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- 01/24/18--13:29: _Inside AT&T Towers
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- 02/09/18--02:46: _Tutorial: Service B...
- 02/13/18--05:38: _Artificial Intellig...
- 03/07/18--00:10: _Quick summary of Mo...
- 03/13/18--12:12: _LoRa is quietly mar...
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- 03/25/18--09:36: _5G Security Updates...
- 04/03/18--03:55: _Some interesting Ap...
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- 05/27/18--06:19: _enhanced Public War...
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- 12/26/17--04:47: Top 10 posts for 2017 and some other 3G4G info
- 5G Network Architecture and Design Update - Jan 2017
- 5G: Architecture, QoS, gNB, Specifications - April 2017 Update
- Self-backhauling: Integrated access and backhaul links for 5G
- 5G Core Network, System Architecture & Registration Procedure
- High Power / Performance User Equipment (#HPUE)
- IMT-2020 (5G) Requirements
- 5G – Beyond the Hype
- Variety of 3GPP IoT technologies and Market Status - May 2017
- 2G / 3G Switch Off: A Tale of Two Worlds
- 5G Research Presentation on URLLC
- 01/04/18--00:30: Introduction to 3GPP Security in Mobile Cellular Networks
- 01/07/18--13:41: Satellites & Non-terrestrial networks (NTN) in 5G
- Help foster the 5G service roll out in un-served or underserved areas to upgrade the performance of terrestrial networks
- Reinforce service reliability by providing service continuity for user equipment or for moving platforms (e.g. passenger vehicles-aircraft, ships, high speed trains, buses)
- Increase service availability everywhere; especially for critical communications, future railway/maritime/aeronautical communications
- Enable 5G network scalability through the provision of efficient multicast/broadcast resources for data delivery towards the network edges or even directly to the user equipment
- The associated identification of existing / planned services and the corresponding modified or new requirements
- The associated identification of new services and the corresponding requirements
- The requirements on set-up / configuration / maintenance of the features of UE’s when using satellite components related features as well for other components from the 5G system
- Regulatory requirements when moving to (or from) satellite from (or to) terrestrial networks
- 01/16/18--12:39: 3GPP-VRIF workshop on Virtual Reality Ecosystem & Standards in 5G
- 3GPP TR 26.918: Virtual Reality (VR) media services over 3GPP
- 3GPP TR 26.929: QoE parameters and metrics relevant to the Virtual Reality user experience
- 01/24/18--13:29: Inside AT&T Towers
- 01/25/18--13:40: 5G Network Architecture, Design and Optimisation - Jan 2018
- 02/06/18--03:00: QUIC - Possibly in 5G, 3GPP Release-16
- 02/09/18--02:46: Tutorial: Service Based Architecture (SBA) for 5G Core (5GC)
- 02/13/18--05:38: Artificial Intelligence - Beyond SON for Autonomous Networks
- 03/07/18--00:10: Quick summary of Mobile World Congress 2018 (#MWC18)
- 03/13/18--12:12: LoRa is quietly marching on...
- Successful international roaming test between Orange and KPN LoRaWAN™ networks with Actility opens new horizons for IoT business applications
- European LoRa roaming by year-end, as network deployments double
- MTN Business announces dedicated IoT network using LoRaWAN and NarrowBand-IoT
- Semtech and Lacuna Sending LoRaWAN Messages from Space
- Kazakhtelecom builds largest Internet of Things network in CIS utilising LORA, Zigbee and LTE technologies
- 03/25/18--09:36: 5G Security Updates - March 2018
- Introduction to 3GPP Security in Mobile Cellular Networks - 3G4G
- 5G Security Updates - July 2017 - 3G4G
- 3GPP 5G Specifications - 3G4G
- Tutorial: Service Based Architecture (SBA) for 5G Core (5GC) - 3G4G
- 04/03/18--03:55: Some interesting April Fools' Day 2018 Technology Jokes
- Some interesting April Fools' Day 2017 Technology Jokes
- Some interesting April Fools' Day 2016 Technology Jokes
- Some interesting April Fools' Day 2015 Technology Jokes
- Some interesting April Fools' Day 2014 Technology Jokes
- Qualcomm to put Femtocells in Mutant Animals ;)
- Just ate a Blackberry...and it was yummy!
- 04/09/18--00:48: Digital Africa: Building the Internet Ecosystem
- Martin Kingston: The need for Synchronisation in Telecommunications
- Charles Curry: Time from the Sky
- Sébastien Jobert & Kenneth Hann: Synchronisation and Time Distribution in Modern Telecommunications Networks
- Tommy Cook & Tim Frost: Stepping up to the Challenge on Tighter Time Accuracy.
- Andy Sutton: The history of synchronisation in digital cellular networks
- 04/22/18--12:58: Short summary of #CWFDT event 'Smart Devices of 2025'
- Multi Access Management Services (MAMS) Framework – https://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/draft-kanugovi-intarea-mams-framework/
- MAMS JSON definitions of Control Plane Messages: https://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-agarwal-intarea-mams-protocol-json-00
- MAMS User Plane Specification: https://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-zhu-intarea-mams-user-protocol-02
- 05/21/18--12:01: Tutorial on Network In a Box (NIB)
- 05/27/18--06:19: enhanced Public Warning System (ePWS) in 3GPP Release-16
- Users with disabilities who have UEs supporting assistive technologies beyond text assistive technologies; and
- Users who are not fluent in the language of the Warning Notifications.
