Malaysia skips 5G tender – Mobile World Live

malaysia skips 5g tender – mobile world live


Malaysia’s communications minister ordered the telecoms regulator to allocate 5G spectrum to five companies, bypassing a tender process and dropping plans to deploy a joint nationwide network.
The Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (MCMC) assigned 2x10MHz blocks of 700MHz spectrum to incumbents Celcom Axiata, Maxis and Digi; while Telekom Malaysia and Altel Communications, an MVNO controlled by billionaire Syed Mokhtar al-Bukhary, each received 2x5MHz.
Saifuddin Abdullah, Minister of Communications and Multimedia under a new government which gained power three months ago, issued the directive on 15 May, but did not cover the 3.5GHz band.
In early January, MCMC announced it was considering allocating  2x30MHz blocks of 700MHz and 100MHz of 3.5GHz spectrum to a consortium of licensees through an open tender, with assignment of frequencies in the 26GHz and 28GHz bands to be considered at a later date.
The first commercial services were expected to begin in Q3.
Altel Communications launched MVNO service in 2013 but owns 40MHz of spectrum in the 2.6GHz band which it leased to other operators. It aspires to roll out its own network, telling the regulator in August 2019 it was unable to do so with a single high-spectrum band, but the move would …



5G adoption, security and worldwide market trends – Help Net Security

5g adoption, security and worldwide market trends – help net security


With 5G adoption ramping up all over the world, we sat down with Chris Pearson, President of 5G Americas, to learn more about the current 5G landscape.
5G Americas is an industry trade organization composed of leading telecommunications service providers and manufacturers like Samsung, AT&T, Intel, Ericsson, Qualcomm and T-Mobile.

What’s your take on the current global progress towards 5G?
Despite the COVID-19 crisis, 5G continues to progress at a robust pace in terms of deployments and subscribers and I am optimistic this will continue throughout 2020. I feel great about the progress and situationally, network operators are quickly moving ahead with 5G network deployments. We expect to see the start of transitions toward 5G stand-alone networks during the latter half of 2020 and into 2021.
The pandemic has slowed some work on 5G standards for 3GPP Releases 16 and 17 by around three months so far, but this has not delayed operator progress in most parts of the world. From a supply chain standpoint, I see just a small bit of concern regarding some equipment delivery delays by equipment vendors but for the most part 5G is moving along well.

3GPP timeline for Release 15, 16, and 17

All told, 5G is currently the fastest …


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DoT plans to transform India into manufacturing, export hub of 5G gear

dot plans to transform india into manufacturing, export hub of 5g gear


In a bid to transform India into a manufacturing and export hub of 5G equipment, the department of telecommunications (DoT) has called a meeting on Wednesday to discuss with key stakeholders a plan to roll out a productivity-linked incentive (PLI) scheme for telecom equipment.
The move will encourage global telecom gear makers like Ericcsson and Nokia as well as Huawei (provided it gets FDI permission) to export from the country.

The proposed scheme is in line with PLI schemes which have been earlier cleared by the Cabinet for manufacture of electronics and mobile devices.
The PLI scheme under discussion provides incentives to manufacturers between 4 per cent and 6 per cent for a period of five years. But international companies must make incremental investment of over Rs 600 crore in four years and export products between Rs 1,000 crore to Rs 3,000 crore per annum. The scheme will help manufacturers reduce the cost disadvantage they face in India compared with China, which is at 17-20 per cent, and Vietnam (8-11 per cent), the two key competitors.

The meeting was called after the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) communicated, on May 14 to the DoT, that there was no industry consultation on the proposed draft being …


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Bell, Telus give 5G contracts to Europeans, Huawei shut out

bell, telus give 5g contracts to europeans, huawei shut out


TORONTO — Two of Canada’s three major telecommunication companies announced Tuesday they’ve decided not to use Chinese tech giant Huawei for their next-generation 5G wireless network.

Bell Canada announced that Sweden-based Ericsson will be its supplier and Telus Corp. later announced that it had also selected Ericsson and Nokia. Rogers already has a longstanding partnership with Ericsson.

Canada and its security agencies have been studying whether to use equipment from Huawei as phone carriers prepare to roll out fifth-generation technology. 5G is designed to support a vast expansion of networks to facilitate medical devices, self-driving cars and other technology.

Huawei is the world’s biggest supplier of network gear used by phone and internet companies, but has long been seen as a front for spying by China’s military and its highly skilled security services.

The U.S. has urged Canada to exclude Huawei equipment from their next-generation wireless networks as they claim Huawei is legally beholden to the Chinese regime. The United States and Australia have banned Huawei, citing concerns it is an organ of Chinese military intelligence — a charge the company denies.

