Deutsche Telekom has just announced that its 5G network is already operational in five German cities – Berlin, Bonn, Cologne, Darmstadt, and Munich. As of today, there are some 129 5G antennas across Germany already transmitting genuine 5G broadband, which means bandwidths of 1 Gb/s and more. 66 of them form the largest continuous 5G coverage area in Germany — the Berlin’s Mitte district.
Deutsche Telekom aims at providing its customers the maximum 5G coverage and the telecom expands gradually its 5G network clusters in these five major cities to ensure larger areas can be served and not just isolated spots around individual antennas.
According to Deutsche Telekom, 5G will also be made available to Hamburg and Leipzig before the end of 2019. The telecom’s plans include some 300 5G antennas to be installed across Germany before the year ends. Deutsche Telekom’s 5G network will further be consolidated during the next few years in order for the 5G to be launched in more cities across Germany. According to the company, Germany’s 20 largest cities will be connected to the 5G network by the end of 2020.
Commenting on the 5G roll out, Walter Goldenits, Chief Technology Officer at Telekom Deutschland GmbH, said:
“We are bringing 5G to city streets in line with our customers’ needs. We’re starting off where data usage is high and are establishing continuous coverage areas in these places. After all, it’s not just about having 5G show up on screen – it’s about experiencing the real strengths of 5G from the very start.”
Commenting on the technical aspects of the 5G rollout, Walter Goldenits, added further:
“We want to build up as much experience as possible in terms of transmission planning during the initial expansion stage in 2019. We’re learning more with every single antenna we set up and adjust.”
Rolling out a new technology over a wider area is always pioneering work. That is the reason why Deutsche Telekom is setting different priorities in the new 5G locations.
At the same time, Deutsche Telekom is working on putting all 5G areas on its 5G coverage map, which will help customers find where they can get a 5G signal. The 5G coverage map can be found over the following web site: www.telekom.de/netzausbau, and it will be continuously updated as new locations are added.
Commenting on the LTE expansion, Deutsche Telekom’s CTO Goldenits, explained:
“To begin with, we are using 4G locations for 5G, as the new technology is being synchronized and brought to the network via LTE. You could say that 5G is piggybacking on LTE. When it comes to achieving rapid expansion, we appreciate the support of city and municipal authorities, particularly in terms of securing approvals quickly.”
In general, Deutsche Telekom is setting up its 5G antennas in parallel with the ongoing LTE rollout. In the plans of the telecom are some 4,000 new LTE mobile base stations to be set up in the next 2 years. And half of them will be located in rural areas across Germany.
In the plans of Deutsche Telekom is the extension of the LTE coverage to 98 percent of the population by the end of 2019 as these new LTE stations will be backed up by several thousand LTE extensions for existing masts.
In parallel, the telecom is also working on expanding LTE at coverage gaps, and is adopting a whole new approach with its “We’re closing coverage gaps” (in German: “Wir jagen Funklöcher”) campaign. Deutsche Telekom’s Wir jagen Funklöcher initiative gives a chance to communities with no coverage to apply for one of 50 masts that are also already prepared for 5G. As part of this campaign, the telecom will also be working hand in hand with municipal authorities to close the gaps in LTE.
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ZTE Corporation a leading provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the mobile internet, announced that it has secured 25 5G commercial contracts globally and has been already committed to partnerships in the 5G arena with over 60 operators across the globe.
With innovation as the driving force, ZTE has made 5G its core development strategy. ZTE is a major contributor and participant in global 5G technology research and standardization. According to IPlytics, a market intelligence tool to analyze technology trends, market developments and a company's competitive position, as of June 15, ZTE had declared 1,424 families of 5G Standard-Essential Patents (SEP) and patent applications to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), ranking global top 3 in terms of the number of such families.
ZTE has filed more than 3,500 5G patent applications, with over 30 experts at the company taking key positions, such as president and reporter, in international standardization organizations. They have submitted more than 45,000 papers to the organizations, including more than 7,000 proposals for 5G NR/NexGenCore international standards.
ZTE, with its comprehensive 5G end-to-end products and solution capabilities as well as rich experience in network construction, is fully engaged in the rollout of commercial 5G networks. The company continues to maintain a leading edge in technology, and collaborates with upstream and downstream partners across the industry to promote the commercial deployment of 5G.
In terms of wireless access, ZTE's full series of 5G AAU commercial products have achieved full-spectrum coverage and application in all 5G scenarios, enabling the fast construction of 5G networks through 5G NSA&SA dual-mode base stations, multi-mode UBR base stations, spectrum sharing, UniSite solutions and other simplified access-layer hardware equipment. Its IT BBU platform with an ultra-large capacity provides support for Multi-Mode network convergence and evolution with minimal connectivity.
As for core networks, the commercial 5G Common Core first launched by ZTE supports unified 2G/3G/4G/5G/fixed full convergence and full access, as well as 3GPP R15 SA and NSA, cutting investment cost by 40% for operators.
In the aspect of 5G transport network, ZTE's 5G Flexhaul end-to-end products are ready for commercial use, with large-scale deployment having begun. The performance in terms of ultra-low latency is far ahead of the competition, while the technical specs for ultra-high precision clock synchronization are fully compliant with 3GPP, approaching the definition for a network with "perfect synchronization". The multi-dimensional shaping technology and the next-generation FEC can increase the transmission distance of over 100G by 30%, significantly reducing the difficulty of deploying over 100G networks as well as the upgrade cost.
