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5G takeaways for telecom operators from mobile video industry council

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Indranil Chatterjee-Sr. Vice President

By Indranil Chatterjee

Mobile video is growing at a phenomenal rate, but it is a double-edged sword. Openwave Mobility’s research on live operator networks found that currently video is 58% of traffic by volume worldwide. Subscribers love it, but monetizing it is easier said than done, given the flood of HD content and encryption that is adversely impacting Quality of Experience (QoE). That was the clear message from operators across the board who attended the MViC.

The Council in fact debated the conflicting components of Video QoE i.e. Quality of Delivery (reduced buffering) versus Quality of Picture (resolution) and the implications. Why does this matter? That’s because when subscribers experience poor quality when streaming video our research found that consumers blame the operator, not the OTT. And it is only a matter of time before they churn.  With more video traversing mobile networks than ever before, QoE is a major headache.

So, what were some of the key 5G takeaways for operators from the MViC?
1.  The how and why of mobile video: Interestingly, most operators experienced growth in mobile video during 4G – from 2010 to 2015 – and it came as a result of increased video watch times. But, since 2015, growth in mobile video has come significantly as a result of a move to higher bandwidth HD content, rather than greater watch time only. That’s evidence of HD content from the likes of Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Video growing in popularity. As operators prepare for the dawn of 5G, there is one sure-fire certainty: HD content (including 4K and soon 8K content) and therefore mobile video will soar.

2.  Skyrocketing mobile video

The MViC forecast on the day that 90% of traffic on 5G will be mobile video. Dimitris Mavrakis, Research Director at ABI Research also highlighted some key 5G mobile video insights during his MVIC presentation: “5G Vision and Deployments”. Some operators are yet to fully monetize 4G and they are already looking at 5G as an enterprise vertical enabler. According to Mavrakis, 5G will initially be used to improve the consumer user experience – and surprise surprise – mobile video will spearhead this strategy.

In 2016, mobile video represented 48% of traffic and ABI Research predicts that 5G’s mobile video growth will accelerate in 2022. By 2025, video will reach 78% – and here’s the punch line: 40% will be 4K video that sucks up bandwidth.

3.  Way more encryption

Remember the fanfare when 4G was launched? 4G was all about mobility and connectivity. It propelled companies like Waze, Uber and Spotify. Also, Edward Snowden happened. The shockwaves it sent encouraged many OTTs to jump at the opportunity to encrypt their data. The likes of Google and Facebook coated their data with secure protocols that prevented operators from managing the very data that travels on their own networks. Encryption is here to stay – and with 5G, it will intensify. 5G technologies will usher a new wave of mobile video data – much more diverse than 4G.

4.  Way, way more data intensity

5G has far more data intensive services and already, OTTs are lining up to take advantage of immersive services such as Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR). However, Augmented Reality can be 33x more data intensive than equivalent 480p video. And with it comes more encryption. And if that was not enough, it is expected that OTT services will have more subscribers than pay TV customers when 5G becomes widespread.

5.  4G/LTE Networks will remain for years to come

While all the focus on 5G is well deserved, our customers are quick to point out that 4G/LTE networks are not going away anytime soon as they will be critical to ensure nationwide coverage. From an investment perspective, the focus for 4G networks will shift from new build-outs to maximize the capacity of these networks. This means tools such as RAN Congestion based video optimization will be critical to help operators preserve good QoE and enhance 4G RAN capacity while investing in 5G network build out.
New opportunities with 5G

The growth in 4G democratized mobile video. Thanks to a smartphone and a decent data connection, people can watch cute cat videos almost anywhere. A number of operators treated video like any other service. They didn’t consider it important enough for preferential treatment. Of course encryption did not help the cause either for many operators. 5G can change all that.

Armed with new optimization technology, 5G provides the opportunity for more granular service prioritization and network appropriation. If operators get their ducks in a row, 5G can indeed provide the impetus for the creation of a new video ecosystem.

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Spectrum Auction 2021: Telecom Department assigns frequencies to successful bidders

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NEW DELHI: Department of Telecom (DoT) today (16.04.2021) successfully completed the assignment of frequencies to successful bidders of the Spectrum Auction, 2021. Frequency assignment letters were issued to successful bidders today.

The frequency assignment was accompanied by a frequency harmonization exercise, whereby spectrum blocks assigned to Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) in the current spectrum auction have been made contiguous with the spectrum blocks already held by them, wherever possible, in various bands in different Licensed Service Areas (LSAs).

The harmonization of spectrum was accomplished in 19 LSAs in 800 MHz band, 8 LSAs in 900 MHz band, 21 LSAs in 1800 MHz band, 3 LSAs in 2100 MHz band, and 16 LSAs in 2300 MHz band.The harmonization exercise facilitates more efficient utilization of spectrum held by TSPs, leading to improved Quality of Service for consumers.

