Good news for smartphone makers: Consumers in both the U.S. and China are eager to get their hands on new, speedier 5G phones. But they’re also hot on the prospect of speedier and wireless charging. And in the U.S., not everyone knows what 5G is.
By Eric J. Savitz
SAO PAULO, July 12 (Reuters) – Swedish telecoms equipment maker Ericsson expects Brazil to switch on its fifth-generation (5G) network by early 2021, several months after a spectrum auction set for March next year, a top executive told Reuters.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration had targeted Huawei on security grounds but a partial lifting of restrictions was a key element of a weekend agreement to reopen stalled trade negotiations with China.
By Esha Vaish
Apple won’t be first major vendor out of the gate with a 5G smartphone, but it may have a comprehensive lineup when it’s ready. Historically accurate analyst Ming-Chi Kuo now expects all three 2020 iPhones to support 5G, not just the two highest-end models. Apple will be helped by falling 5G hardware costs (you could see limited 5G support on $250 Android phones, Kuo said), more resources thanks to the Intel modem business acquisition and expectations from both carriers and customers. At that stage, 5G may be treated as a given in the iPhone’s price class — and carriers might not offer as many subsidies without 5G support.
BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Deutsche Telekom stole a march on its competitors by announcing a limited rollout of 5G services in its German home market on Wednesday, targeting early adopters in cities with the high-speed mobile technology.
By Markus Wacket and Douglas Busvine
China’s 5G network investments are predicted to surpass those in North America between 2019 and 2023, as the world’s second largest economy rapidly shifts from 4G to the next-generation mobile technology amid trade tensions with the United States.
By Li Tao
Rather than try to convince skeptics he is serious about the wireless business, Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen tells Axios he is going to focus on building a 5G network as fast as possible. Ideally, he said he wants the first city up and running by late next year.
By Ina Fried
France provides an interesting case of a Western country outside the five-eyes intelligence sharing arrangement that takes network security seriously and for years has taken steps to reduce its vulnerabilities to foreign intelligence collection and the risk of sabotage. It is also an example of seeking a balance between refusing a Huawei ban but working to create a regulatory environment to manage risks.
By Mathieu Duchatel
Huawei had previously said that its oversized 5G handset would be available in the UK before the end of July and has now confirmed that Three, Sky Mobile and Carphone Warehouse will be offering the phone to customers.