August 10, 2018
This Week in 5G: 5G Trucks On .
It’s that time of the week—welcome back to This Week in 5G, where we recap all the latest in 5G news. Let’s get to it:
China is setting a fast 5G pace.
According to a new Deloitte report, China now has ten times more sites to support 5G communications than the United States, thanks in part to the ease of deployment in country. If the U.S can pick up speed in the race to 5G, the report claims it will unlock an era of untapped economic potential.
Australia’s making moves on mid-band.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority announced a 5G spectrum auction in the 3.6GHz band for late November. The ACMA will auction off 125MHz of spectrum in this band starting at AU$0.03 per MHz per population (in addition to a AU$10,000 application fee required to take part in the auction), a price ACMA chair Nerida O’Loughlin says is designed “to maximize efficiency, competitive outcomes, and the full utility of this spectrum for 5G.”
5G Sparks in New Zealand.
New Zealand wireless carrier Spark announced it is planning to deploy 5G by 2020. They are working on a program to increase the number of cell sites in their existing mobile network in anticipation of 5G needs, and asking the New Zealand government to make more spectrum available for the rollout.
India’s in too.
India announced plans to roll out state-of-the-art 5G telecom services in the next four years. Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan recently explained that if India wants smart cities, there must be smart infrastructure for it. Sundararajan says some early infrastructure projects may start rolling out as early as 2020, with hopeful plans to complete 5G roll-out by 2022.
Ericsson doubles down in U.S.
Ericsson announced they are increasing their 5G investments in the U.S. to develop products in close proximity to accelerated next-gen network rollouts happening stateside. As part of this effort, Ericsson announced a new software development center, new U.S.-focused product teams, and a U.S. manufacturing arm.
T-Mobile is hitting the road over the next year, and in style. T-Mobile’s new magenta-accented “Tech Experience Truck” is traveling across the country to exhibit the company’s latest 5G and IoT innovations. This week, T-Mobile will also launch its new “Tech Experience” exhibit near its headquarters in Bellevue, Washington to showcase the interconnectedness of our 5G future.
5G from the ground up.
Meanwhile, in Dallas, AT&T is pairing up with developers of Frisco Station to build a community from the ground up with 5G in mind. Incorporating 5G infrastructure, like dense fiber and a network of small cells, from the beginning will allow the development to support potential data-intensive smart city applications, including autonomous vehicles. AT&T spokesman, Tyler Jacobson, said Frisco Station is unlike any other AT&T 5G project because of its massive size, and because it is being built alongside new construction rather than retrofitted.
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