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    LTE-WLAN Aggregation: Benefits and Deployment Considerations – Intel White Paper

    Cellular networks have evolved from delivering robust voice services with 1st and 2nd generation standards towards generations of standards that…

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    GSA and GSMA Announce Agreement to Collaborate on Spectrum

    GSA and GSMA Announce Agreement to Collaborate on Spectrum for 5G Networks The Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) and the GSMA today announced an agreement that will help pave the way for the development of 5G mobile broadband networks globally. Through this cooperation framework, the two organisations will share and collaborate on spectrum management issues with particular reference to the allocation, harmonisation and market availability of new bands. In the run up to the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference in 2019 (WRC-19), this partnership will be key. It will help ensure a coherent and consistent approach…
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    5G Spectrum Bands

    The global terrestrial mobile broadband data traffic is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 45% in the coming years, which represents a tenfold increase between 2016 and 2022[1]. This increase is driven largely by the adoption of mobile video streaming. On top of that, the Internet of Things (IoT) is shifting from vision to reality. The 29 billion connected devices by 2022 are expected to include 18 billion IoT or machine-to-machine (M2M) devices[1]. Subsequently, the future mobile networks will need to support new challenging and new use cases, which will demand more spectrum in ever higher frequency ranges. GSA member companies are investing heavily in research and developments in relation to 5G technologies and networks. Results of these efforts are underway on a global basis in response to national and regional strategic initiatives. Therefore, it is regarded as essential for policy makers to lay down rules while supporting early access to radio frequency spectrum resources with the aim of providing necessary clarity for deployments of terrestrial 5G systems, which are already on the way in some countries and are emerging in others. Availability of spectrum is a key requirement to enable testing and early 5G deployment before 2020, therefore both higher and lower frequencies are needed now to meet the need of trialing relevant 5G use cases. Lower 5G bands for early deployments Due to its favorable properties, such as radio wave propagation and available bandwidth, GSA is of the view that the bands in the ranges 3300 – 4200 MHz and 4400 – 4990 MHz will be the primary spectrum bands between 1 GHz and 6 GHz for the introduction of 5G. Parts of the band 3300 – 4200 MHz and 4400 – 4990 MHz are being considered for first trials and introduction of 5G services in a number of countries and regions in the world, including: - Europe                      3400 – 3800 MHz (awarding trial licenses) China                         3300 – 3600 MHz (ongoing trial), 4400 – 4500 MHz, 4800 – 4990 MHz Japan                         3600 – 4200 MHz and 4400-4900 MHz Korea                         3400 – 3700 MHz USA                              3100 – 3550 MHz (and 3700 – 4200 MHz) In Europe, Germany and France have recently signaled in their public consultations their willingness to auction this spectrum for 5G. In Ireland, ComReg published an Information Memorandum for the forthcoming award of spectrum rights of use for the 3.4 – 3.8 GHz frequency band. In Italy, the telecom regulator has published their proposed auction rules for the 3.6 – 3.8 GHz band and in Spain the regulator has provided information on their refarming activity regarding the 3.6 – 3.8 GHz band and their intention to tender it for MFCN according to market and operators’ needs. Higher 5G bands for early deployments Spectrum harmonization remains important for the development of 5G, and even more important for higher frequencies in order to support the development of a new ecosystem as well as the deployment of very advanced antenna systems. Korea is introducing the prospect of an early pre-commercial 5G trial during the PyeongChang 2018 winter Olympic games. This activity is ongoing in preparation for an early 5G demonstrator in PyeongChang, Seoul and in other Korean locations. The USA has adopted new rules to enable rapid development and deployment of next generation 5G technologies and services in licensed spectrum in the band 28 GHz, but also in the range of 38 GHz.[2] Japan will be deploying its first commercial 5G network to meet agreed international technical specifications for the 2020 summer Olympic games in Tokyo with a larger-scale field trial through 2018 and 2019. China is also targeting to deploy commercial 5G networks to meet the demands for the extremely high peak data rates in the ranges 26 GHz and 42 GHz. In Europe the range 26 GHz has been identified as a 5G pioneer band and work is well underway in order to harmonize the band in Europe for 5G before WRC-19 through adoption of a harmonization decision and to promote this band for worldwide use. Potential first deployments of higher 5G bands USA:      27.5 – 28.35 GHz and 37 – 40 GHz pre-commercial deployments in 2018 Korea:   26.5 – 29.5 GHz trials in 2018 and commercial deployments in 2019 Japan:   27.5 – 28.28 GHz trials planned from 2017 and potentially commercial deployments in 2020 China:    Focusing on 24.25 – 27.5 GHz and 37 – 43.5 GHz studies Sweden: 26.5 – 27.5 GHz awarding trial licenses for use in 2018 and onwards EU:        24.25 – 27.5 GHz for commercial deployments from 2020 Notably the range 24.25 – 27.5 GHz (26 GHz) is overlapping with the band 26.5 – 29.5 GHz (28 GHz), which suggests that countries supporting 26 GHz may also benefit from early ecosystem development for the 28 GHz band in other Regions. Other bands of interest In addition, the bands 600 MHz, 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1.5 GHz, 2.1 GHz, 2.3 GHz and 2.6 GHz may be of particular interest for both traditional and new non-traditional applications and are key to deliver necessary 5G broadband coverage for applications such as internet of things (IoT), industry automation, and business critical use cases.   1)     Ericsson Mobility Report 2016, November 2016, available at: https://www.ericsson.com/assets/local/mobility-report/documents/2016/ericsson-mobility-report-november-2016.pdf 2)      www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-adopts-rules-facilitate-next-generation-wireless-technologies  
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    Enterprise Small Cells Deployment Advantages – White paper

