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1 November 2022

Round-up of highlights from the week’s news

Qualcomm and Cognizant plan to open 5G exploration center

Qualcomm plans to open a 5G center in Atlanta, USA, for enterprise customers to experience and evaluate the ability of 5G to transform various technologies around edge computing, artificial intelligence and private networks.

This will be in collaboration with consultancy firm Cognizant, which already has a 5G experience center in Bangalore, India.

The objective is to “simplify the complexities” of 5G and multi-access edge computing (MEC) so that the companies can “stay focused on their business objectives”, according to Vibha Rustagi, global head of IoT at Cognizant.

By combining 5G and MEC, enterprises can create multiple virtual networks with the same physical hardware and support thousands of connected devices generating data insights in real time, Cognizant added. Enterprises can also expect improved security and reduced congestion.

Ericsson appoints German reseller for private LTE and 5G in mining sector

Germany’s Becker Mining Systems has been appointed reseller of Ericsson’s private LTE and 5G bundle to mining customers in multiple countries.

The deal covers Ericsson’s EP5G-branded private networks offer, including RAN and dual mode core components, for sale to mining companies for connecting machines, processes, and people in surface indoor, underground and outdoor environments.

Ericsson had pitched its private networks offer for “automation of ventilation systems, gas monitoring, real-time vehicle and personnel tracking, telemetry of production equipment, and remote control of production equipment”, citing operational efficiencies, energy savings, and workplace safety as primary benefits.

The deal covers countries where Becker Mining Systems operates, that is France, Poland, Russia, China, South Africa, Australia, USA, Canada, Mexico and Chile, as well as Germany.

Reliance Jio launches 5G WiFi services

Reliance Jio is launching 5G-connected WiFi services in densely attended public areas such as educational establishments, railway stations, bus stands, commercial hubs and places of worship, as part of its campaign to capitalize on 5G deployment in India as quickly as possible.

The Indian telco indicated this was part of a strategy to make the benefits of 5G available as widely as possible beyond cities in the early stages of roll-out that has only just begun.

“5G cannot remain an exclusive service to the privileged few or those in our largest cities. It must be available to every citizen, every home, and every business across India. We have powered the first True 5G-enabled WiFi service at the holy town of Nathdwara and the temple of Lord Srinathji,” said Reliance Jio chairman Akash Ambani.

The Indian operator launched beta trials of its 5G services in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Varanasi last month with plans to spread 5G equipment procurement between Nokia and Ericsson.

Rakuten boosts coverage and capacity with Movandi 5G mmWave technology

Japan’s Rakuten Mobile, celebrated for its deployment of Open RAN, has extended its 5G millimeter wave coverage and capacity with repeaters and signal boosting technology from Movandi, which specializes in that field.

Rakuten has deployed Movandi’s 5G mmWave repeaters and BeamXR boosters to solve coverage challenges without having to make its network denser at greater cost, according to the operator’s CEO Tareq Amin.

Amin claims that the firm’s Qualcomm-based mmWave RF chipsets, phased-array antenna and software have the potential to cut the cost of infrastructure needed to extend and deploy the 5G network by more than half. “We’ve been much impressed with their core 5G mmWave technology that enables us to extend and deploy our 5G network in Japan cost effectively,” he said.