Verizon Breaks the Record by Reaching 1.45 Gbps on LTE in New York

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Verizon has made a breakthrough in 4G by reaching a speed of 1.45 Gbps in New York commercial environment. The breakthrough in the internet speed is as the result of the cooperation with Qualcomm and Nokia. Bill Stone, the vice president of Technology Planning and Development, said that they will keep on upgrading their LTE network as they make the transition to 5G.

Next week, Verizon will be launching the 5G service in 4 cities. The 5G service promises to offer a speed of at least 1 Gbps. This speed is 10 – 100 times faster than the typical 300 mbps speed. However, Verizon also said that some 4G phones will be able to outperform 5G network by 50% which leads to some consumers asking the question why.

Right now, the chipmaker, Qualcomm is making a a chip called Snapdragon x50 series designed for 5G device. However, it also has been making another chip called 4.9G (x24), close to 5 G, which is designed to provide 4G device with higher performance over 5G device. When 5G debuts, many mobile devices will start to use x50 modems but there will also be some will use X24 modem only.

There are also a few devices like Motorola’s 5G Moto Mod that will include two types of modems including x50 and X24 modems. In case the 5G tower is not available, the user will still be able to connect to the internet through the 4G network. There is no clear designation on the speed range of 4G and 5G, for example, the speed of 4G is in between 5 Mbps – 1 Gbps and the speed of 5G is between 1Gbps – 100 Gbps. Rather, a more accurate statement is that there will be overlapping from the upper level of 4G to the lower level of 5G.

The late improvement on 4G will offer a lot of benefits for consumers. 5G consumers can enjoy faster fall back speed while 4G consumers can access a faster internet speed. Verizon told the press that they were able to achieve the record breaking speed of 1.45 Gbps on 4G LTE because they have a technology that features 6 channel carrier aggregation.

The 6 channel carrier aggregation includes 2 licensed radio frequencies and 4 shared spectrum. Verizon plans on using the same aggregation technology on the 5G network. In addition, Verizon also rely on the two technologies including the 4×4 MIMO and 256 QAM to fill the spectrum with data. The two technologies are already avaialble in more than 1,110 markets in the USA.

According to Qualcomm, Snapdragon X24 can offer up to 2GBps of speed on a LTE network. This means that there is a possibility that it will achieve a breakthrough record in 4G network. Verizon and other carriers are working hard to market its 5G service by advertising its advantages like low latency and improved security. Verizon aims on providing the 5G service in mobile hotspots and residential areas in the selected cities. Customers who order the 5G Home Internet and TV will receive free installation of the Wi-Fi devices. Free router and software upgrades will also be provided.

5G needs a “new mindset” towards Internet rules, telcos warn

Carriers have kicked off the world’s biggest mobile phone tradeshow with calls for an “investment friendly framework” to fund rollouts of next-gen 5G network technology and level the playing field with Internet giants.

“We need a new mindset,” argued Telefonica CEO José María Álvarez-Pallete López, giving the first keynote of the morning here at Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona.

López went on to call for a “digital bill of rights” and for the industry to engage with ethical debates over the impact of connected technologies, including in areas such as privacy and machine ethics.

Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao also urged the “same rules for Internet players”, arguing that Facebook Messenger makes the tech giant “the biggest telco in the world” — yet one he said has “practically no obligation” in terms of the access it must provide to different groups of users.

“All of this much finish. We need to be treated all the same,” he added in a thinly veiled warning to governments eyeing 5G and thinking how they might reap the benefits of next-gen network investment to power efficiencies in their own service delivery.

The unspoken ‘if’ being — if you want us to make the big investments needed to build out 5G networks.

Colao also complained that spectrum is too expensive and said licenses should be granted for longer than 25 years — not shorter, as he said is currently being considered in Europe.

Discussions on public shared networks should be “parked”, he said ticking another item off his regulatory wish-list, and any public subsidy for 5G rollouts should be “neutral”.

If lawmakers adopted this approach the deployment of 5G and fiber would be a given, he claimed.

During the keynotes, several telco execs took time out to describe beneficial applications that could be enabled by 5G. Colao talked about a connected ambulance being able to be “the first step of the hospital”, for example.

And NTT docomo’s president and CEO Kazuhiro Yoshizawa also talked up 5G-enabled telehealth solutions supporting remote diagnostics when specialist doctors can’t see patients in person.

Yoshizawa also talked about 5G enabling construction machinery to be operated remotely from a control centre, rather than with a human driver in the cab. Which made for the slightly disconcerting vision of a visibly driverless digger carving up the landscape.

“Many businesses will need a large amount of video on the uplink,” he noted.

But while there was talk of 5G’s potential societal (and business) benefits, Colao had come to play Cassandra for the flip side: Warning about the risk of a growing technophobia undermining the case for 5G rollouts by eroding trust and support.