- Specifying Message Identifiers for ePWS-UE, especially IoT devices that are intended for machine type communications
- Enabling language-independent content to be included in Warning Notifications
- 3GPP TR 22.869: Feasibility study on enhancements of Public Warning System; Stage 1
- 3GPP TS 22.268: Public Warning System (PWS) requirements - Stage 1 for Public Warning System
- 3GPP TS 23.041: Technical realization of Cell Broadcast Service (CBS) - CT1 aspects of Stage 3 for Public Warning System
- 3GPP TS 29.168: Cell Broadcast Centre interfaces with the Evolved Packet Core; Stage 3 - CT4 aspects of Stage 3 for Public Warning System
- 06/01/18--01:27: An Alternative 5G for Rural Communities
- 06/07/18--12:00: Telefonica and open source
- 06/16/18--08:43: Summary and Analysis of Ericsson Mobility Report 2018
- The total number of mobile subscriptions was around 7.9 billion in Q1 2018.
- There are now 5.5 billion mobile broadband subscriptions.
- Global subscription penetration in Q1 2018 was 104 percent.
- The number of LTE subscriptions increased by 210 million during the quarter to reach a total of 2.9 billion.
- Over the same period, GSM/EDGE-only subscriptions declined by 90 million. Other technologies declined by around 32 million.
- Subscriptions associated with smartphones now account for around 60 percent of all mobile phone subscriptions.
- 1 billion 5G subscriptions for enhanced mobile broadband by the end of 2023, accounting for 12 percent of all mobile subscriptions.
- LTE subscriptions continues to grow strongly and is forecast to reach 5.5 billion by the end of 2023
- In 2023, there will be 8.9 billion mobile subscriptions, 8.3 billion mobile broadband subscriptions and 6.1 billion unique mobile subscribers.
- The number of smartphone subscriptions is forecast to reach 7.2 billion in 2023.
- First 5G data-only devices are expected from the second half of 2018.
- The first 3GPP smartphones supporting 5G are expected in early 2019.
- From 2020, when third-generation chipsets will be introduced, large numbers of 5G devices are forecast.
- By 2023, 1 billion 5G devices for enhanced mobile broadband are expected to be connected worldwide.
- At the end of 2017, VoLTE subscriptions exceeded 610 million.
- The number of VoLTE subscriptions is projected to reach 5.4 billion by the end of 2023.
- VoLTE technology will be the foundation for enabling 5G voice calls.
- New use cases in a 5G context are being explored, such as augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).
- Globally, mobile broadband subscriptions now make up 68 percent of all mobile subscriptions.
- 5G subscriptions will be available in all regions in 2023.
- In 2023, 48 percent of subscriptions in North America and 34 percent in North East Asia are expected to be for 5G.
- In Q1 2018, mobile data traffic grew around 54 percent year-on-year.
- The quarter-on-quarter growth was around 11 percent.
- In 2023, 20 percent of mobile data traffic will be carried by 5G networks.
- North America has the highest monthly usage of mobile data per smartphone at 7.2 gigabytes (GB), anticipated to increase to 49GB in 2023.
- Total mobile data traffic is expected to increase by nearly eight times by the end of 2023.
- In 2023, 95 percent of total mobile data traffic is expected to be generated by smartphones, increasing from 85 percent today.
- North East Asia has the largest share of mobile data traffic – set to reach 25EB per month in 2023.
- In 2023, video will account for around 73 percent of mobile data traffic.
- Traffic from social networking is also expected to rise – increasing by 31 percent annually over the next 6 years.
- The relative share of social networking traffic will decline over the same period, due to the stronger growth of video.
- Streaming videos in different resolutions can impact data traffic consumption to a high degree. Watching HD video (720p) rather than standard resolution video (480p) typically doubles the data traffic volume, while moving to full HD (1080p) doubles it yet again.
- Increased streaming of immersive video formats would also impact data traffic consumption.
- The number of cellular IoT connections is expected to reach 3.5 billion in 2023. This is almost double our last forecast, due to ongoing large-scale deployments in China.
- Of the 3.5 billion cellular IoT connections forecast for 2023, North East Asia is anticipated to account for 2.2 billion.
- New massive cellular IoT technologies, such as NB-IoT and Cat-M1, are taking off and driving growth in the number of cellular IoT connections.
- Mobile operators have commercially launched more than 60 cellular IoT networks worldwide using Cat-M1 and NB-IoT.
- In 2023, more than 20 percent of the world’s population will be covered by 5G.
- 5G is expected to be deployed first in dense urban areas to support enhanced mobile broadband.
- Another early use case for 5G will be fixed wireless access.
- Today, 3GPP cellular networks cover around 95 percent of the world’s population.
Here are the top 10 3G4G blog posts (in descending order of popularity) for 2017:
In other news, this year I have done a lot more activities on 3G4G sites (thanks to support and encouragement from my current employer, Parallel Wireless). You can see links to all different 3G4G channels on top of the blog. I was also interviewed by TechPlayon and TechTrained (the similarity of name is just a coincidence). I was also named a key 5G influencer for 2017.
