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.Find out more
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.Find out more
08 January 2020
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.Find out more
08 January 2020
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.Find out more