Orange has been carrying out vRAN trials but has yet to be convinced that a commercial rollout would make sense.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom introduces ten-year flat data rate for IoT; Ericsson and MTS open 5G test center in Russia; TIM cozies up to Qualcomm.
Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser and Iain Morris wrap up Day 2 of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona with initial thoughts on service provider and product announcements.
The network deployment will be split 'roughly 50/50' between Ericsson and Nokia, according to T-Mobile's CEO.
Several of the world's biggest operators have said they do not expect capital expenditure to rise with the deployment of 5G technology.
Shawn Hakl, SVP Business Products, discusses Verizon's new strategies for IoT strategy including the impact of 5G on its approach to SD-WAN.
Boosting intensive indoor coverage in preparation for the 5G era has been and will continue to be a serious concern for many operators. What options are available for operators?
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ooredoo makes 5G claims in Qatar, while Vodafone beats a retreat; network slicers come together; Bouygues trials 5G in Bordeaux.
The Huawei-built unit supports the 3GPP 5G NR spec at 3.5GHz.
AT&T, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, NTT DoCoMo and Orange have clubbed together to form ORAN, which combines the XRAN and C-RAN groups that were previously active in this area.
South Korean telco could team up with Deutsche Telekom on edge computing through an investment in its MobiledgeX business.
Ryan Ding, Huawei Executive Director and President of Carrier Business Group, shared his views and vision for 5G with the industry at the '5G is Now' Summit during Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018.
German telco plots launch of 5G network services in 2020 following commercial trials in Germany and other European markets this year.
Ciscosson relationship is in tatters as Cisco spearheads radio access network initiative that competes against Ericsson.
Arris brings Ruckus to the home with new fixed wireless broadband gateway.
Ericsson's CEO Börje Ekholm talks to Light Reading about 5G investments, automation, business models and more at Mobile World Congress 2018.
Verizon takes 5G marketing fight to chilly Spain!
New white paper, co-authored by Metaswitch, relates PoC and trial experience showing faster service turn-up, greater efficiencies.
Open APIs are the order of the day.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone trials 5G in Milan with Nokia; TIM teams up with Cisco for cybersecurity and more; DT and SAP extend partnership.
If European authorities regulate 5G in the same way as 3G and 4G, they will deal a blow to the nascent technology, warns Vodafone boss.
Australian operator is converting local exchanges into mini data centers and introducing multiple automated processes as it prepares to introduce 5G services in 2019, say key executives.
Ericsson boss takes aim at regulatory authorities, arguing that net neutrality rules could impede the rollout of mission-critical 5G services.
Swedish vendor is set to launch a handful of 'machine intelligence' products at this week's MWC and says 15 major operators are interested in its AI goodies.
The German telecom incumbent plans to use software from its wholly owned Silicon Valley subsidiary to support its edge-computing deployment.
An optimized in-house chip has resulted in strong 5G traction with major operators, boasts Nokia's CEO.
On your way to Barcelona for you-know-what? Eschew that tired old in-flight movie and listen instead to Telecoms.com's own Fun Boy Three, who bring you their unique take on what's likely to be hot – or not – at MWC.
Indian authorities and operators are keen to play a role in the development of 5G technology.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange and KPN claim LoRa breakthrough; digital education in Africa; Nokia's 'Conscious Factory in a Box'; 5G fanfare from DT, Huawei and Intel.
Mobile World Congress remains the must-attend event in the telecom industry, even as concern grows about its sprawl and spin.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica profit up by a third, extends wholesale FTTH deal with Orange; more 5G action; Nokia memo confirms healthcare U-turn.
German telecom incumbent will increase spending in Germany this year as it starts to prepare for the launch of higher-speed 5G services.
The Broadcom/Qualcomm M&A slap fight rolls on.
Verizon's first-ever Mobile Security Index shows global professionals managing mobile devices for businesses fear their employees the most.
Orange will not initiate any takeover activity in France, says CEO, as company reports domestic sales growth for first time since 2009.
Atlanta, Dallas and Waco will be among the first US cities to get AT&T's mobile 5G in 2018.
Qualcomm is now offering $44 billion for NXP.
Company announces new group within Linux Foundation and launches its edge computing test zone in Palo Alto.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia targets the smart city; more 5G claims; BT sells cable-making business; new boss-in-waiting for Ireland's eir.
ISS wants Qualcomm to take $121 billion Broadcom bid as starting point for talks.
Ain't no sunshine when he's gone, so Ray's back with Scott to talk about full-on fiber and Nokia's tactical withdrawal from the digital health market.
Wholesale arm of Spanish giant has added seven new network functions hubs to enhance its virtualization capabilities.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: using church spires for mobile antennas in the UK; how du will book your vacation for you; Belgian watchdog bites back at Facebook; for DT, the only way is ethics.
