Fifth Generation of Wireless Communications, What are the Goals, Frequencies used, and the Health Effects?
Bell and Nokia complete first Canadian trial of 5G mobile technology
MISSISSAUGA, ON, July 29, 2016
Bell today announced that it has successfully demonstrated Fifth Generation (5G) mobile technology in collaboration with Nokia. Conducted at Bell’s Wireless Innovation Centre in Mississauga, the trial leveraged spectrum in the 73 GHz range to achieve sustained data speeds more than 6 times faster than top 4G mobile speeds now available in Canada.
“Bell’s strategic focus on driving broadband network and service innovation has been key to our transformation into Canada’s wireless leader. The success of the first 5G trial means we are well positioned to lead the way to the next generation of mobile technology,” said Stephen Howe, Bell’s Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President. “Bell is working closely with Nokia and our other partners in North America and worldwide to create the network, device and application ecosystem required to ensure Canadians will be able take full advantage of the 5G opportunity.”
Expected to be widely available within the next 5 to 7 years, 5G will provide significantly faster data speeds than current 4G networks and more capacity to meet the demands of mobile customers for broadcast video and Internet of Things (IoT) applications, including connected vehicles and city-wide IoT solutions. Bell is a member of the Next Generation Mobile Networks consortium (ngmn.org), the global body defining requirements for the international 5G ecosystem.
“We are excited to demonstrate a pre-commercial 5G system with Bell, which represents the first in Canada,” said Alex Giosa, Country Senior Officer, Canada, at Nokia. “We have had a long and productive history with Bell, and look forward to our continued joint work and testing to discover what 5G technology can offer Bell’s Canadian subscribers.”
“Canada’s ability to compete in a digital world will be defined by our culture of innovation,” said the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. “This successful trial of next-generation 5G here in Canada is one example of how our country can become a global centre of innovation by being early adopters of emerging technologies.”
Rogers, Bell and Telus are ramping up testing 5G network technology
Rose Behar May 24, 2016 11:35am
Canada’s largest wireless carriers are entering trial phases in preparation for the next generation of mobile networks, 5G.
In a recent article by The Toronto Star, Bell reported that its testing would begin shortly.
“Bell [has] built a reputation for broadband network leadership and we plan to be out front on 5G too,” Bell spokesperson Mark Langton told The Toronto Star.“We’ll begin 5G trials shortly and are involved in writing the 5G specs as a member of the Next Generation Mobile Networks consortium.”
The Next Generation Mobile Networks consortium (NGMN) is an international group of CTOs from over 20 large telecom operators. Its stated focus is delivering global and commercially-available 5G by 2020, while also accelerating the development of the LTE-Advanced ecosystem.
5G standard data rates are expected to measure in at 10gbps over the air, giving users a boost of up to 40 times today’s 4G/LTE network standards. In real world application, this means 5G users could download a 4K video in ten seconds, or stream two 4K connections simultaneously.
Telus is also hard at work attempting to bring 5G into reality. In November 2015, Telus announced it was working with Huawei, which is not only a widely known Chinese OEM but also the world’s largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer, to create a “5G Living Lab,” in downtown Vancouver. The lab was established to provide fibre-wireless internet speeds in downtown Vancouver.
“The opportunity to partner with Telus to deploy innovative new technologies is critical to our global 5G research and development process and positions Telus on the leading edge of next-generation telecommunications technology deployment,” said CEO Ken Hu in a statement at the time.
That was not the first time Huawei invested in Canada’s 5G technology, having been involved in development programs for the past several years, and it preceded an even larger announcement.
Huawei’s Canadian contribution
In March 2016, Huawei also announced it was investing $303 million over the next five years in Ontario’s 5G acceleration program, in which the provincial government also planned to invest $16 million.
“Ontario has a vibrant innovation ecosystem that we’ve been proud to be a part of for the past six years, so we’re incredibly excited about expanding our research and development facilities in the province. Our Canadian research team is helping to drive pioneering projects around the world, and this accelerated investment in the Province of Ontario reflects our confidence in Ontario, and the talent of Ontario’s skilled ICT workforce,” said Hu.
Rogers Communications, while quiet about its trials, also states that it is taking part in standards setting through the various industry bodies involved.
