Launching a new 5G network isn’t easy, requiring plenty of new cellular tower hardware, regulatory approvals, and consumer devices. Having previously promised to turn on its first U.S. 5G towers in 2019, T-Mobile surprisingly announced today that it has launched a live commercial 5G network in Poland — the country’s first. Like all of the 5G networks debuted to date, T-Mobile’s service in Poland is starting with a limited geographic area at first, with plans to expand over “the coming months and years.” Even so, the carrier’s 5G network is quite small: It’s currently being offered solely in central Warsaw, providing high-speed wireless access to business partners as they work to develop products and services for the mass market. “We do not wait for the future; we create it today for Poland by building and launching the first 5G network in our country,” said T-Mobile Polska CEO Andreas Maierhofer. “It’s … [Read more...] about T-Mobile unexpectedly launches commercial 5G network — in Poland
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If 5G equipment bans from the United States, Australia, and New Zealand weren’t enough this year, Huawei will end 2018 on an even worse note: Kyodo News reports that Japan’s government has decided to block the Chinese company and its smaller rival ZTE from network hardware procurement. Not coincidentally, Canadian authorities are publicly discussing a similar ban following last week’s arrest of Huawei’s CFO. Japan’s decision comes less than a month after the United States reportedly lobbied several overseas allies to block Chinese cellular hardware from their wireless networks, in part due to concerns over monitoring of U.S. military base communications. According to reports, the U.S. floated the prospect of financial subsidies for compliant countries, alongside the threat of reduced assistance to non-compliant ones. Kyodo reports that the Japanese government complied, and is coordinating with top cellular providers to remove Huawei and … [Read more...] about Japan bans Huawei and ZTE 5G networking hardware; will Canada be next?
By Rob Taylor in Canberra The Wall Street Journal Mayumi Negishi in Tokyo Fri., Dec. 7, 2018 The head of Australia’s top military cyber defence agency laid out dire potential scenarios when explaining why Chinese companies were blocked from the rollout of new telecommunications technology, as the pushback against Huawei Technologies Co. gains strength among U.S. allies including Japan. In a rare television interview, the chief of the Australian military’s signals intelligence organization, Mike Burgess, said Friday that 5G mobile-phone capabilities would underpin not only communications, but also critical infrastructure that could be brought down in a cyberattack. That makes the technology more strategically important than previous innovations, he said in response to questions from the country’s defence minister. “If the 5G network of the future isn’t there, there’s a good chance electricity supply might be interrupted, water … [Read more...] about Water, electricity would be at risk in attacks on 5G networks, Australian intelligence chief says
The number of connected smart devices is set to quintuple over the next five years as new high-speed 5G networks become available to handle their traffic, telecom equipment maker Ericsson said in a report Tuesday. The forecast, made in the Swedish company's 2018 mobility report, sees the market for Internet of Things devices growing to 3.5 billion units by 2023, five times the 700 million devices currently in use. It also marks a doubling of the company's forecast from November.Patrik Cerwall, who runs industry marketing at Ericsson, said the growth in next-generation, 5G wireless networks, will fuel the growth. Nearly 1 billion devices will feature a 5G connection, he said."We have been reporting on mobile industry development for a number of years," Cerwall said in a statement. "However, this report is probably one of the more exciting ones because we are at the start of a big change in the industry." The Ericsson report forecasts the launch of first commercial 5G … [Read more...] about IoT devices to get big boost from 5G networks, Ericsson says
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?