Back in 2011, I wrote the 1000th post and asked for your feedback. Here again, I would like to ask for your feedback, either on this post or on any posts. There are check-boxes for you to give instant feedback or you can add your comments in any of the posts.
I also mentioned in 2011 that the 3G4G blog will be touching 1.5 million page view mark, now in 2017 (10 years after the start of this blog), we have crossed over 9.5 million official page views (page views for first 3 years were not counted). Here is a snapshot of the stats for this and the small cells blog.
This has all been possible because of contributions from many individuals who share their presentations, knowledge and support my activities in many different ways. Thank you!
Finally, I can make mistakes too so please feel free to correct me anytime you spot me saying something wrong. I don't mind 😊
I recently did a small presentation on 3GPP Security, looking at the how the security mechanism works in mobile cellular networks; focusing mainly on signaling associated with authentication, integrity protection and ciphering / confidentiality. Its targeted towards people with basic understanding of mobile networks. Slides with embedded video below.
You can also check-out all such videos / presentations at the 3G4G training section.
Satellites has been an area of interest of mine for a while as some of you know that I used to work as Satellite Applications & Services Programme manager at techUK. I have written about how I see satellites complementing the mobile networks here and here.
Its good to see that there is some activity in 3GPP going on about satellites & Non-terrestrial networks (NTN) in 5G. While there are some obvious roles that satellites can play (see pic above), the 5G work is looking to cover a lot more topics in details.
3GPP TR 38.913: Study on scenarios and requirements for next generation access technologies looks at 12 different scenarios, the ones relevant to this topic ate Air to ground, Light aircraft and Satellite to terrestrial.
3GPP TR 38.811: Study on New Radio (NR) to support non terrestrial networks (Release 15) covers this topic a bit more in detail. From looking at how satellites and other aerial networks work in general, it looks at the different NTN architecture options as can be seen above.
3GPP also released a news item on this topic last week. It also refers to the above TR and a new one for Release 16. The following from 3GPP news:
The roles and benefits of satellites in 5G have been studied in 3GPP Release 14, leading to the specific requirement to support satellite access being captured in TS 22.261 - “Service requirements for next generation new services and markets; Stage 1”, recognizing the added value that satellite coverage brings, as part of the mix of access technologies for 5G, especially for mission critical and industrial applications where ubiquitous coverage is crucial.
Satellites refer to Spaceborne vehicles in Low Earth Orbits (LEO), Medium Earth Orbits (MEO), Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) or in Highly Elliptical Orbits (HEO).
Beyond satellites, Non-terrestrial networks (NTN) refer to networks, or segments of networks, using an airborne or spaceborne vehicle for transmission. Airborne vehicles refer to High Altitude Platforms (HAPs) encompassing Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) - including tethered UAS, Lighter than Air UAS and Heavier than Air UAS - all operating at altitude; typically between 8 and 50 km, quasi-stationary.
These Non-terrestrial networks feature in TSG RAN’s TR 38.811“Study on NR to support non-terrestrial networks”. They will:
A second study item, the “Study on using Satellite Access in 5G” is being addressed in Working Group SA1. It shall lead to the delivery of the corresponding Technical Report TR 22.822 as part of Release 16.
This study will identify use cases for the provision of services when considering the integration of 5G satellite-based access components in the 5G system. When addressing the integration of (a) satellite component(s), use cases will identify new potential requirements for 5G systems addressing:
Anyway, back in Dec. 3GPP and Virtual Reality Industry Forum (VRIF) held a workshop on VR Ecosystem & Standards. All the materials, including agenda is available here. The final report is not there yet but I assume that there will be a press release when the report is published.
While there are some interesting presentations, here is what I found interesting:
From presentation by Gordon Castle, Head of Strategy Development, Ericsson
From presentation by Martin Renschler, Senior Director Technology, Qualcomm
Wikipedia entry. According to the Nokia presentation, Facebook’s marketing people call this “6DOF;” the engineers at MPEG call it “3DOF+.”
XR is 'cross reality', which is any hardware that combines aspects of AR, MR and VR; such as Google Tango.
From presentation by Devon Copley, Former Head of Product, Nokia Ozo VR Platform
From presentation by Youngkwon Lim, Samsung Research America; the presentation provided a link to a recent YouTube video on this presentation. I really liked it so I am embedding that here:
Finally, from presentation by Gilles Teniou, SA4 Vice chairman - Video SWG chairman, 3GPP
You can check and download all the presentations here.
A really good video from Mr. Mobile on YouTube on how the cell towers look from inside. Worth your 9:27 mins.
If you found this interesting then you will also like:
The video of this talk as follows:
There are many valuable insights in this talk and the other talks from this conference. All the videos from the IET conference are available here and they are worth your time.
