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Vodafone and Huawei highlight the need to experiment new 5G pricing models

During MBB forum held 16 October 2019, Matt Beal, Vodafone Group director of technology strategy and architecture, said consumers in early launch markets had welcomed the startegy of pricing data by speed rather than volume delivered  and assured that enterprises were also taking a keen interest in the new network technology.

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Germany will not bar Huawei from its 5G networks

Germany will not exclude Chinese tech giant Huawei from its 5G mobile networks, saying it wants to create "a level playing field" for vendors.

The US has banned Huawei from selling 5G equipment to its telecoms companies, saying it contained back doors that would enable Chinese surveillance.

And the UK has promised a decision this autumn on whether the equipment-maker should be excluded from its 5G rollout.

Huawei welcomed Germany's "fact and standards based approach".

"Politicising cyber-security will only hinder technology development and social progress while doing nothing to address the security challenges all countries face," Huawei said.

"Huawei will continue to work openly with regulators, customers, and industry organisations to ensure that mobile networks are secure.

"Over the past 30 years, we have served more than three billion people around the world, and we have maintained a strong track record in security throughout."

All German telecoms operators use Huawei equipment and have previously warned banning it would delay the rollout of 5G and cost billions of dollars.


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Germany:  Ministry of Finance to quintuple the fees to be charged for companies using local 5G frequencies

Harmut Rauen, The deputy executive director of the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA), said that the plan of the Ministry of Finance to quintuple the fees to be charged for companies using local 5G frequencies in their factories is “unacceptable”, Handelsblatt reports.

The prices are “way too high”, Rauen said. The VDMA believes that the ministry is creating an entry barrier for companies that want to build local 5G networks.

Potential applications for so-called 5G campus networks in the industry are, for example, the control of autonomous robots, driverless transport systems or fast storage systems. The federal government plans to soon introduce a catalogue with security requirements for network operators.


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Ecosystem creation is vital to be ready for 5G says Orange

LIVE FROM HUAWEI GLOBAL MBB FORUM 2019, ZURICH: Orange outlined the importance of creating an ecosystem of enterprise customers for 5G networks before commencing a full launch of the technology, to ensure there is a full suite of compatible services available.

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Spain: Telefonica demonstrates first 5G-enabled remote surgery assistance system 

Along with a hospital in Malaga, Telefónica has presented on 07/10/19 what it claims is the first expert assistance system for medical interventions that runs on 5G.

As part of the IV Advanced Digestive Endoscopy Conference medical training sessions were broadcast live in 4K quality with “almost no latency,” Telefónica says.

Through augmented reality, essential information was displayed and updated in real-time throughout the operation.

Katsumi Yamamoto, director of the Endoscopy Centre at Osaka Hospital, was able to collaborate graphically on the screen about how the surgery should proceed with Dr Pedro Rosón Rodríguez, Head of the Digestive System Service of the Quirónsalud Málaga Hospital, who conducted the surgery from Málaga.

Low latency

Mercedes Fernández, Innovation Manager at Telefónica, said, "The operations organised at this conference are just an example of the numerous practical applications that 5G can have in healthcare.

"Thanks to two key features of this technology – the low latency that allows transmission without delays and the ability to handle large video streams at high speed – it was possible to perform this intervention with the added value of doing so live and in real-time with the interaction of doctors and attendees to provide solutions and ask questions about the clinical case that was undertaken.”

Dr Pedro Rosón said, "The experience of previous years in organising innovative training courses in digestive endoscopy allows us this year to provide a global training course thanks to 5G technology, something that might seem science fiction but that we are making reality today.

“The use of 5G and augmented reality is, without doubt, what stands out in comparison with our previous editions and with any other standard medical workshops.

"We are therefore proud to keep and to continue offering an innovative training space with the live conducting of cases by specialists from Spain and abroad, with an emphasis on theory and reviewing the latest advances in interventional endoscopy.”

Next steps

There are now plans for Dr Rosón to use the system to advise on an operation being carried out at Poniente Hospital in El Ejido, Almería.

At Mobile World Congress in February this year, the first tele-mentored surgery performed was performed over a 5G connection between the Fira Gran Via and Hospital Clinic de Barcelona. A medical expert advised an in-theatre surgeon on a live operation in close to real-time.


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