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December 14, 2018

This Week in 5G: Easy as A, B, C .

    This Week in 5G: Easy as A, B, C

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    Jilane Petrie
    Director, Public Affairs

    Welcome back! …Or are you new here?

    If so, don’t worry, because this week, the 5G headlines were as easy as A, B, C and 1, 2, 3.

    A: AT&T announced that FirstNet subscribers and business customers now have access to Cradlepoint equipment, which will help first responders be ready to shift to 5G. The routers can connect to AT&T’s current 5G Evolution networks and will be easily upgradeable as next-generation networks become available.

    B: Bands! Bands of spectrum, that is. The FCC voted unanimously to adopt changes to free up spectrum in the upper 37 GHz (37.6-38.6 GHz), 39 GHz (38.6-40 GHz) and 47 GHz (47.2-48.2 GHz) millimeter wave bands. Broadcasting and Cable says it’s the FCC’s “latest effort to boost the deployment of 5G, IoT and more, and the largest swath of contiguous spectrum currently available in the millimeter-wave bands.”

    C: Consumer Connected Cars, a new study from Juniper Research, found that the number of vehicles capable of V2V communication will grow from 1.1 million in 2019 to 62 million in 2023. Behind the 173% growth? “The rollouts of 5G networks, anticipated to launch next year, will be the key accelerant behind the expansion of V2V communications.”

    1: OnePlus confirmed it will launch its first 5G phone by May 2019.

    2: Two new Verizon 5G stores opened in Houston and Los Angeles earlier this month, demonstrating to the public what next-generation technology is all about.

    3: A three-year deal was inked by Intel and esports company ESL. The extension of their long-standing partnership means Intel will be providing the “technology — including high-powered computer processors and 5G — for some of the best-known esports events through 2021.”

    That was easy. So check back in next week for more of the latest and greatest in 5G news.

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