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Telefónica and Ericsson team up for live LTE-U demo

The growing momentum over the use of unlicensed spectrum for cellular communication has been boosted by the announcement that Telefónica and Ericsson combined to demonstrate live delivery of LTE-U.

US carriers jump on FCC’s 28 GHz 5G hint

After FCC chairman Tom Wheeler hinted at his views on the key bands for 5G last week, carriers in the US have been quick to submit applications for testing in the 28 GHz frequency bands. Both T-Mobile and Verizon have submitted requests for temporary testing authorisation to test technologies, bandwidths and uplink/down ratios for deployment. […]

Nokia claims 10Gbps demo realistically shows future 5G capabilities

Finnish kit maker Nokia and US-based industrial test equipment vendor National Instruments (NI) demonstrated what they described as a 5G speed of 10Gbps peak rate over the air at the 73GHz band (millimetre-wave). Nokia claimed the real-life like conditions of the demo set it apart from other similar ones recently by other players.

LTE and the backhaul challenge

LTE mobile broadband has already been rolled out in some markets and is on the verge of deployment in many more, but as data consumption grows, a challenge that will face operators is how to backhaul their LTE networks. Without enough backhaul capacity for their networks, network customers will not feel they are getting the level of service they have paid for, which is one of the prime causes for customer churn.

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