Telecomm analytics firm OpenSignal released a report last week analyzing the connection experience of 5G users across the world, on ten different providers. Unfortunately—and typically for 5G—the source data is so muddled that it’s difficult to draw meaningful conclusions from the results.
In the USA, Verizon is the only carrier to have deployed a significant millimeter-wave (5G FR2, various bands from 24GHz to 40GHz) network—and in fact, at the moment Verizon is only deploying 5G FR2, which is why its average 5G download speed bar leaps off the chart, at 506Mbps. 5G is a protocol, not a wavelength—and the extreme high speeds and low latencies carriers and OEM vendors promote so heavily come with the high-frequency, short-wavelength FR2 spectrum, not with the protocol itself.
Swedish communications service provider Telia Company has launched commercial 5G in Stockholm powered by Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) Radio Access Network (RAN) products and solutions.
Initial services on the 700Mhz band will cover most of central Stockholm by mid-June, including the Norrmalm, Östermalm and Vasastan districts.
Telia aims to enhance and supplement its low-band 5G commercial services with additional nationwide 5G coverage, including mid- and high-bands, following the auction of the related spectrum by the Swedish government later this year. For this launch Telia is using its existing 700MHz spectrum, boosted by LTE and New Radio (NR) carrier aggregation.
A new version of the Motorola Razr foldable could launch this year, and it might have 5G, a bigger battery, and improved cameras (via 9to5Google). Those could address some of the many criticisms of the original model, which came out in February.
Surprisingly, this apparent new version of the Razr may have been revealed by an executive from Lenovo, which is owned by Motorola, reports Android Authority. Lenovo’s South Africa general manager Thibault Dousson appeared on the Reframed Tech podcast and said a new Razr could be coming around September.
The race to blanket Germany with 5G is officially underway. Within the span of two weeks, market leader Deutsche Telekom Germany and now Vodafone Germany have activated 5G services in limited areas across the country.
Vodafone Germany’s initial 5G service is now live in 20 German cities, following Deutsche Telekom’s initial 5G launch in six cities earlier this month. Vodafone Germany’s 5G service is live in Cologne, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Dortmund, and Munich, among other municipalities.
Bell Canada said it was ready to launch, but that it was not the ‘right time’ to do so
2020 was supposed to be the year of 5G for Canada, but the coronavirus pandemic has thrown a significant spanner in the works.
Bell Canada has announced that its initial 5G network is ready to be switched on, but have deemed the ongoing pandemic as the wrong time to do so.
“Frankly we don’t think that it’s the right time right now to officially launch it for marketing purposes,” explained BCE CEO Mirko Bibic in the company’s quarterly conference call. “I just don’t think that customers are paying attention to this right now and that’s not what is top of mind for our customer base. They have other priorities understandably.”
South Korean operator KT added 360,000 5G subscribers in the first quarter of the year, the telco said in its earnings statement.
The carrier, which launched commercial 5G services in April 2019, ended Q1 with a total of 1.78 million 5G customers.
“Since the launch of KT’s 5G services, we are currently maintaining a much higher market share in 5G compared to the market share we have for the LTE handsets,” Kyung-Keun Yoon, KT’s CFO, said during a conference call with investors.
The executive also said that the company continues to maintain a very high ARPU for the new 5G subscribers.
Samsung Electronics today revealed the new Galaxy A71 5G and Galaxy A51 5G smartphones, adding 5G connectivity and enhanced essential innovations to the popular Galaxy A family. Packed with the latest industry-leading features, including a stunning Infinity-O display, quad camera, long-lasting battery and connectivity through 5G, the A71 5G and A51 5G are designed to create accessible and exciting mobile experiences every day.
“Our ambition with the Galaxy A series portfolio is to deliver must-have innovations, and powerful experiences, at a varied range of prices but without compromising on features,” said YeonJeong Kim, Vice President, Head of Innovative Product Planning Group Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics. “I’m excited today to be announcing the next step in our journey with the Galaxy A71 5G and Galaxy A51 5G. These devices are designed for the era of 5G, and are part of our ongoing commitment to deliver next-generation connectivity to more people, by building 5G into our diverse smartphone portfolio, at more accessible price points.”
Samsung was the leader in global shipments of 5G smartphones for the first three months of this year, reports The Korea Herald. Among the Top 5 companies, only Samsung is not based in China.
The South Korean tech giant shipped 8.3 million units out of the total 24.1 million for the quarter. This works out to 34.1% market share.
Crypto-friendly electronics giant Samsung and SK Telecom have launched the Galaxy A Quantum, available in South Korea. Housing quantum cryptography technology, the new device is the world’s first 5G smartphone with a quantum random number generator (QRNG) chipset.
The chipset, developed by SK Telecom’s Switzerland-based subsidiary ID Quantique, generates random numbers through quantum-crypto technology to create secure keys that can’t be cracked, according to the announcement.