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5 July 2022

Round-up of highlights from the week’s news 

Chunghwa Telecom upgrades 5G base stations with Ericsson  

Taiwan’s largest operator, Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), has started upgrading its installed Ericsson base of midband Massive MIMO radios, aiming to increase energy efficiency and reduce weight where possible. This will take in around 2,000 cells, along with at least 150 Centralized-RAN sites.  


Alex Chien, president of network technology at CHT, said: “Sustainability has always been at the heart of our business. We believe network modernization is a key enabler for a greener digital infrastructure as the foundation for the societal net-zero target.” 


Chunghwa Telecom ended 2021 with over 12,000 5G stations across the whole country. 


Only 11% of enterprises have fully automated test strategy, finds Keysight  

Widespread interest in testing automation is not yet matched by deployment, according to a study by specialist in the field Keysight Technologies. About three-quarters of organizations surveyed still rely on a combination of automated and manual testing, with only 11% reporting they have a “fully automated” test strategy. 


The report is based on an online survey of more than 400 test operations decision makers in North America, Asia-Pacific and EMEA regions, conducted in December 2021 by Forrester Research. 


“We learned in the study that companies feel pressure to do more test automation, especially when asked about the future. Manual or partially automated strategies simply can’t keep up with the needs of organizations today, and without AI-powered automation, they will struggle to conquer testing complexities,” said Jeff Harris, VP of portfolio and global marketing at Keysight Technologies.  


Tech Mahindra launches 5G/edge Synergy Lounge with IBM/Red Hat  

Tech Mahindra, the Indian IT services and consultancy company, has launched ‘Synergy Lounges’ in collaboration with IBM and Red Hat, to focus on development of open source 5G, edge and software-defined networking systems.  


The aim is to accelerate migration towards hybrid cloud among enterprises globally, so that Synergy Lounge centers will be opened in London to serve Europe, Seattle for North America and Melbourne for Oceania, following the initial office in Bengaluru, India.  


These four Synergy Lounges, and possibly more beyond, aim to help enterprises with cloud transformations and bring in AI technologies from IBM and its open source subsidiary Red Hat.  


“Synergy Lounge solidifies the strategic collaboration between Tech Mahindra, IBM and Red Hat and will act as a technology powerhouse to enable enterprises to address complex business challenges while also improving agility and enhancing customer experiences by leveraging hybrid cloud solutions,” said Jagdish Mitra, chief strategy officer and head of growth at TechM. 


Nokia and Proximus test network slicing in Belgium 

Nokia and Belgian operator Proximus have tested 5G network slicing under “demanding network conditions” with the aim of showing that consistent customer experience can be provided when a slice is active. Nokia expects to deploy the system commercially in the third quarter using 5G Standalone (SA). 


This trial was performed using 50 MHz of midband spectrum on a Nokia 5G AirScale base station, the first time its latest RAN slicing functionalities have been tested on that platform.  


Three devices were configured on three end-to-end slices allocated with 60%, 30% and 10% of available bandwidth resources respectively. Each device reached maximum bandwidth when connected individually, and attained their assign capacity when connected simultaneously, according to Nokia.