Docomo details phased approach to 5G launch; preps 5G+

LIVE FROM LTE WORLD SUMMIT 2015: Japanese operator NTT Docomo gave an update on its plans for its targeted 5G launch from 2020, which will be split into two phases – tagged 5G and 5G+. In order to meet the …

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Operators and vendors predict long life for 2G

LIVE FROM LTE WORLD SUMMIT 2015: Executives from operators and vendors this week agreed that 2G technology is likely to live on into a fruitful old-age alongside 4G (LTE), while 3G is much less loved in comparison. Pierre Francois Dubois, VP …

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Docomo, EE and Nokia stress role of LTE on path to 5G

Nokia, EE and NTT Docomo see 5G as an evolution of 4G, with many of the proposed technology changes able to be deployed alongside existing technology implementations. Speaking at an event in London yesterday, Phil Twist, VP of networks marketing …

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Intel inks $17B Altera buy

Intel confirmed its anticipated acquisition of semiconductor company Altera, with a definitive agreement signed for an approximately $16.7 billion all-cash deal. In a statement, Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, said: “Intel’s growth strategy is to expand our core assets into …

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Nokia moves into the cloud with “disruptive” AirFrame product launch

Nokia today unveiled what it claimed is “the first offering that combines the benefits of cloud computing technologies with the stringent requirements of the core and radio in the telco world”, as the company “continues to innovate and reinvent itself” in …

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Europe strikes 5G R&D deal with Japan

The European Union (EU) joined forces with Japan to work towards a “common understanding of 5G”, identify “new harmonised frequencies” for the next-generation technology, and cooperate on future 5G applications. “Our agreement with Japan is a milestone on the road …

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Avago confirms $37B Broadcom buy

Semiconductor company Avago Technologies is to acquire rival Broadcom in a $37 billion deal, in a move which the acquirer said will give it “the most diversified communications platform in the semiconductor industry”. Hock Tan, president and CEO of Avago, …

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Nokia Networks boosts SON portfolio with Eden Rock buy

Nokia Networks, the infrastructure arm of Nokia, reached an agreement to buy US-based Eden Rock Communications, a specialist in multi-vendor self-organising networks (SON). According to Nokia, SON is “one of the fastest growing segments in the mobile broadband industry”. Financial …

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AlcaLu claims industry first with ‘carrier SDN’ platform; scores Asia win

Alcatel-Lucent unveiled a new network services platform (NSP) that utilises software-defined networking (SDN) at both the IP and optical layers – an industry first says the supplier – and which holds out the promise of allowing mobile and fixed operators …

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