5G: The Latest News & Updates

The latest and greatest that's happening in the world of 5G

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New 5G information is released daily from around the world. Some companies are starting 5G trials in new cities, others are announcing when customers can order their 5G service, and some businesses are releasing new ideas for how 5G will change the way we live.

5G availability is extremely limited right now (here's why), with only a few locations having a live, non-demo, subscriber-based network up and running. However, many companies are just a few months away from launching a full-blown 5G network for customers to use.

Below is all the information you need to know to stay on track with how 5G is progressing around the globe.

5G Releases and Trials

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Many companies around the world are announcing new 5G trials and potential live 5G networks for customers.

  • November 5: Turkcell in Turkey completes a fixed wireless access trial.
  • October 1: Verizon becomes the first company in the US to offer fixed wireless access service to subscribers in parts of California, Texas, and Indiana, using their own 5G standard (i.e., not 5G NR).

5G Phones and Other Hardware

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Phones for 5G are quickly approaching, with many companies planning to release them this year. Other mobile carriers are offering 5G hotspots so that customers can get on 5G with their 4G devices.

  • January 16: Deloitte's 2019 Technology, Media, and Telecommunications Predictions estimates that around 1 million 5G handsets will be shipped to customers before the end of 2019, plus 1 million 5G modems and another one million 5G FWA devices.
  • January 14: South Korea's ETNews says that Samsung's upcoming 5G phone, the Galaxy S10 X which will be released March 29th, will have six cameras, a fingerprint sensor embedded in the display, 10 GB of RAM, a 5,000 mAh battery, and 1 TB of storage.
  • January 7: Sprint confirms that a Samsung 5G smartphone will be available on its network in the summer of 2019.
  • January 4: D-Link reveals the DWR-2010, a 5G router capable of speeds 40 times faster than the average fixed broadband speed in the US, and built to connect to a 5G network with nothing more than a SIM card and power outlet.
  • December 17: Qualcomm introduces its next-gen cellular chipset, the 9205 LTE modem, built for Internet of Things (IoT) applications like sensors, monitors, and trackers.
  • December 13: Chinese mobile device manufacturer Ulefone reveals the Armor 6 as the world's first rugged 5G phone. Network testing will start in the second quarter of 2019 in collaboration with China Mobile.

New 5G Use Cases

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A new era of 5G-enabled products is beginning. A few practical use cases for 5G include interconnected smart cities, mobile augmented reality and virtual reality, and device-to-device communication.

5G Research, Investing, and Other News

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5G isn't yet as ubiquitous as 4G, but that doesn't stop businesses from planning how they can capitalize on it. Companies are developing ideas on how they might one day use a 5G network or 5G device; some could even prove to be a good investment if you get in early.

  • December 10: Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) reveal a method for selecting antenna designs for 5G hardware, which could boost network capacity while reducing costs.
  • December 10: Verizon reveals that 10,400 employees have accepted a voluntary separation offer as part of the company's plans to reorganize and focus on 5G.
  • December 6: JMA Wireless acquires PHAZR, a vRAN 5G technology provider headquartered in Allen, Texas.
  • December 3: Games developer Niantic explains that 5G networks will help accelerate their vision for next-gen augmented reality video games.
  • November 29: Chinese electronics company Oppo announces a 10 billion yuan investment into 5G, AI, and IoT research and development.
  • November 29: Palo Alto Networks announces a new type of firewall for 5G networks.
  • November 22: Vodafone plans to demonstrate how 5G can be used to track long-distance drone flights.