July 20, 2018
This Week in 5G: 5G is All Around Me .
Fresh off the World Cup, countries are moving full steam ahead in the Race to 5G. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights in This Week in 5G:
The Eiffel (Cell) Tower
France is speeding ahead toward 5G deployment. The country has established a 5G road map to allocate 5G frequencies and rollout 5G commercially in at least one major city by 2020. France’s first 5G trials are underway in cities across the country, from Bordeaux to Marseille.
Bidding for a Piece of the Paella
Spain has begun auctioning spectrum in the 3.6 – 3.8 GHz band, which the Spanish government calls “the first step in the deployment of necessary networks for the development of 5G systems, which will situate Spain among the most advanced countries in terms of 5G technology.”
Finding 5G Seoulmates
South Korea’s three major mobile operators—SK Telecom, KT, and LG U+—have announced they will work together to launch initial 5G services in the country in March 2019, a move that likely puts South Korea in a strong position in the Race to 5G. For more information on the Race to 5G, click here.
Ewe Need More RAM
Moving on from the Race to 5G, Samsung has developed a new RAM module for use in future phones—and not only will it help make 5G phones a reality, but Samsung promises the RAM will help reduce device power consumption by 30 percent, meaning improved battery life and efficiency.
May I Have Some More [5G]?
Meanwhile, AT&T announced three more cities—Charlotte, Raleigh and Oklahoma City—on their 12 city list that are due to benefit from mobile 5G service this year. The wireless provider plans to provide 5G initially via hotspot-like devices that will allow consumers to access 5G networks via their current phones.