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Ericsson earnings boosted by 5G network rollouts

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STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson has reported upbeat third quarter earnings, helped mainly by the rollout of 5G wireless networks in China and a strong U.S. market.
The Stockholm-based company said Wednesday that net profit for the July-September period was 5.6 billion kronor ($640 million), compared with a loss of 6.9 billion kronor the previous year. Sales were up 1% at 57.5 billion kronor.
Ericsson CEO Borje Ekholm said the company’s contracts for the next generation 5G networks in mainland China “have developed according to plan, contributing positively to profits in Q3 and are expected to improve further”.
Ekholm also pointed to the North American market where “underlying business fundamentals remain strong,” driven by consolidation in the market and increased demand for 5G, the new generation rapid mobile networks.
Ericsson competes in the 5G business with China’s Huawei and Finland’s Nokia, the two other main global network suppliers. South Korea’s Samsung has, too, made inroads to the network business in the past few years and recently scored a lucrative, multi-billion-dollar 5G deal with major U.S. carrier Verizon Wireless.
Ericsson said it now has 112 commercial 5G agreements with 65 live networks with different operators. Nordic rival Nokia plays catch up, …

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Google Pixel 4a 5G review: cheaper with two-day battery

google pixel 4a 5g review: cheaper with two-day battery

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Bigger screen, longer battery life and great camera make the 4a 5G the best Pixel this year

The 6.2in screen of the Pixel 4a 5G is big enough without being massive.
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The new Pixel 4a 5G is Google’s cheaper but larger 5G phone, and might just be the best.
It is available in black and costs £499, fitting in between the £599 Pixel 5 and the £349 Pixel 4a.
While the Pixel 4a 5G shares most of the same internal components with the Pixel 5, the look, feel and black plastic body matches the smaller Pixel 4a, just made larger.
The Pixel 4a 5G has a 6.2in FHD+ OLED screen that is bigger than the other Pixels this year. It looks good but won’t trouble the best from Samsung, OnePlus or Apple. The screen is flanked by stereo speakers that make video-watching in landscape really good.

The Pixel 4a 5G with a 6.2in screen on the left next to a Pixel 4a with a 5.8in screen on the right. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

The body is a soft-touch black plastic and feels solid in the hand, but a little cheap compared with …

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U.S. tries to get Huawei blocked from Brazil’s 5G networks with $1 billion financing pledge

u.s. tries to get huawei blocked from brazil’s 5g networks with $1 billion financing pledge

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A logo of 5G is seen at a Huawei authorised experience store on May 29, 2020 in Beijing, China.Qin Luyao | VCG | Getty ImagesGUANGZHOU, China — Washington has stepped up its offensive against Huawei, offering financing to Brazil to get the Chinese telco effectively blocked from the nation’s next-generation 5G networks.During a trip to Brasilia on Tuesday, officials from the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) and U.S. government signed a memorandum of understanding to “identify potential opportunities” for financing up to $1 billion.These include energy and “especially in the telecommunications area and the important 5G,” according to a statement by U.S. national security advisor Robert O’Brien.U.S. officials told reporters at the signing that the money was available for Brazil to buy telecommunications equipment from Huawei’s rivals, according to Reuters.Huawei was not immediately available for comment when contacted by CNBC.Washington has maintained that Huawei represents a national security threat and has previously called it an arm of the Chinese Communist Party’s surveillance state. The government claims that Huawei could collect the data of citizens in other countries and give that to Beijing. Huawei has repeatedly denied those claims.But the U.S. has sought to …

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US hands Brazil $1-bn deal to avoid Hwawei in 5G

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The United States promised Brazil $1 billion in financing toward US imports Tuesday, adding a carrot to its campaign to convince the country not to use China’s Huawei to develop its 5G network.

The deal includes loans, guarantees and insurance to fund Brazilian imports of US goods and services – “especially in the telecommunications area and the important 5G modern telecommunications network,” said US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, who presided over the signing during a visit to Brazil.

Speaking after the deal was signed, President Jair Bolsonaro reiterated his support for the re-election of his US counterpart Donald Trump, the latest shout-out from the far-right leader who’s sometimes called the “Tropical Trump.”

“God willing, I hope to attend the inauguration of the soon-to-be re-elected president of the United States,” Bolsonaro said.

The United States and Brazil have cozied up under Trump and Bolsonaro, whose shared penchant for hardline policies, vitriolic rhetoric and social media have drawn comparisons.

But the 5G issue has become a potential source of strain as Brazil plans a tender next year to upgrade the mobile network in Latin America’s biggest economy.

China is Brazil’s top trading partner, and Huawei has emerged as …

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Looking beyond smartphones; Qualcomm launches new tech for 5G network gear

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Qualcomm is best known for making processors that power the cellular connection in smartphones. But with the emergence of faster 5G technologies, the San Diego company now plans to broaden its reach with a new lineup of chips and software for 5G network gear.At its 5G Summit event on Tuesday, Qualcomm announced that it would offer technologies for virtualized and interoperable network architectures that are expected to take hold with the continued rollout of 5G.While Qualcomm used to build network gear, it sold that business years ago to focus on mobile devices. Today, European firms Ericsson and Nokia, as well as Huawei and other Chinese firms, are the top makers of wireless infrastructure equipment installed at base stations and elsewhere in the network. No American companies are prominent players, which has been a sore spot for some U.S. officials. With 5G, however, new types of network designs are popping up, including some that use cloud-based software virtualization and modular network gear with open, interoperable interfaces rather than standalone, proprietary designs.
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Administration officials alarmed by White House push to fast track lucrative 5G spectrum contract, sources say

administration officials alarmed by white house push to fast track lucrative 5g spectrum contract, sources say

