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Italy decides to exclude Huawei from 5G-core network deployment

Ranine Awwad

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Italy decides to exclude Huawei from 5G-core network deployment

It seems that the 2020 nightmare continues for the Chinese telecom giant Huawei. As an inexpensive equipment provider, the company has been accused by the US for cybersecurity issues. The US has been calling its allies to ban Huawei’s involvement in the deployment of 5G networks. On July 9, 2020, Telecom Italia (TIM) has excluded Huawei from a tender for 5G equipment for the core network it is preparing to build in Italy and Brazil, according to The New York Times. The Italian telecom operator has invited suppliers such as Cisco, Ericsson, Nokia, Mavenir, and Affirmed Networks. However, ZTE and Korea’s Samsung were excluded from the list. “The security and development of digital Italy should be based on an approach grounded in facts and not baseless allegations,” commented Huawei on the decision.

For the time being, Huawei will not participate in the existing core network in Italy. However, it has supplied Brazil with 4G equipment, used for the core network – where sensitive data exists – for the Italian group’s local unit. Huawei executive has warned that Brazil could suffer years of delay in 5G deployment if they consider banning the company.

Italy’s decision regarding Huawei came after foreign pressures. On October 2, 2019, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo warned Italy of China’s “predatory approach” to trade and investment, according to AFP. However, on January 30, 2020 an Italian minister told Reuters that Italy has no plans to ban Chinese companies including Huawei from participation in the deployment of 5G networks. Industry Undersecretary Mirella Liuzzi said that the government should tackle the issue of national safety without being naïve. “They should take the necessary precautions but without keeping anyone out of the doorstep,” she said, according to Reuters.

In 2017, Italy launched a 5G trial to implement infrastructures and services in five cities. Back in September 2017, authorizations were granted for the use of 100 MHz in the 3.6-3.8 GHz band for the rollout. At the end of 2018, the country launched auctions for fifth-generation networks and raised about $7.3 billion.

Oxford Economics published a report entitled “The economic impact of restricting competition in 5G network equipment” in November 2019. The report states that restrictions on Huawei will increase investment costs, slow down rollout, and delay productivity improvements. A lower competition may lead to higher contract prices set by telecom operators for 5G equipment. Italy should take into consideration these impacts while preparing a strategic plan for the post-Huawei phase.

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Ranine joined Inside Telecom as an Investigative Journalist. Her extensive fieldwork and investigations shed light on many socio-economic issues. Over the past few years, she has transformed her key findings into in-depth analytical reports. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communication.

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Omantel successfully tests enhanced 5G at its HQ

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Omantel has successfully tested on Monday the 5G High Band at its headquarters in Madinat al Irfan under the supervision of TRA.

The 5G test using the mmWave, which successfully concluded recently in association with Ericsson, demonstrated enhanced network capabilities with mmWave bandwidth more than multiple times higher than existing 5G speed.

In a press release issued today, the telco said that “The successful 5G test paves the way for enhanced 5G capabilities for consumers and businesses across the Sultanate. The next step may see 5G greatly enhances user experience at mobile broadband hotspots when using the fixed and mobile internet especially in crowded spaces such as during festivals and events.”

The technology will also enable low-latency industry applications like Augmented Reality (AR), its applications, robots, and other future technologies, according to Omantel.

Dr. Ali Al Hashmi General Manager of Networks at Omantel said, “mmWave 5G technology is a cornerstone of upcoming 5G networks, allowing for faster data speeds and much higher bandwidth than ever before.”

He added: “The success of 5G test with Ericsson paves the way for many more applications as 5G has opened up possibilities of newer, smarter solutions in every area of daily life and business. Omantel is happy to have partnered with Ericsson for this and look forward to exciting new applications as Oman Vision 2040 opens a new chapter in Oman’s ICT landscape.”

State-owned Omantel announced four months ago the launch of its 5G mobile services within the Sultanate, providing users further value and speed, as they place the full potential of the fifth generation of communications into their hands.

The operator had previously setup its 5G rollout roadmap as early back as 2019, with Oman introducing 5G home broadband for certain areas around the country in December of the same year.

