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  1. Ericsson signs $8.5bn Verizon 5G deal Landmark deal will improve the coverage and speed of Verizon's 5G network Ericsson and Verizon are expanding their long-standing partnership with the announcement of a new landmark $8.5bn multi-year agreement in which the Swedish network equipment vendor will provide the US telecom with its 5G solutions. Through the deal, Verizon plans to accelerate the deployment of its 5G network throughout the US after first beginning its rollout of the next generation of mobile internet connectivity back in 2019. President and head of Ericsson North America Niklas Heuveldop provided further insight on both companies' strategic partnership in a press release, saying: “This is a significant strategic partnership for both companies and what we’re most excited about is bringing the benefits of 5G to U.S. consumers, enterprises and the public sector. We’re looking forward to working with Verizon to leverage solutions like Cloud RAN and our Street Macro, adding depth and versatility to 5G network rollouts across the U.S.” Landmark deal As part of the new $8.3bn agreement, Verizon will deploy Ericsson's 5G MIMO C-band, low-band and millimeter wave (mmWave) solutions to boost and expand its 5G Ultra Wideband coverage, network performance and user experience. Ericsson's technology solutions, which include Massive MIMO, Ericsson Spectrum Sharing and Ericsson Cloud RAN, complement its Ericsson Radio System portfolio to support 5G services. Verizon and Ericsson have worked together in the past and last year, Verizon was the first telecom to receive a commercial 5G mmWave Street Marco base station from Ericsson's US smart factory in Lewisville, Texas. Verizon customers will soon see a performance boost as well as better coverage when using a 5G smartphone on its network and we'll likely hear more regarding the deal once the telecom begins rolling out Ericsson's equipment. Ericsson signs $8.5bn Verizon 5G deal
  2. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 778G 5G will power a new generation of mid-range 5G phones Earlier in March, Qualcomm refreshed the Snapdragon 7 series lineup with the launch of the Snapdragon 780G. While the new chip has only found its way to a single commercial device (the Mi 11 Lite 5G), the San Diego-based chipmaker is adding one more 7 series chip to its portfolio. Meet the Snapdragon 778G: the successor to last year’s Snapdragon 768G. The Snapdragon 778G retains many of the key aspects of the Snapdragon 780G but settles for a slightly lowered binned GPU and less powerful ISP. At the same time, the chip also boasts a faster CPU, better modem with support for mmWave 5G, and support for faster memory. Just like other Snapdragon 7 series chipsets, the goal with the Snapdragon 778G is to deliver some of the premium features from the top-tier Snapdragon 8 series portfolio in a more affordable package. Specifications Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G CPU Kryo 475 CPU cores (up to 2.4GHz) 1x ARM Cortex-A76 @ 2.8GHz 1x ARM Cortex-A76 @ 2.4GHz 6x ARM Cortex-A55 @ 1.8GHz Kryo 670 CPU cores (up to 2.4GHz) 4x ARM Cortex-A78 @ 2.4GHz 4x ARM Cortex-A55 @ 1.8GHz Kryo 670 CPU cores (up to 2.4GHz) 1x ARM Cortex-A78 @ 2.4GHz 3x ARM Cortex-A78 @ 2.2GHz 4x ARM Cortex-A55 @ 1.9GHz GPU Adreno 620 Vulkan 1.1 H.265 (HEVC) and VP9 decoder HDR10+, HDR10, and HLG Adreno 642L Vulkan 1.1 Snapdragon Elite Gaming Features HDR Gaming (10-bit color depth, Rec. 2020 color gamut) H.265 and VP9 decoder HDR10+, HDR10, HLG Adreno 642 Vulkan 1.1 Snapdragon Elite Gaming Features HDR Gaming (10-bit color depth, Rec. 2020 color gamut) H.265 and VP9 decoder HDR10+, HDR10, HLG Display Maximum On-Device Display Support: FHD+ @ 120Hz Maximum External Display Support: 4K @ 60Hz HDR support 10-bit color depth DisplayPort over USB Type-C support Maximum On-Device Display Support: FHD+ @ 144Hz Maximum External Display Support: 4K @ 60Hz 10-bit color depth, Rec 2o20 color gamut HDR10 and HDR10+ support 10-bit color depth DisplayPort over USB Type-C support Maximum On-Device Display Support: FHD+ @ 144Hz Maximum External Display Support: 4K @ 60Hz 10-bit color depth, Rec 2o20 color gamut HDR10 and HDR10+ support 10-bit color depth DisplayPort over USB Type-C support AI 5th gen AI Engine Hexagon 696 processor Qualcomm Sensing Hub 5.5 TOPS performance 6th gen AI Engine Hexagon 770 processor Qualcomm Sensing Hub (2nd gen) 12 TOPS performance 6th gen AI Engine Hexagon 770 processor Qualcomm Sensing Hub (2nd gen) 12 TOPS performance Memory LPDDR4 (2133MHz) Up to 12GB RAM LPDDR5 (3200MHz) Up to 16GB RAM LPDDR4 (2133MHz) Up to 16GB RAM ISP Dual 14-bit Spectra 355 ISP Single camera: Up to 36MP with ZSL Dual camera: Up to 22MP with ZSL Video capture: 4K HDR @ 30 fps Slow-motion up to [email protected] fps HDR10, HDR10+, HLG Triple 14-bit Spectra 570L ISP Single-camera: Up to 64MP with Zero Shutter Lag (ZSL) Dual camera: Up to 36MP + 22MP with ZSL Triple camera: Up to 22MP with ZSL Multi-frame and Staggered HDR sensor support Video capture: 4K HDR Slow-motion up to [email protected] fps HDR10+, HDR10, HLG Triple 14-bit Spectra 570 ISP Single-camera: Up to 84MP with Zero Shutter Lag (ZSL) Dual camera: Up to 64MP + 20MP with ZSL Triple camera: Up to 25MP with ZSL Low light photography architecture Multi-frame and stagged HDR sensor support Video capture: 4K HDR Slow-motion up to [email protected] fps HDR10+, HDR10, HLG Modem Snapdragon X52 4G LTE and 5G multimode modem (integrated) Downlink: 3.7Gbps (5G), 1.2Gbps (4G LTE) sub-6 GHz: 100MHz bandwidth, 4×4 MIMO Snapdragon X53 4G LTE and 5G multimode modem (integrated) Downlink: 3.7Gbps (5G) Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) mmWave: 400MHz, 2×2 MIMO sub-6 GHz: 100MHz bandwidth, 4×4 MIMO Snapdragon X53 4G LTE and 5G multimode modem (integrated) Downlink: 3.3Gbps (5G) Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) sub-6 GHz: 100MHz bandwidth, 4×4 MIMO Charging Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ Connectivity Qualcomm FastConnect 6200 WiFI 6 ready 2.4GHz / 5GHz bands TWT, WPA3, 8×8 MU-MIMO Bluetooth 5.2, aptX TWS, and Adaptive Qualcomm FastConnect 6700 WiFI 6E, WiFI 6 2.4GHz, 5GHz, 6GHz bands 8×8 MU-MIMO Bluetooth 5.2, aptX suite Dual Bluetooth antenna Snapdragon Sound compatible Qualcomm FastConnect 6700 WiFI 6E, WiFI 6 2.4GHz, 5GHz, 6GHz bands 8×8 MU-MIMO Bluetooth 5.2, aptX suite Dual Bluetooth antenna Snapdragon Sound compatible Manufacturing process Samsung’s 7nm process TSMC’s 6nm process Samsung’s 5nm process In terms of technical details, the Snapdragon 778G isn’t overall that different from the Snapdragon 780G. It has a similar CPU architecture, with an octa-core CPU clocked at up to 2.4GHz with a claimed 40% performance boost over Snapdragon 768G. On the GPU side, the Snapdragon 778G comes with the Adreno 642L, which Qualcomm claims offers up to 40% faster graphics rendering than its predecessor. Qualcomm isn’t detailing the clock speed of the GPU, but it’s most probably clocked at a slightly slower frequency than the Adreno 642 in the 780G. As for gaming, the chip supports select Snapdragon Elite Gaming features such as Variable Rate Shading (VRS) that helps game developers offer higher visual fidelity while reducing the GPU workload, and Qualcomm Game Quick Touch, which offers up to 30% faster touch response rate in games. The Snapdragon 778G comes with the Spectra 570L Image Signal Processor. The triple 14-bit ISP can capture concurrent video or image feeds from a primary, ultra-wide, and telephoto sensor. OEMs can configure up to three 22MP triple cameras with Zero Shutter Lag (ZSL), up to 36MP+22MP sensors with ZSL in a dual-camera setup, or up to a single 64MP sensor with ZSL. The Spectra 570L also supports Staggered HDR image sensors for computational HDR video capture, HDR10+ video capture, and burst capture at up to 120fps. Although the Snapdragon 778G offers similar performance when compared to the Snapdragon 780G, there’s one area where it’s actually superior to its more powerful sibling: memory. The Snapdragon 778G supports LPDDR5 memory chips with a capacity of up to 16GB. In comparison, the Snapdragon 780G only supports LPDDR4 memory chips. The Snapdragon 778G is also fabricated on TSMC’s 6nm process while the Snapdragon 780G is fabricated on Samsung’s 6nm process. Due to the ongoing global chip shortage affecting many different vendors, including Qualcomm, it seems that Qualcomm is upping the production of its upper mid-tier products to meet demand from smartphone manufacturers. On the connectivity front, the Snapdragon 778G supports the FastConnect 6700 system, which enables support for WiFi 6/6E, 8×8 MU-MIMO, Bluetooth 5.2, and Snapdragon Sound suite. As usual, OEMs are free to utilize alternative WiFi/Bluetooth chips, so these features aren’t guaranteed to be supported on any given device. On the other hand, mobile data connectivity is handled by the integrated Snapdragon X53 5G modem with peak download speeds of up to 3.7Gbps, 5G mmWave and Sub-6GHz support, Dynamic Spectrum Sharing, 5G SA and NSA, and more. The mmWave 5G part is interesting as the Snapdragon 780G doesn’t support the higher-speed 5G technology. Availability The Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G is expected to arrive in smartphones launching in Q2 2021. Motorola, Realme, iQOO, Xiaomi, Honor, and OPPO are among the list of OEMs who have confirmed to launch a phone with Snapdragon 778G. In a statement, Motorola says its Snapdragon 778G-powered device will feature the company’s “Ready For” platform. “Ready For” is Motorola’s desktop mode-like feature that debuted with the Android 11 update for the Edge+. While Motorola, Xiaomi, iQOO, and OPPO have not confirmed specific device models, Honor and Realme have commented on which upcoming smartphone models will be powered by the new chipset. Honor has said that its upcoming Honor 50 series will feature the new chipset, while Realme says the “new realme X series” device will feature it. Given that the last Realme X series was the Realme X3, we suspect that the Realme device(s) in question with the chipset will be part of the Realme X4 series. Source: Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 778G 5G will power a new generation of mid-range 5G phones
