Samsung and LG set to launch 5G smartphones in February

The Korean media has reported that the world smartphone leader Samsung and its struggling compatriot are going to launch the first 5G smartphones at MWC and ship in March.

According to a report by the Korean media outlet Pulse, citing its industry source, that both Samsung and LG will debut their 5G smartphones in February next year. Volume shipment is expected to start in March, which will synchronise with the start of 5G service for consumers by the three operators. All three of them launched limited 5G services for business simultaneously at the beginning of December.

Mobile World Congress has long been the venue for Samsung to showcase its latest Galaxy flagship product. It will be the series’ 10th iteration next year, so we can expect quite a bit of fanfare to go with the occasion. Whether the Galaxy 10 will be built on 5G, or there will be a 5G variant of the product, is up to speculation.

LG has seen its smartphone market share shrinking in recent years and already posted over $400 million loss in the first three quarters of the year. As a result, the head of its Mobile Communications business was replaced one year into the job. LG would desperately need something to excite the market if the company still decides to stay in the handset market. The expected 5G product could be a new model of its flagship G series, or the new head of its mobile business could decide to rewrite its product portfolio.

Both companies are expected to build their first 5G smartphones on the newly launched Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, which we have reported in detail. Samsung was one of the illustrious partners to adorn the launch event, but LG was absent. With a long line of OEMs, especially the Chinese smartphone makers showing strong interest in the new Snapdragon, we can expect more 5G handsets to be launched in Barcelona come February than those from the Korean stalwarts.

Huawei 5G Transport Helps Telefonica Demonstrate the Industry’s First 5G Slicing-based Interactive VR Service

[Barcelona, Spain, February 27, 2018] During the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Telefonica and Huawei jointly demonstrated the industry’s first VR service using 5G end-to-end (E2E) network slicing technology underpinned by Telefonica’s UNICA program. This demonstration involved the wireless access network, core network, transport network, and terminals, with the transport network being formed by one of the industry’s first network slicing routers for 5G transport from Huawei.

Network slicing enables operators to divide a set of hardware infrastructure into multiple virtual E2E networks to adapt to various types of services with different characteristics. This demonstration provided evidence of how 5G network slicing can enable on-demand diversified services and ensure high bandwidth and low latency, helping operators to achieve business success with 5G. It also represented the latest achievements in 5G key technology verification and use case research, marking another significant milestone of the continued joint innovation and strategic cooperation between Huawei and Telefonica.

Huawei’s 5G E2E network slicing technology utilizes service-oriented network architecture, network function modularization, and CU separation. On the mobile bearer network, Huawei’s network slicing routers can generate network slices based on the SLA requirements of 5G services. Network slices are isolated using FlexE technology to ensure that services on different slices do not interfere with each other, meeting the diversified transport requirements of 5G services. The network resources within each network slice can be fully utilized through statistical multiplexing to maximize the network value.

Huawei has also launched its 5G-oriented X-Haul mobile bearer network solution. Before this demonstration, Huawei and Telefonica verified multiple key X-Haul technologies in a lab environment. These technologies include PAM4-based 50 Gbit/s ports used to effectively reduce 5G network construction costs, FlexE bundling used to smoothly evolve bandwidth, and SR+EVPN used to simplify network protocols, unify service bearing, and make network connections simpler, more flexible, and more efficient.

Javier Gavilan, Planning and Technology Director Core Network, Platforms and Transport, Telefonica Global CTIO Unit, said: “We are very happy to demonstrate this VR service with Huawei in the MWC. Telefonica is committed to becoming a pioneer in the 5G era and will work with Huawei through joint innovation to promote 5G commercial use.”

Gao Ji, President of Huawei Router & Carrier Ethernet Product Line, said: “5G brings many challenges to the transport network in terms of bandwidth, latency, slicing, and architecture. The tests of key 5G transport technologies and this demonstration conducted by Telefonica and Huawei show that the transport network can overcome the challenges facing it and lead the future development of 5G. Huawei is excited to work with Telefonica and embrace the 5G era together.”

MWC 2018 runs from February 26 to March 1 in Barcelona, Spain. Huawei is showcasing its products and solutions at booth 1J50 in Fira Gran Via Hall 1, booth 3130 in Hall 3, and the Innovation City zone in Hall 4. For more information, please visit:

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We’re good to go on 5G, just need more government help – Huawei

Huawei has briefed the industry on what to expect it to be shouting about at MWC and it won’t surprise many people; 5G, IoT and AI.

If you thought last year’s bonanza was heavy on the 5G chest pumping, wait till you turn up at the Fira in a couple of weeks. While last year was all about hype, if you talk listen to the vendors they are ready to go. The kit is primed, the trials are underway and the intelligence software is smarter than ever. The only thing holding back the 5G tidal wave is the operators.

Of course the operators are usually the ones who are blamed for the slow pace of change, but Huawei at least has some sympathy for their customers. It isn’t just the usecases where they need reassurance, the government needs to provide a helping hand as well.

Ryan Ding, Huawei’s President of Products & Solutions, was one of those executives who provided the sympathy for his customers. Rolling out networks which are capable of supporting the connected revolution is an expensive business and governments should be more proactive is providing support to the telcos.

This is a tricky situation of course. Many telcos will become shudder at the thought of inefficient and bungling government intervening in the process of progress, but when you consider the slimming profit margins this sector has faced over the last couple of years there needs to be assistance. But how?

The first idea from Ding surrounded Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), which can viewed as a dirty word from both sides of the equation. That said, Spain is an example where they are encouraged and are proving successful.

The second idea was down to spectrum. Spectrum licenses are expensive, especially in Europe, as governments look to cash in on lucrative assets. The only problem is that the more a government makes from a spectrum auction, the less money these operators have the actual equipment itself. CAPEX suffers and therefore the speed of adoption does as well. This is a trend which was visible in the 4G world, and looks like it is going to be repeated again.

Of course, this is not the case when it comes to some of the more forward-looking governments. Take Japan and China as an example. Spectrum costs less in these markets, therefore the operators have more freedom to spend elsewhere. China Mobile was used as an example. Ding claims the operator has rolled out 1.7 million physical sites for 4G connectivity over the last couple of years, more than Europe and North America combined, resulting in some of the best 4G coverage worldwide. The lesson here is to play a positive role, not just allow sticky fingers to swell public coffers.

According to the executives who were on parade today, Huawei is ready for 5G. As soon as operators realise there is not a silver bullet usecase for 5G, and the government starts to help the industry instead of bleeding it for every penny possible, the connected utopia might be here sooner than expected.