SK Telecom, Ericsson and Samsung claim multi-vendor 5G transmission first

06 April 2020

Korean operator SK Telecom said it has managed the world’s first standalone 5G data session on a multi-vendor commercial 5G network, with help from Ericsson and Samsung.

SK applied standalone new radio (NR) software to its existing non-standalone (NSA) 5G base stations, and completed multi-vendor interoperability between network equipment of the two vendors.

The operator has also applied key 5G technologies such as network slicing and mobile edge computing (MEC) to its standalone 5G network.

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'Blocking of phone calls a growing problem'

23 March 2020

Call blocking by South Africa’s biggest network operators is negatively impacting many local telecoms customers who are finding they cannot always successfully complete phone calls, according to Anthony Engelbrecht, technical director at independent telco, Huge Networks.

He said that some clients of SA’s many Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telecoms networks such as Huge Networks, Connection Telecoms and dozens of others are increasingly finding that calls they place are not reaching the intended telecoms user.

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Pressure on Merkel to exclude Huawei

08 January 2020

The push comes after Berlin in October released a new “security catalogue” for telecoms networks, which critics said lacks teeth

The push comes after Berlin in October released a new “security catalogue” for telecoms networks, which critics said lacks teeth

A group of MPs from Angela Merkel’s centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is pressing the German chancellor to keep Chinese vendor company Huawei out of the country’s 5G network, for the sake of national security. 

The push comes after Berlin in October released a new “security catalogue” for telecoms networks, which critics said lacks teeth because it only obliges Huawei to sign a “no spy” clause while generally opening 5G tenders to the Chinese telecoms giant. 

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Thailand makes another bid to auction 5G spectrum

08 January 2020

NBTC said it plans to finalise the auction details next month

NBTC said it plans to finalise the auction details next month

Thailand’s telecoms regulator the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has announced details of 5G spectrum auctions scheduled to begin in February 2020, with licences to be issued across four bands and rollouts to start in March.

The watchdog said it would auction spectrum first in the 2600MHz and 26GHz bands, and later in the 700MHz and 1800MHz bands.

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