  3. Apple may switch to its own 5G iPhone modems by 2023 Qualcomm will remain its 5G chip supplier until then, said analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Engadget Apple's purchase of Intel's 5G smartphone modem business in 2019 may start to pay dividends by 2023, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in a report from MacRumors. Apple's first iPhones using its own custom-designed 5G chips will appear in 2023 "at the earliest," he wrote. If that proves accurate, Apple will rely on Qualcomm to supply its modems for at least a couple more generations of iPhones. "We predict that the iPhone will adopt Apple's own design 5G baseband chips in 2023 at the earliest," the report states. "As Android sales in the high-end 5G phone market are sluggish, Qualcomm will be forced to compete for more orders in the low-end market to compensate for Apple's order loss." The new rumor lines up with a recent Barclays report that claimed Apple's custom 5G modems would appear in 2023 iPhones, as MacRumors notes. Given the challenges that Apple and Intel had implementing a 5G modem, it's not surprising that it's taking Apple some time to develop its own chips. Apple currently uses Qualcomm's Snapdragon X55 modem in current iPhone 12 models and is expected to use the X60 and X65 modems in the 2021 and 2022 models. Once the company switches to its own modems, it may reduce supply constraints (and thus prices) on 5G modems, making the technology more feasible for low-end smartphones, according to Kuo. Source: Apple may switch to its own 5G iPhone modems by 2023
  4. Verizon “leads” all US carriers in mmWave 5G availability at 0.8% Phones capable of using mmWave 5G access it less than 1% of the time. Enlarge / A Verizon booth at Mobile World Congress Americas in Los Angeles in September 2018. US mobile customers are almost never able to connect to millimeter-wave networks even though the cellular industry and Verizon in particular have spent years hyping the fastest form of 5G. AT&T and T-Mobile customers with devices capable of using millimeter-wave networks were connected to mmWave 5G only 0.5 percent of the time during the 90-day period between January 16 and April 15, 2021, according to an OpenSignal report released today. Even on Verizon, the carrier with the most aggressive rollout of mmWave 5G, users with compatible devices spent 0.8 percent of their time on the high-frequency network that uses its large capacity to provide faster speeds than low- and mid-band spectrum. Average download speeds on mmWave 5G were 232.7Mbps for AT&T, 215.3Mbps for T-Mobile, and 692.9Mbps for Verizon. You can see the average time connected to mmWave 5G and the average speeds in these charts from OpenSignal: The "average time connected to mmWave 5G" chart represents the percentage of time connected to mmWave among users who have a mmWave 5G-capable device and have connected to mmWave at least once, OpenSignal told Ars today. That means the numbers aren't driven down by devices that simply aren't new enough to use mmWave 5G—the percentages for all three major carriers are under 1 percent when evaluating users who definitely have devices compatible with the mmWave networks. "In Opensignal's analytics, we consistently see our Verizon mmWave 5G users experiencing a higher average time connected to mmWave 5G than users on the other US carriers," the report said. "In this 90-day period, our Verizon users saw a mean time connected to mmWave 5G of 0.8 percent compared with 0.5 percent on AT&T and T-Mobile. However, despite Verizon appearing to be ahead this result actually represents a statistical tie because of overlapping confidence intervals with AT&T." All three major carriers have "plenty of scope to increase the availability of mmWave 5G services," the report noted. Overall 5G availability between 11% and 33% Another report released by OpenSignal today said that—when counting 5G on all spectrum bands, not just mmWave—5G was available 33.1 percent of the time on T-Mobile, 20.5 percent of the time on AT&T, and 11.2 percent of the time on Verizon. OpenSignal's speed-test apps "collect billions of individual measurements every day from over 100 million devices worldwide," producing "the vast majority of our data via automated tests that run in the background," the testing firm says. Verizon's lead in mmWave 5G is not surprising because "Verizon's 5G deployment strategy has placed a strong emphasis on mmWave while T-Mobile has focused on its 600 MHz and its 2.5 GHz spectrum assets for 5G services, and AT&T has mainly used low-band for 5G so far," OpenSignal said. mmWave use could rise in summer mmWave 5G was never likely to become the primary form of mobile connectivity, because the high-frequency radio waves don't travel far and are easily blocked by walls and other obstacles. The pandemic has also limited opportunities for people to connect to mmWave 5G because the technology makes the most sense in heavily populated outdoor areas and at large events. "With the pandemic, large groups of people were not congregating as much in city centers, sports stadiums, or shopping malls—so we haven't yet seen the full benefit of mmWave 5G services," OpenSignal VP of Analysis Ian Fogg told Ars in response to our questions. "Additionally, we will likely see seasonal differences in the time users spend connected to mmWave, given that mmWave sites are mostly located outdoors." Fogg noted that "the physics of high-frequency mmWave spectrum bands means signals that originate outdoors tend to stay outdoors" and that people obviously spend more time outdoors in the summer than the winter. However, "when we see more mmWave deployed inside large buildings such as shopping malls or metro systems, seasonality will reduce," he said. Those caveats mean that it's too early to write off mmWave 5G as a major player in mobile Internet use. But so far, mmWave 5G is barely making a ripple in US mobile connectivity, and it is not clear whether it will ever become a big factor for smartphone users. The technology could end up helping many home-Internet users get faster speeds through point-to-point connections, but most people would prefer a wired connection. Moreover, the emergence of SpaceX Starlink's low Earth orbit satellite service may reduce interest in mmWave 5G for home Internet, and availability for Verizon's mmWave 5G Home service is very limited. T-Mobile recently launched a 5G home Internet service, but it doesn't use mmWave. Massive hype, then reality Verizon claimed in July 2019 that "5G Ultra Wideband," its marketing name for mmWave, "has the potential to drive broad, systemic transformation that not only benefits consumers and enterprises, but humanity as a whole." Verizon wrote, with perhaps some hyperbole: 5G promises more than just a faster download. The fifth generation of wireless represents a technological breakthrough that has been likened to prior Industrial Revolutions involving electricity, the steam engine, and the personal computer. It has the potential to be a watershed moment in history, one that will fundamentally change the way we live, work, learn and play. The leap from 3G to 4G was huge, but the one from 4G to 5G will likely be transformational, upending entire industries and creating new ones overnight. Anything would be possible with Verizon's mmWave 5G, the company claimed. "At the end of the day, 5G Ultra Wideband is about unparalleled digital experiences. If people can dream it, Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband can help deliver it." Verizon had launched mmWave 5G in April 2019 in "select areas" of Minneapolis and Chicago, but reviewers had trouble even finding a signal. Later that year, it became clear that Verizon 5G wasn't capable of covering an entire NFL stadium or an NBA arena. In April 2018, AT&T boasted of 5G trials that produced "gigabit wireless speeds on mmWave spectrum in both line-of-sight and some non-line-of-sight conditions." AT&T claimed at the time that mobile 5G would "bring to life experiences like virtual reality, future driverless cars, immersive 4K video, and more." The company said its mmWave 5G signals were strong enough to withstand "rain, snow, or other weather events" and to "penetrate materials such as significant foliage, glass, and even walls better than initially anticipated." But when AT&T finally launched 5G, it was using lower spectrum bands and producing only 4G-like speeds. AT&T also deliberately tried to confuse customers by renaming its 4G LTE-Advanced service "5G E." 5G hype used for lobbying and deregulation Beginning in 2018, T-Mobile used the promise of 5G to lobby for government approval of its acquisition of Sprint, and then-Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai claimed the need for 5G justified deregulation and big reductions in fees paid by carriers to local governments. But Verizon said that Pai overturning local rules and fees would have no impact on the pace of its 5G rollout. T-Mobile was publicly casting doubt on the usefulness of mmWave 5G by at least April 2019, when Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray wrote that millimeter-wave spectrum used for 5G "will never materially scale beyond small pockets of 5G hotspots in dense urban environments." Verizon subsequently acknowledged that mmWave isn't for widespread coverage. Verizon had to tamp down 5G claims In July 2020, Light Reading wrote that "Verizon appears to be the only US operator with plans to significantly expand its 5G network in millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum," as T-Mobile and AT&T weren't showing much enthusiasm for the high-frequency radio waves. While 5G is deployed on a mix of low- to high-frequency spectrum, Verizon said in May 2020 that non-mmWave 5G would only provide small improvements compared to 4G in the near term. Verizon said that customers will eventually see "dramatic improvements" but didn't say when that would happen. In July 2020, after a complaint from AT&T to the advertising industry's self-regulating body, Verizon reluctantly agreed to stop running ads that falsely implied the carrier's 5G mobile service was available throughout the United States. The National Advertising Division said that during its investigation, Verizon did not dispute that its "5G coverage is primarily restricted to outdoor locations in certain neighborhoods and varies from block to block." Verizon has since launched 5G more broadly on the same spectrum bands used for 4G. But Verizon is now in third place in average 5G download speed, according to OpenSignal. "Our T-Mobile users saw average 5G download speeds of 71.3Mbps, ahead of AT&T users' score of 54.9Mbps and Verizon of 47.7Mbps," OpenSignal's 5G report said. "Our T-Mobile users' average 5G download speed has increased by an impressive 13.2Mbps compared to our January 5G report, while our users on AT&T and Verizon saw their average speeds more or less stationary at 54.9Mbps and 47.7Mbps, respectively." Including both 5G and previous-generation networks, average download speeds were 33.2Mbps on AT&T, 28.9Mbps on Verizon, and 28.8Mbps on T-Mobile, an OpenSignal report in January 2021 found. While T-Mobile leads the three carriers in overall 5G availability at 33.1 percent, OpenSignal's January report found that 4G was available between 96 and 98 percent of the time on all three major carriers. Source: Verizon “leads” all US carriers in mmWave 5G availability at 0.8%
