TIM has launched an "intelligent" 4G network based on cloud RAN and offering widespread LTE-Advanced coverage and higher upload and download speeds.
Ericsson and Vodafone have developed a proof of concept of a 5G network, and demonstrated how innovations such as network slicing and distributed cloud technology will bring greater efficiencies to industrial processes.
Spectrum was in the spotlight at the 5G World event this week, with questions raised about whether the current methods of allocation were fit for purpose.
Ericsson has used this week's 5G World Summit to make a wave of announcements spanning next generation demonstrations and NB-IoT developments, including a transcontinental 5G trial network.
Standards body 3GPP has agreed on a plan for Release 15, the first set of 5G specifications, with requirements for new kinds of radio to be agreed upon by September.
Nokia and Ericsson are going toe to toe at this week's 5G World event in London, demonstrating centimetre wave tech and remote surgery.
Qualcomm has announced a 5G prototype radio system and trial platform, which runs in sub-6GHz bands.
Telefónica has signed its second 5G memorandum of understanding in as many days, partnering with ZTE on next generation research.
The world of crowdsourcing has been a fixture of the technology world for some time now but TIM has argued that 5G will see a network built according to the demands of its customers, rather than vendors.
Huawei is working with Telefónica on researching next generation radio access networks, in the latest operator and vendor collaboration on 5G.
MegaFon has demonstrated speeds of more than 1GBps through a mix of carrier aggregation and MIMO, as well as signed a data collection deal with Russia's largest energy grid operator Rosseti.
Swisscom and Ericsson are getting set for the new mobile generation with their '5G for Switzerland' program, along with academic partner, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).
Ericsson has launched a range of "5G plug-ins" to help operators launch the likes of driverless buses and fibre-quality wireless ahead of the launch of next generation network.
Ericsson has consolidated its 5G presence in Germany and completed a proof of concept on how network slicing can improve 5G networks.
KPN, Vodafone, Ericsson and Huawei have joined a Dutch project aimed at developing 5G within the Netherlands.
TIM and Ericsson have launched a 5G for Italy project, which unites industries, public sector organisations, universities, research centres, and small and medium enterprises to develop and test new services.
Nokia and Sprint will deliver 4K quality video over a live 5G network at a sports stadium in the United States.
5G in Europe could be held back by a lack of M&A activity across the continent, Orange has said, as telcos struggle to gain the scale to fully invest in new technology.
Open source technology will play a critical role in the development of 5G standards and technology, the NGMN has claimed.
MTS is expected to deploy a 5G test network during the World Cup in 2018, after signing a collaboration agreement with Nokia.
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