Vodacom launches 5G mobile network services in South Africa

Mobile operator Vodacom Group said on Monday it had switched on Africa’s first live 5G mobile network in three cities in South Africa, with further rollouts planned in other parts of the country. Vodacom was recently assigned temporary additional spectrum by South Africa’s telecoms regulator for the duration of a national state of disaster to… Read More Vodacom launches 5G mobile network services in South Africa

Vodacom set to launch 5G services in South Africa

Vodacom Group expects to offer 5G mobile services to its South African customers this year by using a network being built by another African operator Liquid Telecom, Vodacom Chief Executive Shameel Joosub said on Tuesday. Liquid Telecom announced last month it was building a wholesale 5G network that would be available from early 2020, using… Read More Vodacom set to launch 5G services in South Africa

Germany sets tougher security criteria for suppliers of telecoms network equipment

Germany set tougher criteria on Thursday for vendors supplying telecoms network equipment, stopping short of singling out China’s Huawei Technologies for special treatment and instead saying the same rules should apply to all vendors. The announcement follows months of debate over whether to side with the United States and some allies in barring Huawei, the… Read More Germany sets tougher security criteria for suppliers of telecoms network equipment

Canada to provide $30million funding for Nokia’s 5G wireless technology research

The Canadian government will provide C$40 million (an equivalent of $30 million)in funding to telecom network equipment maker Nokia for research on 5G wireless technology. The funding to Finland-based Nokia will help understand how data is routed, how optical networks are managed and cybersecurity, a spokeswoman for the office of minister of Innovation, Science &… Read More Canada to provide $30million funding for Nokia’s 5G wireless technology research

Vodafone links up with IBM to provide cloud system services to businesses

Vodafone is teaming up with IBM to offer businesses a way to link different cloud computing systems to support the next wave of digital advances, such as machine learning, on super-fast fifth-generation telecoms networks. As part of the deal, the UK-based telecoms operator will pay $550 million to IBM under an eight-year managed-services agreement that… Read More Vodafone links up with IBM to provide cloud system services to businesses

Verizon, Samsung to release 5G smartphones in U.S. in first half of 2019

Verizon Communications Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Monday they plan to release 5G smartphones in the first half of 2019 in the United States. The news comes after Bloomberg reported, citing sources, that Apple Inc is planning to wait until at least 2020 to release its 5G iPhones. Apple’s delay makes it… Read More Verizon, Samsung to release 5G smartphones in U.S. in first half of 2019

China furious over Australia ban of Huawei from supply of 5G network equipment

Australia has banned Chinese telecoms firm Huawei Technologies Co Ltd from supplying equipment for a 5G mobile network, citing risks of foreign interference and hacking which Beijing dismissed as an excuse to tilt the playing field against a Chinese firm. The move, following advice from security agencies, signals a hardening of Australia’s stance toward its… Read More China furious over Australia ban of Huawei from supply of 5G network equipment

Federal Communications Commission issues rules for 5G spectrum auction

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday issued rules for bidding on high-band spectrum that will be used to create the next generation of 5G wireless networks. The announcement follows statements by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in Barcelona, Spain in February, that he planned to hold an auction of spectrum in the 28 GHz band in… Read More Federal Communications Commission issues rules for 5G spectrum auction