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5G is poised to change your life. Here’s what you need to know about the next-generation cellular technology

5g is poised to change your life. here’s what you need to know about the next-generation cellular technology

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Smartphone companies like Samsung are going big into 5G.
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After years of hype and a bumpy first year of launches, carrier 5G networks are here and, most importantly, 5G-compatible phones like the iPhone 12 and Pixel 5. The technology is supposed to change your life with its revolutionary speed and responsiveness. But before we get into that, it’s important to understand what it is, when and how it will affect you, and how to distinguish between (the still growing) hype and the reality. Last year, CNET held a massive speed test of 5G networks around the world, spanning from Chicago to London to Sydney to Seoul. The results were a mix of ludicrous speeds, but limited range and spotty coverage. Conversely, you would see wider coverage with a modest bump in speed. You also saw devices like the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G roll out. The early generation of 5G phones boasted impressive speeds at times, but we cautioned against buying them because of compatibility issues and other problems that arise with new technology. 

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How the use of mmWave spectrum has evolved in 5G – RCR Wireless News

how the use of mmwave spectrum has evolved in 5g – rcr wireless news

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The use of millimeter-wave spectrum has evolved in the 5G era, and these high-band airwaves are playing significantly different roles in current networks than they have in previous generations of cellular technology.
High-band frequencies used to primarily appear in mobile networks as point-to-point backhaul links, which were often relied upon by public safety and other private networks, as well as in some cases for backhaul of consumer-facing cellular networks. Commercial network backhaul systems operate in spectrum up to 90 GHz.
Given that history, it’s not surprising that one of the first mmWave applications that emerged for commercial use has been Fixed Wireless Access, according to Russel Lindsay, senior product manager for Anritsu’s handheld field instruments. FWA relies on a mmWave link to provide high-speed home internet service, such as Verizon’s Verizon Home, and it does so by connecting with Customer Premise Equipment (CPE) at an individual residence. Designing a network of fixed links for mmWave is a simpler proposition than a network which supports mobility and site-to-site handoffs. To be sure, though, ensuring that the signal is able to penetrate the home to reach CPE installed indoors, or sending a technician to install an external antenna that will …

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The Sunday Brief: Telecom capital increase/slowdown–implications to 5G growth (Earnings review part 1)

the sunday brief: telecom capital increase/slowdown–implications to 5g growth (earnings review part 1)

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Greetings from Davidson/ Lake Norman, where it’s still sunny and warm.  October is one of our favorite times, and less travel makes the scenery even more enjoyable. 
We recently used one of the “fall weather transition” days to do some sorting and uncovered one of the topics mentioned in last week’s Brief.  Pictured is our Palm Pre on its charging stand.  CNET, in their review, concluded that “Palm has developed a solid OS that not only rivals the competition but also sets a new standard in the way smartphones handle tasks and manage information.” Sprint discontinued carrying the Pre 17 months after launch.  Palm was sold to HP in 2010 and the trademark was sold in October 14 to a company related to electronics maker TCL.  WebOS now powers many LG smart TVs.  
This week’s Brief will cover AT&T and Verizon earnings in light of the backdrop of previously discussed expectations.  We will summarize the key highlights of each report with a special focus on capital spending. 
The week that was

The Fab 5 stocks had a relatively rare 3-2 split this week.  Google and Facebook gained (+$38 billion and +$51 billion respectively), while Apple, Microsoft and Amazon all fell.  Overall, the …

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Bulgaria, US unite in 5G networks security pledge – Mobile World Live

bulgaria, us unite in 5g networks security pledge – mobile world live

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Bulgaria signed a declaration with the US on 5G networks security, in a move the European country’s Prime Minister Boyko Borissov claimed would help the world prepare for challenges such as the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic by providing clean and transparent communications.
In a statement, the Bulgarian Council of Ministers said the declaration, signed between Borissov and US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, highlighted the two countries’ desire to collaborate on ensuring the safety of 5G networks, deemed key for the economy and society of both nations.
Addressing communication hurdles stemming from the pandemic, Borissov said the declaration of 5G networks “cleanness” allows the countries to be prepared for similar situations in the future. He explained next-generation networks should be “clean, protected, transparent, ethical” and meet all laws and norms ensuring personal data safety.
Pompeo said the joint move will guarantee the overall security of the “Euro-Atlantic family”. He explained safe networks for 5G services will let all interested operators learn to work in a way to warrant secure networks not only for Bulgaria, but also for member states of the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).
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5G and edge computing help retailers work smarter behind the scenes

5g and edge computing help retailers work smarter behind the scenes

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This article is part of the Technology Insight series, made possible with funding from Intel.
From grab-and-go checkout to convenient self-service kiosks and more personalized recommendations, retailers have plenty of cutting-edge technology at their disposal to engage customers. There’s also a lot of work going on behind the scenes to streamline shopping: in-building 5G, fine-tuning supply chains with connected robots, and training employees using virtual reality.
Regardless of where the innovation happens, you can bet it’s fed by a deluge of data from devices on the network’s edge. According to Gartner, the retail and wholesale trade segment will grow to include 440 million IoT endpoints this year, up from 360 million in 2019 and 290 million in 2018.
Above: It’s not enough to simply generate more data with IoT endpoints. We also need to analyze it in real-time.
As those endpoints multiply, so does the amount of information they generate. But this presents a challenge: how do retailers keep up? After all, real-time decisions on what to order, where to deploy inventory, and how to keep customers safe require real-time analysis.
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Data will help retailers operate more efficiently by keeping shelves stocked, accurately reflecting inventory in real time.
Retailers …

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5G is here. Now what?

