MTN South Africa selects Ericsson for commercial 5G Core and Radio
Ericsson has been selected by MTN South Africa as a 5G network modernization vendor. Ericsson will supply 5G products and solutions from its Radio Access Network (RAN), transport and Core portfolios, with commercial rollout expected to start in 2020.
In USA: C-Band Alliance now proposes clearing 300 MHz of spectrum
The C-Band Alliance (CBA) has proposed the clearance of 300 MHz of C-band (mid-band) spectrum to support 5G. In an updated filing with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the CBA said that the spectrum cleared would include a 20-MHz guard band to protect existing satellite services from 5G interference. The first tranche will be made available in 46 metropolitan zones, within 18 months of the FCC order, to 120 MHz and inclusive of the 20-MHz guard band. The second tranche will become available within 36 months from a CBA-led auction, providing cleared spectrum throughout the entire continental US.
China’s three state telecoms on Thursday announced the roll-out 5G mobile phone services, marking a key step in Beijing’s ambitions to become a technology superpower at a time when it remains locked in trade tensions with Washington.
Elisa CTO Kalle Lehtinen expressed confidence its dense mobile network, abundance of spectrum and solid consumer business case for 5G put it in a strong position to see positive top-line growth.
The Finland-based mobile operator, which launched 5G service in April, has 1,400 cell sites per million people and nearly 400MHz of spectrum in the 3.5GHz band, which Lehtinen said gives it the highest 5G frequency per capita in Europe.
Elisa offers three speed-based pricing tiers, ranging from €32 a month for 300Mb/s to €50 per month for 1Gb/s.
“We see growing demand for fast, reliable and high-quality connectivity,” he said, noting that as availability of higher-speed service increases, Elisa sees a corresponding rise in usage.
He cited data showing Finns consume the most mobile data in the world, with typical monthly usage at about 16GB in 2018, and 36 per cent of households on mobile-only broadband packages.
Elisa’s mobile data traffic grew 11-times over the last six years, with video accounting for 70 per cent. Monthly data usage reached 25GB per subscriber at end-2018.
The move to intelligent automation of network planning and optimisation resulted in 86 per cent of network faults being solved before customers become aware of them, he said.
Lehtinen claimed Elisa runs the most automated network in the world, with capex driven by customer need-based analytics.