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7 September 2021

Round-up of highlights from the week’s news

By Wireless Watch Staff

Singtel launches 5G Standalone use cases

Singaporean telco Singtel has launched several 5G Standalone (SA) use cases, as it expands 5G coverage to two-thirds of the area of the state.

These include 5G-powered remote racing in partnership with Formula Square to deliver immersive, lag-free racing with cars remote controlled over 5G. There is also the first underwater 4K live streaming from the S.E.A. Aquarium, enabling visitors to Singtel’s unmanned pop-up retail store to immerse themselves in aquatic footage, viewing manta rays, sharks and shoals of fishes.

Then the operator is providing access to artists and performers in collaboration with the National Gallery Singapore and Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, while adhering to strict social distancing measures.

South Korea passes 17m 5G subscriber mark

South Korea now has over 17m 5G subscribers, approaching 25% of the 71.71m potential total, according to the country’s Ministry of Science and ICT.

During July, the country’s mobile operators added a net 616,000 5G subscribers. The largest carrier, SK Telecom, has over 8m 5G subscribers, followed by KT with 5.2m and LG Uplus with 3.8m.

Growth has been driven partly by high average 5G download speeds in South Korea, reaching 808.45Mbps in the first half of 2021, up from 690.47Mbps in the second half of 2020.

Deutsche Telekom builds private 5G campus network at Future Factory Hub

Deutsche Telekom is set to build a private 5G campus network at the Future Factory Hub, a research campus being constructed at the Werner-von-Siemens Centre for Industry and Science in Siemensstadt, a district of Berlin.

Funded by the city of Berlin, the project is set up to help research and development into industrial 5G networks. T-Systems, Deutsche Telekom’s corporate customer division, is offering its EdgeAir cloud computing system for the project, to enable data processing and analysis on site in a customer’s IT environment.

The facility will be used by institutions including the Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin) and the Fraunhofer Society, which embraces 72 research institutes across Germany.

Ericsson and Qualcomm claim first over-the-air 5G NR call on CBRS

Ericsson and Qualcomm claimed a new milestone by making the first successful over-the-air 5G New Radio (NR) call on CBRS (Citizen Broadband Radio Service) spectrum in the USA.

The trial took place at Ericsson’s North America headquarters in Plano, Texas, using a standalone (SA) 5G network configuration with rooftop radios. The call was placed over Ericsson’s 5G Distributed Innovation Network, through a smartphone equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 5G Mobile Platform featuring the Snapdragon X60 5G Modem-RF.

The demo is important because 5G standards for use in shared or unlicensed spectrum, such as CBRS’s general authorized access tier, have only recently been finalized. They will enable operators and non-MNOs to deploy 5G in the 3.5 GHz CBRS GAA band and other shared spectrum, which until now has only been able to support