Over the last year or so, I have heard quite a few discussions and read many articles around why QUIC is so good and why we will replace TCP with QUIC (Quick UDP Internet Connection). One such article talking about QUIC benefits says:
QUIC was initially developed by Google as an alternative transport protocol to shorten the time it takes to set up a connection. Google wanted to take benefits of the work done with SPDY, another protocol developed by Google that became the basis for the HTTP/2 standard, into a transport protocol with faster connection setup time and built-in security. HTTP/2 over TCP multiplexes and pipelines requests over one connection but a single packet loss and retransmission packet causes Head-of-Line Blocking (HOLB) for the resources that were being downloaded in parallel. QUIC overcomes the shortcomings of multiplexed streams by removing HOLB. QUIC was created with HTTP/2 as the primary application protocol and optimizes HTTP/2 semantics.
What makes QUIC interesting is that it is built on top of UDP rather than TCP. As such, the time to get a secure connection running is shorter using QUIC because packet loss in a particular stream does not affect the other streams on the connection. This results in successfully retrieving multiple objects in parallel, even when some packets are lost on a different stream. Since QUIC is implemented in the userspace compared to TCP, which is implemented in the kernel, QUIC allows developers the flexibility of improving congestion control over time, since it can be optimized and better replaced compared to kernel upgrades (for example, apps and browsers update more often than OS updates).
Georg Mayer mentioned about QUIC in a recent discussion with Telecom TV. His interview is embedded below. Jump to 5:25 for QUIC part only
Georg Mayer, 3GPP CT work on 5G from 3GPPlive on Vimeo.
Below are some good references about QUIC in case you want to study further.
As a continuation of 'Control and User Plane Separation of EPC nodes (CUPS) in 3GPP Release-14', here is another tutorial on Service Base Architecture (SBA) for the 5G Core.
The slides (with video) is embedded below but there are quite a few tutorials on 5G available on 3G4G page here.
What is the next step in evolution of SON? Artificial Intelligence obviously. The use of artificial intelligence (AI) techniques in the network supervisory system could help solve some of the problems of future network deployment and operation. ETSI has therefore set up a new 'Industry Specification Group' on 'Experiential Networked Intelligence' (ISG ENI) to develop standards for a Network Supervisory assistant system.
The ISG ENI focuses on improving the operator experience, adding closed-loop artificial intelligence mechanisms based on context-aware, metadata-driven policies to more quickly recognize and incorporate new and changed knowledge, and hence, make actionable decisions. ENI will specify a set of use cases, and the generic technology independent architecture, for a network supervisory assistant system based on the ‘observe-orient-decide-act’ control loop model. This model can assist decision-making systems, such as network control and management systems, to adjust services and resources offered based on changes in user needs, environmental conditions and business goals.
The introduction of technologies such as Software-Defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) and network slicing means that networks are becoming more flexible and powerful. These technologies transfer much of the complexity in a network from hardware to software, from the network itself to its management and operation. ENI will make the deployment of SDN and NFV more intelligent and efficient and will assist the management and orchestration of the network.
We expect to complete the first phase of ENI work in 2019. It will include a description of use cases and requirements and terminology, including a definition of features, capabilities and policies, which we will publish in a series of informative best practice documents (Group Reports (GRs)).
Will see how this goes.
This year at MWC, I took the time out to go and see as many companies as I can. My main focus was looking at connectivity solutions, infrastructure, devices, gadgets and anything else cool. I have to say that I wasn't too impressed. I found some of the things later on Twitter or YouTube but as it happens, one cannot see everything.
I have to be honest, haven't seen a WOW demo yet at #MWC18. While there are lots of interesting stuff, it's all the same, old and tired stuff.— Zahid Ghadialy (@zahidtg) February 26, 2018
I will be writing a blog on Small Cells, Infrastructure, etc. later on but here are some cool videos that I have found. As its a playlist, if I find any more, it will be added to the same playlist below.
The big vendors did not open up their stands for everyone (even I couldn't get in 😉) but the good news is that most of their demos is available online. Below are the name of the companies that had official MWC 2018 websites. Will add more when I find them.
Network Equipment Vendors
Did I miss anyone? Feel free to suggest links in comments.
During the mobile world congress, I was pleasantly surprised to see how LoRa ecosystem keeps getting larger. There was also an upbeat mood within the LoRa vendor community as it keeps winning one battle after another. Here is my short take on the technology with an unbiased lens.
It’s seems LoRa is quietly getting some traction, particularly when it comes to industrial / vertical markets. #MWC18pic.twitter.com/KQ6G7JjTU9— Ben Wood (@benwood) February 28, 2018
To start with, lets look at this short report by Tom Rebbeck from Analysys Mason. The PDF can be downloaded after registering from here.
These points lead to a final observation about network deployments – many operators are launching multiple technologies. Of the 26 operators with publicly-announced interest in LTE-M networks, 20 also have plans for other networks;
• 14 will combine it with NB-IoT
• four will offer LTE-M and LoRa and
• two, Softbank and Swisscom, are working with LoRa, LTE-M and NB-IoT.
We are not aware of operators also owning Sigfox networks, though some, such as Telefónica, are selling connectivity provided by a Sigfox network operator.
The incremental cost of upgrading from NB-IoT or LTE-M to both technologies is relatively small. Most estimates put the additional cost at less than an additional 20% – and sometimes considerably less. For many operators, the question will be which technology to prioritise, and when to launch, rather than which to choose.
