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Survey Reveals Businesses are ‘All in’ on Wireless WAN

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Survey Reveals Businesses are ‘All in’ on Wireless WAN

New report finds 78% of companies use or plan to use LTE to provide WAN or internet connectivity; 82% believe 5G will deliver increased WAN speeds within the next year

Cradlepoint, the global leader in cloud-delivered LTE and 5G wireless network edge solutions, today released findings from its annual State of Wireless WAN Report, compiled by IDG. The results confirm that the era of Wireless WAN has firmly arrived and is the critical infrastructure in driving innovation, including playing a role in business recovery from the pandemic. The survey findings demonstrate confidence and excitement for 5G, pointing to increasing adoption in the coming year.

“Having a secure, flexible, and reliable WAN edge is more critical to business success than ever,” says Donna Johnson, Vice President of Product and Solution Marketing at Cradlepoint. “As organizations look to adapt to a new normal and get back to business, Wireless WAN solutions uniquely enable network agility while enhancing security and scale.”

Traditional wired WANs are complex, slow to adapt, and applicable to only fixed locations. As businesses reinvent the way they serve their customers, they are increasingly turning to Wireless WAN technology to connect people, places, and things anywhere. Key findings from the report include:

Wireless WAN’s Rise to Dominance

The agility required by pandemic-hastened business transformation and the growing number of connected devices are the top reasons businesses are turning to Wireless WAN solutions.

Bandwidth is another significant factor in the increased use of Wireless WAN links. Fifty-seven percent of respondents said bandwidth is a reason for adopting broadband, and 49% said it was a reason for choosing LTE. Today’s cellular networks are approaching fiber-fast speeds and provide rapid deployment capabilities that are unparalleled.

LTE Enables Business Agility

As businesses scramble to create new services and find new ways to engage and serve their customers, WAN flexibility is essential. Fifty-one percent cited the flexibility of LTE to enable new services as a top reason for turning to Wireless WAN solutions.

Seventy-eight percent of companies surveyed either use or plan to use LTE to provide WAN or internet connectivity to at least some locations, but the use of LTE is also expanding beyond just the branch. Fifty-three percent of companies are using it to connect in-vehicle networks, and 77% are connecting IoT devices. Additionally, 40% of respondents are using LTE to connect fixed locations, vehicles, and IoT, making LTE the top choice for connecting people, places, and things across the rapidly expanding WAN edge. This metric helps explain why 62% of enterprises plan to increase their use of LTE in the next three years.

5G: Ready to Takeoff

IT decision-makers believe in the promise of 5G, with 67% either confident or very confident 5G will deliver business benefits within the next year. Eighty-two percent believe 5G will deliver increased WAN speeds within the next year, and 66% think it will provide improved reliability.

Cradlepoint provides enterprise and government organizations with a clear pathway to 5G and has delivered the world’s first and most comprehensive 5G WAN edge solution for business. 5G solutions are available through Telstra in Australia, with additional carrier partners and markets to be announced later in 2020.

“It’s no secret that the ongoing pandemic has forced businesses to be more innovative and creative than ever, and Wireless WAN has proven to be a critical enabler,” Johnson says. “With the emergence of 5G bringing faster speeds and smarter cellular networks, the ascension of Wireless WAN as critical infrastructure is inevitable.”

View the full State of Wireless WAN Report 2020 here.

Source: Cradlepoint

Vodafone named London’s best network for 5G

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  • Leading mobile benchmarking company, umlaut, names Vodafone as London’s best network for 5G.
  • Report says Vodafone has fastest 5G, and is most reliable for YouTube, web browsing and downloading files.
  • Vodafone is also enhancing 4G coverage to make sure every customer is getting a great connection.

Vodafone is today confirmed as the best 5G network in London, thanks to its commitment to giving customers the fastest speeds and best reliability across the nation’s capital.

A 5G report, by global consultancy and testing company umlaut (formerly P3), found that Vodafone gives customers 99.7% reliability when using YouTube on 5G, and 100% reliability for web browsing. The nearest rival achieved 94.5% reliability for YouTube. Vodafone’s network was also the most reliable for file download and upload tests, and had the highest average download speeds, at 215.2 Mbps. The tests measured 5G from all four UK operators, and covered 55% of the total population of London.

