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One in 10 communications companies claim to have deployed 5G technology already, according to a recent survey (see: With 5G technology, the time is now).

Some parts of the 5G standard are close to being finalized, but nothing has been ratified yet. 

Furthermore, many of the constituent technologies (e.g., mmWave RF, beamforming, MIMO, etc.) are either new or not commonly used. SDN and NFV are considered critical enablers of the heightened utility and expanded flexibility that will be hallmarks of 5G networks.

The industry has a learning curve to climb. The recent set of announcements can be considered an indicator that the industry is beginning to surge up that slope. 


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Juniper Networks unveils MX Series 5G Universal Routing Platform

    Juniper Networks has extended the capabilities of its MX Series router line with the MX Series 5G Universal Routing Platform. The technology, which leverages the new Juniper Penta Silicon packet forwarding engine along with 5G mobile focused software, will reach the field in the form of new line cards for the MX960, MX480 and MX240 routers as well as the equally new MX10008 and MX10016 Universal Chassis.

    The MX Series 5G Universal Routing Platform addresses the increased complexity and resource intensity secure software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) and upcoming Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G mobile services will create

    Much of the new capabilities come from the Juniper Penta Silicon packet forwarding engine. The programmable 16-nm device enables a 50% improvement in power efficiency (0.5 W per gigabit) versus the company’s Junos Trio chipset, which will mean a 3X increase in bandwidth capacity for the MX960, MX480, and MX240 routers. The Juniper Penta Silicon also will support both MACsec and IPsec natively for enhanced transmission security. The device also will offer Flexible Ethernet (FlexE) capabilities.

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    5G wireless infrastructure seen pushing high-speed SerDes protocols

    “All major wireless carriers (Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T) have announced their intentions to begin 5G rollout in the US by the end of this year. Although this may appear to be a “simple” incremental generation advancement, 5G actually requires significant investments and potential changes in infrastructure compared to previous generations. These changes for 5G, as any other infrastructure that relies on high-speed transfer of data, processing and re-distribution of processed data, rely heavily on ultra-high speed and low latency ­serial data communication…As the push to 5G brings more complexity to fronthaul network infrastructure, with increased bandwidth and data processing, ASIC interfaces must keep up.

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The 5G standard was completed on schedule

    3GPP has completed 5G technology to define the Release 15 standard. Prepared at an association meeting in La Jolla, California, with more than 800 experts. The new configuration does not include any old LTE technology, so in practice the 5G standard is now complete.

    In December, 3GPP accepted the 5G NR radio standard. Release 15 defines 5G standalone definitions, so on that basis, a 5G network can start designing an operator that does not have previous mobile networks.

    When the standard is completed, operators are now expected to accelerate the introduction of 5G networks to their subscribers. In the US, AT & T and Verizon are expected to begin this year, Sprint is expected to begin next year and T-Mobile in 2020.

    On the other hand, it is difficult to say exactly when consumers would have 5G handsets.

    The 5G standard has been worked out for over three years. The result of the 3GPP workgroups is significant, given the 5G requirements. The goal was to provide data gigabytes of up to 20 gigabytes of data from the network to the terminal, a million units of service per square kilometer, and latency shrinking to 4G compared to a fifth. Practical data rates should always and everywhere be 100 megabits per second.


  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Ericsson: 5G comes this year

    According to the Ericsson Mobility Report, which will be published twice a year in the future of mobile networks, five years later, ie by 2023, 3.5 billion IoT devices will be available on mobile networks and around 20% of global mobile network traffic will run on 5G networks. The first 5G networks will be launched this year.


  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The week that QoS in networking, aka WAN, RAN, thank you ma’am

    Nokia has claimed a first by demonstrating a cloud-based radio access network (RAN) running on an operational carrier network.

    The demonstration was on the Orange network in Poland.

    The March – May 2018 trial used Nokia’s AirScale Cloud RAN, and was designed to help both carrier and vendor get ready for 5G deployments. The demo connected radio sites in the Polish city of Chelm to a virtualised baseband infrastructure running in a data centre 70 km away in Lublin.

    The AirScale base station provided equivalent network performance both on Nokia’s reference infrastructure and the Orange cloud environment, Nokia said.

    In the demonstration, only time-critical functions remained at the base stations. Ethernet carried over the Orange network allowed non-real-time operations to be hosted at the data centre.

  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    5G Testing and Conformance Bring New Challenges

    EE Times asks Meik Kottkamp, principal technology manager within the test and measurement division of Rohde & Schwarz, about the latest test challenges that are likely from 5G and IoT, which will bring new standards for testing and conformance.

    EE Times: With technology moving so fast, is it even possible to test for the right things?

  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Huawei calls Australian security fears ‘ill-informed and not based on facts’

    Facing the prospect of being banned from bidding on Australia’s national 5G mobile services roll out, the senior leadership of Huawei Australia issued an open letter to members of the country’s Parliament stating that suggestions the company is an agent of the Chinese Government, and therefore a national security threat, are “ill-informed and not based on facts.”

