Telus puts 5G at heart of convergence strategy

first_img LTE-V Solution Brings Smart Traveling New Experience Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more Steve Costello Previous ArticleHuawei Wireless X Labs Announces Digital Sky Initiative to Enable the Low Airspace Digitized EconomyNext ArticleViacom expects 5G to match fibre as pay-TV platform Author Related HuaweiLAAsmall cellsTelus LIVE FROM HUAWEI’S GLOBAL MOBILE BROADBAND FORUM 2017, LONDON: Canada-based operator Telus “took the view that 5G was going to be the convergence strategy for our company, and very much set out on that path”.Eros Spadotto, EVP for the company (pictured), said this approach already had implications for its fibre rollout strategy: “We did not only undertake it with the view of creating fibre-to-the-home connections. We very much took the view that the next-generation wireless networks will be very much dependent on fibre”.With some operators looking at the potential of 5G for last mile fixed wireless connectivity, Telus is also looking at this opportunity, using mmWave frequencies.“We’ve been doing trials with that, even though we have a very active fibre programme, for the express purpose of finding if there is a better economic path to doing connectivity than fibre. We are not altering or slowing down our fibre plans, but we are looking at that,” he said.Microcells pay offAnother area where Telus is using its fibre assets is small cells: “As we go and deploy the fibre, the technicians that are fitting fibre plant are also putting up our microcells,” Spadotto explained.“Today our microcell network carries about 10 per cent of our traffic. But where we’ve put microcells, we’ve discovered we increase the traffic of those areas by about 30 per cent – in other words, we found an untapped market. More microcells create more wealth for us,” the EVP said.“In many cases, our microcells have payback periods of less than a year, on average they are about two years. That’s a tremendous opportunity as we look to make more money,” he continued.Huawei and Telus have showcased what they described as an “innovative small cell solution” to deliver speeds of more than 1Gb/s in an outdoor live testing environment. It uses technologies including 5-carrier channel aggregation, 4×4 MIMO and 256 QAM modulation.Spadotto also said Licensed Assisted Access, which aggregates licensed frequencies with unlicensed spectrum, is an important tool for the future: “There’s a tremendous amount of speed improvement for spectrum that is largely laying fallow, and is being used by Wi-Fi.”center_img Embracing the 5G network evolution HomeHuawei MBBF17 Articles Telus puts 5G at heart of convergence strategy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 15 NOV 2017 NTT DOCOMO takes a co-creation approach to 5G Huawei MBBF17 Articles Tags last_img read more

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Online travel sites agree to partial settlement with Georgia cities and counties

first_img0:48 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List Share Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Related Stories Several travel websites have agreed to a partial settlement with hundreds of Georgia cities and counties. The settlement comes after a class action lawsuit filed in 2005 that accuses the websites of failing to pay some hotel/motel taxes owed to local governments.Websites such as Expedia, Orbitz, Priceline.com and Travelocity are accused of only paying hotel occupancy taxes on the wholesale rates they pay to reserve hotel rooms.The local governments claimed once the sites mark those hotel rooms up for consumers, they failed to pay the additional occupancy taxes owed to cities and counties.Attorney Bob Lamar with Lamar, Archer and Cofrin says the partial settlement is expected to bring in a total of at least $1 million dollars and will benefit more than 250 Georgia cities and counties.“This provides a certain relief going forward for the majority of the taxes which would be due from May 2011 forward, and it provides an ongoing stream of tax revenue to the cities and counties of Georgia.”Lamar says the local governments will continue to fight for millions of dollars in additional tax money they believe the companies owe. ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party For Whom The Bell Rings last_img read more

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