Tag: 5G

CBRS Alliance plans U.S. 5G service on global 3.5GHz band in 2020

Across most of the world, early 5G networks are harmonizing on a specific stretch of wireless spectrum — the 3.5GHz band — but in the United States, that spectrum was reserved years ago for naval radar systems and named the “Citizens Broadband Radio Service” (CBRS). Following years of technical and legal work to enable the […]

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FCC opens 95GHz to 3THz spectrum for ‘6G, 7G, or whatever’ is next

Commercial 5G networks are barely operational in the United States right now, but that hasn’t stopped engineers from thinking ahead to 6G — and the U.S. government wants to facilitate their experiments over the next decade. After a unanimous vote, the FCC is opening “terahertz wave” spectrum for experimental purposes, creating legal ways for companies […]

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FCC opens 24GHz mmWave 5G auction, includes deals for rural bidders

Nearly two months after the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) concluded its lengthy auction of 28GHz millimeter wave spectrum, the agency will today begin a similar auction for 24GHz millimeter wave spectrum. For major and smaller carriers alike, today’s auction represents the last opportunity to obtain early rights to transmit on 5G’s high-bandwidth but short-distance frequencies […]

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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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Finland ironically becomes latest front in global 5G health battle

Finland has played a large role in developing and deploying 5G cellular technologies. Now a small group of Finnish citizens is trying to stop the spread of 5G base stations, suggesting that their higher levels of electromagnetic radiation may threaten human health. Currently backed by over 2,300 supporters, Helena Ertz’s petition (translated) asks Finland’s government to […]

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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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3 sectors 5G innovations will hit first

5G is here. There are working 5G chipsets, modems and now devices. It’s going to be the next paradigm shift for technology and the way we live our lives. The economic and societal benefits will enable a revolutionary level of service, with connectivity that will create entirely new business models, increase productivity and allow new […]

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MediaTek plans 7-nanometer 5G and AI chipset for higher-end phones

MediaTek was almost unknown outside of Asia, where its affordable chipsets power inexpensive Android smartphones, but after the company offered Apple an alternative to Qualcomm and Intel 5G modems last year, everyone became interested in the company’s future products. Up next: an affordable 5G and AI chipset built with the latest 7-nanometer process technology. Having […]

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Being first shouldn’t matter, but for some tech companies it’s a badge of honor

“We think 5G is definitely going to be a very big step-change for smartphones, [and] for the smartphone industry in general,” explained Donovan Sung, Xiaomi’s global spokesperson and director of product management, in an interview with VentureBeat last week. “So that’s why it’s important for us to be one of the first, if not the […]

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Apple Rumored to Struggle to Obtain ‘Necessary Components’ for a 5G iPhone Even in 2020

2019 is the year of the 5G phone, at least from companies like Samsung and LG. But rumor has it that Apple won’t be jumping on the bandwagon until 2020. That “delay” may give Apple plenty of time to work on the upcoming device, and, more importantly, let the network technology mature. However, it doesn’t […]

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Zinier raises $22 million from Accel, Qualcomm, others to automate field service management

Zinier, a startup that wants to bring automation to the field service management (FSM) realm, has raised $22 million in a series B round of funding led by Accel, with participation from Qualcomm Ventures, Nokia-backed venture capital (VC) firm NGP Capital, Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund, and France’s Newfund. Founded in 2015, Zinier is one of […]

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RootMetrics: Most early 5G cities already deliver solid 4G performance

RootMetrics is one of only a handful of independent firms that have spent years tracking major carriers’ cellular networks on a city-by-city basis, and its new report may provide the final look at the performance of U.S. 4G networks before the 5G era. The conclusion: America’s first 20 5G cities are “all over the map” in terms […]

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5G reality check from MWC: A long, expensive road ahead

Amid all the bullish talk about 5G at MWC Barcelona 19, there was also some nervous hand wringing. Even as progress is being made, the tab for this next-generation connectivity remains daunting. The GSMA trade group that hosts the event formerly known as Mobile World Congress estimates that carriers will be spending $160 billion on […]

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What 5G means for brands: 3 takeaways from MWC

There were plenty of “wow” moments at 2019 MWC event this week. Robots did everything from dance a jig to mimic humans in real time to thread needles. Holograms loomed as a bigger slice of future life than ever. And on Thursday, one attendee even inserted a chip under the base of his index finger […]

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