He also raised the “digital dominance” of tech giants Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google, noting growing concerns over how “big and powerful” these companies are, and over societally damaging problems like fake news.

Although he argued the real problem for telcos is people are becoming worried that AI technologies “empowered by broadband” might damage jobs and skills.

“We have to make it an opportunity to create more jobs — more expert jobs and mitigate this techno fear,” he warned.

Connected technologies risk “increasing inequality and decreasing social cohesion”, he added — suggesting too that such concerns have the potential to fuel damaging populism.

“We need as a industry to engage, to ensure we build better future for people and a better deal for citizens,” he said.

His suggestion for 5G purveyors to win friends and wider societal backing is to tie rollouts tightly to local needs.

And he called for the creation of regulation-free regions where 5G experiments can become practical examples showing what’s possible — pointing to Vodafone’s 5G trials in Milan as the kind of consortium of local partners needed to “test the future” but in a way that keeps communities of users engaged and on side with the benefits.

The Milan trial is a public private partnership involving 38 partners including universities and startups, he noted. “This should be the model,” he continued. “A locally managed innovation process so that local citizens can see the benefits.”

Regulation-free innovation areas would also be a way to attract startups to tackle local problems — and entrepreneurs are needed to play a key role in ensuring 5G gets associated with a “better future” for society as a whole.

“We need to start looking at technology not as an enabler of problems but as a way to improve the deal of citizens,” he added.

12 cities to get superfast gigabit broadband via Vodafone by 2021

Report: Third Quarter Smartphone Shipments Reach 39.5 Million Units in the US

Vodafone’s deal will make it a rival of BT Openreach, which runs UK’s broadband infrastructure.




Vodafone’s deal will make it a rival of BT Openreach, which runs UK’s broadband infrastructure.
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Vodafone has struck a £500m deal to bring next-generation gigabit speed broadband to a dozen UK cities, enabling hospitals to send CT scan images in seconds and consumers to download 4k quality movies in minutes rather than hours.

The company has struck a deal with CityFibre, the publicly listed company, to take fibre optic lines to 1m homes by 2021, with an option to extend to 5m homes by 2025, covering 20% of the UK broadband market.

While few consumers and businesses currently need gigabit speeds, of up to 1,000Mbps, it is likely to become the norm in the coming years. It would be 50 times faster than standard UK broadband and three times quicker than the fastest option currently available from BT.

Fibre networks will be needed to provide the back-end data shifting muscle for next generation 5G mobile networks and the internet of things – including fully automated homes, driverless cars and “smart” manufacturing.

The cities where full-fibre networks will be rolled out have yet to be named but are likely to be locations such as Peterborough, Milton Keynes, Leeds and Edinburgh, where CityFibre has already been focusing. Construction is due to start in 2018 with the first customers expected to be connected before the end of that year.

The government has referred to full-fibre networks as the “gold standard” internet infrastructure.

Ofcom points out that with the boom in streaming and downloading video, fuelled by services such as Netflix, Amazon and YouTube, home broadband data usage has grown at a rate of 36% a year.

“Organisations such as schools, hospitals and GP surgeries, will get these speeds for the first time,” said Nick Jeffrey, Vodafone’s UK chief executive. “The UK has fallen far behind the rest of the world, trapped by the limited choice available on [existing] networks. Only with gigabit fibre will the UK be able to deliver 5G services.”

Jeffrey cited examples of the benefits of high-speed internet: a two gigabyte CT scan sent between hospitals could be done in 40 seconds, compared with the average 14 minutes now. A five gigabyte virtual reality game would take 1.7 minutes to download, compared to 34 minutes now. And a 4K movie would download in 33 minutes, instead of 11 hours.

In the move Vodafone would take on BT’s Openreach, which runs the UK broadband infrastructure that rivals such as Sky and TalkTalk use, and Virgin Media, which runs its own network.

Vodafone will have exclusive rights to market the new networks during construction phase, guaranteeing to take on 20% of customers, with CityFibre eventually looking to allow rivals to sell packages to consumers using its network.

“With this commitment from Vodafone we have a partner with whom we can transform the digital capabilities of millions of homes and businesses,” said Greg Mesch, chief executive of CityFibre. “This is a major step forward in delivering gigabit Britain.”

Shares in CityFibre, which in July raised £200m to fund building fibre networks, soared more than 25% following the announcement of the deal.

If Vodafone’s deal with CityFibre is extended to cover 5m households it will achieve 50% of the government’s target of full fibre to 10m homes and businesses. The partners said they will know in a “year or two” which cities beyond the first 12 will be targeted next.

Openreach has been in talks with operators including Vodafone and Sky to deliver on the government’s call for more full fibre. Openreach has said it will cost up to £600m and costs will be footed by price rises for consumers.

