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, 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 where 5G can be used right now and when 5G trials are becoming available.

  • January 22: Ooredoo trials their first international 5G call between Doha and Kuwait, calling it the first in the Arab nation.
  • January 21: Zhejiang Hangzhou Sci-Tech City (Haichuang Park) becomes the first full 5G park in China. It will be used for 5G research.
  • January 18: 5G Garage, Singapore's first live 5G facility, opens up in collaboration with Singtel, Singapore Polytechnic, and Ericsson.
  • January 17: Huawei announces the completion of a 5G NR test at 2.5 GHz spectrum in northern Beijing, China, citing that "2.6 GHz can be one of the excellent choices for operators to deploy 5G NSA/SA commercial network."
  • January 8: The city of Sioux Falls, SD, partners with Verizon to have the company install small cell technology throughout the city in preparation for a 5G rollout.
  • January 8: China Telecom Sichuan launches the world's first 5G subway station in Chengdu.
  • January 3: Vodafone, Orange, and Huawei announce plans to run 5G trials in Spain, in Pamplona, Andalucia, Malaga, and Seville.
  • December 28: Finland's DNA telecom company plans to launch a 5G network in 2019 in Helsinki, and reveals that it's also working on a fixed wireless access (FWA) network in Vantaa.
  • 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 some companies already releasing them and many others planning to this year. Other mobile carriers are offering 5G hotspots so that customers can get on 5G with their 4G devices.

  • April 1: LG will begin selling the V50 ThinQ 5G on April 19 in South Korea.
  • April 1: Samsung confirms that Korean carriers will begin offering the Galaxy S10 5G on April 5.
  • March 29: AT&T uses the NETGEAR Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot to reach 5G speeds of over 1 Gbps in multiple cities.
  • March 21: Antenna technology provider Airgain announces 5G antenna solutions that let customers enable 5G NR bands in a wide range of form factors.
  • March 21: O2 service provider in the UK will offer Samsung's 5G phone, the Galaxy S10 5G, later this year.
  • March 21: Samsung will begin selling the Galaxy S10 5G in Korea on April 5.
  • March 14: Verizon begins accepting pre-orders for the 5G moto mod, the add-on device that will enable 5G connectivity for the moto z3.
  • March 13: SK Telecom says the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will have speeds of up to 2.7 Gbps in South Korea.
  • February 25: Ericsson reveals the Ericsson Radio Stripe system, an antenna concept aimed at providing ubiquitous 5G connectivity.
  • February 25: ZTE announces their 5G phone, the ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G, which will be available in China and Europe in the first half of 2019.
  • February 20: Samsung announces the Galaxy S10 5G smartphone. It will be available through Verizon exclusively during the first half of 2019, followed by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Spectrum Mobile, and Xfinity Mobile in the summer.
  • February 20: Huawei reveals zero-footprint, full-outdoor, modular 5G equipment.
  • February 19: Movandi launches the BeamXR 5G repeater system intended to extend millimeter waves both indoors and outdoors.
  • February 19: Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon X55, their second-generation 5G modem "designed to deliver breakthrough wireless performance and accelerate global 5G rollout." It's capable of peak download speeds of 7 Gbps and upload speeds of 3 Gbps.
  • February 18: Altaeros launches the SuperTower ST200, calling it the "world's first commercial aerial cell tower" that will accelerate 5G rollouts in rural areas.
  • January 30: LG is rumored to be announcing a 5G phone at the MWC Barcelona (Mobile World Congress) in February, called the LG V50 ThinQ 5G. It will have a 6-inch display, 4,000mAh battery, and a Snapdragon 855 chipset.
  • December 5: Telstra unveils the HTC 5G Hub, their first commercial 5G device that will retail in Australia in 2019.
  • December 5: UK's EE announces that they'll be the first mobile network to provide the OnePlus 5G smartphone to customers.
  • December 5: Samsung and AT&T reveal a 5G smartphone that will be available in the second half of 2019. This will be their second 5G-capable phone and will be able to access both 5G mmWave and sub-6 GHz spectrum.
  • December 4: Qualcomm unveils the Snapdragon 855, their new processor for 5G phones that will support up to 10 Gbps speeds, improve AI performance, enhance augmented reality, and more.
  • December 4: AT&T announces that a Samsung 5G phone will be released in early 2019 for use on its 5G network.
  • December 4: Verizon announces a standards-compliant 5G hotspot device that will launch in 2019.
  • December 3: Verizon and Samsung announce a partnership to bring a 5G smartphone to market in the first half of 2019.
  • November 29: Japanese glass manufacturer AGC develops a transparent 5G antenna, citing that it could be installed in a user's field of vision without disrupting sight or aesthetics.

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 11: A formal agreement is made between Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) and the Chulalongkorn University research university to collaborate on a 5G testing center. It will launch at the university in 2019 and will last two years.
    • 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.