5g is here. now what?

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5G wireless technology promises to change the world. And it might! Millions of people expect to experience the new superfast wireless tech on smartphones this fall, but the reality is that 5G is complex and might change business sooner than it improves your phone’s download speed. Even as more 5G-ready phones are arriving, we’re still watching as networks get set up beyond their initial, and not very widespread, footholdsNew tests reveal that in the right conditions, some types of 5G, can download at up to 5 gigabits per second, orders of magnitude faster than the current 4G LTE speed. This will enable faster and higher-quality movie and game streams. The tech is already enabling a new class of next-generation smartphones, capable of transmitting large, high-resolution media files to the cloud in seconds.

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But Dan Rodriguez, general manager of Intel’s Network Platforms Group, thinks 5G will be a powerful driver of digital transformation for the next five years and impact a variety of markets. “5G will be able to deliver all sorts of new business outcomes across a wide variety …

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White House getting pushback on possible government-owned 5G network

white house getting pushback on possible government-owned 5g network

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The Trump administration is getting pushback from industry groups, both sides of the aisle and even internally about the Pentagon’s moves toward a possible 5G network owned and operated by the government.President Trump Donald John TrumpFox News president, top anchors advised to quarantine after coronavirus exposure: report Six notable moments from Trump and Biden’s ’60 Minutes’ interviews Biden on attacks on mental fitness: Trump thought ‘9/11 attack was 7/11 attack’ MORE’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows Mark Randall MeadowsPence’s ‘body man’ among aides who tested positive for coronavirus: report Murphy says US would be ‘better off’ if Trump admin ‘did nothing’ on coronavirus Biden: Meadows coronavirus remark a ‘candid acknowledgement’ of Trump strategy ‘to wave the white flag’ MORE, is reportedly leading a pressure campaign for the White House’s favored candidate, wireless company Rivada Networks, in its efforts to construct a 5G network, though Rivada says such a network should not be government-owned.The Pentagon’s deadline for a request for information (RFI) on accelerating spectrum sharing and 5G deployment was Oct. 19, and Rivada, which retains GOP strategist Karl Rove Karl Christian RoveNewt Gingrich: Albert Hunt’s wrong about Republicans’ responses The Hill’s Morning Report – Sponsored by Facebook – Trump, …

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New technologies and ecosystem expedite the deployment of LTE/5G private wireless networks

new technologies and ecosystem expedite the deployment of lte/5g private wireless networks

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As the need for higher performance, reliability and data security continues to intensify for business communications and applications, enterprises are seeking new options for wireless connectivity that provide solutions that help overcome the limitations of their current networks and address future needs. LTE/5G private wireless networks play a crucial role in this effort and are being increasingly deployed in the healthcare, education and energy industry, with more industries such as transportation and manufacturing beginning to follow suit.
The introduction of Citizen Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band in the US provides organizations with access to cellular spectrum on a shared basis, creating the ability for them to have their own private LTE/5G networks. To access CBRS Spectrum and minimize interference with incumbent or licensed band users requires a Spectrum Access System (SAS). However, the shared nature of CBRS can be enforced only through FCC-certified SAS companies.  Currently, there are five FCC-certified SAS companies, one of which is Amdocs.
Although the levels of security, reliability and control provided by cellular technology remain superior to that offered by Wi-Fi, enterprises will not abandon Wi-Fi completely in favor of LTE/5G, and often will likely opt for a combination of multiple network …

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NEC to support 5G networks in UK as alternative to Huawei

nec to support 5g networks in uk as alternative to huawei

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LONDON (Kyodo) — Major Japanese information technology firm NEC Corp. will support the development of next-generation 5G wireless networks in Britain, according to the British government.The move came after the British government said in July it will bar the use of Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co.’s equipment from its high-speed network infrastructure due to security concerns, allowing NEC to serve as a possible alternative and strengthen its 5G business in Britain.In a Twitter post last week, Britain’s Department for International Trade said NEC “to support roll out of 5G in the UK.” The announcement was made as Japan and Britain signed a post-Brexit bilateral free trade agreement.British International Trade Secretary Liz Truss met with NEC Chairman Nobuhiro Endo during her visit to Japan to sign the trade pact and discussed the establishment of the firm’s hub for 5G-related businesses, according to the British government.Britain has said it will no longer allow the use of Huawei equipment in its 5G networks due to unresolved security concerns, and required network providers to remove already-incorporated equipment by 2027.U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has urged other countries not to use the Chinese firm’s tech in their 5G …

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Your iPhone 12 supports 5G. Don’t want it? You can turn that off

your iphone 12 supports 5g. don’t want it? you can turn that off

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5G is one of the iPhone 12’s main features, but it’s not readily available to everyone. 
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Apple is in the process of releasing four new iPhones, with the first two — the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro currently available, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 Mini start shipping on Nov. 13 — all of which are equipped with 5G connectivity. Even though the latest crop of iPhones can connect to 5G cellular networks, you may find out that your wireless plan won’t give you 5G access, or if you’re like me, you live in an area that doesn’t have 5G coverage. Some reports even indicate that 5G drains the iPhone 12’s battery faster than the LTE connection we’re normally connected to. In other words, right now, 5G may not live up to your expectations. 

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To be clear, Apple has built a new Smart Data feature into the iPhone 12’s software that only uses a 5G connection when you’re doing something that requires it — like streaming a video or playing a game on a cellular connection. The goal of switching …

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