Vodafone’s Consumer Director, Max Taylor, said: “The results from this report show that our customers are getting the best 5G experience and that our investment in our network is really paying off.

“In London, our network is the most reliable, and is delivering on the promise of 5G download speeds. Every day we’re bringing this great 5G experience to more customers around the UK.

“We’re making sure Vodafone is the best place to come for the latest smartphones – a great network, with great benefits, and great value.”

Vodafone has recently launched its Annual Upgrade Promise, which gives customers the opportunity to unbox the latest iPhone every year without upgrade fees. Vodafone is also the only operator that lets customers use 5G when they choose to travel in Europe, giving customers access to 5G in more places than any other network, with 116 places covered today.

As well as investing in 5G, Vodafone is also constantly enhancing 4G coverage to make sure all customers can enjoy great connectivity. Vodafone is using creative ways to add more 4G, including:

  • 4G small cells on phone boxes across Edgware, Guildford and Harrow offering 200-metre radius of coverage;
  • 4G antennas on the underside of manhole covers in Covent Garden;
  • Seven shoebox-sized 4G units attached to telegraph poles, and other street furniture, around Trafalgar Square;
  • and indoor coverage in the West 1 Shopping Centre, Bond Street, which is also 5G-ready.

In London, where Vodafone uses Ericsson as its sole network partner, Vodafone’s 5G uses 50MHz of 3.4GHz spectrum. These mid-band airwaves deliver increased download speeds for 5G customers, as well as excellent coverage. Massive MIMO technology (64 x 64) is included on more than 95% of sites, which sets Vodafone’s network apart from its biggest rivals.

Vodafone is also deploying Ericsson Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) technology in the 2.1GHz spectrum band, to expand 5G coverage further and build the platform for the next generation of 5G services, including network slicing. In July, Vodafone showed off the UK’s first standalone 5G network. Many upcoming 5G devices are expected to be DSS compatible, so will benefit from Vodafone’s latest investment. The DSS coverage will meet all 3GPP criteria for 5G connectivity.

Vodafone customers will experience London’s best 5G network on a 5G-capable device. Vodafone recently launched the new Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G and Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G smartphones to add to the wide range of 5G smartphones available.

Source: Vodafone

Ericsson 5G Radio Dot connects commuters on Shenyang subway

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Ericsson’s 5G indoor radio small cell solution, the Ericsson Radio Dot System, is changing public transportation experiences for China Mobile customers in the city of Shenyang. An entire subway line is connected with the solution.

Commuters and travelers on Shenyang’s subway Line 9 can access China Mobile 5G connectivity across all 22 stations on the line, powered by the Ericsson 5G Radio Dot. The 5G network has been operational for several months.

More than 900,000 passengers use the subway system in Shenyang, north east China, every day. The Ericsson 5G Radio Dot deployment on Line 9 is helping China Mobile to meet the increasing data needs from its customers – particularly in high-quality uninterrupted video and streaming traffic – in subway stations as passengers wait for, or change, traveling connections.

BOOSTING CAPACITY

The Ericsson 5G Radio Dot System on Line 9 operates on various China Mobile frequencies. It provides a stable downlink of 1Gbps and a maximum transmission rate of up to 1.4Gbps. A 1GB high-definition movie could therefore be downloaded within 10 seconds.

The compact and easily deployable nature of the solution meant that Ericsson was able to install more than 500 5G Radio Dots across the 22 stations in just 20 days – 40 days ahead of schedule.

Ericsson and China Mobile continue to work in partnership on subway 5G connectivity in Shenyang as part of the city’s digitalization ambitions.

As 5G uptake accelerates so will data traffic. The Ericsson Mobility Report, June 2020 edition, estimates that mobile traffic will grow by 31 percent annually between 2019 and 2025. Most this traffic will come from video, which is estimated to grow from 63 percent of network traffic in 2019 to reach 76 percent by 2025. Social media, e-retail, remote working trends and increasing mobile browsing will also add to data growth.

