Tag: 5G networks

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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Researchers create tiny ‘beyond 5G’ chip for 100GHz data transmission

Fifth-generation cellular networks and devices are still in the earliest stages of launching across the world, but research on the next generation — 6G — is already underway. Today, researchers at the University of California, Irvine’s Nanoscale Communication Integrated Circuits Labs announced that they’ve created a tiny radio chip that can send and receive data in […]

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5G RailNext wins grant to bring AR to South Korean and U.K. subways

Subways are fertile ground for sci-fi movies, serving as perfect backdrops to reveal the mass adoption of futuristic technologies. Now the United Kingdom and South Korea are preparing to turn subway science fiction into fact, using 5G cellular technology to bring augmented and mixed reality content into their metro systems, with the potential to expand to […]

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Homeland Security Committee head seeks greater U.S. role in 5G standards

(Reuters) — A Republican lawmaker on Monday introduced legislation to boost the presence of U.S. firms in global industry standards bodies to combat China’s rising influence in next-generation 5G cellular network technology. The bill, from U.S. Representative Michael McCaul of Texas, presses the secretary of state to boost the “representation and leadership” of the United […]

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FCC will auction 2.5GHz spectrum for 5G, remove education requirements

(Reuters) — The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday voted 3-2 to auction a key band of underused 2.5 GHz spectrum to help advance next-generation 5G wireless networks and scrap requirements that it be used for education. The mid-band spectrum was reserved in the 1960s for what is now known as the Educational Broadband Service. […]

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India doubts Huawei’s 5G security promises, but U.K. carriers all buy in

Nonstop controversy over the security of Huawei’s 5G gear has left India uncertain about whether to allow the Chinese network hardware provider to participate in next-generation Indian cellular systems, but apparently hasn’t dissuaded U.K.-based carriers, according to a pair of new reports. The news suggests Huawei may yet wriggle free of U.S. government restraints and […]

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Building the mobile carrier of the future with AI

Presented by fonYou While we are in the midst of one of the most exciting times in telecommunications history — driven by things like 5G, Wi-Fi 6, virtualization, and transformation of networks – it’s easy to focus on what the future might bring, as opposed to what operator networks are already capable of doing today. […]

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Deutsche Telekom debuts 5G in Germany as Vodafone UK offers unlimited plans

Europe may have lagged behind the United States and South Korea in early 5G network launches due to regulatory hurdles, but top carriers are now making up for lost time with aggressive moves across the continent. In Germany, Deutsche Telekom unexpectedly commenced commercial 5G service in two cities today, while rival Vodafone announced unlimited 4G/5G service […]

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Opensignal: Early 5G delivers 112Mbps average and 988Mbps peak speeds

Though several of the world’s earliest next-generation cellular carriers have revealed their peak 5G network speeds, others have relied on vague promises of “blazing fast” performance to set customer expectations. Today, crowdsourced network coverage service Opensignal is actually quantifying early 5G service performance in the first country with “widespread 5G adoption” — South Korea — […]

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FCC will vote July 10 on reallocating 2.5GHz spectrum from TV to 5G

Faced with the challenge of locating mid-band spectrum for 5G services, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has confirmed that it expects to reallocate and auction a block of 2.5GHz spectrum that was reserved decades ago for educational TV. A draft order will set a formal FCC vote on the reallocation for July 10, paving the […]

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Ericsson updates 5G cell tower software to improve speed and coverage

Only a few companies are making the 5G cell tower hardware that will connect billions of devices to next-generation cellular networks, so when one of them issues a major software update, it can impact a huge number of people. That’s why Ericsson’s announcement today of “cutting-edge Standalone New Radio (NR) software” is actually a big […]

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Qualcomm’s Dean Brenner explains 5G spectrum and the ‘game-changer’ DSS

Understanding cellular technology begins with one key piece of information: Cell phones, personal hotspot pucks, and other cellular devices are all sophisticated two-way radios, such that each new generation (2G, 3G, 4G, 5G) adds additional ways to speed up the radio communications between your device and nearby towers. One way to boost speeds is to […]

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