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?
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In the race to get to 5G wireless technology in a real way, China is poised to lead the world. That's according to a study conducted by Analysys Mason, which found that China had the best combination of wireless carriers committing to the technology, government backing for research, a clear rollout plan by 2020 and government commitment of spectrum, or the radio airwaves critical to deliver wireless service.After China, South Korea, then the US and Japan make up global leaders in 5G, according to the firm. Now Playing: Watch this: 5G is coming sooner than you might think (The 3:59, Ep.... 4:20 The study marks the latest trickle of hype over 5G -- the next generation of cellular technology, which is supposed to be significantly faster and more responsive and to power other areas of tech like self-driving cars or streaming virtual reality services. At least, when it actually gets here. The reality has been lots of promises over the past few years, with various … [Read more...] about The surprising global leader for 5G readiness
At the 2017 Mobile World Congress trade show, Roger Gurnani, then the chief information and technology architect for Verizon, walked on stage at a Samsung event to talk about the two companies' work on developing 5G. Gurnani spoke of the field trials that were under way, and at the end he teased that we might see a Samsung 5G phone in a year. It wasn't clear whether he was joking -- the Samsung executive next to him looked surprised by the suggestion. Fast-forward to this year's show, and the only thing certain is that no 5G phone exists. That's the hype of 5G, the next-generation wireless technology that promises to be significantly faster and more responsive than anything before it. In some cases -- such as its potential application in self-driving cars, telemedicine, the trend of devices called internet of things -- it can be life-changing. But so far, it's mostly been promises. Unless you're in one of a few select towns -- fans of the HGTV show "Fixer Upper" will appreciate … [Read more...] about Blazing 5G speeds are almost here. But are they everything they’re cracked up to be?
By Roger Fingas Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 11:53 am PT (02:53 pm ET) T-Mobile will start deploying its 5G network this year, setting up shop in 30 cities —among them one of the biggest battlegrounds, New York City. Other markets announced on Tuesday by T-Mobile include Dallas, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. More of them will be disclosed as the year progresses. Customers will have to wait until early 2019 to actually make use of the increased speeds though, as the carrier won't have any compatible phones until then. That could be indirect confirmation that 2018 iPhones won't have 5G-ready modems. Earlier today Sprint revealed plans to launch 5G in six U.S. cities during the first half of 2019. Ahead of then, it will be offering "5G-like" upgrades in some areas. AT&T is working towards having 12 5G cities by the end of 2018, such as Atlanta, Dallas, and Waco. Verizon should also join the fray this year, but hasn't named any markets. … [Read more...] about T-Mobile aims to one-up other US carriers with 5G in 30 cities by end of 2018
By Roger Fingas Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 09:34 am PT (12:34 pm ET) The first U.S. cities supporting Sprint's upcoming 5G network will be Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., the carrier announced on Tuesday. Full support in those areas is set to switch on in the first half of 2019. Ahead of then, though, people in Chicago, Dallas, and Los Angeles are expected to witness "5G-like capabilities" as Sprint rolls out a technology called Massive MIMO. That should come to Atlanta, Houston, and Washington later in 2018. In fact the carrier says it intends to deploy "thousands" of Massive MIMO radios across the country during the next two years. "All Sprint customers using a 2.5GHz (band 41) device will benefit from the increased capacity and speed provided by Massive MIMO," it added. No Apple device yet supports true 5G. The standard is forecast to become extremely important in the near future, supporting data-heavy technologies such as self-driving cars, … [Read more...] about Sprint reveals its first six 5G cities, coming in 2019