    This white paper on Enterprise Small Cell Deployment Advantages proposes the following major themes: As an industry, we must re-open the discussion on how indoor cellular is built by embracing the need of enterprise IT to actively participate in solving their business productivity problem caused by poor indoor cellular. Most Enterprises don’t want to acquire solutions that require construction of a parallel network. For the telecom industry to move to closer partnerships with enterprises offering winning solutions that can integrate with technology that enterprises operate to offer potential implementation savings. Optimal deployments can share the…
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    Microwave Transport in 4G and 5G Networks

    In the past decade, microwave transport technology has evolved to address the increasingly demanding requirements of wireless networks. 4.x and…

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    Evolution to NB-IoT Report: GSA

    GSA has updated the June 2016 Evolution to Narrow Band IoT report identifying new operator commitments, new devices, chips and modules, as well as trials and commercial deployments of IoT use cases. 19 operators are committed to deploying NB-IoT in 2017 GSA is tracking 16 3GPP IoT compliant device suppliers 18 vendors are delivering or planning to deliver chipsets or modules compliant to 3GPP Release 13 GSA predicts there will be 25 commercial NB-IoT networks by the end of 2017 US is focusing on LTE-IoT Cat-M1 and will then deploy NB-IoT Europe and Asia are…
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    Building 5G: End to End Technology Considerations: Global Data – Intel

    An overwhelming focus on 5G RAN innovation is understandable; from massive MIMO, full-duplex communications, a new air interface and the…

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    LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation deployments: peak speeds report

    Peak speeds report (183 networks launched) This report is initially restricted to GSA Members companies, Associates of GSA and Network Operators. This report will be available for general download from 3 March 2017. 233 operators (40% of LTE operators) are investing in LTE-Advanced or LTE-Advanced Pro network technologies in 100 countries, of which: 183 operators (31.5% of LTE operators) have commercially launched LTE-Advanced or LTE-Advanced Pro networks in 87 countries. 160 commercially launched LTE-Advanced networks support UE Category 6 or higher. This status report from GSA summarises the theoretical peak downlink speed for each of…
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    Wireless Russia Forum: 4G, 5G & Beyond

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        COMNEWS would like to invite you and your colleagues to attend the 9th International Wireless Russia Forum: 4G,…
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    GSA: Mobile Fast Facts – February 2017

    3 pages of Mobile Fast Facts from GSA reports and databases. ©2017 - GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association)
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    Global LTE network deployments: 581 commercially launched in 186 countries

    MAP confirming the global scale of current LTE operator commitments, network deployments, commercial network launches, trials, and includes our latest forecast for end 2017. Source of data: GSA Evolution to LTE report dated 30 January 2017. This map is free to use subject to accrediting GSA and website www.gsacom.com as the source. © Copyright 2017 – GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association).
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    LTE-Advanced, LTE-Advanced Pro global status – commitments, launches, devices ecosystem

    233 operators, i.e. 40% are investing in LTE-Advanced or LTE-Advanced Pro network technologies. 183 operators (31.5% of LTE operators) have commercially launched LTE-Advanced or LTE-Advanced Pro networks in 87 countries. Deployment of LTE-Advanced systems for UE Category 6 user devices (151 – 300 Mbps downlink) is a major trend. Category 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15 and 16 (the latter with peak downlink speed up to 1 Gbps) user devices are also announced in the market. This report lists all LTE-Advanced and LTE-Advanced Pro investments (deployments, launches, frequencies, trials, studies) together with the status…
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    LTE TDD (TD-LTE) Global Status

    The LTE TDD mode (TD-LTE) for operators with unpaired spectrum is enjoying growth in all regions. 95 operators in 54 countries have commercially launched LTE service using the TDD mode. 32 operators have deployed both FDD and TDD modes in their LTE networks. 2,797 devices i.e. around 40% of LTE devices support LTE TDD (TD-LTE). Download the list of all 95 commercially launched LTE TDD networks including a summary of the operating frequency bands in this short status document, which is an extract from the Evolution to LTE report published on January 30, 2017 https://gsacom.com/paper/gsa-evolution-lte-report-january-2017/…
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    LTE Broadcast (eMBMS) – Global Status summary of deployments and activities

    There is a high level of activity in eMBMS/LTE Broadcast activities globally with traction building across all regions. Several use cases are being developed and trialled, and more are emerging. See the list of all LTE Broadcast system investments (deployments, launches, trials, studies) by 37 operators and broadcasters in this status report, which is an extract from the Evolution to LTE report published on January 30, 2017 https://gsacom.com/paper/gsa-evolution-lte-report-january-2017/ Complete details per operator are available in the mentioned Evolution to LTE report. In November 2015 GSA published a major report: “Evaluating the LTE Broadcast Opportunity”. The…
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