The reasons for launching multiple networks appear to be tactical as much as strategic. Some operators firmly believe that the different technologies will match different use cases – for example, LoRa may be better suited to stationary, low bandwidth devices like smart meters, while LTE-M, could meet the needs of devices that need mobility, higher bandwidth and support for voice, for example a personal health monitor with an emergency call button.
But, a fundamental motive for offering multiple networks is to hedge investments. While they may not admit it publicly, operators do not know which technology will gain the most traction. They do not want to lose significant, lucrative contracts because they have backed the wrong technology. Deploying both LTE-M and NB-IoT – or LoRa – adds little cost and yet provides a hedge against this risk. For operators launching LoRa, there has been the added benefit of being early to market and gaining experience of what developers want and need from LPWA networks. This experience should help them when other technologies are deployed at scale.
The following is from MWC 2018 summary by ABI Research:
LPWA network technologies continue to gather momentum with adoption from a growing ecosystem of communications service providers (CSPs), original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and IoT solution providers. LPWA networks are central to the connectivity offerings from telcos with support for NB-IoT, LTE-M, LoRaWAN, and SIGFOX. Telefonica highlighted SIGFOX as an important network technology along with NB-IoT and Cat M in its IoT connectivity platform. Similarly, Orange and SK Telecom emphasized on their continued support for LoRaWAN along with Cat M in France and South Korea. On the other hand, Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom, while aggressively pursuing deployment of NB-IoT networks, currently have mostly large scale POCs on their networks.
Smart meters — Utilities are demanding that meter OEMs and technology solution providers deliver product design life of at least 15 years for battery operated smart water and gas meters. LPWA technologies, such as NB-IoT, LoRaWAN, SIGFOX and wireless M-bus, that are optimized for very low-power consumption and available at low cost are clearly emerging as the most favored LPWA solutions.
The following picture is from Ovum post MWC-2018 Webinar:
There are also few announcements / news from LoRa world just to highlight how the ecosystem is thriving:
So someone recently asked me is LoRa is the new WiMax? The answer is obviously a big NO. Just look at the LoRa alliance members in the picture above. Its a whole ecosystem with different players having different interests, working on a different part of the ecosystem.
NB-IoT & LTE-M will gain ground in the coming years but there will always be a place for other LPWA technologies like LoRa.
Finally, here is a slide deck (embedded below) that I really like. The picture above very nicely illustrates that LoRaWAN and Cellular complement each other well. Maybe that is the reason that Orange is a big supporter of LoRa.
So for operators who are just starting their IoT journey or smaller operators who are unsure of the IoT potential, may want to start their journey with LoRa to play around and understand the business cases, etc. In the meantime LTE-M and NB-IoT ecosystem will mature with prices coming down further and battery time improving. That may be the right time to decide on the way forward.
Well, it was officially 3G4G's first Mobile World Congress so I took time to go through the different booths, demos, etc. and compile a small presentation
The presentation (embedded below and can be downloaded from Slideshare) covers the following companies:Our first official #MWC18 thanks to @Parallel_tw. Do wave to @zahidtg when you see him around pic.twitter.com/ETR9oU21z9— 3G4G (@3g4gUK) February 26, 2018
Do let me know if you found it useful
Its been a while since I wrote about 5G security in this fast changing 5G world. If you are new to 3GPP security, you may want to start with my tutorial here.
3GPP SA3 Chairman, Anand R. Prasad recently mentioned in his LinkedIn post:
5G security specification finalized! Paving path for new business & worry less connected technology use.
3GPP SA3 delegates worked long hours diligently to conclude the specification for 5G security standard during 26 Feb.-2 Mar. Several obstacles were overcome by focussed effort of individuals & companies from around the globe. Thanks and congrats to everyone!
All together 1000s of hours of work with millions of miles of travel were spent in 1 week to get the work done. This took 8 meetings (kicked off Feb. 2017) numerous on-line meetings and conference calls.
Excited to declare that this tremendous effort led to timely completion of 5G security specification (TS 33.501) providing secure services to everyone and everything!
The latest version of specs is on 3GPP website here.
ITU also held a workshop on 5G Security in Geneva, Switzerland on 19 March 2018 (link). There were quite a few interesting presentations. Below are some slides that caught my attention.
The picture in the tweet above from China Mobile summarises the major 5G security issues very well. 5G security is going to be far more challenging than previous generations.Major 5G Security Issues via Min Zuo, China Mobile #RANSplit#NetworkSlicing#SBA#NFV#SDN#CloudComputing#MECpic.twitter.com/GD8EMNP1Fk— 3G4G (@3g4gUK) March 20, 2018
The presentation by Haiguang Wang, Huawei contained a lot of good technical information. The picture at the top is from that presentation and highlights the difference between 4G & 5G Security Architecture.
New entities have been introduced to make 5G more open.
EPS-AKA vs 5G-AKA (AKA = Authentication and Key Agreement) for trusted nodes
EAP-AKA' for untrusted nodes.
Slice security is an important topic that multiple speakers touched upon and I think it would continue to be discussed for a foreseeable future.
Dr. Stan Wing S. Wong from King’s College London has some good slides on 5G security issues arising out of Multi-Tenancy and Multi-Network Slicing.
