Commentary: 5G is coming. What happens then? – FreightWaves

commentary: 5g is coming. what happens then? – freightwaves


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The number of bytes of data generated per day is in the quintillions. Recording more video via Zoom or Skype, connecting more machines, household appliances – and perhaps autonomous vehicles as well – via the Internet of Things (IoT) is sure to increase the daily rate exponentially.

Gathering data is one thing, moving it within an ever-growing global community of users is quite another. The emerging vision, or aspiration, in supply chain management is data-enabled decision-making along the supply chain assisted by artificial intelligence (AI) and powered by this veritable avalanche of data.

This is all well and good. But just like shared access to the great outdoors required great expanses of highways, data movement requires virtual highways. Of course, just as highways congest so can virtual highways. Will fifth-generation digital cellular (5G) networks provide the access and speed of transfer necessary to facilitate IoT and real-time tracking of just about everything? This multi-year implementation process is now underway.

Will equipment like this be 5G-enabled in the near future?(Photo: Jim Allen/FreightWaves)

Legacy systems that use 4G are not …



Johnson Set to Ban Huawei From U.K.’s 5G Networks Amid Pressure from MPs and U.S.

johnson set to ban huawei from u.k.’s 5g networks amid pressure from mps and u.s.


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Huawei is making a last-minute attempt to persuade U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson not to ban the Chinese telecoms group’s kit from the U.K.’s 5G mobile networks by 2025, ahead of a key meeting on Tuesday and amid growing pressure from Conservative lawmakers in the wake of U.S. sanctions, according to media reports.
The back story. In January, Johnson allowed Huawei to play a limited role in the country’s 5G network and be involved in “noncore” parts, capped at 35% of supply.
Four months later, U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration passed a new rule banning Huawei and its suppliers from using American technology and software. At the time, his commerce secretary Wilbur Ross said the rule was aimed at preventing Huawei from skirting existing U.S. sanctions by using U.S. semiconductor manufacturing equipment at factories in other countries.
Shortly after, the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)—a branch of the intelligence service’s Government Communications Headquarters—launched an emergency review of Huawei’s role, saying it was looking “carefully at any impact they [the U.S. sanctions] could have to the U.K.’s networks.”

On July 7, U. …


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John Ravitz: Pandemic underscores the need for 5G wireless network

john ravitz: pandemic underscores the need for 5g wireless network


The coronavirus pandemic has exposed many deficiencies in our disaster preparedness, health care system and our infrastructure and underscored the need for a 5G wireless network.
Hundreds of thousands of people — adults and children alike — across the state in recent months have logged on to work, learn and recreate from home, putting an added strain on internet access, which was already a challenge in certain parts of the state, from densely populated areas to the most remote rural regions.
According to a Siena College poll, 82 percent of New York voters own a smartphone and 79 percent say they use wireless devices often throughout the day. Eighty-one percent agree that network connectivity is an absolute necessity for modern life, and 69 percent believe it’s as essential as clean water and electricity.
In his 2020 budget proposal, Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for a streamlined statewide small-cell permitting system to facilitate the creation of a next generation 5G wireless network. 5G will deliver data rates as high as 1 gigabyte per second. That’s 20 times faster than current networks allow and comparable to the speed provided by cable or fiber optic internet service.
Here’s how 5G would improve areas of life in New York:


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Telecom operators ‘have no choice but to invest’ in 5G, making these stocks winners, Bernstein says

telecom operators ‘have no choice but to invest’ in 5g, making these stocks winners, bernstein says


Signs of Qualcomm and 5G are pictured at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Shanghai, China June 28, 2019.Aly Song | Reuters(This story is for CNBC Pro subscribers only). The future profitability of many 5G projects is uncertain, but telecommunications companies ‘have no choice to invest’ and suppliers will benefit, Bernstein said in a note to clients. Technological advances have brought 5G technology even closer to widespread availabililty, and Apple is expected to release 5G iPhones later this year. While the benefits to some consumer-facing companies remains unclear, suppliers are set for a boost, the firm said. “While unspoken in the industry, the caution with which most operators are approaching 5G is grounded in fear that it will be at least five years before many of the new use cases start to scale. In the meantime, the deployment of 5G will herald the start of another capex cycle,” the note said.


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ZTE’s 5G network security assurance specification project approved by 3GPP – VanillaPlus – The global voice of Telecoms IT

zte’s 5g network security assurance specification project approved by 3gpp – vanillaplus – the global voice of telecoms it


ZTE Corporation, an international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, today announced that its proposal, “New WID on Security Assurance Specification for Inter PLMN UP Security (SCAS_IPUPS)”, has been approved at the 3GPP SA plenary meeting #88. This project will be completed in June, 2021.
The SCAS_IPUPS specification will be an important part of the series of security assurance specifications for 5G (SCAS_5G), including SCAS_ gNB, SCAS_ AMF, SCAS_ UPF, SCAS_ UDM, SCAS_ SMF, SCAS_ AUSF, SCAS_ SEPP, SCAS_NRF and SCAS_ NEF, which have been developed by the 3GPP. The SCAS_5G specifications can ensure that the 5G network products comply with the security standards, thereby meeting the requirements of security operation for 5G networks.
In addition, the SCAS_5G specifications are core parts of the NESAS (Network Equipment Security Assurance Scheme), which has been released by the GSMA. Required by many global 5G network operators in the bidding documents, NESAS is used to measure the security level of 5G network equipment.
Being actively involved in the establishment of 5G security standards, ZTE has a number of standards research and development projects in the 3GPP, China Communications Standards Association (CCSA) and IMT-2020 (5 …


