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9 August 2021

Round-up of highlights from the week’s news

By Wireless Watch Staff

China forecast to lead global V2X field

The global V2X market – for advanced vehicle communications to roadside and Internet-based systems – is set to take off after years of gestation, according to a report from the IoT analyst firm Berg Insight.

It predicts a 50-fold increase in cumulative deployments over five years, rising from 700,000 cars at the end of 2020 to 35.1m by 2025. These include both IEEE 802.11p-based technologies such as dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) and cellular V2X (C-V2X).

The first V2X use cases deployed globally relate to traffic efficiency and basic safety, rather than autonomous driving. These include local hazard warnings and traffic information, along with emergency electronic brake light warnings.

Softbank unveils two ‘6G’ initiatives

Japanese telco Softbank has announced its ‘6G’ concept, alongside two specific initiatives in the field.

The first is an R&D project involving ‘Moving Terahertz’ for smartphones. This focuses on expanding frequency ranges that will enable Softbank eventually to provide commercial services using the terahertz band for mobile communications.

The second initiative involves Softbank’s efforts to establish HAPS (high altitude platform stations). The company has already demonstrated the communications equipment that was used in a stratospheric flight test and a cylinder antenna currently under development. Both will be essential for enabling fixed footprint coverage with HAPS networks.

Ericsson happy with consolation prize in Chinese 5G contract

Ericsson has won 3% of a joint 5G RAN contract from China Telecom and China Unicom, worth an unspecified amount.

After warnings that Ericsson might suffer from reciprocal action after Sweden banned Huawei from its 5G network, this is a positive result for the company. It reflects concern in China over placing total reliance in the country’s duo of Huawei and ZTE, which took around 90% between them.

This is by contrast with the contract recently awarded by China Mobile and new entrant China Broadcasting Network, for up to 480,000 5G base stations for the 700 MHz band. Ericsson missed out on any part of that deal, with the Swedish ban cited as a factor, while Nokia gained a 4% share.