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22 June 2021

Round-up of highlights from the week’s news

By Wireless Watch Staff

Turkey deploys its first private cellular network at Arçelik

Consumer electronics maker Arçelik Global, owner of the Beko and Grundig brands, is set to deploy Turkey’s first private cellular network, LTE-based but with a 5G upgrade option.

Nokia and Türk Telekom have collaborated on the project to install an “industrial-grade 5G-ready” private network at the company’s factory in Çayırova in the northwest of the country, not far from Istanbul.

Arçelik will use Nokia’s Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) package, combining radio and core networks with edge compute components and various analytics modules. Nokia will also provide system design, deployment, and ongoing managed services, while Türk Telekom is in overall charge of project management and governance, as well as providing the LTE spectrum.

Telefónica and Microsoft forge AI consortium for industrial IoT in Spain

Telefónica has clubbed together with Microsoft and local firms Repsol, Gestamp, Navantia and Técnicas Reunidas, to create IndesIA, the first AI consortium dedicated to the Spanish industrial sector.

The consortium has identified IoT, 5G, cloud and edge computing as critical areas for action across five key major industrial areas: energy, automotive, naval, telecommunications, and engineering.

The participating companies said over 60 use cases based on AI and data analytics had been identified that provide traction across these sectors. A library of industrial use cases will be created and documented, with access to the data that enabled their resolution.

Ericsson forecasts 5G subs to soar from 580m to 3.5bn by 2026

More than 160 MNOs have already launched 5G services and will serve 580m subscribers by the end of 2021, according to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report.

The subscription total will soar to 3.5bn by 2026 as 5G services penetrate every region, with North America at the helm. Rising by over onem a day, 5G subscription uptake will be faster than 4G, passing the onebn mark two years earlier in its lifecycle.

The need for reliable, high speed connectivity will be a major driver of growth, noting that 70% of all service providers are now offering fixed wireless access (FWA) services.

Canadian 3.5 GHz auction underway after pandemic delays

The Canadian government finally started its delayed auction of 3.5 GHz 5G frequencies on June 15 in a process expected to last several weeks, involving 1,504 licenses in 172 service areas.

A total of 23 bidders including Bell Canada, Rogers Communications and Telus are taking part. Meanwhile Rogers, which dominated the auction of 600 MHz spectrum early in 2020 – winning 52 licenscs in every territory for $1.725bn out of a $2.84bn total – has announced its 5G network now reaches half the country’s population.