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Case Study: Operators collaborate to drive mission-critical services globally using 5G

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The Challenge

BT and Verizon have been researching the power of technologies like virtualization, edge cloud computing and federated network slicing as key enablers for the next generation of services to ensure high quality of service excellence.

Previous generations of mobile technology have not been capable of supporting certain kinds of mission critical communications, in particular, those that require real-time communications and specifically when operating in a different country or across different geographical locations. However, through deploying 5G radio, core and network slicing, these requirements can be met. By harnessing 5G technology, together with virtualized network functions, operators can have a deeper integration within each other’s networks by creating network slices, federated across operators, which enables ultra-low latency services to exist across countries and continents.

The solution

On February 21, 2018, BT, Verizon, King’s, Ericsson and Unmanned Life demonstrated autonomous control and management of a fleet of drones in central London, which was launched from the US by Verizon, on a dedicated 5G network slice within BT’s network. These techniques can deliver a vast array of applications, including mission critical services that require ultra-low latency and high availability to achieve real-time feedback loops that enable applications like remote operations regardless of geographical location. These applications could include advanced disaster recovery services using drones, such as delivery of equipment, medicine, food, water and blood or the rapid deployment of a temporary cellular network using drones to enable vital communications.

The demonstration, which utilized new pre- commercial 5G radio, was achieved by building a 5G core and creating two network slices with similar characteristics: one, a low latency breakout for a BT end user; the other, a Verizon low latency breakout. This advancement opens up a wide range of opportunities and makes it possible to deliver applications such as remote and/or autonomous control of drones and rovers, to real-time search and rescue applications – something that was not previously possible.

The result

BT, Verizon, Ericsson, King’s and Unmanned Life demonstrated a number of use cases at the University’s central London location. The use cases were centered around disaster response scenarios including:

Delivery of emergency kit or rescue equipment to a disaster area using drones
Search missions with HD imaging in disaster recovery zones, specifically areas of difficult access
Coordinated missions where multi drone fleets from multiple countries could be used to inspect an emergency area or perform specific tasks (e.g. load handling)
Rapid deployment of a temporary cellular network using drones, enabling vital communications for disaster recovery
These use cases were enabled by an AI driven autonomous platform provided by Unmanned Life. Together, the companies showed how emergency response teams from different countries can immediately deploy and control their drone fleets in a remote disaster zone.

These applications demonstrate that combining 5G radio, with its inherent higher bandwidth and lower latency characteristics, together with network slicing and network function virtualization, can enable operators like BT and Verizon to deliver specialized services to public and private sectors on a global basis. In addition to the use cases demonstrated, this technology can assist in other use cases including health and remote surgery applications and assisted driving or autonomous vehicles.

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5G tech safe; concerns around health consequences misplaced: COAI

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NEW DELHI: Industry body COAI has said that any concern around adverse impact of 5G on health is “totally misplaced”, and all evidence available supports that the next-generation technology is safe.

The Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI) asserted that 5G would prove to be a “game changer” and lead to “exponential increase in benefits” for the economy and society.

The association – which represents large telcos like Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea – argued that India already has strict norms in place and prescribed standards for electromagnetic radiation limit in telecom sector is far more stringent than global-accepted standards.

“Radiation permitted in India is one-tenth of what is accepted globally so already our systems have taken this into account…Any notion or concern about radiation and impact are misplaced. These are fallacious fears and this always happens whenever a new technology is introduced,” S P Kochhar, Director General, COAI told PTI.

The Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed actress Juhi Chawla’s lawsuit challenging the setting up of 5G wireless networks in the country and slapped a fine of Rs 20 lakh on her and co-petitioners by describing the plea as “defective”, “abuse of process of law” and filed for “gaining publicity”.

Justice J R Midha said the plaintiffs — Chawla and two others — have abused and misused the process of law and wasted the court’s time. The judge said the plaint in which questions have been raised about health hazards due to the 5G technology was “not maintainable” and was “stuffed with unnecessary Scandalous, frivolous and vexatious averments” which are liable to be struck down.

COAI’s Kochhar welcomed the court’s decision and said “it puts to rest motivated rumour mongering that was doing the rounds” and would set the pace for others to “desist from such misadventures”.

It may be recalled that last month, the industry association had slammed false information and rumours linking 5G technology with the spread of COVID-19 and had dismissed the unsubstantiated and unverified claims in this regard.

The COAI had said it came across multiple messages on social media platforms mentioning 5G spectrum trials as the probable cause of rising cases of COVID-19. Kochhar said that since the public outreach by the industry and Department of Telecom, such messages “have gone down drastically”.

Source: Press Trust of India

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Capgemini joins hands with Ericsson to support client innovation at its 5G Lab for Industries in India

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NEW DELHI: Capgemini has strengthened its collaboration with Ericsson to accelerate the deployment of 5G solutions, a key component of Intelligent Industry.

As part of their ongoing collaboration, Capgemini has deployed the 5G (standalone) Industry Connect solution from Ericsson at its 5G Lab in Mumbai[2] to enable industry innovation, experimentation and deployment of 5G and Edge technologies for clients across industries.

As 5G is bringing a step-change in connectivity, services automation, autonomous devices and applications across every industry, Capgemini’s 5G Labs for Industries are designed to help organizations from across sectors to pivot their business towards Intelligent Industry.

The multidisciplinary team of experts at the Lab will accompany and support organizations in their exploration of the latest use cases; experiencing new perspectives on how 5G is transforming their industry; and in helping them to build, monetize, and strategize what 5G brings next for their business.

Ericsson has deployed its Industry Connect solution at the 5G Lab. Ericsson Industry Connect is a plug and play, pre-packaged and pre-integrated dedicated network product with Ericsson pre-selected components. This solution can be deployed by industry customers requiring a fully private (i.e., on-premise) deployment for limited coverage areas, for example, in manufacturing or warehousing. In the 5G Lab, it will enable enterprises across different industry verticals like health, safety, manufacturing test out 5G use cases that can be applied by the industry.

