Tag: 5G

FCC chair backs merger after T-Mobile and Sprint pledge 97% U.S. 5G coverage in 3 years

Third- and fourth-place U.S. cellular carriers T-Mobile and Sprint have been struggling to get regulatory approval for their merger since it was announced last year, as multiple FCC review delays and scattered protests have kept the deal from happening. Today, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said that the carriers have won his support after promising to deliver […]

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China sets 40-city national 5G rollout for October 1

Less than a month after China Unicom moved up its seven-city initial launch of 5G services to May, the Chinese government has decided to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the country’s founding by officially launching 5G on a nationwide scale. The launch will coordinate three leading state-backed carriers to bring commercial 5G service to 40 Chinese […]

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Apple’s self-built 5G modem will cut device power and size, not prices

Developing cellular modems isn’t easy. At the dawn of the 5G era, only a handful of companies are capable of designing 5G modems, and even ones as large as Intel have struggled with the engineering and financials. Layers of patented innovations combine with conceptual and physical development hurdles to make one course — using someone […]

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Verizon CEO touts 1.5Gbps peak 5G speed as S10 reviewers hit approved sites

Back in February, Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg told the audience at Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event that he was “super excited” to bring the Galaxy S10 5G to market, even though he wasn’t making specific promises as to how fast the phone would perform on Verizon’s 5G network. Now we have a better idea: Vestberg told […]

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Verizon releases Galaxy S10 5G with 20 cities of hype for only 2 cities

My hat’s off to Verizon this morning for the bold marketing campaign behind Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G, and more generally, its nascent 5G network. Take a moment to visit the company’s 5G mini-site today, which happens to be the S10 5G’s U.S. launch day, and you’ll experience a wonderfully clean graphic design that works as […]

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Senators claim FCC’s 24GHz 5G auction could harm weather forecasts

Although the FCC announced its plans to sell 24GHz wireless spectrum for 5G networks well in advance of its March auction, two U.S. senators are accusing the agency of imperiling critical weather forecasting activities by offering frequencies too close to existing users. In a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, senators Ron Wyden and Maria […]

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Japan plans for 10 billion 5G devices by adding 14-digit phone numbers

Increased data bandwidth might be the best-known advantage of 5G cellular technology, but new 5G networks will also support billions of newly connected devices, ranging from cars to internet of things sensors — each with their own telephone number. With its 5G rollout just around the corner, Japan is preparing for a surge in demand for […]

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EU picks 26GHz for 5G millimeter wave, requires support by end of 2020

Millimeter wave spectrum is expected to be critical in deploying the highest speed and lowest latency 5G wireless services, but its prior use in non-cellular applications has made spectrum allocation challenging for many governments. Today, the European Union officially reserved the 26GHz band for 5G service throughout its territories, paving the way for millimeter wave […]

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Vodafone sets 7-city 5G launches for July 3 in U.K., summer in Spain (updated)

In separate announcements, British carrier Vodafone confirmed today that it’s almost ready to begin offering commercial 5G services across both the United Kingdom and Spain. The U.K. will see an initial seven-city rollout across London, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol, and Glasgow on July 3, while Spain will have its own seven-city launch (via El […]

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What Is 5G And Should You Actually Be Afraid Of It?

UPROXX In September, a small town outside of Silicon Valley, Mill Valley, banned 5G over health concerns. They joined several other Marin County municipalities in blocking 5G deployment. On any given Facebook post about the new technology, you’ll find at least one or two commenters insisting that this fact alone proves that 5G is a […]

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South Korea probes illegal 5G discounts as LG touts 100,000 V50 orders

Since early 5G smartphones tend to cost $1,000 or more, some observers have wondered whether they’re too expensive to attract customers. But after three South Korean carriers aggressively discounted the new devices, government regulators are now asking whether 5G handsets are too cheap — perhaps illegally so. According to a new report from the Korea Times, the […]

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NYT: Russia is attacking 5G with health disinformation campaigns

Governments and telecom companies across the world have acknowledged the importance of 5G wireless technologies, but one country — Russia — is quietly attempting to undermine trust in the standard, according to a New York Times report. The newspaper has accused Russian broadcaster RT America of stoking health-related 5G disinformation in an effort to delay other […]

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Detained Huawei CFO pens letter to employees: ‘My inner self has never felt so colorful and vast’

As Huawei CFO Sabrina Meng Wanzhou continues to fight extradition from Canada to the United States, she has written a letter to the company’s employees thanking them for their support and vowing to continue fighting charges that she and the company stole intellectual property and violated trade sanctions. “I believe that every time I take […]

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Imagination offers ray tracing IP ahead of Apple’s 5G iPhone launch

Graphics chip designer Imagination Technologies may have been shut out of providing GPUs for Apple’s iPhones and iPads, forcing the company to sell itself off, but its graphics IPs — notably including ray tracing technologies — remain valuable. That’s why Imagination has decided to license its ray tracing IP to other companies, EE Times reports, […]

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Qualcomm and Google add 5G support to Android Q developer APIs

Now that 5G cellular networks are popping up across North America, Asia, and Europe, device makers are working to add proper 5G support to smartphones and hotspots — a process Qualcomm has facilitated on the hardware side with the Snapdragon 855 platform. Today, the chipmaker announced its collaboration with Google to enhance Android Q’s developer […]

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Ericsson: Users expect to pay more for novel 5G devices and networks

European carriers have publicly questioned whether customers will compensate them for building faster 5G networks, so it’s no surprise that 5G hardware supplier Ericsson believes the answer is yes. Now it’s backing that hunch up with a 22-country study based on over 35,000 consumer interviews, 22 expert interviews, and six focus groups, suggesting that many […]

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32 countries work to harmonize 5G security plans at Prague conference

Nearly a year and a half after U.S. officials raised serious concerns regarding the security of 5G hardware from Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE, government officials and telecommunications experts from across the globe gathered in the Czech Republic to develop common plans for 5G network security. China and Russia notably weren’t invited. Hosted by the […]

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