• Nokia, KDDI trial fully virtualised 5G cloud RAN

    Aiming to add further support for its operator clients migrating to the next-generation infrastructure, communications technology supplier Nokia has revealed that it is working with leading Japanese mobile operator KDDI on a proof of concept (PoC) of a fully virtualised cloud 5G radio access network (RAN).

    The planned lab-based PoC will use Nokia’s AirScale All-in-Cloud BTS solution to enable KDDI to research how flexible, virtualised radio network technology can support the diversifying network performance requirements in the 5G era.

    AirScale All-in-Cloud BTS is a fully cloudified 5G BTS, placing both the real-time and non-real-time baseband in the cloud. Virtualised real-time

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  • Government eyes virtual reality projects with new funding

    Virtual reality (VR) technology is among the areas the UK government is interested in as new funding was announced to support innovations arising from the Covid-19 outbreak.

    Additional funding of £20m takes investment in the Fast Start competition, which was launched in April 2020 in response to the coronavirus and is being managed by Innovate UK, to £40m. This is part of a wider investment package of £1.25bn to foster innovative UK businesses, announced by chancellor Rishi Sunak on 20 April 2020.

    “The coronavirus crisis has created challenges that impact the way we live, work and travel, but

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  • SAS seizes World Bee Day to promote analytics

    Data analytics supplier SAS alighted on World Bee Day today to promote three projects related to the honey-making pollinator.

    Firstly, the company said it had decoded bee communication through machine learning in order to maximise bee food access and boost human food supplies.

    The second project it highlighted was what it described as a “non-invasive way to monitor real-time conditions of beehives through auditory data and machine learning algorithms”.

    The third project was a World Bee Count project, undertaken with Appalachian State University, aimed at visualising world bee population data. 

    Oliver Schabenberger, COO and CTO of SAS, said in a

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