5G may finally be driving the business case for fixed mobile convergence.
Double the density, double the fun!
The European region, including Russia, has experienced two years of 20%+ growth in FTTH/B connections but many markets still haven't really woken up.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia addresses virtualization risks; ARM targets machine learning; UK soccer rights auction suffers deflation.
International operator believes the emerging fiber access broadband technology will be needed to support a disaggregated radio access network once 5G is deployed.
Scott and Jamie are joined by special guest Paul Nolan from PR agency CC Group, who tells us about a bit of research his company commissioned into how operators are going about the macro trend that is digital transformation and what vendors are doing to help them. Spoiler alert – it's complicated.
The companies are also said to be meeting on Wednesday.
Ovum's Head of IoT, Alexandra Rehak, uncovers the hot IoT topics for MWC, including LPWAN commercialization, use cases for 5G, the use of artificial intelligence in IoT deployments and more.
Trump's infrastructure bill promises little in the way of federal funding for broadband deployments.
France's biggest service provider is preparing to roll out 5G networks despite the uncertainties it faces.
Accurate real-time visibility into next-generation networks and clouds is essential for operators' digital transformation and 5G strategies.
But Qualcomm is offering to meet with Broadcom to discuss the bid.
Head of Huawei's carrier division says the Chinese vendor is involved in Orange's 5G developments despite not being included in the French operator's 5G test plans announced this week.
The notion that China has opened up a 5G gap with the US looks mistaken.
Ericsson confirmed as the replacement for Nokia in Deutsche Telekom's German radio access network.
Chinese vendor commits to spend between $10 to 20 billion per year on R&D and prepares to launch its cross-portfolio AI-enabled platform.
T-Mobile can switch on 5G in some urban areas as compatible smartphones become available in 2019.
The disaggregation of the radio access network has been on operator agendas for some years, but will 'best of breed' mobile broadband access network models take off in 2018? Or is this just an R&D dream?
Chinese vendor will have put the frighteners on its European rivals with an update on its 5G and broader R&D plans.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: state investment firm sells off shares in Telia; TDC rejects takeover bid; Ericsson's on the 5G radio.
Orange announces Ericsson, Nokia, Cisco and Samsung as key partners on 5G trials. Where does that leave Huawei?
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Elisa tests virtual reality and more on pre-standard 5G; VodafoneZiggo upgrades core with Ericsson; Com Hem gets 1.2Gbit/s symmetrical over fiber coax.
Hint: Don't expect much action before the final three months of this year.
Ovum analyst Camille Mendler explains why the tech and mobile industries need to focus on delivering enterprise solutions that can be understood and used by anyone as the millennial generation begins to comprise the majority of the workforce.
Virtual Skybox VR demo imported 4K feeds and interactive extras into an app streamed live over Verizon's pre-5G test network.
Heavy Reading Principal Analyst Gabriel Brown believes this year's MWC in Barcelona will witness a deep dive into 'Phase II' 5G tech developments such as network slicing.
The head of Orange Spain sees no short-term need to blanket his market with 5G networks and wants to 'break' the business model of Ericsson and Huawei.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica and Huawei test 5G-V2X; Nokia tries out LPWA tech for French power giant; Orange turns to Check Point for device protection.
With the 5G test market in mind, Viavi has coughed up $455 million to acquire the test and measurement division of Cobham, a move that takes it into other verticals as well.
Second-biggest US cable and broadband provider says its heavy capital spending will start to ebb a bit this year even as it carries out more all-digital and DOCSIS 3.1 system upgrades.
Broadcom says this is its final offer for Qualcomm.
Ovum analyst Dario Talmesio says MWC 2018 is a great opportunity for a reality check on key technology developments and potential business cases related to AI, IoT, 5G and more.
Sprint ups its capex as it gets into its 5G stride.
Maybe cry instead.
Major merger not being discussed but the acquisition by Vodafone of European assets is being considered, the companies admit.
Chinese vendor manages sales growth in 2017 despite challenging market conditions and plots a boost to its 5G R&D investments.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia and Deutsche Telekom get industrial with 5G in Hamburg; eir revenue falls in Q2; Tele2's busy year.
5G is big with Qualcomm on its latest earnings call.
Proceeds from an auction of 5G spectrum are unlikely to go far in helping Germany to realize its gigabit ambitions.
Creating a smart city means redefining network infrastructure.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone going steady; Nokia's reasons to be cheerful; eir pulls out of Ireland's National Broadband Plan.
Finnish vendor ends 2017 on a relative high note but says conditions will remain tough in 2018 and that margins will be under pressure.