“We look forward to the federal government completing its 5G review and making an evidence-based decision about Huawei’s role …


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Rakuten unwraps NEC’s 5G core | Light Reading

rakuten unwraps nec’s 5g core | light reading


Japan’s Rakuten said NEC a fellow Japanese company will supply its 5G core. The news is notable considering Rakuten is widely regarded as being on the forefront of the industry’s move toward virtualized, cloud-native, open wireless networks, and therefore its vendor selections represent an important signal to the wider industry.

And Rakuten’s selection of NEC as its 5G core supplier means that the Japanese vendor will power the “brains” of Rakuten’s 5G network. The 5G core will run everything from network slicing to edge computing, a situation that has attracted a wide range of vendors including Microsoft, Huawei, Oracle, Cisco and Ericsson to the 5G core market.

Further, Rakuten has made no secret about its plans to sell its underlying network platform to other operators, governments and enterprises in Japan and elsewhere, and so the vendors it works with on its Japanese wireless network will therefore likely be included in those international efforts as well.

NEC is one of a wide range of upstart vendors powering Rakuten’s mobile network in Japan; other vendors include Allot, Ciena, Cisco, Innoeye, Intel, Mavenir, Netcracker, OKI, Qualcomm, Quanta, Red Hat, Tech Mahindra and Viavi. In terms of the 4G network that Rakuten launched in …


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UK weighs Huawei 5G ban as anti-China sentiment grows

uk weighs huawei 5g ban as anti-china sentiment grows


LONDON — Calls within the British government are growing to shut out Huawei Technologies from ultrafast 5G networks here as China faces increasing pushback over the coronavirus pandemic and security.The National Cyber Security Center recently launched an emergency review of Huawei’s role in the U.K.’s mobile networks, after the U.S. Commerce Department announced a further crackdown May 15.”Following the U.S. announcement of additional sanctions against Huawei, the NCSC is looking carefully at any impact they could have to the U.K.’s networks,” a spokesperson for the agency had said.The NCSC previously concluded that security risks associated with Huawei products were manageable. The British government said in January that Huawei can supply up to 35% of nonsensitive parts of 5G networks, rebuffing American pressure to lock the company out over espionage concerns. At the time, the U.K. concluded that replacing the Huawei parts already in its mobile networks would cost too much.The government now appears to be changing its tune in light of the U.S. sanctions and the growing criticism of China’s initial response to the novel coronavirus. The U.K. death toll of nearly 40,000 is the highest in Europe, and the …


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Bell, Telus award 5G contracts to European firms, shutting out Huawei

bell, telus award 5g contracts to european firms, shutting out huawei


MONTREAL — Huawei Technologies Inc.’s ambitions to be a player in Canada’s 5G network are very much in doubt after two of the country’s three largest telecom companies announced partnerships with the Chinese tech giant’s European rivals.
Bell Canada announced Tuesday morning that Sweden-based Ericsson will be its second supplier of the radio access network equipment — a major component in fifth-generation wireless networks — following its choice of Finland’s Nokia in February.

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Later in the day, Telus Corp., which uses Huawei equipment extensively in its current network, announced that it too had selected Ericsson and Nokia for its 5G network needs.
The announcements come as Ottawa continues its review of Huawei’s role in Canada’s 5G networks over security concerns due to suspicions about the company’s relationship with China’s government.

The United States has warned Canada, the United Kingdom and other allies that it will limit intelligence sharing with countries that have Huawei equipment in their 5G networks — citing its potential use for spying by China, an allegation Huawei denies.
Neither Bell nor Telus provided financial details about their contracts with Ericsson and Nokia. Neither company said they had ruled out Huawei for security reasons.
“Huawei has …


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Where Are All the 5G Hotspots?

where are all the 5g hotspots?


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The 5G networks in the US are now more than a year old, but they haven’t fulfilled one of their earliest promises—to offer a fast on-ramp to the internet for your laptop when you’re on the go.For more than a decade, that was the role of PC cards, USB sticks, and wireless hotspots. Both 3G and 4G networks came in with laptop internet access, and both Sprint and AT&T had hotspots as part of their supposed initial 5G launches.But since those first launches, the high-speed hotspot market has been in a deep freeze. AT&T never did release its Netgear Nighthawk 5G to consumers. T-Mobile is terminating 5G service for its HTC 5G Hub; it sells no alternative product. I’m currently re-testing Verizon’s Inseego M1000 hotspot, still the carrier’s only 5G hotspot, which was released last July.Yes, you can argue that people should use their smartphones in hotspot mode. But there are enough reasons not to do that, which has kept the hotspot market alive for years now. Because they don’t have fancy screens and glass bodies, hotspots tend to cost less than half the price of smartphones with similar network capabilities. They …


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