  5. iPhone 13 likely to support much faster 5G While we are still months away from the next iPhone reveal, that has not stopped the rumor mill from turning. Previous reports suggest that it will have an always-on 120Hz display, a smaller notch, a vapor chamber for better cooling, smaller batteries and a storage option of up to 1TB. Now, a report states that the iPhone 13 will support millimeter wave (mmWave) 5G outside the US. The current iPhone 12 already supports millimeter wave (mmWave) 5G in the United States, but according to Apple insider Ming-Chi Kuo, the tech will also be arriving to multiple new countries. In a note seen by iMore, iPhone 13 handsets that will be sold in the US, Australia, Canada, Japan, and by “major European mobile operators” will support millimeter wave (mmWave) 5G. 5G is a combination of sub-6GHz low- and mid-band frequencies, and millimeter waves. Millimeter wave technology is fast, providing speeds in the gigabits, but it can be easily blocked. Low-band sub-6 frequencies can penetrate barriers like walls and windows, but it's slower. An iMore report from February claimed that Qualcomm's X60 modem will feature in the next iPhone, bringing the vastly improved 5G speeds but also data aggregation that will allow the iPhone to use both mmWave and sub-6GHz bands simultaneously and further supports the claim that mmWave will likely reach more countries. Source: iMore Source: iPhone 13 likely to support much faster 5G
  6. ZTE Axon 20 5G under-display camera flops in DxOMark tests Last year, ZTE boasted about having accomplished what even the likes of Samsung still failed to do. It brought the world’s first commercially available under-display camera on a smartphone and explained how it pulled off this difficult trick. As much excitement as it generated, it also raised doubts on how it would work in practice. Early feedback was less than encouraging but perhaps the most damning comes from DxOMark’s review that almost put the ZTE Axon 20 5G at the bottom of its selfie list. Putting a camera under an active display is no easy task, which at least justifies ZTE’s pride. Making it work, however, is one thing but making it work well is a whole different game. Unfortunately, DxOMark found very little to praise in the Axon 20 5G as far as the 32MP selfie camera is concerned apart from being an impressive party trick. The camera’s biggest problems were in white balance and color, which actually isn’t surprising considering the technical hurdles that had to be overcome with this UDC technology. If you thought some phones produced pasty selfies, they have nothing on the color shading, color casts, and color quantization of the Axon 20 5G. Artifacts are also prominent and image quality degraded even further when the screen above the camera is actively emitting light, something that only ZTE’s camera app fixes. Video is noted to be only a little less bad though has the same problems with color and exposure. Stable focus is the one good thing about it but that’s only because it has a fixed focus system. With an average score of 26, the ZTE Axon 20 5G almost sinks to the bottom of DxOMark’s list for selfie tests, narrowly beating the ironically named Intex Aqua Selfie for the title of worst selfie camera. DxOMark does note that, for its price, the phone might still be good for other things, especially with its novelty. Just don’t expect much from selfies and video calls. Source: ZTE Axon 20 5G under-display camera flops in DxOMark tests
  7. iPhone 12 Pro Max Named Most Popular 5G Smartphone in United States Apple's iPhone 12 Pro Max held the title of most popular 5G smartphone in 49 of 50 U.S. states as of January 2021, according to PCMag, citing data from Speedtest.net parent company Ookla and research firm M Science. The methodology behind the rankings: M Science directly tracks sales, and gave us cumulative sales figures up until Jan. 23. Ookla looks at the usage of its Speedtest apps on consumers' phones, and gave us data for tests taken in January. They agree that the iPhone 12 Pro Max is the most popular 5G phone in the US. The standard iPhone 12 Pro was the most popular 5G smartphone in Vermont and the Washington, D.C. capital region, the report claims. While the iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12, and iPhone 12 Pro took the top three spots in the rankings, the smaller iPhone 12 mini was far less popular, in line with reports indicating that the 5.4-inch device has faced lackluster sales. Samsung's Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra rounded out the top five best-selling 5G smartphones. iPhone 12 models support ultra-fast mmWave 5G in the United States, and rumors suggest that iPhone 13 models will expand mmWave support to additional countries. Source: iPhone 12 Pro Max Named Most Popular 5G Smartphone in United States
  8. Optus throws down 5G gauntlet, claims fastest speeds in Australia Optus outguns Telstra in 5G download speed, study suggests (Image credit: DenPhotos/Shutterstock) Telstra definitively laid claim to having the widest-ranging 5G network last month, but now Optus has thrown down a gauntlet of its own by claiming to have the fastest 5G speeds in Australia. A report by telecommunications company Systemics-PAB found that Optus’ average 5G download speed was 22% faster than Telstra’s during independent testing that was conducted across Sydney and Melbourne late last year. While Optus outgunned Telstra in download speed tests, it was found that Telstra was better than Optus when it came to 5G average upload throughputs – though only marginally so with a difference of less than 10%. Following the release of the findings, Optus’ managing director, Matt Williams, released a statement which appears to call out Telstra in all but name. In the blog post, Williams requested “one carrier to formally remove their 5G advertising claiming ‘Australia’s best 5G’”. “I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again,” says Williams, “you can’t claim to have Australia’s best 5G network if it’s not the fastest”. He went on to say that, “For Optus, this isn’t about stripping our competitor of their self-declared title – this is about being transparent with the Australian consumer, ensuring that they get access to all the facts”. At the time of writing, Telstra’s website still includes the statement: “Australia’s best 5G. Now covering 50% of Australians.” Who has Australia's best 5G? Australia’s two major telcos are still locked in a back and forth over who has the better 5G network, but perhaps inevitably, the answer to who has the best 5G network in Australia lies in what is most important to you. Telstra’s 5G network is available in more locations than Optus, and after announcing that its network now reaches more than 50% of Australians last month, it has aggressive plans to reach 75% of Australians by the end of June this year. While Systemics-PAB concluded that Telstra has the top 5G network when it comes to coverage, it highlighted that for those wanting top download speeds and the lowest possible latency, Optus is the fastest network available – if it’s available in your area. To check availability in your area, compare Telstra’s 5G coverage map with the Optus 5G network map. Optus throws down 5G gauntlet, claims fastest speeds in Australia
  9. Brazilian government allows Huawei to take part in 5G auction Reuters, citing the Brazilian newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo, has said that Brazil is likely to allow Huawei to participate in the 5G auction that’s set to take place in June. The Bolsonaro government of Brazil has been looking for ways to exclude the Chinese company from the country’s networks, following the lead of the United States, but between Trump’s upcoming departure from the White House and the cost of excluding Huawei, Jair Bolsonaro is being forced to backtrack on his plans. The Brazilian newspaper had cited government and industry sources to back up claims that Brazil will allow Huawei into the 5G network auctions later this year. It said that with China being Brazil’s biggest trade partner and Huawei being more cost-competitive, Bolsonaro has faced resistance to banning the Chinese firm from industry and members of his government including Vice President Hamilton Mourao. VP Mourao told the newspaper that any company that takes part in the auction will be subject to the country’s data protection laws and must respect Brazil’s sovereignty. One of the arguments put forth by the current U.S. administration is that Huawei has links to the Communist Party of China and therefore data won’t be safe if Huawei is allowed into 5G networks. While Trump’s departure may have saved Huawei’s prospects in Brazil, it has come too late for the company in other countries like Poland and the United Kingdom which have already moved to ban Huawei from their 5G networks and remove it where it has already been installed. Source: Estadao (Portuguese) via Reuters Source: Brazilian government allows Huawei to take part in 5G auction
