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Intel announces 5G modem for 2019


Intel has announced the XMM 8160 5G multimode modem, making the product available six months earlier than initially planned in order to support deployments of 5G mobile networks globally. The modem will provide 5G connectivity to smartphones, PCs, and broadband access gateways, with Intel saying it will provide peak speeds of up to 6Gbps when it launches in the second half of 2019. The modem will support standalone and non-standalone 5G NR deployments, as well 4G LTE, 3G, and 2G in a single chipset, and supports millimetre-wave (mmWave) spectrum as well as frequencies between 600MHz and 6GHz to support carriers worldwide. "The Intel XMM 8160 5G modem will enable device manufacturers to design smaller and more power-efficient devices. This can be achieved without the added complexity, power management, and form factor adjustments of two separate modems for 5G and legacy connectivity, as will be introduced in early competing 5G modems," Intel explained.

MWC 2019: Ericsson and Intel demo 4G-5G spectrum sharing


Ericsson is showcasing its new spectrum sharing software using Intel's 5G mobile trial platform and a 4G smartphone at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 in Barcelona, with the two tech giants saying it proves carriers can run 4G and 5G traffic simultaneously on the same frequency. The software, which can be activated on all radio system equipment from Ericsson dating back to 2015, supports both mobile networks at the same time thanks to what it called "intelligent scheduling algorithms". The companies said that every millisecond, the split of 4G and 5G simultaneous capacity is adjusted according to the active devices using the network. "Our new spectrum sharing solution enables service providers to intelligently, flexibly, and quickly introduce and add 5G within existing 4G carriers," Ericsson head of Product Area Networks Per Narvinger said. "Our customers can strengthen their 5G offering while continuing to invest in 4G, with the peace of mind that those investments will pay dividends when the time comes to switch on 5G."

Intel partners with Nokia and Ericsson on 5G worldwide


Intel has revealed that its technology will be used by both Nokia and Ericsson in the first series of 5G deployments globally. "Intel is powering the first wave of 5G networks," Intel SVP of 5G and Network Platform Group Sandra Rivera announced during the Intel 5G Summit in Los Angeles on Tuesday morning. "Starting with our 5G New Radio modems, we're building a portfolio of capabilities that lend an additional foundation to the hundreds of millions of modem devices that we have shipped to the market for 4G networks." Nokia VP of Networks Marketing and Communications Phil Twist told ZDNet that there have been three main areas of collaboration between Intel and Nokia: Its AirFrame, AirScale, and ReefShark products. "On the technical aspect, we're looking at the AirFrame platform that Nokia has, which is the basis for our cloud core infrastructure, the edge cloud ... the second area we were talking about is the AirScale, which is our radio access family; it's the same family that we use for 2G, 3G, 4G, and now 5G so it's like a multi-radio access technology," Twist told ZDNet during the 5G Summit.

Ericsson leads 5G interoperability test with global carriers


Ericsson has announced 5G New Radio (5G NR) interoperability trials alongside global carriers following the 3GPP standardisation of non-standalone (NSA) 5G NR specs this week.

5G standards approved as tech industry signals accelerated deployment


A 5G deployment spanning continents, networking companies, technology giants, and mobile carriers has been signalled as the non-standalone (NSA) 5G New Radio (NR) specs under release 15 have been approved by standards body 3GPP.