Tag: 5G Network

Apple’s settlement with Qualcomm was inevitable — thanks to 5G

While virtually everyone was caught off guard by Apple’s decision yesterday to settle its two-year-long global legal battle with Qualcomm, it’s been obvious for over a year that settlement was inevitable — thanks largely to 5G. If you’ve been following our 5G coverage, the clues were all there. Apple isn’t just one of the world’s largest […]

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China joins 5G race with 8K 3D livestream of 30,000-person marathon

While U.S. and South Korean wireless carriers have already launched early commercial 5G cellular networks, Chinese carriers are still running tests and setting up infrastructure ahead of launches. In an atypically wide public demonstration of what 5G will make possible for virtual reality livestreams, carrier China Unicom used a 45-kilometer 5G network to broadcast a […]

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T-Mobile promises 5G will cover 99% of California homes after Sprint merger

While T-Mobile’s merger with Sprint continues to await final federal regulatory approvals — notably focusing on whether the $26 billion deal will decrease cellular competition — California has negotiated written guarantees that the carriers will dramatically improve their coverage in the state, including 5G coverage for 99% of California households. The only obstacle: California’s Public […]

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Rogers bets $1.7 billion on 600MHz for Canadian 5G, mirroring T-Mobile

Stop us if you’ve heard this before: rather than peppering a handful of cities with short-distance, super-fast millimeter wave 5G hardware, a major cellular carrier will blanket a large country with long-distance, slower 600MHz towers to establish nationwide coverage. Third-place U.S. carrier T-Mobile pioneered that approach last year, and now top Canadian wireless carrier Rogers says […]

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Samsung shirks early adopters’ Galaxy S10 5G complaints

Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G may have won bragging rights as the world’s first completely integrated 5G smartphone, but now it’s facing some serious performance complaints — problems switching between 5G and LTE networks, lower than expected speeds, and limited 5G coverage, Business Korea reports today. Compounding the problem, Samsung and three South Korean carriers are […]

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Japan allocates 5G spectrum to carriers, blocks Huawei and ZTE gear

(Reuters) — Japan’s telcos were formally allocated 5G spectrum by regulators on Wednesday, a major milestone ahead of the launch of high-speed wireless services next spring. The three big carriers — NTT Docomo, KDDI and SoftBank — along with new entrant Rakuten, received spectrum from the telecoms ministry. The technology, which can provide data speeds […]

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Swisscom debuts Europe’s first commercial 5G service with May phone launch

Now that commercial 5G networks have launched in North America and Asia, it’s Europe’s turn, and Swisscom is preparing to lead the continent with 5G deployments in Switzerland this year. Today, Swisscom and Qualcomm separately trumpeted what the latter characterized as Europe’s “first-announced commercial services” for 5G, the latest milestone in the rollout of 5G networks […]

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LG says V50 ThinQ 5G will customize AI services using on-device data

LG’s upcoming V50 ThinQ 5G is about to hit stores as a more affordable alternative to Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G, but it will have more than just aggressive pricing on its side. According to the Korea Herald, the company said today that the V50 will include new, personally tailored AI services that rely on the […]

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AT&T expands 5G+ network to California, Austin, Nashville, and Orlando

AT&T has just expanded the footprint of its bona-fide 5G network, known as 5G+, to seven additional cities. The new 5G spots include some of California’s most populous areas — Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose — plus the tourist destination Orlando, Florida, the city of Nashville, Tennessee, and Austin, Texas. This […]

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South Korea rushes 5G launch to beat Verizon, claims first subscribers

Although Verizon appeared yesterday to have beaten three South Korean cellular carriers in the race to commercialize mobile 5G, last-minute maneuvering in two time zones means it could come down to a photo finish. In a late night press release, SK Telecom says it activated 5G service for six Korean celebrities at 11 p.m. Wednesday […]

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C Spire attacks T-Mobile’s rural 5G plan as nebulous and implausible

As the sixth-largest U.S. cellular carrier, C Spire has only 1.2 million mostly rural customers compared with the 127 million that a “New T-Mobile” would have after merging with Sprint, but that isn’t stopping the smaller company from opposing the merger. In a new filing with the FCC, C Spire says the larger carrier doesn’t […]

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U.S. Cellular’s rural 5G service will use 600MHz and old 4G spectrum

U.S. Cellular, the fifth-largest wireless carrier in the United States, plans to launch 5G services in key markets this year and says it will leverage underappreciated 5G technologies in an effort to improve service for rural customers. The carrier will focus on relatively low-frequency radio spectra that larger rivals Verizon and AT&T have downplayed in […]

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Report: Verizon 5G Home service too expensive to scale, attracts few users

Verizon may have been the world’s first major carrier to launch a commercial 5G network, but a new report suggests that its 5G Home service isn’t practically scalable — its short-range 5G “small cells” are expensive to install, reach too few customers, and might not be economically feasible for a nationwide rollout. That’s the harsh […]

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Samsung Galaxy S10 5G peaks at 2.7Gbps in South Korea, U.S. speed unknown

Samsung’s introduction of the Galaxy S10 5G last month was a somewhat curious affair. The fourth model looked a little different from the S10e, S10, and S10+, but Samsung made no commitments to how its namesake 5G feature would perform. Today, we’re beginning to get a sense of the phone’s top speeds, though they’ll likely […]

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Verizon’s mobile 5G arrives April 11 with $85-$105 ‘unlimited’ service

After months of teases and relatively few details, Verizon today confirmed both a date and pricing for the launch of its mobile 5G service. The U.S. carrier will offer “unlimited” service in Chicago, Illinois and Minneapolis, Minnesota for between $85 and $105 per month, a premium of $10 over prior 4G/LTE prices, starting on April […]

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Microsoft says 5G’s killer app is always-connected PCs — it’s wrong

Microsoft isn’t great at picking new technologies. From Windows Mobile, Tablet PC and Zune to Windows Phone, HoloLens, and Band, the company often comes close to identifying big tech trends, but rarely hits the nail right on the head. As the world eagerly awaits the first 5G smartphones, Microsoft is betting that something else will […]

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Intel kills 5G deal with China’s Unigroup over U.S. security concerns

Intel has halted a long-term plan to share 5G modem technology with a Chinese government-backed chipmaker, due in part to concerns over recent U.S. tensions with China, Nikkei reports. The deal was previously expected to expand Intel’s opportunities in China’s growing market, while aiding the Chinese government’s plans to develop its own chip industry. Following […]

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T-Mobile delays 5G launch until second half of 2019, blames hardware

Shortly after Sprint announced today that it will begin rolling out its commercial 5G services in May 2019, its intended merger partner T-Mobile told Cnet that it has been forced to delay its own 5G rollout until the second half of the year — an issue it attributes to the lack of compatible 5G hardware for its […]

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Sprint will launch 4-city 5G network in May, add 5 more cities by June

Sprint’s commercial 5G network will officially launch across four U.S. cities in May, with five additional cities commencing service by the end of June, the carrier announced today. Technically, the 5G service is already live for testing in Chicago, Illinois, but average users won’t be able to access the network until the formal launches. In […]

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