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The pressure campaign to fast track Rivada’s “Request for Proposal” (RFP) by using authorities that would preclude a competitive bidding process intensified in September, and has been led by White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, who was acting at Trump’s behest, sources with knowledge tell CNN. To push his case, Meadows has sometimes used as his proxy an individual identified by sources in the telecommunications industry as a top financial management official in the US Army.Sources tell CNN that Trump was encouraged to help Rivada by Fox News commentator and veteran GOP strategist Karl Rove, a lobbyist for, and investor in, Rivada. Untold billions are at stake. A government auction of 70 megahertz of spectrum in August went for more than $4.5 billion. The Rivada bid would be for 350 megahertz of spectrum — five times that amount.Rove denied to CNN that Rivada is seeking an RFP or any non-competitive process. “If we were offered a no-bid contract we would turn it down,” he told CNN. “The technology should stand on its own.” Denials notwithstanding, informed sources tell CNN that the White House is unquestionably pressuring the Pentagon to approve what would likely be, in the words of one senior …

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Docomo struggles to turn patents into profits in 5G race

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TOKYO — Japanese mobile carrier NTT Docomo on Tuesday stressed it remains a global leader on 5G technology, though the company has faced difficulty monetizing its patents related to next-generation wireless networks.”The top six players, including Docomo, all have similar shares of around 10%,” Shinsuke Ogawa, head of Docomo’s intellectual property department, said at a briefing on Tuesday, citing recent findings by a Tokyo research firm.The news conference was meant as rebuttal to an earlier study on fifth-generation wireless patents, which suggested that the company had fallen far behind global rivals. Docomo, Japan’s largest wireless carrier by market share, is set to become wholly owned by parent Nippon Telegraph and Telephone in a move aimed at transforming into a 5G powerhouse.”Docomo has the largest share [of 5G patents] among mobile service operators,” Ogawa said.Standard-essential patents refer to patents that make up part of an industry standard, which can generate large amounts of income for their owners. Tokyo’s Cyber Creative Institute compared industry standards on 5G with the patents held by different telecommunications companies and equipment makers to calculate their market shares.Samsung Electronics topped the list at 11.9%, followed by Qualcomm at 11.6% and Huawei Technologies at 11.3%. Docomo came …

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iPhone 12 and 5G: All the answers to your questions about the super-fast connectivity

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5G, touted Tuesday on the screen of Apple’s Steve Jobs Theater, is the biggest new feature in the iPhone 12 lineup.
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Apple’s latest tease: “Hi, Speed.” 5G speed, that is. On Oct. 13, Apple made it official — all four of its new iPhone 12 models come with next-generation 5G cellular connectivity.The new version of wireless networks started rolling out across the globe last year and picked up speed in 2020. Virtually all new Android phones arriving in the US today offer 5G, and the country’s biggest carriers have been talking nonstop about the connectivity. Now that Apple is jumping into the fray with its 5G-enabled iPhone 12 models, the buzz about 5G is only going to get louder — even if consumers in places like the US aren’t exactly clamoring for 5G devices. 

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Apple hosted a virtual event last week, where it showed off its new, expanded iPhone lineup — the 5.4-inch, $699 iPhone 12 Mini; 6.1-inch, $799 iPhone 12; 6.1-inch, $999 iPhone 12 Pro; and 6.7-inch, $1,099 iPhone 12 Pro Max. All of the phones …

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Sweden bans China’s Huawei and ZTE from its 5G networks

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Sweden has become the latest country to ban Chinese telecoms groups Huawei and ZTE from its 5G mobile networks as the Scandinavian nation takes aim at what it calls Beijing’s spying and “theft of technology.”The Swedish telecoms regulator said Tuesday that, following advice from the country’s armed forces and security services, it had decided to ban Huawei and ZTE from new installations ahead of next month’s 5G spectrum auctions. It gave telecoms operators until 2025 to remove equipment made by the Chinese companies from their existing infrastructure for core functions.“China is one of the biggest threats to Sweden,” said Klas Friberg, head of Sweden’s security services. He added that China was boosting its economic development and military capabilities by “extensive intelligence-gathering and theft of technology, research and development.”“This is what we must consider,” Friberg added, “when building the 5G network of the future. We cannot compromise with Sweden’s security.”
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The ban in Sweden, which is home to Huawei’s biggest rival, Ericsson, is the latest move in a geopolitical fight over Huawei as the U.S. pushes its allies to exclude Chinese telecoms equipment from planned 5G mobile networks.Anders Ygeman, Sweden’ …

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Sweden bans Huawei, ZTE from 5G, calls China biggest threat

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Sweden is banning Chinese tech companies Huawei and ZTE from building new high-speed wireless networks after a top security official called China one of the country’s biggest threats.

The Swedish telecom regulator said Tuesday that four wireless carriers bidding for frequencies in an upcoming spectrum auction for the new 5G networks must not use equipment from Huawei or ZTE.

Wireless carriers that plan to use existing telecommunications infrastructure for 5G networks must also rip out any existing gear from Huawei or ZTE Wireless, the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority said.

The agency said the conditions were based on assessments by the Swedish military and security service. Huawei said it was “surprised and disappointed” by the rules.

Sweden is the latest country to prohibit Huawei from playing a role in building 5G networks and its decision is likely to add to tensions between the Chinese government and Western powers. U.S. officials have waged an intense lobbying campaign in Europe to persuade allies to shun the company, saying Huawei could be compelled by China’s communist rulers to facilitate cyberespionage. The company has consistently denied the accusations.

The ban means more opportunities for Huawei’s main rivals, Swedish company Ericsson and Finland’s Nokia.

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