Ericsson and Qualcomm collaborate on early 5G interop tests; Baicells launches palm-sized small cell

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> Qualcomm Technologies and Ericsson announced their collaboration on 5G technology development, early interoperability testing and coordination on select initiatives with leading mobile operators. Release

> Industry analyst Roger Entner sees a long road ahead to 5G. Wireless Week article

> The European Telecommunications Standards Institute said it has begun work on using open source software for management and orchestration of network functions virtualization in connection with its NFV Industry Specification Group. RCR Wireless article

> Baicells launched the palm-sized elfCell, an indoor small cell that uses the FSM90xx chipsets from Qualcomm Technologies and integrates baseband, RF and antenna. Release

> According to Sweden's TeliaSonera, virtualization technologies, and not just a new radio interface, will be needed to support a number of critical services that operators will deploy on their future 5G networks. Light Reading article

> Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) teamed up with Telefónica to introduce a solution for eSIM management in the consumer sector. Release

> Telefónica selected Ericsson as one of the main global partners in its cloud-based virtualization project. Release

> Cisco and Ericsson formally announced two deals at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week: Aster and 3 Italia. SDX Central article

> Openwave Mobility announced the release of an upgrade to Secure Traffic Manager. Release

And finally… Avast set up rogue hotspots at Mobile World Congress, and the results won't surprise you. Article