Huawei and TELUS to create 5G “Living Lab” in Downtown Vancouver
BC Premier Christy Clark visits Huawei headquarters in China to witness deal to help bring the world’s most advanced telecommunications technology to Vancouver
Oct 4, 2016
SHENZHEN, CHINA – Huawei, one of the world’s largest telecommunications and ICT suppliers, today announced a memorandum of understanding with TELUS, Canada’s fastest growing national telecommunications company, to establish a “5G Living Lab”. This innovative new project will test approaches to deliver a next-generation converged fibre-wireless network in downtown Vancouver. The announcement was made on the occasion of the visit of the Premier of British Columbia, Christy Clark, to Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen.
To support this ”Living Lab”, Huawei will be making a significant investment to design, test and deploy ground-breaking new technologies, leading towards the development of next-generation 5G based telecommunications networks.
This agreement follows TELUS’ recently announced $1-billion investment to expand its fibre optic network in Vancouver, which will ultimately provide the backbone to support highly efficient and lightning-fast wireless speeds as the development road maps for wireless and wireline networks converge around 5G concepts. Together, Huawei and TELUS are helping the City of Vancouver deliver upon its goal of becoming the worlds’ greenest city by 2020 through providing network capacity and speed that will enable “smart city” and other sustainability-focused technology initiatives.
“TELUS is recognized globally as one of the world’s most advanced telecommunications operators” said Ken Hu, Co-CEO, Huawei. “The opportunity to partner with TELUS to deploy innovative new technologies is critical to our global 5G research and development process and positions TELUS on the leading edge of next-generation telecommunications technology deployment.”
“This project will bring some of the most cutting-edge telecommunications technology available today to Vancouver, building upon our recently announced billion dollar investment to introduce fibre optic technology and further reinforcing our commitment to the city,” said Eros Spadotto, Executive Vice President of Technology Strategy for TELUS. “Working with Huawei, our efforts will lay the groundwork for delivering a converged fibre-wireless network with the potential to deliver dramatically faster wireless speeds, thereby improving citizens’ lives and generating significant new social, educational and economic opportunities. In addition, it will help all levels of government to build a greener, more inclusive and globally competitive Vancouver.”
“There is a natural partnership between British Columbia and Shenzhen,” said Premier Clark. “We both host thriving tech and communications sectors, and are fortunate to work with companies like Huawei and Telus on investments to expand and upgrade ICT infrastructure with the latest technology.”
Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Huawei’s 177,000 employees worldwide are committed to bringing advanced communications technologies to operators, enterprises and consumers around the world. Huawei’s innovative ICT solutions, products and services have been deployed in over 170 countries and regions, serving more than one third of the world’s population. Founded in 1987, Huawei is fully owned by its employees, and was recently named again by Interbrand as one of the world’s top 100 brands – the first Chinese company to receive this recognition.
Huawei Canada has been in operation since 2008. Huawei’s innovative wireless products and services support many of Canada’s leading telecommunications companies, and Huawei’s Canada Research Centre in Kanata, Ontario is a global leader in advanced communications technologies. We are proud to be a key part of Canada’s ICT Ecosystem.
Ontario, Huawei Canada partner in $300M 5G project
5G Ontario is expected to create 250 new R&D jobs in the province.
MARCH 9, 2016 - Canadian Government Executive News
The Ontario government and telecom gear maker Huawei Canada yesterday announced plans to pour some $316 million dollars into a research and development project focused on 5th generation wireless technology and positioning the province as a global tech hub.
5G denotes the next phase of mobile telecommunications standards, according to Yang. “It is capable of speeds up to 100 times faster than the current 4G technology.”
5G Ontario will focus on research initiatives around faster Internet speeds, as well as related technologies such as cloud computing, data analytics, and mobile security, according to Scott Bradley, vice-president of corporate affairs for Huawei Canada.
“Our initiative has three parts,” he said. “One is concerned with making the transmission of data from point A to point B faster. The other concerns what you with the data. And that concerns computing capacity and storage capacity. And the third is about application–how to get information out of sensors and how to manage it and maintain integrity.”
Bradley said 5G products will likely begin being rolled out by 2020.
Bell and Nokia announce a “successful Canadian trial” of 5G mobile technology
Ryan Patrick - July 29, 2016
Canadian mobile users should expect a speed increase with today’s news that Bell Canada has been working with Nokia Corp. to successfully demo 5G network technology. Just don’t expect it anytime soon, according to the communications company.
