Tag: 5G networks

Qualcomm: 5G will cover major metros in 2020, developing countries in 2021

Speaking at Qualcomm’s 2019 Analyst Day in New York City, Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon today offered a comprehensive visual roadmap for the global rollout of 5G networks, including country-by-country assessments of readiness. Amon notably suggested that the company expects 5G to become broadly available across major metropolitan areas in 2020, then spread thoroughly throughout developing […]

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FCC approves T-Mobile-Sprint merger after rapid 5G coverage pledges

Following an October vote that signaled partisan support for the deal, T-Mobile’s proposed merger with Sprint today officially won the backing of the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC rested its decision heavily on the carriers’ pledges to offer 5G service to 97% of the American population within three years, and 99% within six years, a move […]

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China launches national 5G, promises 50 cities by end of 2019

Confirming data plan price leaks by China Mobile and its rivals earlier this week, China’s top three cellular carriers have officially commenced commercial 5G data services today, with aggressively priced data plans. Each of the carriers has launched in a strong initial collection of cities, with a promise to cover as many as 50 locations by year’s […]

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Huawei’s new 5G base stations claim faster sub-6GHz uploads and downloads

While U.S. cellular providers have largely focused on rolling out 5G using short-distance, high-performance millimeter wave radios, carriers in Europe and Asia have initially launched 5G using “sub-6GHz” frequencies — mid-band radio channels that send signals over longer distances while giving up raw speed. But Huawei has been working to reduce the performance gap between […]

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SureCall reveals first FCC-compliant 5G mmWave cellular signal booster

If you’ve heard of millimeter wave 5G transmitters — the key enabler of next-generation cellular networks — you’re probably aware that they offer super fast speeds and ultra-low latency, but operate over relatively short distances and have difficulty penetrating certain types of glass and building materials. To improve 5G performance, SureCall today announced the first […]

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Deutsche Telekom, Covestro, and UID create artistic 5G mmWave antennas

One of the biggest challenges faced by cellular carriers in the 5G era has been winning public approval for the numerous “small cells” required by ultra-high speed millimeter wave networks — the cells often look like plastic pizza boxes or backpacks, and often need to be placed every 600 feet in urban surroundings. Now T-Mobile’s […]

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RootMetrics: Early U.S. 5G speeds crush 4G, but lag behind South Korea

Measuring the performance of early 5G networks in the United States isn’t simple — high-speed towers can be tricky to find even in carriers’ first “5G cities” — but once the data’s been gathered, it’s pretty easy to understand. After canvassing three such cities, mobile industry testing firm RootMetrics reports today that initial U.S. 5G […]

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GSMA: North America will lead Asia and Europe in 5G use

The future looks bright for 5G across the world, but particularly in North America, which is poised to generate record revenues for service providers for the foreseeable future. That’s the key takeaway from a just-published report by mobile industry group GSMA, which forecasts dramatic growth in mobile data use through 2025, when nearly half of […]

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Germany allows Huawei to supply 5G tower gear, citing costs and timing

(Reuters) — Germany has finalized rules for the build-out of 5G mobile networks that, in a snub to the United States, will not exclude China’s Huawei Technologies. Government officials confirmed that Germany’s so-called security catalog foresaw an evaluation of technical and other criteria, but that no single vendor would be barred in order to create […]

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NTT Docomo’s bullet train mmWave 5G test speeds past 1Gbps

One of the few remaining questions regarding millimeter wave-based 5G networks is whether they’ll be able to deliver cellular service to fast-moving vehicles such as cars, subway trains, and conventional trains. The answer is “yes,” suggests top Japanese carrier NTT Docomo, which today announced successful completion of an impressive stress test: a multi-base station hand-off […]

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Qualcomm shares a practical, compelling vision for 5G’s first 5 years

Qualcomm executives and engineering teams offered countless details at a day-long “Future of 5G” event yesterday, but there was one overarching theme: As the first year of 5G comes to an end, the second year will be all about expansion, and exciting plans are already in place for the following few years. In other words, […]

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Money is on 5G and mobile as the future of the gaming industry (VB Live)

