Sweden Becomes Latest – and Among Most Forceful – to Ban Huawei From 5G

By Shannon Tiezzi

On October 20, Sweden became the latest country to ban Huawei, China’s telecommunications giant, from participating in its 5G networks.

PTS, the Swedish telecom regulator, said that companies supplying 5G services in the country will have until 2025 to remove any equipment from Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE from their infrastructure networks. PTS added that the decision was based on the advice of Sweden’s military and security services, which apparently described China as “one of the biggest threats against Sweden.”

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Will 5G Networks Move To Open RAN?

By Bob O’Donnell

It is not an easy task to make sense of 5G wireless networks. Not only are there a wide variety of complicated individual pieces needed to create a network, there’s also the manner by which those pieces interconnect, the software used to control them, the standards and protocols they need to support, and, well, yeah…it’s a lot.

Of course, most people don’t really have to worry about how a wireless network of any kind works, as long as it does what it’s supposed to do. However, if you want to make sense of the growing applications for 5G and what may or may not be possible at any given time or place, then you should understand at least some of the basic principles behind how it works.

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Sunrise deploys Nokia’s Converged Charging software to drive 5G Monetization

By Nokia Oyj

Developed for the needs of 5G, internet-connected devices and multi-vendor deployments, Nokia Converged Charging (previously called Nokia Smart Plan Suite) provides the flexibility to react quickly to changing market conditions.

5G enables new business speed, scale and innovation, along with growing demands for premium digital experiences. In the era of digitalization, this trend touches B2C, B2B and B2B2x business models and sets a new pace for service launches. This calls for agile, highly flexible Business Support Systems (BSS) capabilities.

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Ericsson and Telekom Slovenije launch 5G in Slovenia

By Catherine Sbeglia 

Initial 5G services are available in major cities across Slovenia, covering an estimated 25% of the population

Telekom Slovenije has launched what it’s calling the first commercial 5G network in Slovenia with support from Ericsson, who is supplying the operator with RAN and packet core solutions. Ericsson also assisted with a software installation to existing Ericsson Radio System and packet core equipment, which will enable spectrum sharing between 4G and 5G on 2600 MHz FDD spectrum, traditionally used only for 4G.

In the press release, Matjaž Beričič, management board member and CTO, Telekom Slovenije, commented, “Mobile data traffic is growing exponentially, so we must ensure further development of our network in order to provide an excellent user experience with new emerging services and applications, including IoT. This is an evolutionary journey made possible by our strong 4G network with well-established VOLTE capabilities.

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The White House Announces a Plan to Speed the Rollout of 5G


SUPERFAST 5G WIRELESS isn’t exactly spreading across the US at superfast speeds. The White House and Defense Department on Monday announced a plan to accelerate the process by making a crucial new chunk of spectrum available to the wireless industry.

The spectrum, which telecom companies will share with the Pentagon, aims to help wireless carriers offer 5G more broadly across the US. It also should generate billions of dollars for the US Treasury when auctioned off. The frequency is currently being used for high-power defense radar, but the DoD has determined that it can be freed up without affecting military systems.

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Get ready to experience Next-Gen connectivity with Globe’s 5G technology and mobile phones

By Inquirer.net

Very soon, Globe Postpaid and Platinum subscribers in select locations in Makati and BCG can experience faster and more reliable internet speeds with Globe’s 5G technology.  This will then be progressively rolled out to more areas in the country and to Prepaid customers towards the end of the year.

Customers only need a 5G-capable and enabled mobile phone. With the  Huawei Nova 7 SE, the latest addition in its roster of 5G capable devices, customers can enjoy  5G experience free at ThePLAN 1499. This plan comes with a monthly allocation of 10GB open access data, unlimited calls to Globe/TM subscribers, unlimited text and 100 minutes call to all networks.

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Telstra aiming 5G coverage at 75% of population by June 2021

By Chris Duckett

Telstra CEO Andy Penn said on Monday the telco intends to have 75% of the population covered by its 5G footprint by June 2021.

“Our 5G network already covers around one-third of the population,” Penn said.

“Telstra’s 5G is already rolling out in 53 cities and regional towns across Australia and more than 10 million Australians now live, work or pass through our 5G network footprint every day.”

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By Janene Pieters

KPN and T-Mobile are switching on their 5G networks on Tuesday. KPN’s network is launching in the”largest part” of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht, and “parts in between”, as well as in Eindhoven. T-Mobile is starting the activation of its network in The Hague and will expand to other Dutch cities during the course of the year, the telecom companies said to NU.nl.

The Netherlands’ first 5G frequencies, including the 700MHz bands used to roll out the 5G network nationwide, were auctioned off late last month. Last week, the Ministry of Economic Affairs announced that KPN, T-Mobile and VodafoneZiggo all bought an equal share of the 700MHz frequency for a total of 1.23 billion euros.

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14 Tech Experts Explain How To Successfully Adopt ‘Zero Trust’

By Forbes Technology Council

Cybersecurity continues to be a hot-button issue in the tech world. From prominent data breaches to upcoming changes to legislation, businesses are increasingly concerned with keeping their data secure. Many are looking toward adopting a “zero trust” IT strategy, which requires strict identity verification for both external and internal individuals and devices.

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