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inCITES Newsletter No.20 13/07/2018 Swiss 5G spectrum auction dates announced; 5G to greatly enhance mission-critical comms; Greece switches on the first FTTH customers; 400G ethernet links adoption gets a boost; telco R&D spending continues to decline

Mobile Connectivity

A 5G spectrum auction in the 700MHz, 1400MHz, 2.6GHz and 3.5GHz frequency ranges will take place next January in Switzerland with licenses lasting for 15 years Dimitris: Licence duration is shorter than the EU recommendation (20 years); this will either prevent operators from investing heavily on the technology or lead them to raise prices for the end consumers so to meet their profitability targets

5G will greatly enhance mission critical communications with the proper prioritization of critical traffic above anything else

5G standards - what are the differences between options 3, 3A and 3X?

5G advanced medical applications will cut costs and improve outcomes

The future of wireless communications in stadiums

Hrvatski Telekom becomes the first operator to introduce 5G in Croatia

US: According to the telecom industry group CTIA, in the US wireless market, 90% of net additions in Q1 2018 were IoT-related High frequency 5G spectrum to go on auction in November in the US

Philippines to to push a beauty contest style process for selecting the third major telco player of the market

First end-to-end 5G data call using the new 3GPP NSA 5G standard by Ericsson and Intel.

Wind Tre will proceed to RAN modernisation as part of the upgrade project with Ericsson

Nokia and China mobile to verify the potential of AI and machine learning in 5G networks

India to collaborate with three UK universities to stipulate the adoption of 5G networks


Fixed Connectivity

Greece: Cosmote claims Greece’s first FTTH connection Wind Hellas launches FTTH broadband offering (source in Greek) Dimitris: Prognosis database shows that Greece had the lowest FTTx penetration rate in W. Europe in 2016; however, FTTx subscriptions are forecast to grow at a CAGR of 71% between 2017-22

Openreach partners with Huawei and Nokia to rollout FTTH to 3 million households in the UK by 2020

UK falls in the 35th place in global broadband speed rankings

Telefonica Deutschland expands it fiber network to lay the foundations for 5G

Data

Indian department of communications will approve the Vodafone-Idea merger if the combined company pays INR71.7 billion (USD1.04 billion) in spectrum-related charges

Reliance Jio will likely not achieve its 300 million mobile and 50 million fixed broadband subscribers targets, according to a report

Nokia signs USD1 billion deal with China Mobile to provide equipment in 2018

Other

Multi-Source Agreement group standards activity eases the way for 400G ethernet fiber links Theodoros: The new group will define specifications to reduce the number of required fiber link s and mak e them compatible with existing 40G and 100G transceivers, driving adoption of 400G transceivers. inCITES research shows that 400G transceivers will be used for intra Data Center Link s and provides estimations about their cost evolution

Telcos’ R&D spending continues to decline

Australia prepares Huawei market ban despite commitment for full oversight of its 5G equipment if needed

A proposal to overhaul EU cybersecurity rules passed from the European Parliament

Orange partners with Europol to fight cybercrime

Vodafone Greece completes CYTA Hellas acquisition

Uganda government gets sued over social media tax, as it violates the principles of net neutrality

Du UAE is investing in eSIM infrastructure

Facebook could face compensation penalty in Australia following the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, while the UK imposes a


GBP500k (USD660k) on the company for the same reason

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