Cisco this week launched an ambitious rural 5G trial in the British Isles that includes 29 wireless industry partners to test enhanced mobile broadband, optical wireless (LiFi), radio broadcast over 5G, and agri-tech. The trial is part of Cisco’s 5G RuralFirst initiative to contribute to the business case for improving connectivity beyond cities.

The 5G project, partly funded by the U.K. government, stretches across 2,000 square kilometers (772 square miles) in and around the Orkney Isles, focusing exclusively on underserved areas termed “not spots.” The trials will also reach from the Orkney Isles north of the Scottish mainland to Somerset in southwest England, a distance of more than 1,000 kilometers (621 miles).

 

FULL ARTICLE : https://www.sdxcentral.com/articles/news/cisco-and-29-partners-launch-huge-rural-5g-trial-in-british-isles/2019/02/?fbclid=IwAR1J2dabB5JWA72faVBltBxj4QBlROqLymFZfAmFqi54WZpg4uZp2amzqmA

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Posted by Ann Marie Carey on Saturday, 16 September 2017

In order to get people to accept 5G and Smart technology, Bristol City Council is giving away free machines to residents!

BRIBERY!

Bristol City Council is offering energy-saving washing machines, dishwashers and tumble-dryers to householders in the Ashley, Easton and Lawrence Hill areas of the city. These high-tech devices can be controlled remotely by you and will go a long way towards reducing your energy bills. We’re offering them for FREE for households who take part in a new research project. We’ll even install them and show you how they work. As this is a grant-funded pilot scheme, we have a limited supply, so this will be a ‘first come first served’ offer for eligible residents.

https://www.connectingbristol.org/smart-homes/smart-connected-homes/?fbclid=IwAR2tTVEorGWMzd1UEOzNL357DA-zHmQNahMIoPDPEBXkvIiFCOyWwkC7W2o

 

Telstra claims first live 5G data call in Australia

 22 NOV 2018

Telstra announced what it said was Australia’s first live 5G connection using a commercial chipset on its mobile network on the Gold Coast.

The operator, the largest in the country with a 50 per cent market share, said the 5G 3GPP Release 15 data call was made using its 3.5GHz spectrum, Ericsson’s latest 5G network software and Qualcomm’s commercial 5G chipset in a form factor device.

Channa Seneviratne, a network engineering executive at Telstra, said field testing with a commercial chipset and its live network moves verification from “the lab into the street”. He added that the announcement is a significant milestone as it signals commercial 5G devices are getting closer.

The operator also said it turned on two 5G-enabled base stations in the state of Tasmania. In August it switched on its first 5G-compatible cell sites in Gold Coast to enable testing of pre-commercial devices, with aims to deploy more than 200 sites across Australia by the year-end.

Telstra plans a commercial 5G launch in 2019 and is engaged in various trials at its 5G Innovation Centre in Gold Coast, which it opened in February.

https://www.mobileworldlive.com/asia/asia-news/telstra-claims-first-live-5g-data-call-in-australia/

Telstra launches its first 5G-enabled sites in Tasmania

Embargoed until 8am 22 November 2018 – Telstra has switched on two 5G-enabled base stations in Launceston, bringing 5G technology to Tasmania for the first time.

Speaking at the TasICT Industry Breakfast in Hobart, Telstra’s Network Engineering Executive, Mr Channa Seneviratne, said the sites, at Invermay and Norwood, marked an important milestone in Telstra’s 5G network strategy.

“This is an exciting first step for our 5G rollout in Tasmania with Launceston now among the first cities in Australia to have sites upgraded with 5G technology,” Mr Seneviratne said. “This investment is part of our planning to bring 5G services to as many of our customers as possible once 5G compatible devices are commercially available next year.

“Telstra is leading the Australian market on 5G with a series of world and Australian firsts in 5G testing and network development and over the coming months we will continue expanding our 5G roadmap with plans to roll out to more capital cities, regional centres and other high demand areas across Australia.”

With the switch-on of the two sites in Launceston, Telstra now has more than 60 5G-enabled base stations across Australia, at locations including Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Toowoomba.

Telstra is on track to deploy 200 5G-enabled mobile base stations by the end of 2018. 5G technology will transform the mobile landscape, delivering ultra-low latency and high-data speeds while supporting massive machine-type communications.

Telstra’s rollout of 5G is underpinned by the around $5 billion in mobile network investment over the three years to 30 June 2019, consistent with previous guidance, to enhance the capacity, capability and reach of Telstra’s network.

Last month Telstra announced Ericsson would be its key 5G partner under an agreement that will see the two companies partner to deliver the next generation of mobile technology for Australia.

In late 2017, Telstra and Ericsson completed a world first 5G trial data call over mmWave spectrum using Telstra’s production core network.

In February Telstra launched its 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast supported by Ericsson. That Centre has since been home to several world and Australian firsts including the world’s first precinct of 5G-enabled WiFi hotspots, Australia’s first 5G Connected Car and the world’s first end-to-end 5G nonstandalone data call on a commercial mobile network.