5G IN CHINA

5G uptake is already accelerating rapidly in China.

Dr. Jessey Huang, Head of Ericsson’s Indoor Product Line, says: “The Ericsson 5G Radio Dot provides high-quality 5G performance in areas where it has been traditionally difficult to get coverage and high data speeds. As 5G subscriptions increase, the 5G Radio Dot is the perfect answer to meeting the increasing data needs of subscribers in such areas, for example, subway stations.  We have worked closely with China Mobile on the Shenyang Subway Line 9 deployment and it is a milestone for 5G-enabled transportation in Liaoning province. This opens doors to high-speed connectivity with low latency to passengers for bandwidth-intensive applications while on the move. The 5G-enabled subway will also facilitate Shenyang’s transformation to a smart city.”

Source: Ericsson

Roads are already safer for pedestrians thanks to 5G and C-V2X

 

5G Mobile Private Network supports the the gas processing plant of the future

The company’s Easington plant will become the first plant in the oil and gas sector to install a 5G-ready mobile private network

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Centrica Storage limited (CSL) and Vodafone Business will build the gas plant of the future at their Easington facility by launching the first 5G ready mobile private network (MPN) for the oil and gas industry.

The MPN will help CSL digitalise much of its critical maintenance and engineering operations. This will allow the company to assess the risk and urgency of repairs in real time, streamline activities, reduce cost and increase environmental and worker safety by creating a fully connected digital ecosystem.

A mobile private network is a dedicated, secure mobile network for a specific site. Providing more reliable coverage than Wi-Fi, the low latency, high performance network will deliver ubiquitous secure and localised outdoor and indoor coverage for mission-critical monitoring, control and communications.

Improved worker and environmental safety and increased efficiency are key goals in CSL’s business roadmap. The advancements in network performance, availability, reliability and latency offered by an MPN mean that new overlay services can be implemented to address all of these priorities.

The mobile private network, built by Vodafone Business using Ericsson equipment, will enable the overlay use cases to support a digital maintenance ecosystem for CSL. This means employees will be connected to digital applications across the entire site, increasing productivity while also helping CSL to reduce cost.

Additionally, the mobile private network will allow CSL to have real-time visibility of work conducted at the plant, offering clarity around the condition and status of the various elements of the facility around the clock. This will ensure not just productivity but also safety, as connected workers will be alerted of potential gas emissions which will be rapidly identified and managed in line with industry guidelines.

Paul Stevens, Information System and Technology Director at Centrica Storage said “The mobile private network we are building at our Easington terminal will help us address 1970s problems with a 21st Century solution, taking our business to the future from the moment it’s live. Safety is a critical measure of success at Centrica Storage and the solution we are putting in place in Easington will reduce risk for everyone on our site. By using this technology ahead of our peers, we will establish ourselves as leaders in the future of oil and gas processing.”

Greg McKenna, CEO of Centrica Storage Limited said “The mobile private network will provide Centrica with a conduit through which we can connect a myriad of internet-enabled devices which now range from handheld personal devices to augmented reality headsets.  This will improve safety, verification, asset performance and remote monitoring which ultimately leads to a safer, more reliable and cost efficient plant.”

Vinod Kumar, CEO of Vodafone Business, said: “Mobile private networks will revolutionise the way oil and gas plants are managed by increasing efficiency while also improving workers’ safety. Thanks to this powerful technology Centrica Storage can now start building the gas plant of the future and we are really excited to be with them on this journey”.

Source: Vodafone

The 5G Port of the Future

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One of the greatest challenges that ports face today is how they can evolve and adapt to become more efficient, competitive and sustainable. With its low latency, high capacity, and enhanced flexibility, 5G stands to bring unprecedented value to the optimization of ports, delivering a new level of process and operational efficiency that can significantly reduce costs, lower environmental impact, and boost economic value.