As a part of the frequency assignment, the Government has also accepted the request of two TSPs – M/S Bharti and M/S Reliance Jio, for assignment of immediately available unsold spectrum blocks in place of spectrum blocks in the same band and LSA assigned to them from later dates. An amount of Rs. 2306.97 crore (Rs. 157.38 crore from M/s Bharti and Rs. 2149.59 crore from M/s Reliance Jio) has been received immediately by the Government, rather than in August/ September, 2021.

It may be recalled that a total quantity of 855.60 MHz of spectrum in 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, and 2300 MHz bands was acquired by Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) in the Spectrum Auction, 2021, conducted on 1st and 2nd March, 2021.

The total amount payable by the successful bidders for the total quantity of spectrum acquired is Rs 77820.81 crore.

Of this, an amount of Rs 21918.47 crore was received as upfront payment from the TSPs on 18th March, 2021, as per terms and conditions of the Notice Inviting Applications.

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China opens 5G station at world’s highest radar location near Tibet border

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BEIJING: China has opened a 5G signal base at the Ganbala radar station in the remote Himalayan region of Tibet which is the world’s highest manually operated radar station at an elevation of 5,374 meters, the Chinese military’s official website reported on Monday.

The mountain is located in Nagarze County in Tibet which is in the vicinity of borders with India and Bhutan.

At the end of last year, the People’s Liberation Army started to coordinate with civilian enterprises to launch 5G base station construction in Ganbala to solve the difficulty of network access for the border defence troops, the website said.

The stable and high-speed 5G signal enables the soldiers in the deep mountains to keep up with the information society, leaving the monotonous and boring life on the border, it said.

It is part of efforts to improve training and on-duty conditions for soldiers stationed in border areas, it added.

Source: Press Trust of India

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ETS-Lindgren, Anritsu announce 5G NR stand-alone mode and carrier aggregation test support

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NEW DELHI: ETS-Lindgren and Anritsu Company continue years of successful collaboration on 5G test capability with verification of stand-alone (SA), dual-connection (EN-DC), and several carrier aggregation combinations within ETS-Lindgren’s EMQuest EMQ-100 Antenna Measurement Software using Anritsu’s Radio Communication Test Station MT8000A.

The additional 5G connection modes and band scenarios allow the construction of tests mimicking network settings particular to an individual wireless carrier. As smartphones, modules, and base stations utilizing 5G transceivers continue to expand to new applications and form factors, over-the-air (OTA) testing provides confirmation that the device will perform well in the intended network and use case.

“Adapting the link settings to match the dozens of 5G network configurations found worldwide was an important milestone,” said James Young, Director, Business Development with ETS-Lindgren.

“The device manufacturers gain critical insight on antenna and radio performance from these radiated tests, as all the discrete systems come together in the final form. EMQuest EMQ-100 and MT8000A now link to commercially available 5G devices driven by different chipsets in SA mode. This collaborative work between ETS-Lindgren and Anritsu is critical for our test lab customer base who rely on the test system to handle whatever link settings are available on the chipset,” he added.

Anritsu Wireless Market Development Manager Keyvan Yasami added, “Our collaboration with ETS-Lindgren addresses SA and carrier aggregation testing needs to create a solution that helps test labs and OEMs keep current with the expanding requirements of global operators, regulatory bodies, and industry standards issued by CTIA and 3GPP. We will continue to work with fellow market leaders such as ETS-Lindgren to ensure maximum utilization of 5G test equipment and chambers.”

ETS-Lindgren’s EMQuest EMQ-100 offers a wide range of fully parameterized test methods for measuring basic antenna performance metrics, as well as testing both radiated and conducted performance of various wireless devices. Flexible in its design, the EMQuest EMQ-100 can be used to analyze antennas in SA applications, or to test an embedded antenna system and radio module against any of the industry standard OTA radiated performance test requirements.

Anritsu’s MT8000A test platform supports the latest 5G technologies, including wideband signal processing and beamforming required by 5G NR enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB). The MT8000A all-in-one platform supports FR1 and mmWave band (FR2) signaling RF tests covering 400 MHz to 7.125 GHz, as well as the 28 GHz and 39 GHz 5G NR bands.

The MT8000A supports both non-stand-alone (NSA) and SA modes and is the first 5G NR test platform to support 5G NR channel models implemented via digital baseband fading. It can also be paired with the LTE-A Radio Communication Analyzer MT8821C to provide a natural upgrade path to 5G for existing LTE customers.

 

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