  10. Qualcomm announces its first Snapdragon 4 series 5G chipset Today, Qualcomm is introducing the Snapdragon 480 5G platform, and the major significance is that it's the firm's first entry-level 5G chipset. While you can get a Snapdragon 690 handset for under $300, these smartphones will be in the $125-$250 tier. Indeed, a $125 5G smartphone is unheard of in the current market. "Qualcomm Technologies continues to accelerate 5G commercialization globally to make 5G smartphones more accessible, especially as people worldwide continue to connect remotely," said Kedar Kondap, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. "The Snapdragon 480 5G Mobile Platform will exceed OEM’s and consumer’s expectations in delivering high- and mid-tier features at an affordable price." The Snapdragon 480 5G mobile platform comes with a Snapdragon X51 5G Modem-RF System, supporting both sub6 and mmWave frequencies. It also supports both standalone and non-standalone 5G, DSS, and more for up to multi-gigabit speeds. It has FastConnect 6200 for 2x2 Wi-Fi, coupled with Bluetooth 5.1 as well. Aside from the connectivity features, it has eight Kryo 460 cores that are based on an 8nm process and clocked at up to 2GHz. That comes with an Adreno 619 GPU, and a Hexagon 686 processor for 70% improved AI performance. It comes with the Spectra 345 ISP, promising the first triple ISP in the 4 series so users can capture photos from up to three 13MP lenses at the same time, or they can capture up to three 720p videos at the same time. The chipset also includes support for 120fps FHD+ screens, and for Quick Charge 4+, something that's brand-new to the Snapdragon 4 series. Partners that are promising to be on-board with the Snapdragon 480 include HMD Global with its Nokia phones, Oppo, and Vivo. Devices are expected to be announced in early 2021. Qualcomm announces its first Snapdragon 4 series 5G chipset
  11. Apple Reportedly Placed a Large mmWave 5G Antenna Order for the Upcoming iPhone 13 Family For 2020, when Apple unveiled the iPhone 12 series, mmWave 5G support was only available in the U.S., but things could take a different turn when the iPhone 13 officially announces. A fresh report claims that Apple is working with foreign telecom companies to bring mmWave 5G support to other regions in the coming years. To speed up this standard's proliferation, the iPhone giant has apparently placed a large order for mmWave antennas. Qiqi Will Reportedly Be Added to Apple’s Supply Chain and Provide It With mmWave Antennas for the iPhone 13 The report published by Patently Apple talks about Wistron Group having invested in Qiqi, which is now expected to be added to Apple’s supply chain for mmWave antennas for the very first time. Qiqi’s chairman Xie Hongbo, announced a few days ago that 5G-related shipments would increase significantly in 2021. This would drastically increase revenues for Qiqi, as it will allow more iPhone 13 models sold across the world to adopt the truest standard of 5G. In case you didn’t know, the majority of regions have adopted sub-6GHz 5G. It’s faster than LTE but significantly slower than mmWave 5G, though the upside is maintaining connectivity over a longer range. Likely, mmWave 5G adoption isn’t picking up the place globally because of the infrastructure costs accompanied by this deployment. For every few meters, there needs to be a mmWave 5G node to ensure optimum performance. Otherwise, where you see download speeds above 1,000Mbps, that bandwidth can take a sudden nosedive if you move a foot backward or sideways. This is due to the inferior range of mmWave, and in comparison, sub-6GHz is more reliable. Additionally, designing a mmWave antenna is complicated, but Qiqi has the resources and talent to make it possible for Apple on a larger scale. This should help give the iPhone 13 lineup and future iPhone models support for the mmWave 5G band in regions other than the U.S., as shipments would gain some momentum for this particular component. Do you think the iPhone 13 family should provide mmWave support in more countries? Let us know down in the comments. News Source: Patently Apple Source: Apple Reportedly Placed a Large mmWave 5G Antenna Order for the Upcoming iPhone 13 Family
  12. T-Mobile has announced its first 5G hotspot, one that can be activated on multiple standalone plans offering up to 100GB of data per month. There are some big advantages to the 5G hotspot over the 4G LTE alternatives, including support for a huge number of devices connected simultaneously and lower prices with higher data caps. The new T-Mobile 5G MiFi M2000 hotspot supports both Extended Range and Ultra Capacity 5G network connectivity, as well as 4G LTE when in places where 5G isn’t yet available. In addition to the support for connecting up to 30 devices, T-Mobile says the hotspot device features ‘enterprise-grade security’ and a built-in battery that can go a full day without charging. The hotspot is priced at a hefty $336 USD, but T-Mobile is currently offering it at $168 USD for customers who add a line (the discount comes in the form of bill credits over 24 months). There’s also a device payment option at $7/month (discounted rate) or $14/month (full rate). T-Mobile will soon offer multiple standalone 5G plans starting at 5GB for $20/month, 10GB for $30/month, 30GB for $40/month, and 100GB for $50/month as a limited-time promotion. T-Mobile takes the time to boast that its rates drastically undercut competitor Verizon. There’s an obvious benefit to having a 5G hotspot, particularly for families that aren’t able to get traditional high-speed broadband in their home. T-Mobile’s Ultra Capacity 5G network offers download speeds that hang around 300Mbps and can peak at up to 1Gbps, according to the carrier, offering a better experience than older, slower standalone hotspots. Source
  13. Nothing from Chinese bogeyman allowed in core network by early 2023 The UK's Ministry of Fun* has published its roadmap for the removal of so-called high-risk vendors from UK telecoms networks as part of the second parliamentary reading of the Telecoms Security Bill. The roadmap adds detail to the previous edicts, which banned wireless carriers from acquiring new Huawei-made equipment by the end of the year, and forces them to fully remove existing Huawei kit by the conclusion of 2027. By the end of March 2021, networks will be prohibited from using Huawei's managed services, save for specialist maintenance services pertaining to kit installed prior to that date. Additionally, the rules prevent carriers from installing new Huawei infrastructure by the end of September, even if it was bought before the legal cut-off date. The roadmap also shed much-needed light on the rip-and-replace mandate. Carriers are prohibited from using Huawei equipment in the core network after 28 January 2023. By that date, they must also remove any infrastructure from the Chinese telco kit maker located at "sites significant to national security" and limit the presence of Huawei in 5G, FTTP, and other gigabit-capable networks to 35 per cent. In a statement, Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said: "Today I am setting out a clear path for the complete removal of high risk vendors from our 5G networks. This will be done through new and unprecedented powers to identify and ban telecoms equipment which poses a threat to our national security. "We are also publishing a new strategy to make sure we are never again dependent on a handful of telecoms vendors for the smooth and secure running of our networks. Our plans will spark a wave of innovation in the design of our future mobile networks." The decision to ban Huawei, first announced in July of this year, was justified by the sanctions levelled against the company by the Trump administration which have affected Huawei's ability to source new components for its telecoms and mobile products. This, Dowden said at the time, had a "significant, material" affect on its ability to supply the UK market. Huawei has repeatedly protested this decision, pointing at its two-decade tenure in the UK market, and partnerships with major fixed-line and wireless carriers like BT, Three, and EE. It regards the US sanctions as politically motivated rather than based on a substantive and proven national security risk. To fill the Huawei-shaped hole in the UK telecoms supplier market, the ministry is examining new diversification measures, bolstered by an initial funding of £250m. Part of these funds will be used to commence a trial of OpenRAN technology in partnership with NEC. The RAN (radio access network) is the element in a wireless network that connects devices. OpenRAN is an attempt to build these components using a set of common, interoperable standards, allowing carriers to mix-and-match suppliers. The NEC NeutrORAN project will aim to have 5G OpenRAN used within the UK by next year, with the first trials planned to take place in Wales. This will coincide with LTE OpenRAN deployments planned by Vodafone, which will see the firm's Huawei estate in the southeast of England and Wales replaced with new vendor-neutral infrastructure over the course of the next three years. Separately, the ministry has announced funding for new testing and R&D efforts. One facility, SmartRAN Open Network Innovation Centre (SONIC, because it's not just Americans who like tenuous acronyms), will provide a testing playground for new OpenRAN kit, and will be operated in partnership with UK comms regulator Ofcom and Digital Catapult. Meanwhile, the National Telecoms Lab will allow operators, suppliers, and academia to look at ways to improve security and interoperability by creating and testing "representative networks." In a statement, Lord Livingston, chair of the UK's telecoms Diversification Task Force, said: "Diversification of the UK Telecoms Supply Chain is very important to ensure that our future networks are secure and resilient and that we can maximise the economic and social potential that 5G brings. "As Chair of the Telecoms Diversification Taskforce, I fully support the ambition of the strategy and its objectives. In order to position ourselves at the forefront of the next generation of technology, it is vital that we invest in Research & Development, help shape global standards and work closely with our international partners." * Commonly known as the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Source