Ericsson’s journey to help make this potential become reality began back in 2016, when together with the Italian Interuniversity Consortium for Telecommunications (CNIT), our Ericsson Research team in Italy began the first developments of our Port of the Future use cases, setting the stage for one of the largest seaports in the Mediterranean Sea to become a test bed for the assessment and verification of new 5G innovative solutions, including those related to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Since then, we’ve been leveraging enhanced connectivity at the Port of Livorno to carry out a number of leading-edge use cases, and in the recently published Port of the Future report, we explore the outcome of these activities as well as how technology innovation can optimize port operations and produce real economic and sustainability value.

For the ongoing success and impact it has achieved, the 5G Port of the Future project was recently named the winner of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Award at this year’s Hannover Messe Digital Days.

In line with our mission to create a more intelligent, sustainable, and connected world, we at Ericsson continue to actively contribute to the United Nations’ 17 SDGs — which seek to enhance financial and social inclusion, contribute to overcome global environmental challenges, improve access to education and health, and support humanitarian efforts — and since the beginning of our involvement, we’ve applied this approach to our development efforts at the Port of Livorno.

Making environmental impact

Thus far, we’ve successfully leveraged 5G technologies to enhance the exchange of real-time information among actors in the port’s terminal process — an activity which can lead to a reduction in movements during cargo handling. This can significantly optimize the process overall, lowering fuel consumption as well as associated CO2 emissions. The potential impact is huge, reducing those emissions for one terminal operation by 8.2 percent and contributing to a reduction in overall emissions to meet the ambitions committed within SDG 13 (Climate Action). But SDG 13 isn’t the only target the implementation of 5G can meet.

Our results indicate that 5G connectivity can generate 65 direct and indirect SDG-linked benefits for port systems. These benefits include an increase in competitiveness and efficiency, increased safety for personnel, better management of responsible business in logistics, and strengthened integration relating to smart ports for smart cities.

5G ports provide economic value

Beyond critical environmental factors such as climate, the Port of the Future project has also yielded numerous economic benefits, including reduced operational costs, fuel consumption, and machine working hours as well as increased operation speed rates (thanks to the improved processes).

Today, 5G is currently being tested to speed up data exchanges between actors involved in terminal operations, with IoT, augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR), and AI-based systems all set to be leveraged to enable the innovative new use cases that require lower latency, increased reliability, and greater capacity.

The deployment of 5G for Livorno’s port terminals and land operations will also enable massive real-time data collection and analytics, increasing intelligent automation and laying the groundwork for better coordination between humans and devices (with augmented reality, video cameras, forklifts, trucks and sensors — the list goes on, all working together).

It’s truly exciting to recognize the potential. All in all, we’re talking about reduced costs and greater efficiency.

Here’s a glimpse of what we’ve estimated for the Port of Livorno:

  • EUR 2.5 million savings per year (through optimized vessel berthing)
  • 25 percent improvement in productivity (through 5G remote-controlled gantry and quay cranes)

These figures alone highlight the immense potential benefits of 5G if deployed at scale in the ports of Europe, not to mention the world itself.

This outcome speaks volumes to our ongoing collaboration, and by sharing our results, we aim to inspire other ports in Italy, Europe, and beyond when it comes to enabling the positive effects of 5G for sustainable development. It’s our hope that these results serve as a foundation for business scenario and replicability analyses in other ports and transport hubs around the world.

5G connectivity for the Port of the Future

The Port of the Future pilot has shown that enhanced 5G connectivity can realistically help us adapt traditional port business and operations models to be more cost-effective and environmentally sustainable. 5G and digital technologies are streamlining how ports manage their processes and cargo flows in favor of green transport modes.

With 5G, we’re moving technological boundaries forward, creating the biggest innovation platform ever. And with new enterprise services and use cases for the digitalization of industries, business opportunities across all sectors will most certainly be created.

5G is not just another “G” — it’s a platform for innovation capable of exponential positive impact on our societies and economies; our environment and people.

With that, I encourage you to read the Port of the Future report now to find out more about what we’ve been doing at the Port of Livorno as well as what’s possible next.