Peter Schneider from Nokia-Bell Labs had good slides on 5G Security Overview for Programmable Cloud-Based Mobile Networks
Sander Kievit from TNO, a regular participant of working group SA3 of 3GPP on behalf of the Dutch operator KPN presented a view from 3GPP SA3 on the Security work item progress (slides). The slide above highlights the changes in 5G key hierarchy.
The ITU 5G Security Workshop Outcomes is available here.
ETSI Security Week 2018 will be held 11-15 June 2018. 5G security/privacy is one of the topics.
There is also 5GPPP Workshop on 5G Networks Security (5G-NS 2018), being held in Hamburg, Germany on August 27-30, 2018.
In the meantime, please feel free to add your comments & suggestions below.
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Sprint's Magic Ball:
magicball (based on their highly successful Magic Box) advert was really good. Here is the video:
Good to see that they managed to squeeze in references to 5G and small cells
Official site: http://newsroom.sprint.com/sprint-magic-ball.htm
T-Mobile Sidekicks Re-booted:
T-Mobile USA has consistently come up with the best tech pranks. Last year they had the OneSie with Human HotSpot and BingeOnUp the year before. This year the re-booted sidekicks was the joke of the day. The video is embedded below. As the description says, T-Mobile’s Sidekick gets a remake! Inspired by the past but stepping boldly into the future, it has revolutionary AI, headphones that double as chargers, personalized GPS guidance by John Legere, and more!
Official site: https://www.t-mobile.com/offers/sidekicks
The Chegg Osmosis Pillow:
"A top-secret team of Chegg engineers from Zurich spent two years developing a new patent-pending revolutionary proprietary method of making memory foam using special blends of matcha and lavender. Thanks to their discoveries, Chegg’s memory foam actually improves your memory. Got a final exam tomorrow? Sleep on it. Got a lab report due? Sleep on it. Need to outline your entire thesis? Sleep on it."
Official Website: https://www.chegg.com/play/memory-foam-pillow/
"Tongueprinting technology analyzes thousands of tiny bumps called papillae, as well as factors such as shape, size, and temperature to accurately identify yourself by licking your phone. This technology will be the mouthpiece of Pindrop’s latest authentication and anti-fraud solutions." Video:
Official website: https://www.pindrop.com/resources/video/video/tongueprinting/
Roku Happy Streaming Socks: "Do messy snack hands keep you from using your Roku remote? Meet the new Roku Happy Streaming Socks with built-in motion sensors, plus toe-toasting and anti-loss technology."
Official Website: https://blog.roku.com/roku-happy-streaming-socks
The other jokes were, well, not very funny but here are some worth mentioning...
Virgin Voyages Wa-Fi: "Here at Virgin Voyages we are excited to be bringing underwater WiFi, or as we call it “Wa-Fi” service, to all Virgin Voyages ships." Website: https://www.virginvoyages.com/wa-fi.html
Logitech BS Detection Software: "Today, I’m proud to announce that we are taking video calls to a whole new level with the introduction of Logitech Business Speak (BS) Detection software. Logitech BS Detection revolutionizes our meeting capabilities with built-in artificial intelligence (AI) that flags the…well…BS in business communications. "
Website: https://blog.logitech.com/2018/03/30/logitech-revolutionizes-business-communication-with-the-introduction-of-business-speak-detection-software/Eager to eliminate the BS from your meetings? If so, be sure to check out Logitech's new Business Speak Detection software, which is now available on all @LogitechVC products. Learn more here: https://t.co/XuumeDrgme. pic.twitter.com/KP2ieuCXRi— Logitech (@Logitech) April 1, 2018
Josh Ultra by Josh.Ai: https://www.cepro.com/article/josh.ai_josh_ultra_premium_voice_control
Jabra Sneakers: https://www.jabra.com/jabra-sneakers
INTRODUCING Jabra Speaker Sneaker - The world’s first stereo speakers included in footwear with voice assist. The detachable speakers ensure great sound and best of class battery life, allowing you to enjoy music all day long, wherever your feet take you. https://t.co/fO7TJp3KPppic.twitter.com/1vmul0unAA— Jabra US Team (@Jabra_US) April 1, 2018
Genetic Select by Lexus: Introducing Genetic Select by Lexus in partnership with 23andMe. The world’s first service that uses human genetics to match you with the car of your genes. http://www.lexus.com/geneticselect/
Google Maps is adding a Where’s Waldo? mini-game for the next week: Link.
Google Japan's Gboard: https://japan.googleblog.com/2018/04/tegaki.html
Google Cloud Hummus API - Find your Hummus!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_5X6N6DHyk
Tech21 Flexichoc case: https://twitter.com/Tech21Official/status/979392283106824192
Audi Downsizing Assistant: https://twitter.com/AudiOfficial/status/979991696657203201
Lego VacuSort: https://twitter.com/LEGO_Group/status/980369210789507072
Did I miss any good ones?
Got an opportunity recently to hear about the connectivity progress, challenges and issues in Africa. Agree that Africa is a very large continent with many different countries in different stages of development but it was nevertheless interesting to look at a high level picture on the progress of connectivity in the continent. The presentation by iDate Digiworld is embedded below.
