News of Note—Vodafone Spain confirms 5G 2020 plans; Skyhook’s work with Qualcomm, plus more

news of note
Vodafone Spain confirmed plans to launch commercial 5G services in the European country in 2020. (Pixabay)

Here are some other stories we’re following today:

> Vodafone Spain confirmed plans to launch commercial 5G services in the European country in 2020. RCR News article

> Skyhook Wireless announced that it is working closely with Qualcomm Technologies to bring Wi-Fi positioning and location-assistance services based on Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear platforms. Release 

> UbiquitiLink sent a prototype satellite into space which works like a cell tower and can provide coverage to any device in areas where terrestrial tower signals are not available, a move it believes will be particularly useful in times of emergency. Mobile World Live article

> Banning Chinese equipment vendors from participating in Europe's 5G markets would result in a two-year delay to the rollout of 5G services, according to Vodafone CEO Nick Read. Light Reading article

> Nokia and Vodafone are demonstrating two massive Multiple Input Multiple Output (mMIMO) innovations at Mobile World Congress 2019, jointly showcasing how 5G services can be delivered using low power, compact form factor and more easily deployed RFIC based mMIMO antennas. Release

> Australian service provider Telstra and Ericsson announced their partnership to deliver IoT connectivity to global enterprises by integrating Ericsson’s Connectivity Management services from Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator solution (previously Device Connection Platform) into Telstra’s IoT solution and mobile network. Release

> In what’s billed as a Mobile World Congress Barcelona exclusive and in advance of the release of Sony Pictures’ "Spider-Man: Far From Home" movie, Nokia and Intel are giving attendees a VR experience powered by 5G. Release

Read more on

Suggested Articles

While not an infrastructure vendor itself, Qualcomm is focusing more attention on the radio access network (RAN).

Ligado Networks says it has raised nearly $4 billion in new capital, enabling the company to take a “major step” toward realizing its 5G plans.

The FCC estimates that at least 41% of all calls on or to T-Mobile’s network failed during the 12-hour June outage, including 23,621 calls to 911.