Ability to deliver multi-gigabit speeds

The trial demonstrated Omantel’s ability to deliver multi-gigabit speeds to end- user with eight cell carrier aggregation functionalities using Ericsson’s state-of-the-art Street macro mm Wave solution and advanced 5G software features. The trial used a carrier bandwidth of 800MHz at 26GHz.

The last few years have seen Omantel emerge as the leader in 5G network capabilities. Several live field trials, followed by the introduction of Massive MIMO technology in some governorates of Oman to bring high-speed cross-network data transmission for its subscribers laid the groundwork for the official launch of fixed wireless 5G services in Oman in late 2019, followed by 5G for mobile in 2021.

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Ooredoo Oman 5G record for MIMO single user downlink data rate

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Ooredoo Oman said it recently recorded downlink speeds of more than 5 Gbps on a commercial 5G Massive MIMO single sector, one of the first such tests in the region.

Demonstrating its technology leadership, 5G Massive MIMO delivers eight times more capacity for home internet compared to 4G, and 20 times more capacity on mobile.

As the latest major milestone in its 5G rollout, the achievement builds on Ooredoo’s continual efforts to improve user experience, drive innovation and position Oman as a technologically advanced society.

Dr. Ahmed Abdullah Al Abri, Chief Technology & Information Officer at Ooredoo, said, “This achievement is a big moment for us as our 5G network continues to take shape. The peak value that 5G technology can offer on a single sector is around 5.7 Gbps and we have managed to achieve 90 percent of it, one of the highest in the region. This ultimately translates to a considerably improved experience for our users and unprecedented development opportunities for the Sultanate.”

As such, some 70 percent of Qatar is now covered by 5G, and with more and more devices being 5G-enabled, according to Ooredoo. “It won’t be long before everyone can experience the incredible power of 5G. We’ve even included 5G as part of the recent revamp of our postpaid plans,” it added.

Among Ooredoo Oman 5G plans are to construct and install around 2,000 5G stations over the next five years, with the potential to benefit everything from entertainment and education to scientific research and healthcare.

We are the pioneers of the commercial 5G network since 2018, the telco highlighted, and we’re working hard to give you access to our lightning speed network anywhere in the world.

As part of the telco ambitious roadmap to continue to build on its promise to take its customers’ internet experience to a new level, Ooredoo Oman 5G home Internet is considered to be a great value for home access, mobile, and business plans, which are currently available now.

Users can benefit from improved network coverage, stability with almost zero delay, as well as incredible download speeds.

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Jio Platforms, Qualcomm to manufacture critical 5G equipment

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Reliance Industries Limited said that its Jio Platforms has collaborated with U.S.-based chipmaker Qualcomm technologies for local manufacturing of “critical equipment” to catalyze the 5G ecosystem in India.

Both companies previously partnered to develop “open and interoperable” interface compliant architecture based 5G solutions with a virtualized RAN and had last year achieved over a 1 Gbps milestone on the Jio 5GNR solution using the chipmaker’s 5G RAN Platforms.

Interestingly, Qualcomm has recently joined hands with Jio’s archrival Bharti Airtel for the telco’s 5G roll out in India. Under the partnership, Airtel will leverage Qualcomm’s 5G RAN platforms to rollout virtualized and Open-RAN 5G networks in India.

In addition, Jio has already developed an end-to-end 5G stack, including 5G radio and core network solutions. RIL revealed that the telco has already completed testing of its 5G radio and core solution, which will now enable a self-sufficient and cost-effective rollout.

“India is at the forefront of the global digital revolution. Jio is accelerating the rollout of digital platforms and indigenously developed next-generation 5G stack, making it affordable and available everywhere,” RIL said in its annual report, adding that the telecom operator’s radio frequency capacity and coverage for 5G networks is already underway based on 4G data traffic profile.

As such, Qualcomm also invested $97 million in Jio Platforms last year.

Reliance Jio is currently preparing for 5G field trials having received trial spectrum from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). The telco will test its own 5G technology but will also work with its 4G partner Samsung along with Ericsson and Nokia.

RIL also revealed that Jio Platforms is also working with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) on standardizing 5G device configurations.

“With 5G technology, Indian subscribers will experience the benefits of higher data rates, low latency communications and enhanced digital experiences across a wide array of connected devices, from 5G-enabled smartphones, enterprise laptops and AR/VR products to vertical IoT solutions,” RIL said.

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