Slides available from techUK website here.
CW (a.k.a. Cambridge Wireless) held a very interesting event titled 'Time for Telecoms' at the Science Museum in London. I managed to record this one talk by Prof. Andy Sutton, who has also kindly shared slides and some other papers that he mentions in his presentation. You can also see the tweets from the event on Twitter.
The video playlist and the presentation is embedded below.
The papers referred to in the presentation/video available as follows:
Last month, just before the Easter break, I along with some other SIG champions of the Future Devices & Technologies group at CW (Cambridge Wireless) organised an event titled 'Smart Devices of 2025'. Technologies are moving at such an amazing speed that it is not easy to foresee anything beyond 6-8 years. Hence 2025, 7 years from now.
As this was the inaugural event for the revamped SIG, the slides above are my quick introduction to the SIG. We not only talked about the future but we had some nice futuristic devices too. The nuFood 3D Food Printer by Dovetailed printed out some fancy toppings that could go on cheesecake and on other food, making it more appetising. Here is the video on how it works.
All the talks were very informative and very well explained. Its amazing how all of them came together to form a complete picture. The talks are all available here (limited time for non-CW members)
The starting talk by David Wood (@dw2), chair of London Futurists was not only informative and relevant to the subject being discussed but equally entertaining, especially for those who have been in the mobile industry for a long time. He has kindly agreed for me to share his slides which are embedded below.
David talks about NBIC (slide 18) and how it could be combined with Social-tech and Planetary-tech in future to do a lot more than what we can do with it today. While David explains NBIC in his slides, I found this short video on this topic that I think is worth embedding.
It was also good to hear Dr Jenny Tillotson again after a long time. I blogged about smell transmission some 6 years back here. This is something that is still work in progress and probably will be ready by 2025. In the meantime 'Context-Driven Fragrances' can be used for variety of purposes from entertainment to health.
Finally, here is another small presentation (with embedded video) on Telepresence Robots that I did.
I heard about MAMS for the first time at a Small Cell Forum event in Mumbai, slides are here for this particular presentation from Nokia.
As you can see from the slide above, MAMS can optimise inter-working of different access domains, particularly at the Edge. A recent presentation from Nokia (here) on this topic provides much more detailed insight.
From the presentation:
The slides provide much more details, including the different use cases (pic below) for integrating LTE and Wi-Fi at the Edge.
Here are the references for anyone wishing to look at this in more detail:
From a press release by NTT Group:
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT, Head Office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, President and CEO: Hiroo Unoura) has successfully demonstrated for the first time in the world 100 Gbps wireless transmission using a new principle — Orbital Angular Momentum (OAM) multiplexing — with the aim of achieving terabit-class wireless transmission to support demand for wireless communications in the 2030s. It was shown in a laboratory environment that dramatic leaps in transmission capacity could be achieved by an NTT devised system that mounts data signals on the electromagnetic waves generated by this new principle of OAM multiplexing in combination with widely used Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) technology. The results of this experiment revealed the possibility of applying this principle to large-capacity wireless transmission at a level about 100 times that of LTE and Wi-Fi and about 5 times that of 5G scheduled for launch. They are expected to contribute to the development of innovative wireless communications technologies for next-generation of 5G systems such as connected cars, virtual-reality/augmented-reality (VR/AR), high-definition video transmission, and remote medicine.
NTT is to present these results at Wireless Technology Park 2018 (WTP2018) to be held on May 23 – 25 and at the 2018 IEEE 87th Vehicular Technology Conference: VTC2018-Spring, an international conference sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to be held on June 3 – 6.
Made a short video explaining what Network In a Box is. Slides and video embedded below.
Additional requirements for an enhanced Public Warning System (ePWS) have been agreed at the recent 3GPP TSG SA#79 meeting, as an update to Technical Specification (TS) 22.268.
3GPP Public Warning Systems were first specified in Release 8, allowing for direct warnings to be sent to mobile users on conventional User Equipment (PWS-UE), capable of displaying a text-based and language-dependent Warning Notification.
Since that time, there has been a growth in the number of mobile devices with little or no user interface - including wrist bands, sensors and cameras – many of which are not able to display Warning Notifications. The recent growth in the number of IoT devices - not used by human users – also highlights the need for an alternative to text based Warning Notifications. If those devices can be made aware of the type of incident (e.g. a fire or flood) in some other way than with a text message, then they may take preventive actions (e.g. lift go to ground floor automatically).
3GPP SA1 delegates also considered how graphical symbols or images can now be used to better disseminate Warning Notifications, specifically aimed at the following categories of users:
Much of the work on enhancing the Public Warning System is set out in the ePWS requirements specification: TS 22.268 (SA1). You should also keep an eye on the 3GPP protocol specifications (CT1, Stage 3 work) in Release 16, covering:
The work on ePWS in TS 22.268 (Release 16) is expected to help manufacturers of User Equipment meet any future regulatory requirements dedicated to such products.
I recently presented my personal vision of an alternative 5G for rural communities on behalf of Parallel Wireless at the IEEE 5G Summit in Glasgow. I believe that the next few years are going to be crucial for MNOs to decide if they want to cover the rural areas or just continue to focus on built-up areas.
