hue to set digital priorities.

5G still some way away

handsetFollowing up on its report earlier this week on 5G standardisation, market intelligence company ABI Research has firmed up what it believes will be the subscriber base.

It predicts it will take between five and 10 years for 5G to get to 100 million subscribers – that’s two years longer than 4G subscriber.

Take up of 4G has been fast because of the availability of 4G devices and more powerful smartphones.

By 2025, ABI estimates that the top countries to take up the 5G baton will be the US, China, Japan, South Korea and the UK.

There’s some technicalities to take care of – 5G will use high grequency spectra and your device will link to numerous cells for good connectivity.

ABI said a 5G network will consist of a network of small cells and practical for both industrial and urban environments.

5G planning starts

oldfoneWhile most people haven’t even moved to 4G phone networks yet, manufacturers are already talking about standards for the next faster generation of 5G phones.

Major vendors are engaging with the formal standards process, according to ABI Research.  Those include Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Qualcomm, Samsung, mobile operators and academic bodies.

Research director Philip Solis sad: “These companies are all waving their 5G flags, although 5G definitions and visions remain very vague.  But this is not merely marketing. These companies are most certainly putting a stake in the ground that will leverage their, work, competitive strengths, and, most crucially, patents.”

He said that Qualcomm in particular is keeping its head low, but other vendors such as Apple and Google are getting actively involved.

Solis said that efforts by vendors to use their patents will be fiercer than for 4G.

But despite the competitive edge, Solis said that companies are working together “so the standardisation process can hit the ground running”.

Mobile data traffic to increase 1,000 times beyond 2020

ericsson-logoConsumers and carriers are slowly but surely transitioning to 4G and the hunger for high speed broadband on the go is  transforming the way we use our clever mobile devices, including traditional kit like notebooks. Earlier this week Samsung announced its first 5G milestone, proudly telling the world that 1Gbps 5G is coming by 2020.