Source: Ericsson

New Ericsson software makes the shift to Standalone 5G easier

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  • Key 5G milestone reached with Standalone 5G New Radio (NR) software general availability
  • Ericsson software enables 5G NR to operate independently of 4G networks, leading to higher levels of performance and new capabilities
  • Standalone 5G NR delivers faster connection times and instant access to wide bands for even better user experience

Communications service providers can now tap the full potential of 5G New Radio (NR) technology with the commercial availability of Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) Standalone 5G NR software for 5G mid- and low bands. The software became globally available to all customers in June.

With this software, communications service providers can now operate 5G NR without the need for signaling support from an underlying LTE network. This will allow service providers to add 5G NR to existing 4G sites with a simpler architecture, or deploy 5G independently in new areas such as factories, to support enterprise applications and services. All Ericsson Radio System equipment deployed since 2015 can support Standalone 5G NR capabilities with a software installation.

To date, 5G networks have been deployed in Non-standalone (NSA) mode where the underlying 4G network layer supported the necessary signaling. Standalone 5G NR removes this 4G dependency. With Standalone 5G NR, faster network connection times, simpler mobility management and immediate access to wide 5G bands provide an even better user experience.

Per Narvinger, Head of Product Area Networks, Ericsson, says: “Over the past year, we have worked closely with many customers to successfully deploy Non-standalone 5G. These 5G networks have enabled higher data speeds and new use cases. Now we are taking the next step in the evolution of 5G by making generally available the software to support Standalone 5G NR networks. These standalone capabilities will enable even more use cases and applications.”

Standalone 5G NR will enable applications that require low latency such as augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), smart factories and connected vehicles. With a super-fast response time, a Standalone 5G NR device can connect six-times faster to a Standalone 5G network than a device operating in NSA mode. This will give the user a better experience.

T-Mobile and Telstra are long-standing Ericsson partners who have trialed the Ericsson Standalone 5G NR software on their commercial networks.

Abdul Saad, Chief Technology Officer, T-Mobile, says: “Standalone 5G is the next important step for wireless connectivity, with the potential to unleash a whole new range of future transformative applications. We’re proud to be leading the charge alongside Ericsson and other technology innovators and look forward to bringing standalone 5G to our customers later this year.”

Channa Seneviratne, Network and Infrastructure Engineering Executive, Telstra, says: “Standalone 5G is an important milestone in the evolution of 5G and Telstra is pleased to work with Ericsson in the development of new Standalone 5G capabilities. As the first in Australia to enable Standalone 5G, we appreciate the significance of this milestone and how 5G will be a key enabler to create new opportunities for an even better user experience and new business models.”

Ericsson has completed Standalone 5G interoperability with key ecosystem partners. Standalone 5G devices are expected to become available later in 2020.

Durga Malladi, Senior Vice President and General Manager, 4G/5G, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., says: “Qualcomm Technologies and Ericsson have been at the forefront of a number of 5G milestones to help prepare for the next phase of 5G commercialization with 5G standalone. The roll-out of 5G continues globally and we are excited to work with Ericsson in enabling global OEMs and operators to quickly roll out commercial 5G this year using 5G standalone.”

JS Pan, General Manager, Wireless Communication System and Partnership, MediaTek, says: “We’re committed to making ultra-fast 5G speeds accessible to everyone. Ericsson’s new software will help accelerate the roll-out of Standalone 5G NR, which promises to significantly boost overall 5G network performance, furthering our efforts to bring consumers a superior mobile experience.”

With the general availability of Standalone 5G NR software on low and mid bands, Ericsson now offers an end-to-end Standalone 5G solution. This is supported by the Ericsson 5G Core (5GC) and the company’s diverse 5G radio portfolio.

Source; Ericsson

Full speed ahead for ‘talking’ cars powered by 5G

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Imagine a world where cars warn each other about dangers on the road ahead – to prevent crashes and save the lives of drivers and passengers.

What was once the realm only of futuristic sci-fi shows or Disney animated movies could soon be an everyday reality using fifth generation (5G) technology, predict researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU).

The Smart Connectivity and Sensing Research Group’s work using mobile networks spans over 25 years and includes street-lighting systems, vehicles, communication and smart cities.