  14. Our AT&T 5G speed test yields the craziest speeds yet At the AT&T Shape conference in LA we get a taste of blazing fast 5G speeds. And they sure make for smooth mole whacking. On Saturday, AT&T let us test the speed of its 5G network on a Galaxy S10 5G phone. Juan Garzon/CNET It's fitting that I tested AT&T's 5G network at the Warner Bros. studio in Los Angeles. Both Hollywood and 5G aim to take our wildest ideas and make them real. In AT&T's case, it's the promise of high speed mobile data over a cellular network, which could revolutionize how we use our phones, computers and connected devices. In the little time I spent testing 5G speeds at the AT&T Shape conference at Warner Bros., I was blown away by how fast they were. They cruised past the speeds we've witnessed in similar early 5G tests done with Verizon and Sprint. AT&T now becomes the third US carrier over the past few months to give us a taste of the power and potential of 5G. After a less than stellar preview in April, Verizon flexed its blazing speed muscles in May around select parts of Chicago on its 5G network. Later that month, Sprint showed off its 5G networkin Dallas-Fort Worth, and it proved impressive in terms of its speeds and the size of its coverage -- even if Verizon's demo was faster. AT&T's approach was to show off a 5G connected campus on the Warner Bros. lot. Imagine a film crew being able to instantly share footage with someone on the other side of the lot. If you haven't heard of 5G, it's the next generation of cellular technology, and it should allow for faster data speeds with incredibly low latency. The new generation of wireless innovation could lead to a slew of uses, both practical, like downloading movies to our phones in seconds or streaming AR/VR games without lag, and hopeful, like being a harbinger for new uses and technologies that have yet to be envisioned. The latter could truly revolutionize industries, from self-driving cars to remote medical procedures. Usain Bolt-fast 5G speeds Armed with a loaner Samsung Galaxy S10 5G phone, I ran a dozen speed tests around a town square backlot at Warner Bros. that was dotted with 5G millimeter wave nodes on rooftops. I was able to measure upload and download speeds and to download hours of movies and TV shows in a matter of seconds. The takeaway? AT&T 5G Plus is faster than The Flash when he has to pee. I got speeds that were consistently over 1Gbps, often hitting 1.6-1.7Gbps. That's six times faster than my home internet. I ran 12 tests with the Speedtest.net benchmarking app to measure speeds, and eight were over 1.4Gbps. The top speed I saw was 1.782Gbps, which is faster than the top speed of 1.3Gbps we experienced on Verizon's 5G network in Chicago and the 484Mbps top mark we recorded in Dallas on Sprint's 5G network. I downloaded and installed PUBG Mobile, which is 1.9GB, in less than two and a half minutes. The first season of Blue Planet II (more than 5 hours of video) took less than a minute to download with the Netflix app. From what I experienced on Saturday, 5G is still very much in its raw cookie dough state. Networks are still being built out, and the tests I ran are a wonderful tease of what our future wireless connections should be able to do. But it's worth noting that the speeds I experienced on AT&T's 5G Plus are available only in small zones for businesses like Warner Bros. and Magic Leap. Consumers will have to wait till at least 2020 before they can experience these insane speeds themselves. Speed is just one part of what makes 5G so appealing, though. Low latency is the real game-changer for 5G The Shape conference pointed at the true potential of 5G: its worth for businesses and developers. Interactive demos by companies like Magic Leap, Nvidia, Nokia, Google and IBM gave me a tiny glimpse into how that 5G speed can bring creative dreams and utilities a step closer to reality. But something I noticed across most demonstrations was that 5G's secret weapon is really low latency. Latency is the time it takes your computer or gaming console to send data to an online server and get data back. The less time this takes, the better. A whack-a-mole-style game from Ericsson showed off how vastly different the latency is between 5G, 4G and 3G connections. Instead of moles, there was an arcade table console that had small plastic circles across the top. When a circle lit up, you simply pressed it to get a point. Easy enough, right? However, when I played the game I wore a VR headset with cameras on the front. I could see only the live feed inside the headset, which was streamed over a 5G connection. Gameplay felt natural and easy until the connection switched to 4G. My timing immediately felt off, and then things got much worse when the connection switched to 3G. This demo was such an effective and fun way to show how 5G's latency is crazy low. Nvidia showed off its GeForce Now, a cloud streaming service for games. I played Batman Arkham City over 5G and had no idea I wasn't playing a local copy. Movements were smooth, and reflexive gameplay felt no different than on a PlayStation. Low latency won't make headlines, but it means businesses can use cloud computing to create more-powerful experiences on our phones and devices. And I think it's smart that AT&T is rolling out its 5G network to businesses and developers first. Remember when the iPhone was first released? There wasn't an app store until a year later. And truly it was apps that made the iPhone so innovative. AT&T is pushing businesses and developers to discover compelling uses for 5G. And those uses will be what ultimately makes 5G go mainstream to consumers. Until then, expect more speed tests and 5G phones that are aimed at early adopters. Source
  15. THE HAGUE (Reuters) - European law enforcement agencies set to lose the ability to tap criminals’ mobile devices with the launch of 5G technology must be brought into discussions earlier when communications networks are modernised, the new head of Europol told Reuters. Appealing to EU leaders for greater powers to fight tech-savvy criminals, Catherine De Bolle said its member states do not yet have the domestic regulations or technology to fill the policing gap that will open up when 4G networks become obsolete. “It is one of the most important investigative tools that police officers and services have, so we need this in the future,” she said in an interview, giving the example of locating a child who has been kidnapped. European police authorities are now able to listen to and track wanted criminals using mobile communication devices on the 4G network, but “we cannot use them in the 5G network,” De Bolle said. She said European law enforcement agencies were brought into talks on the 5G transition among tech companies and policymakers too late. That meant that officials were now being forced to seek ways to limit the damage when police are stripped of critical surveillance capabilities under 5G. The comments came as Europol released a report on crime fighting in the digital era, called “Do Criminals Dream of Electric Sheep,” which described the adoption by criminals of new encrypted communication tools, 3-D printing technology and hacking capabilities that target potential victims online. It highlighted the ability by terrorists to use self-driving cars or drones as weapons, artificial intelligence that can spread fake news and high-speed quantum computing that may help crack encryption codes. “WEB-BASED CRIMINALITY” Police agencies “were not vocal enough” when policy makers and commercial businesses were discussing 5G technology, and De Bolle is sounding the alarm to avoid a repeat. “The biggest risk is that we are not enough aware of the developments on a technological level and we have to be ahead on this. We have to understand what is going on and we have to try to provide answers to it,” she said. “So we need to be at the table where they discuss about the technological development, where they discuss standardisation.” Europol opened in 1999 as Europe’s collective policing agency and combats cross-border organised crime, terrorism and cybercrime in the bloc. It has 900 staff based in The Hague. The agency is in discussions in Brussels to double its budget from this year’s 138 million euros ($155 million) by 2027, largely to revamp its cybercrime capabilities, De Bolle said, detailing the new report. “The area we are working in and the technological evolution we are dealing with - the innovation used by criminals, the web-based criminality - it is huge,” said De Bolle, who joined Europol in May 2018 from the Belgian police force. She made the case for Europol to become a platform for modernising EU police forces by developing digital tools and technology. To do that, Europol would need greater political and financial support from European institutions. In the next seven-year EU budget period from 2021 to 2027 “we need a doubling of the money we have today,” she said. Source
  16. SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) will roll out commercial 5G licenses “in the near future”, Xinhua said. It did not provide further details. Beijing had granted licenses at the end of 2018 to China’s three state-owned carriers to conduct trials for 5G deployment. It has yet to approve full commercial deployment, however. Source
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    Tech Tent: Why is 5G data capped?