In August, Telstra announced it had started switching on 5G technology, making Australia’s largest and fastest* mobile network the first in the country to be 5G ready.

As for how many additional base stations will likely be eventually needed for full 5G in Launceston. The following from an industry report is interesting:

These short range stations will likely be constructed from densely packed antenna arrays, which is incidentally exactly what’s needed for increased capacity. Furthermore, larger antenna arrays have already been shown to boost the range of even very high frequency implementations. A 2016 NTT DOCOMO study presented at the Brooklyn 5G Summit suggests that a 77 X 77 antenna array of 6,000 elements can exceed a kilometer in distance at 3.5 GHz and can even cover over 800 meters at 30 GHz. Even so, this would require potentially 40 to 50 base stations to provide the same area coverage as 8 to 10 4G stations, although speeds will be much higher.

https://www.androidauthority.com/5g-mobile-tech-explained-798540/

Does that mean 5 times the current number of base stations will be needed for full 5G in Launceston? Will the public have any say in where these are put and has Telstra told the Launcestion Council how many additional base stations will eventually be required?

Vodafone “leading the roll out of 5G across the UK, starting with Greater Manchester. A further six cities – Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool and London – will shortly receive full 5G too. Next year, we will bring 5G to the Scottish Highlands, Cornwall and the Lake District, among other locations,” says Nick Jeffery.

Pivotal achieves 1.3 Gbps in Echo 5G field trial

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HBF enables software-defined antennas to increase spectrum efficiency by focusing radio signals where they’re needed most, like spotlights in a theater. (Pivotal Commware)

Ontix to deploy small cells in Westminster to pave the way for 5G

Sarah Wray

By Sarah Wray and James Rogerson 25 September 2018

Ontix 5G small cells

Wireless infrastructure provider Ontix Limited is set to deploy small cell nodes on street furniture such as lamp posts in the Westminster borough of London to boost connectivity and pave the way for 5G.

The initiative will provide faster connectivity and greater capacity for mobile and wireless network operators. A core aim of the project is to end the pockets of patchy coverage in the borough – known as ‘not-spots’.

In recent years pressure has increased on Westminster’s legacy telecommunications infrastructure and many operators have reported difficulty in finding sufficient rooftop sites to deploy macro cells. Integrating small cells and other hardware into existing street furniture such as streetlights is increasingly popular.

Lighting the way

This trend is being further exacerbated as we move towards 5G where more base stations are required — because higher radio frequencies travel faster but not as far, and they can easily be blocked. Streetlights are a good option because they are ubiquitous and already have a power source.

According to a forecast from Navigant Research, over 73 million smart streetlights will be installed globally by 2026. Navigant highlights that supporting the development of cellular 5G networks is key to realising the value of smart streetlights and reaping return on investment (ROI).

With the new small cell infrastructure in place, Westminster residents should see a better service – particularly for applications such as video streaming, online gaming and web browsing on the move.

Preparing for 5G

Ontix won the work following a competitive tender. Under the ten-year deal, the company also plans to build a high capacity, neutral-host ‘Metrohaul’ network “to deliver 5G-ready connectivity for all operators”.

The first stage will be the launch of a pilot small cell network in Trafalgar Square in November. This will be available for all operators to trial their services. Following the pilot phase, small cells will be rolled out across the wider Westminster borough in early 2019. The area incorporates many of London’s major tourist attractions.

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Economic Development Education and Community at Westminster City Council, said: “This new micro-technology will finally relegate ‘not-spots’ to the digital dustbin of history and Westminster will now embody the UK’s ambition to become a world leader in 5G.”

Antony Tomlinson, Chief Executive of Ontix, added: “We are very excited to be working together with Westminster City Council on this very significant project for the capital.  This is a huge opportunity, and one of the very first of its kind on this scale.  5G promises to deliver a huge impact, socially and economically, but we need to make it a reality. Partnerships like this are where it happens.”

While this is good news for Westminster, similar plans are also afoot in other parts of London. For example, Arqiva plans to install small cells on lamp posts in Waltham Forest.

https://5g.co.uk/news/ontix-small-cells-westminster-5g/4510/

 

Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton to become 5G hubs after winning national competition.

The West Midlands has been selected to become the innovative home to the UK’s first multi-city 5G test bed. The multi million pound trial of new high speed connectivity will pave the way for the future rollout of 5G across the UK, making the region the first in the UK ready to trial new 5G applications and services at scale.

The Urban Connected Communities Project, the next step in the Government’s 5G Testbed and Trials Programme, will develop a large-scale, 5G pilot across the region, with hubs in Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton.

Up to £50m is currently available for the project, subject to further development and approval of the business plan. This includes £25m from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and a further £25m match funding from regional partners. An additional £25m may be made available at a later stage.

Full Article https://www.gov.uk/government/news/west-midlands-to-become-uks-first-large-scale-5g-testbed