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June 8, 2018

This Week in 5G: “5G: What Is It Good For?” .

    This Week in 5G: “5G: What Is It Good For?”

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    CTIA Director Ariz Matute
    Ariz Matute
    Director, Digital Strategy

    From spectrum frontiers, 5G PCs, and the gaming news leading up to next week’s E3; we look back at some of the highlights in This Week in 5G.

    Spectrum Frontiers
    One of the major 5G stories this week occurred at the Federal Communications Commission’s June Open Meeting. On Thursday, the FCC took steps to make more spectrum available for 5G wireless use. See our statement here.

    The Industry Impact of 5G
    The impact of 5G across industries was also a hot topic of discussion for U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, Ericsson SVP and Head of Market Area North America Niklas Heuveldop, GroundTruth President Serge Matta and Envy Gaming CEO Mike Rufail. They discussed the future impact of 5G across retail, entertainment and public policy during the Axios-hosted event.

    You can also learn more about the transformational potential of 5G wireless in our latest blog from our own Chief Technology Officer, Tom Sawanobori.

    A New Reality for VR/AR
    An industry that could see a tremendous impact is e-commerce, as new applications in virtual reality and augmented reality could change the way we “try before we buy.” A Forbes article breaks down how 5G can reinvent e-commerce because of its lower latency.

    Retail is not the only industry making news, as AT&T partnered with Intel and Ericsson to demonstrate 5G-enabled virtual reality during an event at Warner Bros. Studios, where three participants in different places experienced a concert together at the same time.

    Looking Ahead: 5G at E3
    We’re also sure to see the power of 5G demonstrated at the upcoming Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3). AT&T recently announced a partnership with e-sports powerhouse ESL, and will showcase 5G’s capabilities at next week’s expo, as well as other ESL-hosted events across North America.

    5G PCs Are Coming
    Not to take a backseat to handhelds and gaming devices, Sprint, in a joint statement with Intel, announced this week that it will be offering 5G PCs next year powered by Intel’s chips.

    Sprint plans to release both 5G laptops and 2-in-1s starting in 2019—joining Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Microsoft, which have already announced they’re building Intel-powered 5G PCs.

    That wraps up another “This Week in 5G”. We’ll be back next week for more news and stories on the next generation of wireless networks.

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