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China is winning the $1-trillion 5G war

china is winning the $1-trillion 5g war


By Anjani Trivedi China is building tens of thousands of 5G base stations every week. Whether it wins technological dominance or not, domestic supply chains may be revived and allow the country to maintain – and advance — its position as the factory floor of the world, even as Covid-19 forces a rethink in how globalization is done. By the end of this year, China will have more than half a million of these towers on its way to a goal of 5 million, a fast climb from around 200,000 already in use, enabling faster communication for hundreds of millions of smartphone users. By comparison, South Korea has a nearly 10% penetration rate for 5G usage, the highest globally. The much-smaller country had 115,000 such stations operating as of April.The towers are part of a raft of projects that the State Council announced last week to boost industrial innovation under the “New Infrastructure” campaign aimed at furthering “the deep integration of the Internet of Things” and the real economy. With an aim of spending $1.4 trillion by 2025, the aggressive buildup toward a more automated industrial landscape will give China a renewed advantage where it already dominates: manufacturing. The coronavirus shut down factories and industrial sectors, triggering …


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Will Huawei’s woes open the door for new 5G challengers?

will huawei’s woes open the door for new 5g challengers?


Is Huawei ‘down for the count’ in the 5G race as the US leans on its allies to deny the networking giant? Source: Shutterstock

Strict US sanctions are blocking the world-leading tech company from key components
A number of APAC markets have heavily restricted Huawei’s technology in their infrastructure or have banned it entirely
The disadvantage could leave a gap for other competitors to race ahead

As pandemic-related lockdowns and socio-economic restrictions ease around the world, governments and telecommunications operators are slowly resuming dormant or stalled 5G equipment agreements with the premier 5G infrastructure suppliers, with China’s Huawei, Finland’s Nokia, and Sweden’s Ericcson leading the pack in global 5G contracts.
But in the intervening months when COVID-19 was interrupting global supply chains and putting a halt to 5G construction projects, the US-led campaign to hamstring Chinese tech companies was gaining ground.
Prior to a major trade fall-out between the world’s two largest economies, Huawei Technologies Co. was the undisputed global leader in 5G infrastructure and networking. The Chinese firm had been laying the groundwork for 5G networks in most major markets over the last few years, until two years ago when the US federal government …


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Qualcomm To Boost Jio Platform’s 5G Capabilities |

qualcomm to boost jio platform’s 5g capabilities |


Jio Platforms Ltd., the Indian telecom company, has landed another major investor with deep pockets, according to a press release. Qualcomm Ventures, the San Diego-based investment arm of Qualcomm Inc., the wireless technology company, announced it has invested up to $97 million in Jio.The investment equals a 0.15 percent equity stake. Qualcomm said in the release that its contribution will bolster Mumbai-based Jio’s 5G and wireless capabilities to an advanced digital platform for the 1.3 billion resident of India and propel the country onto the world stage in the digital economy.“With our shared goal of extending the benefits of digital connectivity to everyone and everything, we anticipate Jio Platforms will deliver a new set of services and experiences to Indian consumers,” said Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf in the release. “With unmatched speeds and emerging use cases, 5G is expected to transform every industry in the coming years. Jio Platforms has led the digital revolution in India through its extensive digital and technological capabilities. As an enabler and investor with a longstanding presence in India, we look forward to playing a role in Jio’s vision to further revolutionize India’s digital economy.”Jio, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries, has been …


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5G Risk? Huawei Is Small Potatoes Compared To TSMC (Who?)

5g risk? huawei is small potatoes compared to tsmc (who?)


5G will bring about an unprecedented era for semiconductors.” – The CCP “Modern wars are fought with semiconductors.” – a U.S. Senator

TAIPEI, TAIWAN: Morris Chang, chairman of the world’s biggest contract microchip maker Taiwan … [+] Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC),

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When the (former) chief spy-master of the United Kingdom, John Sawers, goes public with a Financial Times op-ed entitled “The UK Should Bar Huawei From Its Network” – well, it may at last be worth taking seriously the prospect that Huawei could be excluded from at least one crucial European market.

Huawei is of course the world’s largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment, and a leader in the development of 5G technology for the next generation of wireless networks. Huawei has supplied about a third of the current 4G wireless infrastructure in Britain. Ripping out their installed UK base (which would be necessary, evidently, if Britain disqualifies them for 5G) would cost, at least £2bn. Perhaps more. Huawei has also said it would spend another £1bn to build an advanced research center near Cambridge – presumably the loss of that investment would be part of Britain’s opportunity cost. 
But what one might assume, based on the Sawers’ background as the former head …


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