As next-generation 5G cellular networks inch closer to reality, dozens of carriers and device makers have been claiming “world’s first” 5G achievements. Finnish carrier Elisa joined the crowd this morning, announcing that it is the “first in the world to launch commercial 5G” — a claim that Qatar’s Ooredoo notably made last month. Elisa says that it has launched 5G networks in Tampere, Finland and Estonia’s capital city of Tallinn, the carrier’s first installations in the two countries where it offers cellular services. To commemorate the launch, Elisa hosted a “historical” video call between Finland’s Minister of Transport and Communications and Estonia’s Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure, noting that the world’s first GSM telephone call had previously been made on Elisa’s network years earlier. There are a couple of differences between Elisa’s and … [Read more...] about Finland’s Elisa is second carrier to launch ‘world’s first’ 5G network
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Tech & Science Huawei Cybersecurity In the wake of reports saying it will likely be blocked from upcoming 5G infrastructure in Australia, technology company Huawei is once again wading into political waters in an attempt to shut down accusations that it has close ties to the Chinese government and is a cyber-espionage risk. The firm, headquartered in Shenzhen, China, has for years fought back against claims from government officials around the world who say its products—which include high-end phones and laptop computers—could be exploited by Beijing and used to snoop on consumers or infiltrate critical infrastructure. The latest debate focuses on 5G, the next generation in wireless telecommunications. Reports from Australian media indicate that national security chiefs in the country are seeking to block Huawei’s work into the new network due to cyber-spying concerns. As a result, the firm is again stepping into the world of geopolitics, following a … [Read more...] about Huawei Says Cyber-Espionage Concerns over New 5G Network Are Ill-informed
Technical standards for the next generation of wireless services aren’t even finalized, yet the US and China are already locked in a crucial race to be the first country to deploy a so-called 5G network. Or at least that's what both the US government and the wireless industry say. "The United States will not get a second chance to win the global 5G race," Meredith Attwell Baker, president and CEO of the wireless industry group CTIA, warned in April, when the group released a report concluding that the US trails China and South Korea in preparing for 5G (fifth generation) networks. If that doesn’t change, the report warns, the US economy will suffer. The report echoed a leaked National Security Council document that suggested the US government consider building a 5G network. If China dominates the telecommunications network industry, the document said, it "will win politically, economically, and militarily." Democrats are worried too. The Federal Communications Commission's … [Read more...] about Does It Matter If China Beats the US to Build a 5G Network?
May 16, 2018 - Written By Mark Real The UK network operator EE, and its parent company BT, is considering to deploy its 5G network within the next 18 months. This was mentioned to industry analysts by the CEO of BT, Gavin Patterson, and it means that the carrier could start rolling out its 5G network by 2019, which is a year earlier than the deployment date estimated by many industry insiders. Deploying its 5G network earlier than the competition will allow EE to maintain its lead in terms of network coverage, reliability, and performance, a position that it enjoys primarily due to the earlier rollout of its 4G LTE network. The carrier’s 4G LTE network has already managed to cover 75-percent of the United Kingdom back in 2016, and it aims to cover at least 95-percent of the country’s land area by 2020.The network operator’s parent company, the BT Group, has been involved in the development of the 5G network standard and it has already partnered with … [Read more...] about UK Carrier EE May Launch Its 5G Network Next Year: BT CEO
Faced with the prospect of developing several separate 5G networks with patchwork coverage, South Korea’s top cellular carriers have instead decided to collaborate on a single nationwide 5G infrastructure, BusinessKorea and Yonhap report. The plan is estimated to save the companies $938 million over 10 years, with the goal of enabling South Korea to “lead the fourth industrial revolution and to support the early commercialisation of 5G technology.” According to the reports, the South Korean government is coordinating the effort, which will bring mobile companies KT, LG U+, and SK Telecom together with SK Broadband to share everything from antenna mounts to manholes and conduits. Additionally, the Korea Information Society Development Institute will develop pricing models for the carriers. Historically, carriers across the world have developed their own national or regional cellular networks, though governments in certain countries have occasionally stepped … [Read more...] about South Korean carriers agree to build single 5G network, saving money and time