  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Micro-operators to Drive 5G Adoption

    Why would mobile operators invest in new network infrastructure when they are only just trying to recoup their investments in existing infrastructure?

    With 4G, the business case was easy for operators: Sell faster network speeds and more bandwidth, and the user will want it. “Build it and they will come” was the mantra.

    But now, with the diversity of applications for 5G, would it be commercially viable to invest in new infrastructure? A common theme I have been hearing is that the operators of those new networks might not necessarily be the traditional network operators but more likely to be “micro-operators.”

    The latest developments in Finland, both commercially and in research, may provide a pointer to the future for 5G (and even 6G).

    On the commercial side, Elisa, a telecom operator with networks in Finland and Estonia, said this week that it launched the world’s first commercial 5G networks — in Tampere in Finland and Tallinn in Estonia — and has started selling 5G subscriptions. The first person to use this 5G network was Anne Berner, Minister of Transport and Communications, who made a video call to Kadri Simson, Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure in Estonia. It used commercially available 5G terminal devices from Huawei to make the call. Elisa said that the first GSM telephone call in the world was also made using its network.

  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

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    5G roundup: hunkered down to get it done
    Brian Santo -June 26, 2018–hunkered-down-to-get-it-done?utm_source=Aspencore&utm_medium=EDN&utm_campaign=social

    The major wireless carriers and their vendors have deadlines for deploying upgraded 4G and true 5G services in mere months. They are all mostly hunkered down, working feverishly to hit those deadlines, so understandably they’ve had less time in recent weeks to perpetuate the relentless 5G marketing/public-relations campaign of the preceding few years. Activity has largely been about tests, trials, new products, and preparing to make spectrum available for future services. It was simple coincidence that there was significant news on the regulatory front in all three of North America’s largest countries.

    US Federal Communications Commission adopted some regulations regarding the use of 24 GHz spectrum

    The FCC wants to auction licenses to spectrum in the 24 GHz band for 5G.

    47 GHz band. The commission proposed to similarly eliminate the pre-auction limit of 1250 MHz for the 28 GHz, 37 GHz, and 39 GHz bands.

    There next auction of bandwidth in the US is for the 28 GHz band; it is scheduled to commence this November

    Canada plans to auction off 600 MHz spectrum for 5G in 2019, 3.5 GHz spectrum in 2020, and mmWave spectrum (at an as-yet unspecified frequency or frequencies) in 2021.

    Nokia and T-Mobile just announced they’d accomplished what appears to be the first bi-directional, over-the-air, 5G data session on a 3GPP-compliant 5G New Radio (NR) system. Recall that 5G NR can reasonably be considered turbo-charged 4G, and not true 5G.

  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Terrestrial broadcasters get on the 5G roadmap

    The non-standalone version of 5G New Radio (NSA 5G NR) was finalized last December, and more recently the standalone version (SA 5G NR) in mid-June (the former is a subset, or a special case, of the latter). We know that’s not the end of the 5G standards, though. So, what’s next? Creating specifications for use cases other than mobile broadband, which include terrestrial and satellite broadcasting.

    With these standards, network service providers can start trialing 5G broadband. As they proceed, the industry will undoubtedly find “bits and pieces to finish, things to correct,” said vice president of technical standards at Qualcomm, Lorenzo Casaccia in an interview with EDN. “The core technology is there, and that’s what you need to move into trials.”

    Defining a 5G specification for each use case or industry vertical, Casaccia explained, involves looking at the requirements of the application, and figuring out what capabilities already inherent in 5G match those criteria and using them, and adding capabilities that are required if they aren’t currently in the 5G spec.

    “We look at what we can do with both 5G and evolved LTE – LTE is effectively part of 5G in this whole discussion,” Casaccia said. “Then the exercise becomes, let’s take what we have, and how can we stretch it to meet those requirements? What should we remove, and what can we add? So through addition or subtraction from core capabilities we can address a vertical industry.”

  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    5G roundup: hunkered down to get it done–hunkered-down-to-get-it-done

    Late last week, the US Federal Communications Commission adopted some regulations regarding the use of 24 GHz spectrum that are certainly arcane, but no less consequential for their obscurity.

    Until relatively recently, only part of the 24 GHz spectrum would have been available to be repurposed for 5G because a good portion of that band has been used for radar. For technological reasons, radar is shifting to 77 GHz (see “Moving from 24 GHz to 77 GHz radar”). It looks to be a gradual move, but eventually, much more of the 24 GHz band will be available for other uses.

    The FCC wants to auction licenses to spectrum in the 24 GHz band for 5G. The agency assumes – almost certainly correctly – that the more bandwidth that is available in that band, the more valuable the licenses are likely to be, and the higher the bids they will likely fetch.


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