19 Vol. 40 No. 3 - August 2018 Issue industry news For more information, see www.airband.co.uk two categories in the ISPA (Internet Service Provider Awards) which took place on 12 July 2018 . Airband was founded in 2009 by husband and wife team, Redmond and Miranda Peel. During the last three years, it has won a string of national and regional awards for its work delivering superfast broadband projects worth £23 million to at least 34,000 homes and businesses in rural and hard-to-reach areas across England and Wales, where a traditional fibre solution cannot be used. Airband director, Red Peel, commented: “We’re delighted to have won these prestigious National Family Business Awards. In the post-Brexit world, tech- focused innovation is even more of a game-changer for British business. Broadband is regarded as the fourth utility service but large swathes of rural areas have poor or intermittent service. Robust rural broadband needs a blend of different technologies and we’re proud to be playing our part in creating the best possible infrastructure for rural broadband, using innovative and effective solutions.” Some of the Airband team at the National Family Business Awards, L-R: Richard Blackburn, acquisitions manager; Kam Sandhu, engineer support; Pete Butler, site manager; Philippa Blackburn, office manager; Kyla Butler, finance manager. At the fourth annual Asia-Pacific Spectrum Management conference, Huawei unveiled that continuous large bandwidth (100MHz per operator) has become a trend to drive future 5G business success. In a conference keynote, Du Yeqing, Vice President of Huawei’s 5G product line, said, "C-band is the golden spectrum for 5G. It has been released or will be released for operators in countries worldwide. Continuous large bandwidth (100MHz per operator) will be the cornerstone for 5G business success.” He noted that continuous large bandwidth will improve both investment efficiency and user experience by ten times and promote MBB to new heights, so that users can enjoy high- quality services anytime and anywhere. Du added that the current focus of 5G is to coordinate C-band spectrum planning, but that other key technologies and requirements must not be overlooked. For example, uplink-downlink de-coupling can reduce the number of sites and associated costs by enabling 5G deployment on existing 2G/3G/4G spectrums and allow continuous coverage on C-band. On top of that, 5G networks require precise synchronisation, reduced interference, less spectrum isolation and higher spectral efficiency. Huawei unveils importance of C-Band 100MHz/operator for 5G business success Du Yeqing, Vice President of Huawei’s 5G product line, delivered the Keynote speech at the conference