In the field of terminals, ZTE has collaborated with more than 20 operators around the world in the development of 5G terminals. ZTE's 5G terminal solutions include 5G smart phones, 5G outdoor routers, 5G indoor routers, 5G mobile hotspots, 5G data terminals and 5G modules, among other serialized and polymorphic 5G terminal products. ZTE also provides various industries with customized 5G modular solutions. ZTE unveiled its first flagship 5G mobile phone, Axon 10 Pro, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, in February 2019, taking the lead in commercializing 5G mobile phones. In the first half of 2019, ZTE Axon 10 Pro in 5G edition was released successively in China, Germany, the United Arab Emirates, Finland, Austria, etc., with sales of the device having formally begun in Finland and the United Arab Emirates.
ZTE helps operators build an ideal 5G network based on a tripartite philosophy of "Greatness Lies in Simplicity", "Swiftness Is Invincible", and "Act Dynamically", while, in the process of network construction, taking into account the four operations of arithmetic: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division:
Subtraction refers to "Greatness Lies in Simplicity" by building a minimalist network, unifying the network control layer, streamlining the hardware equipment for the access layer, and achieving shared hardware capabilities.
Addition means to increase the "intelligence quotient" or "IQ" of the network to make it more intelligent and enhance the competitiveness of network equipment.
Division pertains to subdividing the scenario and using slicing technology to segment the physical network into several virtual mobile networks that serve N vertical customers at the same time. The method allows for network reuse and reduces the cost of building, operating and maintaining the network, while also slashing the cost associated with application trial and error, while improving online speed.
Multiplication means cross-border in many senses of the word, referring chiefly to the 5G network being "multiplied" across many verticals, delivering 5G control, 5G UAV, AR/VR and other abilities, using technology aggregation as a means to holistically bring entire industries together, while converting an industry's assets into a value-add for its IT and communications networks, and, in doing so, unleashing a revolution that changes the business model for each and every industry vertical.
Given the strong demand for 5G applications and the change in the models of how businesses will collaborate in the world of 5G, ZTE and its partners jointly carried out a large number of exploratory projects in 5G industry applications, promoted cross-industry integration and development, advocated for the implementation of intelligent ports, intelligent industry, intelligent security and other industry applications, in a move to build a healthy and complete industrial ecosystem together.
To date, ZTE has teamed up with operators and partners to build models for vertical industry application of 5G+ in more than 15 verticals, and established strategic cooperation with nearly 200 partners within the ecosystem to promote the digital transformation of the industry.
ZTE is a provider of advanced telecommunications systems, mobile devices, and enterprise technology solutions to consumers, carriers, companies and public sector customers. As part of ZTE's M-ICT strategy, the company is committed to provide customers with integrated end-to-end innovations to deliver excellence and value as the telecommunications and information technology sectors converge. Listed in the stock exchanges of Hong Kong and Shenzhen (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), ZTE's products and services are sold to over 500 operators in more than 160 countries. ZTE commits 10 per cent of its annual revenue to research and development and has leadership roles in international standard-setting organizations. ZTE is committed to corporate social responsibility and is a member of the UN Global Compact.
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- Greensill research shows magnitude of funds needed by end of 2020
- $1tn for telecoms infrastructure plus $1.7tn for "Internet of Things"
- Alternative finance needed to meet funding requirements
The real cost of rolling out and implementing 5G telecoms technology across all sectors of the economies worldwide is expected to reach at least $2.7 trillion by the end of 2020, this is according to research by Greensill, the provider of working capital finance.
The telecoms sector requires an estimated $1 trillion of investment for infrastructure upgrades to accommodate 5G, a number widely accepted across the industry. Greensill's research shows, however, that the implementation of 5G across the global economy will cost far more – as much as $1.7 trillion more by the end of 2020 alone - as companies rush to assimilate the new technology into everyday products, industrials processes and infrastructure – otherwise known as "The Internet of Things."
Tony Wonfor, Greensill managing director and telecoms finance specialist says: "Spending on 5G roll out is just the thin end of the wedge. This project is actually about funding the growth of the Internet of Things and industrial connection to that." "In the automotive industry, for instance, 5G will be important for tracking components through the supply chain and in to the manufacturing process, then right through to an end product that has connectivity beyond anything we have seen so far," Wonfor adds.
Many companies are facing significant challenges in meeting these huge funding requirements as traditional banks alone cannot provide all the necessary funding. Greensill is filling the funding gap with innovations such as Supply Chain Finance, Accounts Receivable Finance and other working capital solutions.
Lex Greensill, Greensill founder and CEO, says: "Greensill counts many of the world's leading telecoms and industrial companies as clients primarily because of our success in innovating financial solutions across this space. We see our products such as handset financing and other working capital solutions as crucial to the successful roll out of 5G globally."
Greensill is the world's leading non-bank provider of working capital finance to companies globally. Founded in 2011 by Lex Greensill, the company provides businesses with alternative sources of funding, allowing them to provide suppliers with the opportunity for faster payment while at the same time preserving their own capital position.