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January 25, 2019

This Week in 5G: Like a Swiss Watch .

This Week in 5G: Like a Swiss Watch

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Heidi Obermeyer
Manager, Communications and Policy

There’s a gentle tick-tock of the clock as 5G becomes a bigger and bigger part of the global conversation about technology, including at the World Economic Forum this week in Switzerland.

World leaders discussed the future of the internet in Davos this week, including Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri, who wrote of the advances in cloud computing and data analysis that will be enabled by 5G.

The FCC closed the 28 GHz auction—the first for high-band in the U.S.—with over $702 million in bids. Nearly 3,000 licenses were won for spectrum that will help enable 5G development. See CTIA’s statement on the conclusion of the auction.

AT&T announced plans to roll-out 5G networks for businesses, through mobile, fixed and edge computing offerings. AT&T’s 5G network currently operates in 12 cities including Atlantic, Dallas, Louisville and New Orleans.

TechRepublic interviewed Qualcomm’s Sanjeev Athalye about the role 5G will play in connecting autonomous vehicles and other emerging technologies. Athalye discussed how 5G technology allows for intention-sharing between vehicles, thus reducing traffic inefficiencies.

Speaking of the time, we’ve got to run. See you next week!

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