    Tech Tent: Why is 5G data capped? Image copyrightPA Image captionStormzy launched EE's 5G network With a flash of fireworks and a song from rapper Stormzy, the UK welcomed the arrival of its first 5G mobile network. On this week's Tech Tent podcast, we explore the benefits this next-generation tech is supposed to bring, and ask whether people are likely to pay a premium to upgrade. Image captionChris Fox is sitting in for Rory on this week's podcast Stream the latest Tech Tent podcast on BBC Sounds In the race to launch the UK's first 5G network, it was BT-owned EE that got there first - although the service is only available in a handful of cities at the moment. To put it to the test, our technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones went to Covent Garden in central London, to appear live on the BBC News channel via 5G video link. His broadcast went smoothly, although afterwards he revealed there had been a small technical hitch. Three days of testing the video-streaming technology had hit EE's data cap. The Sim card needed "topping up" before he could go on air. Data cap anxiety? Despite one of the benefits of 5G being a huge increase in network capacity, all of EE's new price plans come with a data cap. The cheapest tariff - £54 a month with a £170 fee for a compatible handset - has a data cap of 10GB. We're told 5G will let us stream ultra-high definition 4K movies in an instant - but you would soon use up your 10GB allowance doing that. When the mobile networks first introduced data caps on 3G tariffs, it was touted by the networks as a necessary step for them to manage demand on congested networks. A cynic might suggest it was also a way to boost revenue, as the number of lucrative SMS text messages being sent dwindled. Are we about to see "data cap anxiety" carry over into the 5G era? The fast download speeds of 5G make it a good candidate for replacing fixed-line home broadband - but not with a restrictive data cap. Downloading one video game on a console could easily blow through 30GB of data. EE has not revealed its tariffs for 5G home broadband. But as the only player in the market right now, it can charge early adopters what it likes. EE told the BBC that some of its 5G tariffs included their biggest data allowances to date and that 10GB was "plenty" for many customers. It also offers customisable "data passes" so that video games or video streaming, for example, are not counted towards your data use. When Vodafone switches on its 5G service in the coming weeks, we may see some more competitive prices - and less restrictive data caps. Perhaps, with the increase in capacity promised by the next-generation tech, it will do consumers a favour and banish them entirely. Source
  18. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will vote in July on whether to auction a key band of largely unused 2.5 GHz spectrum to help advance next-generation 5G wireless networks and scrap requirements that it be used for education, the agency said on Tuesday. The FCC in May 2018 voted to consider releasing additional key 2.5 GHz mid-band spectrum reserved in the 1960s for what is now known as the Educational Broadband Service. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement the proposal would give existing users more flexibility in how they use the spectrum. “Valuable mid-band spectrum available for new mobile services will allow for more efficient and effective use of these airwaves and will advance U.S. leadership in 5G,” he added. Pai said last year the FCC was seeking to ensure that existing users would retain spectrum, give some entities a chance to obtain new licenses “and then auctioning off the remaining white spaces.” Reuters reported the auction plans earlier on Tuesday. Sprint Corp uses leased spectrum in the 2.5 GHz band in its existing 4G network and 5G network that it is being rolled out. That spectrum is a key part of Sprint and T-Mobile US Inc’s proposed $26 billion tie-up and 5G plan, and is not directly affected by the auction, FCC officials said. The U.S. Education Department in a June 7 letter told the FCC it should maintain an “educational use requirement” for that spectrum and suggested setting aside revenue from license sales to help students who lack the internet access required to do their homework. The FCC proposal would remove that educational requirement, officials told reporters on a conference call. It did not provide an auction timetable but said the proposal would establish a “competitive bidding window.” Several FCC auctions are planned this year, the agency added. FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr last year noted that the 2.5 GHz band is unused in about half the country, and more than 90% of the licenses held by educational institutions are leased to other entities. Carr said those arrangements show “many educational institutions have contracted with those providers so that each can focus on what it does best: the former can educate students, and the latter can build wireless networks.” The FCC also plans to vote next month on revising its children’s television programming rules, it said in a statement. Source
  19. Germany planning 'trustworthy' supplier requirement for all networks and 5G A draft of updated security requirements is set to appear in Northern Hemisphere's spring. Germany's Federal Network Agency, the Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA), published on Thursday a set of planned additional security requirements for telco networks within the country, which are due to appear in draft form during the Northern Hemisphere's spring. The BNetzA pointed out that the requirements will apply to all networks, not just 5G. "Systems may only be sourced from trustworthy suppliers whose compliance with national security regulations and provisions for the secrecy of telecommunications and for data protection is assured," the first requirement BNetzA states. "Network traffic must be regularly and constantly monitored for any abnormality and, if there is any cause for concern, appropriate protection measures must be taken." Further, components may only be used if they are certified by the Federal Office for Information Security and have undergone approved, regular testing. "Proof must be provided that the hardware tested for the selected, security-related components and the source code at the end of the supply chain are actually deployed in the products used," BNetzA said. The planned requirements will force German telcos to avoid using a single vendor, and only "trained professionals" will be allowed to work in security-related areas. In situations where telcos outsource this type of work, "professionally competent, reliable, and trustworthy contractors" must be used. "We revise the security requirements on a regular basis in light of the current security situation and technological developments," Bundesnetzagentur president Jochen Homann said. "Security requirements apply to all network operators and service providers, irrespective of the technology they deploy. All networks, not just individual standards like 5G, are included." The German publication comes as Huawei announced yesterday it had filed to sue the US government. Huawei rotating chair Guo Ping said in Shenzhen on Thursday that the company was seeking a declaratory judgement that the National Defense Authorization Act, which forbids US government entities from using Huawei or ZTE equipment, as unconstitutional, as well as seeking a permanent injunction against the restrictions. "The US government has long branded Huawei a threat. It has hacked our servers and stolen our emails and source code," Guo Ping said. "Despite this, the US government has never provided any evidence supporting their accusations that Huawei poses a cybersecurity threat. "Still, the US government is sparing no effort to smear the company and mislead the public about Huawei. Even worse, the US government is trying to block us from the 5G markets in other countries." At the end of last year, reports said the Five Eyes alliance containing the US, the UK, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, was passing classified information on Chinese foreign interference to countries such as Germany and Japan. In December, the Czech Republic's National Cyber and Information Security Agency issued a warning against equipment Huawei and ZTE. "China's laws, among other things, require private companies residing in China to cooperate with intelligence services, therefore introducing them into the key state systems might present a threat," says the director of NCISA Dusan Navrátil. Navrátil also warned that China "actively pursues its interests in the territory of the Czech Republic, including influence and espionage intelligence activities". Earlier this week, former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the ban Australia placed on Huawei was not done at the behest of another nation or for protectionist reasons, but because it defended Australia's sovereigntyand as a "hedge against changing times". "It is important to remember that a threat is the combination of capability and intent," he said. "Capability can take years, decades to develop. And in many cases won't be attainable at all. But intent can change in a heartbeat." Turnbull bemoaned that the Five Eyes members did not have a company capable of competing in 5G. "In many discussions with my western counterparts, I raised the concern that we, and in particular the Five Eyes, had got to the point where there were now essentially four leading vendors of 5G systems -- two Chinese, Huawei and ZTE, and two European, Ericsson and Nokia," Turnbull said. "With the benefit of hindsight it beggars belief that the countries which pioneered wireless technology -- the United States, the UK, Germany, Japan and with WiFi, Australia -- have got to the point where none of them are able to present one of their own telcos [as] a national, or a Five Eyes, champion in 5G." Source
