Key decisions that were made long ago by executives who get paid a lot of money to make key decisions are now coming into play. Today, T-Mobile’s CTO Neville Ray announced that the company will delay launch (see update below) of its 5G network until a phone is made that takes advantage of its lower-band 600 megahertz spectrum. That phone is supposed to launch in the second half of 2019 from an unknown OEM. You see, there’s a major distinction between, for example, T-Mobile’s 5G network and Verizon’s 5G network. The former’s 5G network utilizes lower-band spectrum, which means lower peak speeds, but better coverage. The latter’s usage of millimeter wave spectrum equates to higher peak speeds, but limited range. While Verizon and AT&T can both say they have 5G areas popping up over the country, the truth is, where it’s available inside of those markets is extremely limited. Once T-Mobile has a phone it knows is compatible … [Read more...] about T-Mobile Delays 5G Network Until There’s a Phone Capable of Using It (Update: Not Really a Delay)
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By Roger Fingas Monday, February 25, 2019, 11:54 am PT (02:54 pm ET) Flaws in both 4G and 5G cellular networks could potentially let hackers pinpoint the location of any given smartphone, including the iPhone according to researchers. An attack dubbed "Torpedo" exploits the way phones send paging data when they receive calls or texts, the researchers explained to TechCrunch. By placing and cancelling multiple calls to it within a short amount of time, a target device can be made to trigger a paging message without alerting its owner. The scheme can not only be used to track location, but hijack a paging channel and inject or block paging messages, even denying someone messages altogether. Torpedo can be the gateway to two other exploits, nicknamed "Piercer" and "IMSI-Cracking." Both can be used to expose a device's IMSI (international mobile subscriber identity), the former on 4G networks and the latter on both 4G and 5G. As a result, even 5G phones could be intercepted by … [Read more...] about ‘Torpedo’ location detection exploit could target iPhones on both 4G & 5G networks
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?
T-Mobile US Inc. agreed to acquire Sprint Corp. for $26.5 billion in stock, a wager that the carriers can team up to build a next-generation wireless network and get a jump on industry leaders Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc.The deal follows years of will-they-or-won’t-they deliberations between Deutsche Telekom AG, the German company that controls T-Mobile, and SoftBank Group Corp., the Japanese owner of Sprint, and comes about five months after an earlier merger attempt collapsed. The combination reduces the wireless industry to three major competitors from four, ensuring heavy scrutiny from regulators.“‘We are going to have an impact on America,” John Legere, the T-Mobile boss who will serve as chief executive officer of the combined entity, said on a conference call Sunday. Rivals such as Verizon, AT&T and Comcast will have to respond, he said. “We are going to drag the rest of the players kicking and screaming to the prize, which is … [Read more...] about T-Mobile to buy Sprint for $26.5 billion in bet on networks
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