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.

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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

 

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.

Minister for Digital, Margot James said: “5G has the potential to dramatically transform the way we go about our daily lives, and we want the citizens of the UK to be amongst the first to experience all the opportunities and benefits this new technology will bring. The West Midlands Testbed, which is the first of its kind anywhere in the world, will be instrumental in helping us realise this ambition.”

Following its selection through open competition, the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) will now work with the 5G Testbeds and Trials Team at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and industry partners on preparing the formal business case for approval, with the first of a series of projects expected to go live early next year.

The West Midlands Combined Authorities bid has an initial focus on the health, construction and automotive sectors, with its overarching ambition to help drive economic growth and benefit people’s lives through participation in new digital technologies and digitally transformed public services.

Subject to formal approval, initial plans include:

  • Hospital outpatient appointments and emergency consultations carried out remotely by video link not subject to droppage or latency barriers. As well as being more convenient for patients, this means they can play back their appointment at a later date or share it securely with a family member or carer to help inform their care.
  • “Connected Ambulances” – Paramedic crews at an incident could access specialist advice while they are at the scene, eg video conferencing with consultants or other clinical specialists. Live streaming of patient data from ambulance en route to hospital would help inform the immediate care patients receive on arrival.
  • Live streaming of CCTV footage from public transport buses, enabling immediate action against anti-social behaviour. “Intelligent cameras” using artificial intelligence (AI) to identify incidents could provide the opportunity for far greater coverage than is possible at present.

Autonomous vehicles will transform the way we travel, preventing major accidents, improving traffic flow and reducing energy consumption. The WMCA will partner with Jaguar Land Rover to facilitate real world testing of driverless cars.

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “This announcement is game-changing for the West Midlands economy. This will be the backbone of our future economy and society.

We have been working to put the foundations in place to grow the industries which will create the jobs of the future, particularly around driverless vehicles and life sciences where we have a genuine advantage. To deliver the future of these industries we need the power of 5g.

The potential of this technology is endless – and we will enjoy the benefits first. From monitoring the health of babies and the elderly, to the way out people are linked to the economy of the future, the way companies do business, the way we deliver public services, the experience of travellers on public transport and the way we deliver City of Culture and the Commonwealth Games – everything can be made better thanks to the power of this technology.”

DCMS funding for the project will come from the £200 million government has assigned to develop 5G technologies as part of more than £1bn of investment in next-generation digital infrastructure, including via the £31bn National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF).

The 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme forms part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy, aimed at continually driving the UK’s connectivity, telecommunications and digital sectors, and investing in the skills, industries and infrastructure of the future.

http://www.birminghamupdates.com/the-west-midlands-to-become-the-uks-first-large-scale-5g-testbed/

 

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The European telco secured 90 megahertz of 5G spectrum in the recent tender

Vodafone Spain has announced the launch of 5G trials in the cities of Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao, Malaga and Seville. The announcement follows the recent acquisition of 90 megahertz of spectrum in the the 3.6-3.8 GHz band. Vodafone had paid EUR 198 million ($ 232 million) for the 5G spectrum.

The Spanish telco said it will be using the recently acquired spectrum for the pre-commercial 5G non-standalone (NSA) tests.

Vodafone Spain also said it has already installed more than 30 antennas in collaboration with Chinese vendor Huawei in the six selected cities.

Last week, the Spanish government said it had raised a total of EUR 438 million for the sale of 5G frequencies. The government auctioned spectrum in the 3.6G HZ-3.8 GHz range, which will be key for the launch of commercial 5G services in the country. The government had set a reserve price of EUR 100 million for the 5G spectrum.

Rival operator Orange acquired a total of 60 megahertz of spectrum for EUR 132 million. The operator already holds 40 megahertz in this band.

Telefonica, which operates in the mobile segment through its Movistar brand, purchased 50 megahertz of spectrum for EUR 107 million. The company already had 40 megahertz in the 3.5GH band.

Masmovil also took part in the auction but did not acquire spectrum in the process. Masmovil had recently agreed to pay EUR 30 million to acquire 40 megahertz of spectrum in the 3.5GHz band from Spanish satellite broadband operator Eurona, which it will use to provide its future 5G services. The company said it owns 80 megahertz of spectrum in the 3.5GHz band following this recent acquisition.

Last year, Vodafone Spain had launched its NB-IoT network across Spain. The network is commercially available in a number of cities including Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, Bilbao, Málaga Zaragoza, Santander and Seville.

The NB-IoT network was deployed within existing 800 MHz spectrum, with the telco only needing to make software updates in existing base stations in order to launch the technology. The telco previously announced that the system would be used to connect various different product categories, including gas and water meters, smart bins, fire alarms, parking meters, lighting and other types of sensors.

In June 2016, Vodafone completed a NB-IoT customer trial with Spanish water company Aguas de Valencia. In October, the telco said completed what it claimed to be the world’s first test of a NB-IoT connected product on a commercial network using a parking sensor buried in a space within the Vodafone Plaza in Madrid.

https://www.rcrwireless.com/20180730/5g/vodafone-launches-5g-trials-tag23

 

Using fiber-optic sensors, the smart concrete slabs are capable of gathering information about the environment, as well as ongoing activities taking place on the surface.

Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), has partnered with Integrated Roadways to test such revolutionary systems.

The CDOT recently awarded the startup with a $2.75 million contract to develop and test smart pavements in the state. The five-year project includes the following companies: Kiewit Infrastructure Co., Cisco Systems, WSP Global and Wichita Concrete Pipe.

http://www.futurecar.com/2339/Colorado-to-Test-Smart-Pavement-for-Road-Safety

Audi of America has announced the expansion of its Traffic Light Information (TLI) to two more cities—Phoenix, Arizona and areas of Kansas City, Kansas. With the addition of the two cities, more than 2,250 intersections across U.S. can communicate with Audi vehicles.

