Cisco has introduced its new NFV Infrastructure Solution (NFVI), combining virtual and physical environments, and providing all the necessary compute, storage, and networking infrastructure to run NFV network services.

The new NFV Infrastructure complements existing virtualization solutions like the Cisco Virtualized Packet Core (VPC), which provides network functions as virtualized services. It combines all mobile packet core services for 4G, 3G, 2G, Wi-Fi, and small cell networks into a single solution.

Cisco said the solution will help further simplify and automate service providers’ NFV operations and can lower the cost of network ownership by as much as 40 percent by improving operations, increasing security and simplifying customer support.

Ericsson announced the integration of Ericsson Cloud Manager with Ericsson SDN Controller to orchestrate service and cloud infrastructure management, and to provide Network Function Virtualization (NFV) management and SDN control in a single solution.

The integration provides operators a cost-effective transition to virtualization by enabling management of hybrid environments from a single control point. End-to-end virtual and physical resources are automatically orchestrated across business, service and network layers, whether owned or accessed by third parties. Operators can access network services and virtual network functions in distributed clouds connected over SDN-enabled and other traditional networks, and orchestrate the provisioning, activation, optimization and decommissioning of cloud infrastructure resources and network connectivity from one system.  SDN controller is a commercial version of OpenDaylight SDN controller, a northbound API of Ericsson SDN controller product.

The solution is in trials with South Korean wireless operator LG Uplus as part of its 5G and Internet of Things network evolution strategy.

Qualcomm Incorporated, through its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and Ericsson announced their collaboration on 5G technology development, early interoperability testing and coordination on select initiatives with leading mobile operators. The companies will engage in early trials and verification of key 5G technology components to support the technical work required for 3GPP standardization in Release 15, which is expected to be completed in 2018. In order to enable standards-compliant 5G infrastructure and devices to be available shortly after the completion of Release 15, the companies are also driving interoperability in alignment with 3GPP to enable rapid adoption of new 5G standards.

Huawei and Korean operator LG Uplus announced their joint success in trials of LG Uplus’s 4T4R network, which will be commercially launched in March. 4T4R is the key technology of the 4.5G network, and its commercial deployment is a concrete step into the 4.5G era.

Huawei said testing on the LG Uplus live network has demonstrated that while 4T4R network capacity is 20 percent greater for 2T2R mobile phones, it reaches an 80 percent improvement for 4T4R mobile phones.

Earlier this week, Huawei and Deutsche Telekom demonstrated 5G end-to-end network slicing. The demonstration was mean to validate network slicing technology, which can create network slice on demand in each given application scenario with high flexibility and efficiency for the future-coming diversity 5G applications.

Sierra Wireless announced that Parkeon, a parking, transit and urban mobility solutions company, has selected Sierra Wireless AirPrime HL Series embedded modules to enable cellular connectivity in smart parking deployments worldwide.

The HL Series modules provide scalability across 2G, 3G and 4G technologies, and allow for worldwide deployments by enabling a path to LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) network connectivity and low power consumption for solar-powered parking meters.

The next-generation smart parking kiosks from Parkeon are already being deployed in North America and Europe. Businesses within the vicinity of Parkeon’s smart parking kiosks can offer customized coupons and special deals, creating new revenue streams, and citizens have a more convenient way of paying their fines. Parkeon also introduced a mobile parking service through its Whoosh! app, allowing citizens to pay for parking through their phones, tablets, or computers.

China Mobile launched its 5G Joint Innovation Center project at the GTI Summit 2016, which was held during the World Mobile Congress (WMC) in Barcelona, Spain on Tuesday.

China Mobile supports GTI in driving the global deployment of TD-LTE and the converged development of FDD/TDD and will actively promote roaming of 4G and VoLTE. It will develop dedicated networks for the Internet of Things and aims to develop 100 million IoT connections in 2016. The company expects to increase the maturity of narrow-band IoT (NB-IOT) and strives to commercialize it in 2017.

The telecom company also announced its business targets of reaching 1.40 million TD-LTE base stations, selling 330 million 4G devices and expanding the 4G subscriber base to over 500 million by the end of 2016. According to Shang Bing, Chairman of China Mobile, the company has already deployed 1.10 million TD-LTE base stations as of the end of 2015, covering over 1.2 billion population and has achieved 4G roaming with 114 countries and regions.

Baicells has launched its new mini base station, dubbed the elfCell. As an indoor small cell, elfCell uses the FSM90xx chipsets, a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and integrates baseband, RF and antenna. Baicells said the elfCell is about the size of a human palm and is meant to help improve indoor coverage in enterprise and residential settings.

Ethertronics, a provider of ultra-high performance smart antenna system solutions, announced it has expanded its portfolio of active antenna RF switches with linearity for LTE smartphones, devices and other Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The fully integrated switch solutions support high data rates and broad frequency ranges. Available today, the EC686 and EC646 are designed to meet the market demand for smart Active Steering antenna systems.

Gemalto, a provider of digital security, and Jasper, a global Internet of Things (IoT) platform company, announced a partnership to simplify global deployment of IoT devices and services through on-demand subscription management. Integrating Jasper’s IoT service platform with Gemalto’s LinqUs On-Demand Connectivity, customers can provision and manage subscriptions on devices remotely via a single embedded SIM (eSIM), resulting in more efficient and cost-effective deployment models while enabling rapid distribution and device activation.

Nokia is deploying its IP portfolio - including core and virtualized routers - at the core and peering layers of the Telefonica network, the companies announced. The deployment will be managed by the Nokia 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM) and the Nokia 5650 Control Plane Assurance Manager (CPAM), which minimizes control plane misconfigurations, malfunctions and undetected routing updates. The single, converged network will boost performance for residential, mobile and business services, and set the stage for future advanced services.

Dali Wireless, Inc., a provider of advanced all-digital RF routers, unveiled its new Dali Matrix Public Safety (PS) product, a modular platform which allows public safety operators and system integrators to meet today’s voice and data requirements, while providing a seamless migration path to address evolving public safety broadband requirements including LTE, and FirstNet in the U.S. and  Emergency Services Network (ESN) in the U.K. 

Matrix PS is a next generation public safety solution that transcends the traditional RF-over-fiber analog DAS or Bi-Directional Amplifiers (BDAs). With digital signal processing and software re-configurability, Matrix PS enables a unified broadband/narrowband communications infrastructure supporting the interoperability of Land Mobile Radios (LMRs) and broadband systems like LTE and Wi-Fi.