Now its experts believe the high-speed-low-delay nature of 5G will improve the reliability and capability of automated vehicles to the point where they will be safer than the manual cars being driven today.

As a result, the number of road traffic accidents – which according to the World Health Organisation account for more than 1.3 million deaths and up to 50 million people injured worldwide every year – will drop drastically.

Dr Dimitrios Liarokapis, a member of the research group, said: “To have a better idea of what the future will look like, think of having Tesla-like cars that not only use sensors to scan what’s around them, they can also talk to each other and exchange safety-related information about their surroundings over an area that covers several square miles.

“How often do we drive over ice patches on the road during winter, especially here in Scotland? I’m sure anyone who has had a bad experience on frozen roads would have benefited from knowing about the dangerous conditions in advance so they could have adjusted their speed or, if possible, even avoided that route altogether. The same could be said of pot holes.

“With the help of 5G, a vehicle-generated early warning system that alerts drivers is feasible within the next few years. Cars that are close enough to the danger area will transmit warning messages to other cars around them using short range communication technologies, but also to cars further away using 5G, fast and reliably. Then those cars will send the same information to cars near them and so on, forming a joined up, multi-vehicle communication chain that stretches far and wide.

“5G is an exciting mobile technology, which will give a massive boost to smart cities and autonomous vehicles among many other things. During the current COVID-19 pandemic, it has been perceived as a risk to health when it is in fact a provider of many exciting solutions.”

Source:  Glasgow Caledonian University

 

O2 plans rollout of 5G connectivity for world’s most advanced urban testbed for self-driving vehicles

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  • London’s Smart Mobility Living Lab (SMLL) aims to put the UK in the lead to test and validate self-driving car technologies.
  • Experts from TRL, DG Cities, Cisco, Loughborough University and O2 provide critical services enabling trials of driverless vehicles and smart transport systems at Royal Borough of Greenwich and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
  • O2’s involvement supports operator’s commitment to support businesses looking to explore the potential of 5G in the mobility sector.

O2 has signed an agreement to provide 5G connectivity for the testing of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) in the world’s most advanced urban testbed, the Smart Mobility Living Lab (SMLL) in London.

O2’s 3.4GHz 5G-ready spectrum will enable car manufacturers, self-driving technology companies, start-ups as well as other private and public organisations involved in the transport ecosystem to test both vehicle to vehicle (V2V) and vehicle to road communications (V2X) in a real-world environment.

SMLL is a government backed CAV testbed based in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, created with the aim of building safer, more intelligent and better joined-up transport systems. It comprises world leading expertise from across the transport and technology sectors including TRL, Cisco, DG Cities, London Legacy Development Corporation, Cubic Transportation Systems and Loughborough University. O2 has now agreed to collaborate with SMLL to provide 5G connectivity to the testbed.

5G’s role in supporting CAV and intelligent transport systems

Many transport experts believe 5G is the key to unlocking the potential of self-driving vehicles’ potential. There are three stand-out reasons for this – the extra speed of 5G, its ability to connect with many more devices at once, and a far lower latency, meaning data sent between two 5G devices is almost instantaneous.

The high capacity of 5G also allows for vehicles to transmit large amounts of data, including 4K video, to intelligent cloud-based transport systems, which are expected to improve road safety and help traffic authorities to monitor and manage traffic flow.

Brendan O’Reilly, O2’s Chief Technology Officer, said, “At O2 we’re determined to help businesses of all sizes realise the potential of fifth-generation mobile technology. We know that the transport sector is going to be one of the key beneficiaries of 5G – and that the technology has the potential to reduce traffic congestion, as well as making journeys safer and more enjoyable. That’s why we’re excited to be working with the teams at the Smart Mobility Living Lab, who are driving forward our understanding how this next generation technology will fundamentally change the fabric of the cities in which we live and work as well as creating entirely new methods of travel.”