In some cases it may not really be worthwhile for example for a smaller operator to build a cellular IoT network as the returns may not be worth the effort and investment.
I should mention that the caveat is that a lot of alternative 5G approach in my presentation depends on at least one of the satellite megaconstellations being successfully deployed and being fully operational. I am assuming a sensible pricing would be in place anyway as the satellite operators cant keep charging whatever they want for ever.
So here is my alternative 5G vision
Slides (and pictures) are available here for anyone interested. For my slides, jump to page 244. Quite a few other good presentations on 5G too.
An article in EE times summarises this IEEE 5G conference quite well. Available here.
Presentations from the IEEE 5G Summit in Glasgow are now available online - https://t.co/rjvjrq2m0o@EEEStrathclyde@5GIEEE#IEEE5G - Here is a bonus 5G Elephant by Rahim Tafazolli from @Surrey5GICpic.twitter.com/wi2HXtCxEB— 3G4G (@3g4gUK) May 31, 2018
Let me know your thoughts.
An interesting presentation by Patrick Lopez, VP Networks Innovation, Telefónica at NFV & Zero Touch World Congress 2018 about how and why Telefónica is moving to open source. Slides and video embedded below
Continuing on the theme of Open Source from last week's post from Telefonica, lets look at the CORD by ONF.
The CORD (Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter) platform leverages SDN, NFV and Cloud technologies to build agile datacenters for the network edge. Integrating multiple open source projects, CORD delivers a cloud-native, open, programmable, agile platform for network operators to create innovative services.
CORD provides a complete integrated platform, integrating everything needed to create a complete operational edge datacenter with built-in service capabilities, all built on commodity hardware using the latest in cloud-native design principles.
The video above from MWC 2018 is a very short summary of what ONF and CORD is. The video below from OCP Telecom Workshop at the Big Communications Event (BCE) on May 14th, 2018 in Austin, Texas looks at CORD in detail.
Before we start, the official site for the report is here. You can jump directly to the PDF here. Ericsson will also be holding a webinar on this topic on 19 June, you can register here.
Many things to note above. There is still a big part of the world which is unconnected and most of the connectivity being talked about is population based coverage. While GSM/EDGE-only subscriptions are declining, many smartphone users are still camped on to GSM/EDGE for significant time.
While smartphones are growing, feature phones are not far behind. Surprisingly, Reliance Jio has become a leader of 4G feature phones.
My analysis from the developing world shows that many users are getting a GSM feature phone as a backup for when smartphone runs out of power.
Mobile subscriptions worldwide outlook
The report describes "A 5G subscription is counted as such when associated with a device that supports NR as specified in 3GPP Release 15, connected to a 5G-enabled network." which is a good approach but does not talk about 5G availability. My old question (tweet below) on "How many 5G sites does an operator have to deploy so that they can say they have 5G?" is still waiting for an answer.
Question: How many 5G sites does an operator have to deploy so that they can say they have 5G?— Zahid Ghadialy (@zahidtg) October 18, 2017
5G device outlook
Qualcomm has made a good progress (video) on this front and there are already test modems available for 5G. I wont be surprised with the launch. It would remain to be seen what will be the price point and demand for these 5G data-only devices. The Register put it quite bluntly about guinea pigs here. I am also worried about the misleading 5G claims (see here).
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) outlook
Back in 2011, I suggested the following (tweet below)
Looks like things haven't changed significantly. There are still many low end devices that do not support VoLTE and many operators dont support VoLTE on BYOD. VoLTE has been much harder than everyone imagined it to be.Soon = before 2015. Ideally, if its working then never, until forced - RT @Gabeuk: I suspect VoLTE adoption will pick-up briskly in 2013.— Zahid Ghadialy (@zahidtg) July 13, 2011
Mobile subscriptions worldwide by region
I think that for some regions these predictions may be a bit optimistic. Many operators are struggling with finance and revenue, especially as the pricing going down due to intense competition. It would be interesting to see how these numbers hold up next year.
While China has been added to North-East Asia, it may be a useful exercise to separate it. Similarly Middle East should be separated from Africa as the speed of change is going to be significantly different.
Mobile data Traffic Growth and Outlook
This is one of the toughest areas of prediction as there are a large number of factors affecting this from pricing to devices and applications.
Quiz question: Do you remember which year did data traffic overtake voice traffic? Answer here (external link to avoid spoilers)
Mobile traffic by application category
It would have been interesting if games were a separate category. Not sure if it has been lumped with Video/Audio or in Other segments.
IoT connections outlook
It is important to look at the following 2 definitions though.
Short-range IoT: Segment that largely consists of devices connected by unlicensed radio technologies, with a typical range of up to 100 meters, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Zigbee. This category also includes devices connected over fixed-line local area networks and powerline technologies
Wide-area IoT: Segment consisting of devices using cellular connections, as well as unlicensed low-power technologies, such as Sigfox and LoRa
A lot of work needs to be done in this area to improve coverage in rural and remote locations.
I will leave this post at this point. The report also contains details on Network Evolution, Network Performance, Smart Manufacturing, etc. You can read it from the report.