Many drivers have experienced the frustration of waiting at an intersection for the traffic light to turn green and when it finally does, the car in front of you remains stopped because the driver is  checking their cell phone or fumbling with the car’s infotainment system. With so many distracted drivers on the road today, this happens all too frequently. Audi is working to address this problem.

Audi of America has announced the expansion of its  Traffic Light Information (TLI) to two more cities—Phoenix, Arizona and areas of Kansas City, Kansas. With the addition of the two cities, more than 2,250 intersections across U.S. can communicate with Audi vehicles. The technology is known as Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I).

The pilot was first launched in 2016. Audi, in collaboration with Traffic Technology Services, first debuted its Traffic Light Information system in Las Vegas. With the addition of Phoenix and Kansas City, 10 major U.S. cities now use the service.

Enabled cities include: Dallas and Houston, Palo Alto and Arcadia, California; Portland, Oregon and Denver, Las Vegas and Washington, D.C.

“Audi continues to be an industry leader in connectivity and mobility solutions,” said Scott Keogh, president, Audi of America. “Not only do V2I technologies like Traffic Light Information help to reduce driver stress, they are also essential infrastructure developments as we continue toward an automated future.”

Traffic Light Information is a Audi connect PRIME feature available on select 2017 and 2018 models, enables the car to communicate with the infrastructure in certain cities and metropolitan areas across the U.S.

How it Works

When a TLI equipped Audi models approaches a connected traffic light, it receives real-time signal information from the traffic management system that monitors traffic lights via an on-board 4G LTE data connection. When the light is red, the TLI feature will display the time remaining until the signal changes to green in the instrument cluster in front of the driver or in the head-up display (if equipped). This “time-to-green” information helps reduce anxiety by letting the driver know approximately how much time remains before the light changes.

For future iterations of V2I technology, Audi’s TLI could include integration within the vehicle’s start/stop function, Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory (GLOSA), optimized navigation routing, and other predictive services. All of these services are designed to help reduce congestion and enhance mobility on crowded roadways.

In addition to Audi’s technology, in the future, smart traffic signals can reduce traffic woes in cities. By using AI and information from connected or autonomous cars to detect where there is a heavy concentration of vehicles, traffic signals can alter their pattern to ease congestion—making traffic flow in cities much more efficient.

http://www.futurecar.com/2256/Audi-Expands-Traffic-Light-Information-system-to-10-U.S.-Cities

Arqiva to deploy small cell technology in London borough lampposts

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Arqiva has gained exclusive access to 16,000 lampposts in the London borough of Waltham Forest, allowing them to deploy small cell technology that will help deliver 5G.

The UK communications infrastructure firm is intending to improve telecommunications infrastructure in the area through the technology. This will help mobile network operators (MNOs) expand mobile coverage and capacity, as well as eventually helping deliver 5G.

Small cell units can be placed on ‘street furniture’ – objects like lampposts and bollards, or onto the sides of buildings. This is particularly useful in areas where there is poor coverage or where demand is increased, such as shopping centres.

This is not the first concession of this kind that Arqiva has entered into – Waltham Forest being the 14th borough in London that has inked a deal with the firm. Other areas covered include Hammersmith and Fulham, Barnet and Wandsworth. Outside of London, it also has similar contracts in major conurbations such as Manchester, Southampton and Medway.

Alongside the small cell deployment project, Arqiva will install Wifi access points, again mounted on lampposts, in town centres around the Waltham Forest borough, giving free public access to WiFi.

Arqiva managing director of telecoms, Nicolas Ott, said: “As data and voice usage increases exponentially, it is fast becoming essential for mobile network operators to deliver sufficient outdoor connectivity for their customers in dense urban areas.

“Arqiva’s portfolio of communications sites means we are uniquely able to help the MNOs deliver the required coverage and capacity, whether it is towers and rooftops for macro sites or street furniture for small cells.”

4G is currently heavily reliant on street furniture such as lampposts, particularly in heavily populated areas, and according to Ott it will continue to play a role as 5G develops.

“We can see the arrival of 5G connectivity on the horizon and density of infrastructure is crucial to its delivery. This is particularly true for the future delivery of 5G Fixed Wireless Access broadband to homes,” Ott said.

Local council cabinet member Cllr Liaquat Ali MBE also praised the move. “I’m really pleased to welcome Arqiva to Waltham Forest as we help our residents move toward a digital future.

“Installing cell units into street furniture is an innovative and forward-thinking idea that shows we in Waltham Forest are committed to improving our digital offer for all to enjoy.”

https://thestack.com/iot/2017/11/14/arqiva-to-deploy-small-cell-technology-in-london-borough-lampposts/

UK – Inside Bristol’s urban 5G experience showcase – Mobile Network, 16th March 2018

This weekend, Bristol, UK, is playing host to live demonstrations of 5G “experiences”. The demos are hosted by the University of Bristol’s Smart Internet Lab, which received funding for its 5G test bed project from the UK government in July 2017.

The demos – called the Layered Realities Showcase – will allow the public to get an early taste of what 5G could enable.

Professor Dimitra Simeonidou, Director of the Smart Internet Lab at the University of Bristol, said, ” We took the decision from early on that in order to complete our mission we were not going to do a lab demo. We were going to bring the network out into the public, to be enjoyed by the public. So what you are seeing today is Britain’s first urban 5G network…”

http://the-mobile-network.com/2018/03/inside-bristols-urban-5g-experience-showcase/