Conducted at Bell’s Wireless Innovation Centre in Mississauga, Ont., the “ pre-commercial 5G system” trial used spectrum in the 73 GHz range to attain sustained broadband data speeds more than six times faster than current 4G mobile speeds available in Canada, Bell claimed.
Canada’s big three of telecommunications organizations — Bell, Rogers Communications, and Telus Corp. — have all been working to test and build out their respective 5G wireless network architecture. The question remains, however, is which carrier will be able to define a technology standard and deliver first.
The promise of ultra-fast 5G networks — including reduced latency and connectivity issues — are all about improving digital content delivery. For the enterprise, this involves, for example, minimizing buffer delays during video conferencing, improved data streaming capabilities, and more seamless wireless and cellular network transitions. The technology is expected to deliver the “tipping point” as far as enabling the network to successfully handle the capacity and demand requirements for emerging tech such as the Internet of Things (IoT), smart vehicles, and connected enterprise devices.
Don’t expect these speeds anytime soon, however. Widespread availability of Bell’s 5G network isn’t expected for another five to seven years.
But the successful trial is evidence of Canada’s ability to “compete in a digital world,” according to the Navdeep Bains, Canada’s minister of innovation, science and economic development.
“This successful trial of next-generation 5G here in Canada is one example of how our country can become a global centre of innovation by being early adopters of emerging technologies,” Bains said in a statement.
Bell Canada and Nokia trial 5G using 73 GHz band
By Dan Meyer on
Canadian telecom operator Bell has jumped into the “5G” technology trial morass, announcing a successful demonstration with partner Nokia.
The demonstration, which was conducted at the carrier’s Wireless Innovation Center in Mississauga, Ontario, tapped into spectrum across the 73 GHz band in providing “sustained data speeds more than six-times faster than top 4G mobile speeds now available in Canada.” Bell Canada currently touts that its LTE-Advanced network produces downlink speeds of between 12 megabits per second and 100 Mbps.
Bell said it expects 5G technology to be “widely available” within the next five to seven years, with the technology providing faster network speeds and increased capacity to support broadcast video and the “internet of things.”
Bell, which has a nationwide network sharing arrangement with Telus, expanded its mobile focus earlier this year announcing plans to acquire Canadian regional carrier Manitoba Telecom Services for 3.9 billion Canadian dollars ($3 billion). As part of the deal, Bell said it would sell one-third of MTS’ postpaid customer base and assign one-third of MTS dealers to Telus for an undisclosed sum.
A number of U.S.-based carriers also have begun trialing 5G technology, including Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile US and Sprint. Similar to Bell, Sprint has worked with network partners on using the 73 GHz band in support of the trials.
Canadian telecom regulator Industry Canada has so far not made any moves in terms of specifying certain spectrum resources in support of 5G services. The Federal Communications Commission last month moved forward on its Spectrum Frontiers initiatives in a move to specify spectrum for 5G, including 3.85 gigahertz for licensed use in the 64-71 GHz bands and 7 gigahertz for unlicensed – or “flexible” – use across the 28 GHz, 37 GHz and 39 GHz bands.
Here comes 5G — but first, a reality check
With last week’s 5G-related announcements, the U.S. is again poised to be a leader in the development and deployment of next-generation wireless technology.
BY MARK LOWENSTEIN JUL 25, 2016, 10:00AM EDT
“FCC announced its “Spectrum Frontiers” plan to make 3.85 GHz of licensed and 7 GHz of unlicensed spectrum available for 5G in the 28, 37 and 39 GHz millimeter wave bands. There’s a provision for even more spectrum to be released down the line.”
FCC vision of 5G – without regulation, without concerns
Tom Wheeler, head of the FCC in the US (comparable to Ind. Canada), who has had a long history of working for and with the telecom industry, gave one of the scariest speeches ever, basically saying that technology was to be allowed to develop and be used without regulation, without concerns for any ramifications. Technology at all costs, even the health of future generations. This approach and the use of 5G will apply to non-licensed frequencies as well as licensed, which means things like wifi and $$meters and other devices we haven’t heard of could use these untested, unsupervised signals.