Presented by TreasureData The gaming industry is at a turning point. Learn how advances in mobile gaming, the integration of AR in real-world environments, the growth of streaming audiences, and 5G is about to transform the gaming world when you catch up on this VB Live event.  Access for free on demand right here. Industry […]

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Korea’s KT offers 5G roaming in China, Finland, Italy, and Switzerland

Coinciding with a milestone — successfully signing up 1 million of its own 5G customers — South Korean carrier KT announced (via MobileWorldLive) that it’s expanding its already impressive unlimited 5G service plan, enabling its users to access 5G networks in China, Finland, Italy, and Switzerland. The multi-carrier deal demonstrates the rapidly widening growth of […]

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Qualcomm pays TDK $3.1 billion to fully own 5G RF front-end venture

One of Qualcomm’s important but under-appreciated 5G business areas, RF front-end (RFFE) development, is about to come fully in-house thanks to a multi-billion-dollar deal announced this morning. The San Diego company says that it’s paying $3.1 billion to buy TDK’s remaining interest in an RFFE-focused joint venture called RF360 Holdings, a deal that will enable […]

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At Qualcomm, 5G is headed everywhere and into virtually everything

It was easy to call 5G inevitable. Whatever it was, some next-generation cellular technology was certain to follow 2G, 3G, and 4G into the mainstream of global life. It was harder to predict that 5G will be omnipresent. Up until two years ago, the very idea that cellular technology would soon make its way into […]

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Samsung debuts Exynos 980, a single-chip 5G modem, CPU, and GPU

As first- and second-generation 5G devices make their way into stores, chipmakers are already working on third-generation 5G chips that are more tightly integrated into their CPUs and GPUs. Today, Samsung announced that its first all-in-one processor and 5G modem, Exynos 980, will begin mass production by the end of 2019, setting the stage for […]

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U.K. may fight 5G rural dead zones with tall countryside towers

If debates over the increased presence of 5G “small cells” in suburban and urban areas weren’t enough, a new round of 5G tower expansion — in rural areas — may cement the next-generation cellular technology as the most controversial in memory. Officials in the United Kingdom today advanced proposals that would allow carriers to upgrade […]

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Apple reportedly halts peer-to-peer iPhone walkie-talkie project

Apple has reportedly paused work on an innovative project that would have enabled new iPhones to serve as peer-to-peer walkie-talkies for communication, even when they’re outside of cellular tower range. The Information said today that Apple was planning to include the feature in a next-generation Intel modem that was canceled earlier this year, leading to […]

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Vietnam’s top carriers avoid Huawei 5G gear, citing security concerns

Concerns over the security of Huawei 5G networking hardware have spread to an unexpected country — Vietnam — where mobile carriers are reportedly excluding the embattled Chinese company’s gear from their launch of 5G services. Top carrier Viettel has instead selected Ericsson, Nokia, and Qualcomm 5G components, Bloomberg reports, citing network safety rather than political […]

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High prices and 5G extend the U.S. smartphone replacement cycle to 33 months

If smartphone sales have indeed plateaued over the past year or so, the reason is becoming increasingly clear: More U.S. users are hanging onto their devices for nearly three full years rather than upgrading on an annual or biannual basis. That’s the key takeaway from a new Strategy Analytics survey today, which appears to confirm […]

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The FCC says 5G is safe, but that won’t stop conspiracy theorists

Most of the scientific community has already concluded that the latest generation of cellular technology, 5G, is at least as safe to human health as the 2G, 3G, and 4G technologies that became globally ubiquitous over the past two decades. But once radio emissions safety questions were raised in the United States, the Federal Communications Commission […]

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Vodafone’s deals with Telefonica and TIM show how 5G will quickly expand

If you’ve ever experienced terrible cell service despite paying $40 to $80 per line per month, you probably aren’t inclined to shed a tear for cellular carriers that claim to be too cash-strapped to improve their network coverage without assistance. But as 5G networks roll out across the world, carriers are openly struggling with the […]

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NYT: 5G health fears stem from inaccurate, debunked claims

If anything had the potential to delay or derail the rollouts of new 5G cellular networks, it was a series of claims that the technology’s higher-frequency wireless signals might threaten human health. But those claims are “wrong,” the New York Times reports, and based on the work of two scientists whose views were debunked — […]

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