Spread over 1300 sq. ft, Capgemini’s 5G Lab in Mumbai is a state-of-the-art facility that offers an agile and collaborative environment, which leverages best-of-breed technologies on network, cloud, edge computing, hardware and software solutions, in compliance with local regulations. The Lab will support Capgemini’s global clients in 5G end-to-end transformation through three main offerings:

5G & Edge ideation catalyst program for 5G immersion and opportunity framing
5G & Edge use case acceleration platform to implement business use cases on a pre-packaged platform
5G & Edge Fab Lab to setup capabilities to operate a client-exclusive 5G Lab

Ashwin Yardi, Chief Executive Officer – India, at Capgemini and member of the Group Executive Committee said “The Capgemini 5G Lab offers a “ready to use” platform for our customers to ideate, innovate and deploy use cases as they adopt new technologies which will enable them to accelerate their digital transformation journey towards Intelligent Industry. This 5G lab will support our global clients and cater to four main industry categories namely Smart Factory, Smart Utilities, Smart City and Smart Retail to enhance the relevance of the Lab’s use cases in the multisectoral paradigm”.

Nadine Allen, Head of Enterprise Business, Ericsson South East Asia, Oceania and India, said “Industry Connect is a secure, easy to install, easy to manage turnkey Industry 4.0 solution providing 4G LTE as well as the latest 5G standalone cellular technology. We are delighted to collaborate with Capgemini to set up this 5G Lab in India to test potential 5G use cases for enterprises as the country prepares to launch 5G.”

Capgemini has a strong existing portfolio of use cases across industries and the 5G Lab offers live demos for some of those plus many more that are in development with global clients.

These include:

Autonomous Intralogistics AIV
A customized Autonomous Intralogistics AIV (Automated Intelligent Vehicle) and a software solution deployed through 5G network and distributed intelligence achieved by cloud-edge architecture. This helps in real-time decisions that lets the vehicle navigate autonomously and reach a destination point, dynamically re-routing itself when faced with obstacles. Such solutions can be deployed across multiple sectors including smart factories, smart retail, and smart cities.

 

Smart Health
A real-time teleultrasound solution supported by a 5G network and AI that performs preliminary diagnosis for remote doctor assistance. This provides primary health centers with the platform capabilities to optimize patient health checks delivering multiple remote healthcare benefits.

Smart Surveillance for Worker Safety
A real-time surveillance solution enabled by 5G/Edge that performs intelligent monitoring and analysis to track and report security breach, fatalities, and other safety incidents through dashboards and real-time alerts to factory command and control center. Such solutions can be deployed at smart factories and smart buildings.

Smart Retail
A 5G enabled AR platform that helps customers to digitally test products to assist in buying decisions. Such solutions can be deployed in sectors such as fashion, retail, education, media and telehealth.

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Nokia selected by Net4Mobility for 5G expansion

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NEW DELHI: Nokia today announced that it has been selected by Net4Mobility, the joint venture between Swedish mobile operators, Tele2 and Telenor, to roll out commercial 5G services across significant areas of Sweden in a five-year deal.

Nokia will supply equipment from its comprehensive AirScale portfolio helping Net4Mobility to deliver game-changing ultra-high-speed, low-latency, and highly secure 5G connectivity to its subscribers.

The move will also enable a range of new use cases across Industry 4.0, entertainment, cloud gaming, transportation, education, and healthcare. Nokia will replace the incumbent vendor with deployment already underway.

The deal will improve legacy 4G performance while increasing capacity with 5G services introduced at the majority of sites within awarded areas. Net4Mobility will also take advantage of the 3.5 GHz spectrum band, ideal for dense urban coverage.

Nokia will replace the incumbent vendor’s 4G network and it is also expected that a significant number of new sites will be added every year. Nokia’s secure and future-proofed solutions will also ensure Net4Mobility’s network meets industry standards for security.

Net4Mobility, which was formed in 2009 to support the deployment of 2G and 4G networks, is Sweden’s largest RAN network and carries approximately 60 percent of network traffic in the country. Its 4G network covers 90 percent of the country and 99.9 percent of the population. The collaboration will continue with the development of a 5G network. Nokia has previously been selected by both Tele2 and Telenor for its cloud core network.

Nokia will supply equipment from its comprehensive AirScale portfolio, including AirScale Base Stations, AirScale massive MIMO Adaptive Antenna solutions as well as other radio access network (RAN) solutions and state-of-the-art tools to drive operational efficiency. Nokia will also provide professional services, including integration, implementation, and network optimization services, as well as technical support for operations and maintenance.”

Jonas Edén, CTO of Telenor Sweden, said: “We continue to expand our 5G offer to our subscribers in Sweden. 5G is already available in our biggest cities and we aim to offer the service to 99.9% of Sweden’s population by the end of 2023. We are delighted to extend our partnership with Nokia and have them as one of our vendors going into the 5G era with an emphasis on quality and innovation.”

Yogesh Malik, CTIO of Tele2, commented: “I am very pleased that we can now begin the broad rollout of 5G in Sweden. The new generation network will mean a significant improvement for consumers and enable innovation, automation, and higher efficiency for companies.”

Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia, said: “We are proud to be selected as a key supplier to modernize Telenor and Tele2’s existing network infrastructure and help shape their 5G future in Sweden. This deal demonstrates Nokia’s continued momentum for both radio and 5G across Scandinavia and the Baltic region. Nokia has broad experience of network sharing and we are thrilled to bring our solutions to the largest network in Sweden and deliver the best possible 5G coverage to their customers.”

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