  20. MG Hector to Be India's First Internet Car, Technology Revealed MG Motor India’s first car will be the Hector SUV which will go on sale in Q2 this year. The second car, which will arrive in 2020, will be a pure electric vehicle - eZS. MG Hector SUV. (Image: MG Motor India) MG Motor (Morris Garages) has showcased their car technology in India with the launch of the iSMART Next Gen, developed in partnership with global technology players. The MG Hector, which will go on sale in June this year, will come with iSMART Next Gen and will be the first internet car in India. MG Motor says that they have partnered with global tech companies Microsoft, Adobe, Unlimit, SAP, Cisco, Gaana, TomTom and Nuance. The carmaker also unveiled other several industry-first features of Internet-enabled cars that will be available in the MG Hector. The iSMART Next Gen, which MG Motor calls the 'brain' of the car, will be housed in a 10.4” Head Unit. The screen is designed with a vertical interface that allows the driver to control the entire car system with just a touch or voice command. MG says that the Head Unit has been built to withstand extreme climatic conditions in India. It will also come with pre-loaded with entertainment content. MG Hector iSMART Next Gen will be embedded with an M2M sim that ensures that the car remains connected. The customized solution has been developed by Unlimit in partnership with Cisco and Airtel who have collaborated with their Jasper platform and telecommunication network respectively. The connected mobility solution on the MG Hector is Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPV6) ready for 5G. Here's one of the interesting facts, MG customers will be able to download software updates immediately or schedule them for later, as in smartphones. This makes MG the first few among the global leaders and the first in India to bring the revolutionary Over The Air (OTA) technology to cars. The OTA feature would be standard in all MG cars enabled with iSMART Next Gen for connected mobility, starting with MG Hector SUV. “The integration of internet with cars opens up a gamut of features that can ensure a seamless and updated ownership experience for MG customers in India. With an embedded SIM card and OTA, the MG Hector promises to do a lot more over time with constantly-expanding capabilities, to create a seamless driving experience, throughout the life of the car,” said Rajeev Chaba, President & Managing Director, MG Motor India. “Furthermore, with the advent of 5G connectivity in India, MG cars will have the potential to add new, breakthrough features to further enrich the car driving experience,” Chaba added. MG Hector SUV. (Image: MG Motor India) The MG Hector will also come with Voice Assist, a voice application that works on the cloud and head unit. Developed by Nuance for MG India, it has been specifically designed for India for Indian accent learning. As a result of built-in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) algorithms, MG Motor says that the system will learn and get better every day with usage. Activated with ‘Hello MG’, the voice assist allows over 100 commands, including opening and closing of windows and sunroof, ac control, navigation etc. and works under poor connectivity as well. Furthermore, the MG Hector will also house the world leader TomTom’s real-time navigation application. TomTom has over 600 million vehicles under its platform. This navigation system would regularly update maps, routes and locations through their IQ Maps feature. Other pre-loaded apps include the Gaana app with a premium account and Accuweather. All apps have been specially customized for MG Hector’s large Head Unit. The iSMART Next Gen is supported by the iSMART mobile App. For starters, the car gets scanned each time the App is opened, and information includes the location of the car, tyre pressure, or if the doors are locked or not. Future owners will be able to use the remote app to directly lock or unlock doors, turn on the ignition and switch on the air-conditioner. It would also allow owners to schedule a service and keep track of service history. MG with iSMART has also said that they want to ensure that its customers remain protected against advanced threats while enjoying the benefits of technology. MG car owners can locate their cars remotely and geofence it, so the car cannot be taken out of a predefined zone. The App uses driver analytics data to help people drive smarter. The iSMART is hosted on Microsoft Azure Cloud providing impregnable cybersecurity for all data. If this wasn't enough, MG has also has set up a customer management service centre called the Pulse Hub. This will enable eCall emergency response in all MG cars. If a car’s airbags are deployed under an emergency condition, automatic messages are sent to the Pulse Hub and the registered phones along with a series of emergency response actions that get activated instantly. MG hector also offers a feature called 'iCall'. Owners can activate this with just a touch on the screen, which will then allow the driver to be connected to Pulse Hub. Keeping true to the 'connected car' value, MG has partnered with Adobe and Cognizant to develop the first ever Adobe Experience Cloud for MG customers. Likewise, SAP with iTelligence has built a Dealer Management System - ‘Magnet’, and connected apps. This system would host all information from company, dealers, service centres and customers at one place. Source
  21. KT launches unlimited 5G data plan with no speed cap South Korea's second largest mobile carrier KT has launched a 5G data plan that offers unlimited data with no speed cap to overwhelm rivals SK Telecom and LG Uplus. South Korean telco KT has launched a 5G data plan that offers unlimited data with no speed cap as the country prepares for the rollout of the next-generation network on Friday. The mobile carrier dubbed its price plans for 5G as KT 5G Super Plans, which come in basic, special, and premium packages. All three tiers offer unlimited data on 5G without a speed cap and data roaming in 185 countries. Previously, with 4G LTE, telcos had offered so-called "unlimited" data plans that capped data speeds once consumers used a set amount of data. The Super Plan Basic will cost 80,000 won (US$70) per month and is cheaper than its 4G LTE counterpart which cost 89,000 won. Data roaming speeds will, however, be set at 100kbps. The Super Plan Special and Super Plan Premium will cost 100,000 won and 130,000 won per month, respectively. Those who subscribe to the Premium plan will be able to enjoy 3Mbps data transfer speeds for roaming. KT's move is an attempt to get ahead of its competitors as consumers begin to migrate from LTE to 5G. Rivals SK Telecom and LG Uplus have offered similar price plans, but have capped speeds once the allotted data is spent. KT also unveiled an affordable plan called 5G Slim that costs 55,000 won but caps speeds after 8GB of data has been used. 5G network in South Korea will go live for consumers on Friday, when the sales of Samsung Galaxy S10 5G begins, which will be the world's first roll out of 5G networks. The country's attempt to be the first to roll out the next-generation network ahead of others, however, has not been without its hiccups. It initially planned for a March deployment but this was delayed due to industry players not being ready. Source
  22. China to lead APAC tech spend, 5G race ahead of global markets China will remain Asia's largest in terms of tech spending, growing 4 percent this year and 6 percent in 2020, and lead global markets in the 5G race where its investments in telecommunications account for 57 percent of the country's overall spend. China is expected to remain Asia's largest spender in technology, forking out US$256 billion this year and US$273 billion in 2020, as well as lead global markets in 5G where the country's investments in telecommunications account for 57 percent of its overall tech expenditure. In fact, it has outspent the US by US$24 billion in 5G since 2015, with its three major telcos unveiling plans to launch commercial 5G networks by next year, according to Forrester. The research firm projected that tech spending in the Chinese market would climb 4 percent this year and 6 percent in 2020, despite ongoing trade tensions with the US that had slowed China's economic growth. Japan, at US$198 billion, would be the region's second-largest tech spender this year and, together with China, would contribute 60 percent of the total Asia-Pacific tech budget. Country's government has introduced initiatives to train 12,000 people in artificial intelligence skillsets, including industry professionals and secondary school students. India would place third at US$70 billion, Forrester predicted, while South Korea and Australia would each spend US$50 billion. Countries such as Taiwan, Indonesia, and Hong Kong would each spend between US$10 billion and US$30 billion, with Singapore as pack leader. "In addition to its slowly progressing smart nation vision, Singapore is doubling down on digital to boost the competitiveness of enterprises at home and in the rest of Asean," Forrester said. "Singapore also sees artificial intelligence (AI) as an important enabler of long-term sustainability. The entry of digital-native firms like Amazon and Alibaba into Southeast Asia should create the necessary urgency for sectors like retail and logistics in other