Tag: 5G

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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Inside Nokia’s factory of the future: Robots, data, automation, 5G, and even some humans

Nokia’s “factory of the future” in Oulu, Finland offers a glimpse into a world in which high-speed connectivity promises to transform manufacturing. But the potential to automate just about every aspect of these operations also raises questions of what roles will be left for people to play. During a recent visit, I got a chance to […]

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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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Huawei would reportedly sell 5G chips to Apple, if U.S. ban isn’t an issue

In what may be the most unlikely business deal of the year, Huawei is apparently interested in selling 5G chips to Apple — exclusively. The team-up would make plenty of sense, if it wasn’t for the continued swirling of global controversies over the security of Huawei’s 5G hardware. The unlikely prospect of a Huawei-Apple deal was […]

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U.S. shifts to require strict 5G security from allies, not Huawei bans

Despite a particularly rough 2018, Chinese telecommunications hardware maker Huawei has tried to keep selling arguably insecure networking gear around the world — an effort openly opposed by the United States as its allies build early 5G networks. But in a subtle but meaningful shift, the U.S. is apparently relaxing its requirement that intelligence-sharing allies […]

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From U.S. to South Korea, early mobile 5G is only inconsistently fast

It may be only a day — or three, or 105 — into the mobile 5G experience, but there’s already a consensus between early U.S. and South Korean 5G smartphone adopters: When 5G works, it’s mighty fast, but users shouldn’t actually expect it to work consistently quite yet. On a positive note, testers in both […]

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How will Apple dodge the 5G bullet now that U.S. and Asian networks are live?

Fifth-generation (5G) cellular technology is widely expected to be one of the next decade’s two most important and transformative innovations (alongside AI), and thanks to near-simultaneous network and phone launches in two key countries, this was 5G’s biggest week yet. After years of developing infrastructure and devices, there were finally multiple photo finish winners in […]

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Intel rebuffs report, still plans to supply 5G modems for 2020 devices

Despite a report yesterday claiming that Intel 5G modem development delays could prevent Apple from launching a 5G iPhone next year, Intel says that it’s still planning to supply its XMM 8160 5G modem for 2020 devices. On the surface, that sounds like good news for Apple, which is sitting out early 5G deployments as […]

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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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