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European risk report flags 5G security challenges

By Natasha Lomas/Techcrunch

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European Union Member States have published a joint risk assessment report into 5G technology which highlights increased security risks that will require a new approach to securing telecoms infrastructure.

The EU has so far resisted pressure from the U.S. to boycott Chinese tech giant Huawei as a 5G supplier on national security grounds, with individual Member States such as the UK also taking their time to chew over the issue.

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BT Mobile launches 5G in 20 towns and cities

By Manny Pham/Mobileworldlive

BT commenced the sale of 5G contracts to consumers and businesses through its MVNO BT Mobile in 20 locations across the UK.

Piggybacking on EE’s 5G network, BT Mobile will offer 5G in large towns and cities including: London; Birmingham; Cardiff; Manchester; Edinburgh; Belfast; Coventry; Leicester; and Bristol to name a few.

A further 25 locations will be offered access to 5G data rates of between 100Mb/s and 150Mb/s by the end of the year.

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Apple to Use Its Own 5G Modems in 2022

By MATT MILANO/Webpronews

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According to Fast Company, Apple may have its own 5G modems ready for production as early as 2022, ending its reliance on Qualcomm.

Apple has been trying to end its dependence on Qualcomm for some time now. Initially, the company switched to using Intel, while at the same time fighting a legal battle with Qualcomm over what it perceived to be unfair pricing. Ultimately, the two companies settled in April, followed by Apple promptly buying Intel’s 5G modem business.

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Report: Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10+ 5G is already the best-selling 5G smartphone

By Ben Schoon / 9to5google

Samsung’s first 5G phones have only been on the market since May, but the company has already sold 2 million of them, an executive said Friday. That number should increase to 4 million by the end of 2019, he predicted.

“Today more than 2 million consumers around the world can connect to 5G networks using Samsung 5G smartphones,” JuneHee Lee, senior vice president and head of Samsung Electronics’ technology strategy team, said during Qualcomm’s keynote at the IFA electronics trade show in Berlin. “We expect that number to double by the end of the year.” read more

Sony’s not feeling the hype, waiting until 2020 to release its first 5G smartphone

Sony has been a bit quiet on the smartphone front in recent years, but the company has not completely given up yet. In fact, if you’re a fan of Sony’s hardware, you might be interested to learn that come 2020, Sony could be looking to launch their first 5G smartphone. This is according to a report from AndroPlus who claims to have spotted Sony in the early stages of testing their 2020 smartphone.

By Tyler Lee / Phandroid

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Samsung’s A-Series 5G Smartphone: Galaxy A90 5G

With multiple makers of smartphones launching expensive high-end 5G smartphones this year, it was a matter of time before more reasonably priced 5G handsets emerge. Samsung is among the first companies to introduce a 5G-enabled smartphone that promises not to break the bank. In addition to faster networks support, the Samsung A90 offers a bunch of first-class features, including an advanced SoC as well as premium imaging capabilities.

By Anton Shilov / Anandtech

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Sprint’s 5G network extends to MVNOs

Mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) riding on Sprint’s network already have access to 5G in one city, with additional markets planned soon.

Sprint launched mobile 5G earlier this year in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and Kansas City, Missouri, followed in late August by Los Angeles, Phoenix, New York City, and Washington, D.C.

By Bevin Fletcher/Fiercewireless

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