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Counterpoint Research: US 5G Mobile Market Hits an Interesting Acceleration Point

counterpoint research: us 5g mobile market hits an interesting acceleration point

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SAN DIEGO and BUENOS AIRES, Argentina and LONDON and NEW DELHI and HONG KONG and BEIJING and TAIPEI, Taiwan and SEOUL, Korea, Oct. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The US 5G market has hit an interesting stage with tons of action. On the mobile operator side, T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon have all amassed 5G coverage for over 200 million Americans with low-band spectrum. Verizon and AT&T are rapidly deploying mmWave in major metros, stadiums, arenas and businesses. T-Mobile and US Cellular are also committed to mmWave. All these carriers are testing stand-alone 5G and will begin rolling it out in earnest in 2021. Handset OEMs supporting 5G include Samsung, LG, OnePlus, Motorola, TCL, and now Apple. Chip players such as Qualcomm and MediaTek have 5G chipsets for smartphones as low as $150 – lower cost smartphones are en route. The entire telecom ecosystem is scaling up for 5G.
Here are some other highlights of the US 5G market:

The CBRS spectrum auction ended with bids of $4.6 billion. Verizon and the cable players were the most aggressive. Many universities and private/public companies participated and won spectrum. 5G private networks will be a big opportunity. AT&T and T-Mobile waiting on C-band auction.
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Nokia doubles profit, pledges ‘to win’ at 5G

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Nokia wants to beat rivals Ericsson and Huawei in the 5G marketMoreFinnish telecoms equipment maker Nokia more than doubled its profits in the third quarter as its new chief executive promised on Thursday to do “whatever it takes” to become the 5G market leader.On his first results day since taking the reins of the Finnish networks giant in August, Pekka Lundmark vowed to beat rivals Ericsson and Huawei in the 5G market. “In those areas we choose to compete, we will play to win,” he told reporters. “We will do whatever it takes to lead in 5G and we are ready to invest more.” Despite a “disappointing” 7.0-percent fall in sales, in part due to poor services performance, Nokia posted a 193-million-euro ($227-million) net profit for the three months to September, up from 82 million euros in the same period last year.The operating margin — which measures underlying profit as a proportion of sales — rose to 9.2 percent from 8.4 percent a year earlier.But Nokia downgraded its 2020 outlook, lowering projected earnings per share by two cents to 0.23 euros in part due to difficulties in the North American market.For 2021, operating margin was forecast at between seven and 10 percent. “Next …

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Nokia profit up, new CEO pledges to boost 5G investments

nokia profit up, new ceo pledges to boost 5g investments

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HELSINKI (AP) — Telecom equipment maker Nokia has reported improved third-quarter earnings largely in line with expectations, but acknowledged it faced challenges in the race for new generation 5G networks. It pledged to invest more in those networks and said it would revamp business strategy under its new CEO.The Espoo, Finland-based maker of new-generation 5G mobile and other networks said Thursday that net profit for the July-September period was up 14% at 305 million euros ($358 million). Sales were down 7% at 5.3 billion euros.Nokia’s quarterly report is the first one under new CEO Pekka Lundmark, who took over the company’s top spot on Aug. 1. ADVERTISEMENTHe said “more change is needed” within Nokia, which has played catch-up to China’s Huawei and Sweden’s Ericsson in the lucrative 5G market.“Our financial performance in 2021 is expected to be challenging,” Lundmark said. “We have lost share at one large North American customer, see some margin pressure in that market, and believe we need to further increase R&D investments to ensure leadership in 5G. In fact, we have decided that we will invest whatever it takes to win in 5G.”Nokia also announced a new strategy, effective Jan. 1, where it will have four …

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FCC establishes a 5G Fund for rural America – Geospatial World

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The Federal Communications Commission has adopted rules for creating the 5G Fund for Rural America, which will distribute up to $9 billion over the next decade to bring 5G wireless broadband connectivity to rural America.  5G represents the latest advance in mobile wireless technology, promising increased speeds, reduced latency, and better security than 4G LTE networks.  The 5G Fund will use multi-round reverse auctions in two phases to target support from the Commission’s Universal Service Fund to eligible areas based upon the improved mobile broadband coverage data gathered in the Commission’s Digital Opportunity Data Collection proceeding.  Establishing the 5G Fund further secures United States leadership in 5G and will close the digital divide and bring economic opportunities to rural America.
Phase I of the 5G Fund will target up to $8 billion of support nationwide to areas lacking unsubsidized 4G LTE or 5G mobile broadband, with $680 million specifically set aside for bidders offering to serve Tribal lands.  To determine eligible areas, the auction will use granular, precise mobile broadband coverage data developed in the Digital Opportunity Data Collection proceeding, allowing the Commission to more efficiently target funding to areas of the country where support is most needed, while ensuring support …

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The best 5G pure-play investment is in cellphone-tower operators

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One way to invest in 5G is through the companies that own cellphone towers.

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The potential of 5G is already on the radar of investors around the world, with revenue from 5G wireless network infrastructure expected to reach $8.1 billion in 2020. That represents a 96% increase from 2019, according to Gartner, a research firm.