Paul Campion, CEO of TRL, said“5G is a technology that supports a successful rollout of self-driving cars in the UK. Smart Mobility Living Lab (SMLL) research shows that over a third of industry leaders from the transport, technology and automotive industries think investment in strengthening the UK’s digital infrastructure is a key step for making self-driving cars commercially available in the UK. By working with industry leader O2, we are ensuring that SMLL is not just a real-world testing environment for self-driving cars today; we are future-proofing the testbed so that we can accelerate our customers’ research and development programmes.”

Trevor Dorling, Managing Director of DG Cities, said: “Connected and autonomous vehicles are an emerging technology with the potential to address some of the key challenges cities face. The ‘connected’, in connected and autonomous vehicles is critically important as it enables advanced safety features such as vulnerable road user alerts or dangerous intersection warnings to work, making city streets safer. 5G underpins these use cases and offers further benefits to people and businesses. This latest collaboration with O2 and SMLL will enable us to better understand the potential applications of this new technology.

O2 continues to power UK’s self-driving trials

O2’s Smart Cities report highlighted a number of compelling ways in which 5G can help the UK economy. This included how a 5G-enabled road management system, able to respond to traffic pressures at unprecedented speeds, will reduce the time motorists spend stuck in traffic by 10%, save the economy £880 million a year, and reduce CO2 emissions by 370,000 metric tonnes per year.

In July, O2 announced its ‘Smart Ambulance’ trial to revolutionise patient treatment and reduce hospital numbers. The trial, which began this month, involves equipping a standard ambulance with state-of-the-art devices and connectivity, transforming the vehicle into a unique remote consultation room. In June, O2 also announced that it is preparing to test satellite safety systems for 5G driverless cars in Oxfordshire in partnership with the European and British space agencies. This follows the news earlier this year that O2 will use its 5G network to power autonomous vehicle testing at the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire.

SMLL uses public and private roads in London. In doing so it has created the most advanced urban testing environment for autonomous transport systems and the opportunities presented by the latest 5G technologies from O2.

Source: 02

Three 5G home broadband has landed in London and that’s just the start

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Three’s 5G network has finally launched, but for now it’s only in London and only useable for home broadband. But for those who are interested in that, this is still a big deal – and it’s just the start.

Three’s 5G home broadband service comes with unlimited data, it works without a landline, and it offers convenient plug and play setup, as well as free next working day delivery. So you can get up and running almost instantly without an engineer visit.

The service comes in at £35 per month with no upfront cost on a 12-month contract, and on the postcodes we checked (in Camden) supposedly offers average speeds of 100Mbps, which is competitive with fibre broadband.

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Three’s router can get up to 64 devices online at once too, so you should have no problem getting all of your computers, phones, consoles and other smart devices connected at the same time.

If you can’t wait until the next working day to get it, you even have the option to pay £20 for same day delivery, and when you move house you can simply take your 5G router with you and plug it in at the new place – assuming Three has 5G coverage there.

Limited availability but it’s set to improve fast

Indeed, availability is the main issue with Three 5G home broadband right now. Even within London, Three’s 5G home broadband service isn’t yet available everywhere, but you can enter your postcode here to see if you can get it where you are. Coverage areas include parts of Clapham, Ealing, Hoxton, Acton, Putney and more.

And if you can’t get coverage in your area, or you don’t live in London, that might only briefly be a problem, as Three is bringing 5G to 25 cities and towns by the end of the year, as well as launching a 5G mobile service, so you won’t be limited to home broadband for long.

No extra cost

Not only that, but Three will offer its 5G mobile service at not extra cost, and is promising speeds up to twice as fast as rivals. That could theoretically mean peak speeds of over 2Gbps, and even average speeds should be some way faster than the 100Mbps currently offered on its home broadband.

That might mean that Three’s 5G home broadband will soon get a lot faster too, but that’s just speculation for now.

At the time of writing Three’s only real competition in this space is Vodafone, which also offers a 5G home broadband service. It offers unlimited data too, though it’s priced steeper at £50 per month for that (though plans with limited data start at £30 per month). The space will soon get crowded though, with EE also launching a 5G home broadband service before long.

Source; James Rogerson/5g.co.uk