Dangers of 5G: From the Horse’s Mouth
Posted on Aug 24, 2016 in Regina Meredith Blog
Josh del Sol is a tireless warrior informing the public about the health impacts of RF, EMF and other ubiquitous frequencies. His documentary Take Back Your Power is foundational to understanding the problem. Today, I received an email from him regarding a spontaneous conversation another activist had with an AT&T line-man working on a cell tower. I have copied the conversation below. Meanwhile to have a deeper understanding of this truly menacing issue, you can go to openmindsshow.com to see my interview with him.
USA Politics : Plans for 5G
Invest in world-class digital infrastructure by:
- Reallocate and Repurpose Spectrum for Next Generation Uses: Hillary will enhance the efficient use of spectrum by accelerating the process of identifying underutilized bands, including ones now used by the federal government, that can become more valuable under revised regulatory regimes. She will focus on the full range of spectrum use policies—including new allocations for licensed mobile broadband, as well as unlicensed and shared spectrum approaches. She believes that creative uses of shared/non-exclusive uses of spectrum could unleash a new wave of innovation in wireless broadband technologies and the Internet of Things, much as WiFi did in the first generation of digital services.
- Foster a Civic Internet of Things through Public Investments: Hillary will dedicate federal research funding to test-bedding, field trials, and other public-private endeavors to speed the deployment of next generation wireless networks and a civic Internet of Things. Governments around the world are already investing billions of dollars in developing and commercializing 5G technologies, and Hillary wants American companies to lead the world in wireless innovation. Her investments will aim at using advanced wireless and data innovation to drive social priorities in a range of areas, such as public safety, health care, environmental management, traffic congestion, and social welfare services.
Verizon is planning 5G rollout in 2017
Mark Lowenstein, Vice-President of Strategy at Verizon Wireless, quoted studies stating that the current approach for 5G wireless internet will require one 30-foot tower for every twelve homes.
(if your community does not have any power lines or light poles, 5G implementation will require that new light poles be installed)
Road to 5G Outlook 2016
5G Wireless Doesn’t Even Technically Exist Yet, But Everyone’s Pretty Sure It’s Going To Fix Everything
from the this-network-runs-on-nonsense dept
FCC Approves 5G
“ Verizon and AT&T tell us they will begin deploying 5G trials in 2017. These efforts will, of course, help inform the standards process by putting stakes in the ground. And the first commercial deployments at scale are expected in 2020.”
“5G will use much higher-frequency bands than previously thought viable for mobile broadband and other applications. ..To make this work, 5G buildout is going to be very infrastructure intensive, requiring a massive deployment of small cells. But it also opens up unprecedented opportunities for frequency reuse and denser, more localized, networks.”
“ looking at blocks of at least 200 MHz in width. This will allow networks to carry much more traffic per user – gigabits of throughput instead of megabits. This is an order of magnitude growth in the channel capacity available to a provider, supporting, for example, simultaneously high-speed connections to mobile end users as well as “backhaul on demand” via immediate, dynamic provisioning of fixed wireless transport to the nearest fiber interconnection point, allowing faster and more flexible deployment of small cells.”
“we must reject any notion that the 5G future will be the sole province of urban areas. The 5G revolution will touch all corners of this country.”
“In addition, all these small cell sites will need to be connected, so we’ll need a lot more backhaul. That’s a challenge we’re going to address through our proceeding on Business Data Services, the kind of dedicated access that wireless providers need to connect cell towers and antennae to their networks. These backhaul connections can be as much as 30 percent of the cost of operating a wireless network. And with the additional sites required to support use of the millimeter wave spectrum, that percentage is likely to increase, to as much as 50 percent.”
“many more backhaul connections to many, many more antennae”
Obama Commits $400M to New Wireless 5G Technology; Hillary Bailout?
By Jack O’Dwyer
Mon., Jul. 18, 2016
President Obama, one day after the FCC voted to adopt new 5G wireless technology that is called unsafe by health advocates, committed $400 million to 5G “research.”
Obama said July 15 that the National Science Foundation, funded by $7 billion in government funds, will pledge $50M over the next five years as part of an $85M investment by NSF and private sector companies “to build the testing platforms starting with the 2017 fiscal year.” NSF is also committing $350M over the next seven years that will “take research from the concept phase to real-world testing at scale,” he said.
Health advocates noted that health and environmental considerations were absent from Obama’s statement.