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UK to put up £1BN for full fiber broadband and 5G, £400M extra for VC

The UK government has confirmed it will be borrowing to try to encourage investment in high speed fiber broadband networks and 5G technology — with a plan to spend over £1BN by 2020-2021 to bolster the country’s digital infrastructure.

Giving his Autumn Statement today, Chancellor Philip Hammond said: “Our future transport, business and lifestyle needs will require world class digital infrastructure to underpin them. My ambition is for the UK to be a world leader in 5G — that means a full fiber network, a step change in speed, security and reliability. So we will invest over £1BN in our digital infrastructure to catalyze private investment in fiber networks and to support 5G trials.”

The UK continues to rank well outside the top 10 countries for average broadband speeds, according to Akamai’s 2016 report. While the gap between urban and rural broadband speeds remains problematic.

Incumbent telco BT, whose Openreach subsidiary owns and manages access to the UK’s primary broadband infrastructure, has focused its efforts on squeezing higher speeds out of existing copper based infrastructure — with only very limited full fiber to the home rollouts. While rival broadband network providers, such as Virgin Media, typically focus on urban areas where the volume of paying customers makes the infrastructure expenditure worth their while. The result: Just two per cent of UK premises have access to full-fibre connections.

The government’s plan to improve that figure is to encourage smaller, alternative players to push in with full fiber offerings. There will be £400M for what it dubs “gold standard” fiber broadband, with funds needing to be matched by broadband providers — so a potential £800M to fund rollouts.

Today Hammond also said that from next April there will be 100 per cent business rates relief for a five year period on new fiber infrastructure — “supporting further rollout of fiber to homes and businesses”.

A further £750M will be made available to fund 5G trials.

The chancellor added that the government will be asking the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) for recommendations on the UK’s future economic infrastructure needs — and signaled an intention to increase the proportion of GDP spent here, to between 1% and 1.2% of GDP every year from 2020, up from around 0.8% this year.

£400M to try to help UK startups scale before being bought out

The Autumn Statement also contained a measure specifically aimed at supporting UK startups to scale up, with the Chancellor announcing plans to put £400M into venture capital firms via the British Business Bank — “unlocking £1BN of new finance for growing firms” as, in his words, “a first step to tackle the long-standing problem of our fastest growing startup tech firms being snapped up by bigger companies, rather than growing to scale”.

Eileen Burbidge a parter at VC firm Passion Capital, which has received investment money via the British Business Bank, welcomed the move.

“I think it’s an excellent decision,” she told TechCrunch. “Passion isn’t more likely to be a future beneficiary than anyone else (our existing/prior BBB commitments have been done/in the past, 2011 and 2015) but as a previous beneficiary we can attest to how valuable the BBB support was to attracting other investors in support of our fund and activities.

“The BBB was absolutely crucial for us in launching our first fund since we were first time fund managers. Their commitment helped to secure funding from across European and South East Asian family offices and high net worths. So I think it’s brilliant the BBB will be given more funding to support even more fund managers or to greater degrees.”

Asked about the government’s overarching aim of prevent promising homegrown startups from being bought by overseas acquirers before they have a chance to get really big she described it as a “noble aim”, but added: “I see it all as good activity (acquisitions, mergers) and that it’s a good thing the world recognises Britain as a place to scout for great talent, innovation and technology.

“I’ve no doubt as our digital/tech ecosystem continues to mature that we’ll have more and more British ‘tech giants’ as well.”

Also announced: £500,000 per year for fintech startups, coming from the Department of International Trade — although the specter of what Brexit will mean for UK financial services firms looms rather larger. An annual ‘State of UK fintech’ report is also planned, along with a network of regional fintech envoys. Government will also modernise its guidance on electronic ID verification with the aim of supporting tech for accessing financial services.

Another measure mentioned in the Statement is a commitment to spent £390M to build on what Hammond dubbed the UK’s “competitive advantage in low emission vehicles and the development of connected autonomous vehicles”. He also said there will be 100% first year capital allowance for the installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Also mentioned: support for plans to boost transport links between Oxford and Cambridge, with a view to capitalizing on knowledge sharing between the two universities.

“This project can be more than just a transport link — it can become a transformational tech corridor drawing on the world class research strengths of our two best known universities,” he said, backing the NIC’s interim recommendations on creating an Oxford, Cambridge “growth corridor” — including £110M in funding for East-West rail, and a commitment to deliver an Oxford to Cambridge.

In the speech the chancellor also reiterated the Prime Minister’s announcement earlier this week of a £2BN per year funding boost for R&D by 2020. And confirmed the corporate tax rate will drop to 17 per cent next April — although Theresa May has also said the government will be reviewing the rate to see if a further cut is possible.

He flagged up, in passing, what he described as “the raft of investments in the UK” since the Brexit referendum — name-checking Softbank, Nissan, Google and Apple, “among others”.

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