Asean markets to begin a long-overdue digital transformation." However, growth in the Asia-Pacific region's technology spending would slow to 4 percent next year amidst bleaker market conditions and waning tailwinds, the research firm said. It noted that digital transformation initiatives in 2019 would be more pragmatic and focused on improving operational efficiencies and agility. China also adopt a similar outlook in its digital transformation efforts as businesses looked to navigate effects of the ongoing trade conflict and a slowing local economy. Its investment in telecommunications, though, would remain robust and China this year was "best positioned" to win the global race in 5G implementations, Forrester said. It added that South Korea also was gunning to be a key player in 5G and AI, and would continue to aggressively invest in 5G technology development this year. Local telco KT had set aside US$20.5 billion for its 5G Open Lab through to 2023 and was expected to roll out one of the first global commercial 5G networks this year. The research firm further noted that public cloud adoption was growing in Asia-Pacific, particularly China, Australia, and New Zealand. Spending in this market, comprising public cloud platform services, middleware, and applications would climb to US$24 billion in 2020, up from US$18 billion in 2018. Chinese businesses are projected to spend US$256.61 billion on tech this year and another US$272.84 billion in 2020, focusing their investments on transforming operations and improving efficiencies as they brace themselves for an uncertain geopolitical climate, says Forrester. SEA internet economy to hit 'inflection' value of $72B in 2018 Southeast Asian internet economy will be worth US$72 billion by year-end, fuelled by increasing number of mobile users and high-growth markets such as e-commerce and ride-hailing, reveals annual Google-Temasek study. https://www.zdnet.com/article/digital-economy-can-push-asean-gdp-up-1t-if-markets-operate-as-one/ Currently representing just 7 percent of GDP, Asean's digital economy can drive an uplift of US$1 trillion by 2025 across the region, but digital trade barriers and lack of seamless cross-border payments are key barriers. Huawei warns bans will increase prices and put US behind in 5G race Huawei's Eric Xu told CNBC that blocking the company's 5G networking products will increase prices and make it harder for the US to become No. 1 in 5G. However, it has been a huge benefit to the two Scandinavian suppliers: Ericsson and Nokia. APAC firms recognise AI as competitive advantage, but see corporate culture as key challenge Majority of Asia-Pacific business leaders see artificial intelligence as a key enabler in ensuring a competitive edge, but just 41 percent have actually adopted such tools, reveals a new study, which points to culture and skills as main challenges. Source
  23. 5G-connected cows test milking parlor of the future SHEPTON MALLET, England (Reuters) - They may look like regular cows, but a herd of Friesian dairy cattle at a British farm are internet pioneers and they are enjoying the benefits of 5G connectivity before you. Cisco Systems Inc, which is developing network infrastructure for the emerging technology, has set up 5G testbeds to trial wireless and mobile connectivity in three rural locations. 5G promises super-fast connections, which evangelists say will transform the way we live our lives, enabling everything from self-driving cars to augmented-reality glasses and downloading a feature-length film to your phone in seconds. While it is being used in pockets of pilot studies around the world, the first near-nationwide coverage is not expected in countries such as China, Japan or the United States until 2023, according to industry analysts. For the cows, among the 5G-connected gadgets they are wearing is a collar that controls a robotic milking system. When the cow feels ready to be milked it will approach machine gates that will automatically open. The device recognizes the individual to precisely latch on to its teats for milking, while the cow munches on a food reward. At the government-funded Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation Centre (Agri-EPI Centre) in Shepton Mallet, in southwest England, around 50 of the 180-strong herd is fitted with the 5G smart collars and health-monitoring ear tags. The gadgets do not harm the cows and the monitoring allows handlers to see any signs of distress. “We are testing the ability of 5G to transmit the data from our sensors much quicker, and not via the farm’s PC and a slow broadband internet connection,” said Duncan Forbes, Project Manager at the Agri-Epi Centre “And the significance of that is it means that this sort of technology could be taken up ... not just on farms but on rural communities right across the country.” The working dairy, set up by Agri-EPI with the support of Britain’s innovation agency, uses a range of technology; including automated brushes that rotate when the cow rubs up against them, sensor-operated curtains that open depending on the weather, and a smart feeding system that automatically delivers food in the barn via ceiling-mounted rails. “We can connect every cow, we can connect every animal on this farm,” Cisco’s Nick Chrissos said. “That’s what 5G can do for farming — really unleash the power that we have within this farm, everywhere around the UK and everywhere around the world.” Source
  24. First to 5G? For smartphone users, the race is kind of meaningless EE is the first UK carrier to jump to 5G. But for more consumers, the upgrade just isn’t worth it yet. 5G has arrived in the UK today. Jaromir Chalabala / EyeEm Pop the champagne and polish the medals, for the competition to be first to 5G has declared its victors. UK carrier EE turned on the country's first 5G network in the country on Thursday, beating its rivals to the punch. EE joins Verizon and Swisscom as "winners" of the race to being the first in its country to offer customers the next generation of network speeds. 5G is successor to 4G and its higher speeds will enable new experiences from autonomous cars to seamlessly integrated smart homes. For a handful of early adopters out there, EE's 5G switch-on will bring the first taste of whizzier, much-hyped mobile internet. 13 PHOTOS Samsung, LG, Motorola: How soon can we expect 5G phones? But it's crucial to recognize that it will just be a handful. Initially, 5G will only be available in the busiest and most central parts of the small number of launch cities.The rest of the time, you'll be connected to the good old-fashioned 4G network. So it may be worth holding off on upgrading to a 5G phone contract for now. Here lies the awkward period when 5G transforms from relentless hype to reality. It's a point of pride for a network to switch on 5G first, and you'll hear a carrier trumpet the claim in countless commercials. But it doesn't necessarily reflect when you'll get 5G or the ultimate strength of your network's 5G offering. Keep in mind, the industry celebrates many 5G milestones, even if most average phone users couldn't care less. Kester Mann, analyst at CCS Insight, doesn't think EE being first to pull the 5G trigger spells doom for other networks. In the UK, Vodafone is due to launch its own 5G network at the beginning of July, with O2and Three set to follow by the end of the year -- a relatively small difference. "If anything, it gives a bit of an opportunity to see how it's been positioned to market and use that early learning to inform their own propositions," he said in an interview. But that's not to say there aren't also good reasons to be in the pole position. "Being first is really important to maintain leadership when you have a technology transition," said Cristiano Amon, president of Qualcomm in an interview with CNET at EE's launch event in London last week. "You're always going to have first mover advantage, not only because you're going to get the learnings and the technology, but you actually can be faster to bring it to maturity, understand the new use cases and actually provide the value proposition to your customers." And it's not just the networks that could be affected by being early to 5G -- the hierarchy of device manufacturers could also be switched up. 5G is unusual in that it's the first generation of new network technology in which the ecosystem of devices is mature ahead of the carriers, said Amon. Several prominent Chinese manufacturers, including Xiaomi, Oppo and OnePlus, have timed their arrival or expansion in Europe to coincide with the advent of 5G. Of the current top manufacturers in the UK (Apple, Samsung and Huawei), only Samsung is currently in a position to compete with the newbies, with the Galaxy S10 5G variant is available on Vodafone and EE. Apple is conspicuous by its absence from the range of devices offered at launch and may not have a 5G phone of its own until 2020. Meanwhile Huawei's devices were pulled -- or put on "pause" -- by EE and Vodafone at the last moment due to uncertainty over its future relationship with Google's Android. So while you might be trying to decide between a Huawei and Samsung phone for your next upgrade, in a year or so you could be weighing up an Oppo or Xiaomi device instead. "You could certainly argue that it's an opportunity for some of these new device makers to make a bit of an impact on the market," said Mann. Don't worry, there will be plenty of time to make up your mind. Mann estimates networks won't be providing widespread 5G coverage to hundreds of thousands of people until the end of 2020. "It's definitely going to be a long process," he said. Source
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