As COVID-19
continues its destructive path, many countries and regions around the world see
5G expansion as a pathway to economic recovery and growth. As a result,
governments, private industry and investors are lining up to make the necessary
investments to advance the infrastructure needed for 5G. What was once
seen as a longer-term play, 5G is blossoming in a period when it is needed
most. So-called “pioneer countries,” including the United States, Japan, South
Korea and China have already deployed “the first high-band 5G networks” in
select major cities, according to a 2020 McKinsey report. Meanwhile, Apple
recently unveiled its inaugural 5G phone lineup.
For these
reasons, we believe the time is now to take advantage of this growing yet
underappreciated trend. Across its supply chain, 5G is poised to make a
significant impact, from the infrastructure powering the network to the
equipment and retail …

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Nationalization of 5G is not the way forward

nationalization of 5g is not the way forward

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America is on the verge of an enormous leap toward fifth generation (5G) technology, promising wireless broadband speeds more than ten times greater than what current cellular networks have to offer. 5G will unleash a new generation of innovation, from self-driving cars to remote surgery, and potentially add $900 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product.This powerful infrastructure requires spectrum — a critically important and finite resource. Given all its uses, spectrum allocation is a hotly debated topic in Washington, but one thing is clear: to win the global race to 5G, we must make more spectrum available — especially in the mid-band.While Cabinet-level departments, independent agencies, and congressional committees push for more studies and requests for information, our adversaries have already put their own strategies to work.ADVERTISEMENTThe stakes are enormous in the global race to 5G, and the clock is ticking.Unfortunately, there are some who believe the only way to confront our adversaries is to act like them by nationalizing 5G and allocating precious spectrum to support a nationalized network. Proponents argue that government-centric, bureaucratically-controlled solutions will lead to innovation. I want to be unequivocally clear: Nationalization of 5G is not the way forward.Others argue for …

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5G Networks: U.S. vs China Analysis and Research Findings – MSSP Alert

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by DH Kass • Oct 28, 2020
The country that controls fifth-generation (5G) wireless telecommunications infrastructure will dominate the next 20 years of technological innovation, economic growth and prosperity, the Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC) said in a new white paper.
It might not be the U.S. Unless the the nation can develop a national play book to combat a decades-long, uber-aggressive strategy in which China has mobilized “state-owned and state-influenced” companies to seize dominance in the market for a number of emerging technologies, the U.S. will struggle to solve its “China problem,” the CSC said in its report, entitled Building a Trust ICT Supply Chain.
The bipartisan CSC, formed in 2018 of Congressional members, former government officials and private sector leaders tasked with developing a unified strategy to blunt cyber threats posed by foreign adversaries, last March unwrapped a federal report in which it offered 75 recommendations toward that end. Chief among them is the need for a national security coordinator. This latest white paper is another step along those lines, arguing that an encumbered federal bureaucracy and outdated strategies leaves doors leading to a cyber disaster wide open.

“Put bluntly: in the context of our supply chains for ICT, the United States has …

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Private 5G Networks Enable Enterprise Digital Transformation

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BELLEVUE, Wash., Oct. 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today’s companies are rapidly evolving through digital transformation to stay ahead of their changing industries. 5G Americas, the wireless industry trade association and voice of 5G and LTE for the Americas, today announced the publication of a whitepaper titled 5G Technologies in Private Networks, highlighting the intensifying role of private networks in the 5G era in creating new enterprise opportunities through integrated connectivity, reliable communications, and optimized services.5G technologies are increasingly delivering enhanced networking speed, latency, bandwidth, privacy and other benefits supporting emerging applications that are built on the proven technology of private LTE networks today. This white paper showcases how 5G private networks are suitable for different groups of applications, detailing specific architectures applicable to building various types of private networks. In addition, the paper also analyzes how different types of spectrum (licensed, unlicensed, and shared) can be utilized in building private networks.Chris Pearson, President of 5G Americas said, “5G is continuing to advance successive 3GPP standard releases that expand private network use cases and capabilities. In particular, network slicing enables a private 5G network in a secure, reliable, and super-fast way that allows networks to be optimized for the …

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Remember the triple play bundle of phone, TV and internet? T-Mobile’s close to bringing it back

remember the triple play bundle of phone, tv and internet? t-mobile’s close to bringing it back

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The new TVision from T-Mobile works on a variety of devices. 
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T-Mobile’s TVision, a newly announced bundle of live streaming channels, gives the company’s traditional wireless customers another reason to stick with the carrier. And just around the corner is a 5G-based home broadband service that could make leaving T-Mobile a much more complicated task. Phone. Television. Home internet. Sound familiar?

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T-Mobile is in effect resurrecting a 2.0 version of the old triple play bundle, a favorite strategy of traditional telecom and cable companies. For years, the likes of Verizon and Comcast would keep subscribers hooked with discounted bundles of traditional phone service, DSL or cable internet, and a package of pay TV channels. T-Mobile’s new bundle would consist of 5G cellular service, 5G-based fixed mobile broadband and an over-the-top streaming service that mimics a cable TV bundle. There’s irony in T-Mobile reassembling this type of bundle after spending several years bashing Verizon, AT&T and the cable companies for their antiquated ways. AT&T, in fact, has moved away from the triple play and is banking on streaming services like HBO Max, …

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