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20 October 2020

Round-up of highlights from the week’s news

By Wireless Watch Staff

Telefónica extends 5G to 50 UK provincial capitals

Telefónica  has extended its 5G network to all of Spain’s 50 provincial capitals, as well as 400 other localities across the country, six weeks after launching non-standalone (NSA) 5G commercial services. This puts the telco well on track to meet its target of covering 75% of Spain’s population by the end of the year. The operator is currently offering its 5G service over spectrum in the 3.5 GHz and 1.8-2.1 GHz bands, and plans to extend into the lower 700 MHz band after the Spanish government awards spectrums for provision of 5G there in the first quarter of 2021.

Supply of infrastructure for this 5G roll-out is being shared between Ericsson and Nokia. Ericsson is providing new 3.5 GHz radio equipment and software upgrades to existing 5G-ready radios in the network. Nokia is supplying its AirScale Radio Access portfolio and supporting Telefónica with development of its 5G network in other areas, including IP network and optical transport.

Chunghwa Telecom “first” to deploy 5G NSA small cells in Taiwan

Nokia will provide products for Taiwanese mobile operator Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) to deliver 5G coverage over Non-Standalone (NSA) small cells. The portfolio deployed includes Nokia’s flexible AirScale indoor Radio (ASiR) technology for improved indoor coverage and capacity, along with its AirScale micro-remote radio heads (RRHs) for outdoor and urban hotspots. The latter will complement the operator’s base of over 2,500 sets of 4G small cells, while Nokia’s equipment will also extend 5G coverage and add capacity to indoor residential and small enterprise networks.

Mercedes and Bosch trial driverless valet parking at Stuttgart airport

Bosch and Mercedes-Benz have teamed up to trial driverless parking at Stuttgart airport in spaces run by garage operator Apcoa. Co-developed by Bosch and Mercedes, the system is being tested in two parking spaces at the P6 parking garage at the airport, with the hope this will lead to commercial operation on a wider scale. The three will test the relevant vehicle technology and garage IoT infrastructure at the site, including self-driving to Level 4, the second highest order of automation.

The vehicle’s routes around the garage are calculated centrally in a dedicated control center, so there is an element or remote as opposed to genuine autonomous driving. Indeed, it will be years before full blown autonomous driving is cleared across national road networks. But under controlled conditions, usually off the public roads, Level 4 driving can be tested without humans at the wheel much sooner, providing valuable development and proving ground for the technology.

China Telecom claims country’s first 5G Standalone data call

Ericsson and China Telecom claim to have competed China’s first 5G Standalone (SA) data call over a commercial network. This uses Ericsson’s spectrum sharing technology and was achieved over China Telecom’s 2.1 GHz commercial 5G network in Deyang City, Sichuan Province, simultaneously serving both 5G and 4G commercial users over that spectrum.

“This achievement shows how communications service providers can use the advantages of the fast and cost-efficient 5G coverage enabled by Ericsson Spectrum Sharing to deploy 5G Standalone,” said Per Narvinger, head of product area Networks at Ericsson. “This will create business opportunities for our customers and deliver superior user experiences for 5G subscribers.”