November 9, 2018
This Week in 5G: Lucerne Dreaming about 5G .
As we inch closer to the end of 2018, the wireless ecosystem continues to make big strides in 5G. Before the holiday season kicks in, let’s take a look at this week’s activity in the next generation of wireless.
The global race to 5G continues, with the first 5G device on a live 5G NR network demonstrated in Europe this week. The 5G connection, in the 3.5 GHz spectrum band, took place at a Swisscom’s Dialog Arena technology showcase event in Lucerne this week.
U.S. Cellular is making moves, testing various 5G services like standards-based 5G equipment in millimeter-wave spectrum and registering to bid in the FCC’s upcoming millimeter-wave spectrum auction. According to U.S. Cellular CEO, Ken Meyers, “This quarter we started testing standards-based radios. These technology learnings combined with ongoing use case studies are crucial inputs to our spectrum strategy, which will be the basis for any actions in the upcoming spectrum auctions.”
Qualcomm announced that it secured the “world’s first major 5G design win with a leading automaker,” as it works to bring 5G connectivity to vehicles, and highlighted the growing demand from the automotive sector.
Verizon opened a 5G First Responder Lab, an innovation incubator for public safety tech that relies on 5G connectivity. It will give startups and other innovators early access to 5G to create and test real-world applications and will be open for a one-year period, giving 15 different innovators the tools they need so they can develop public safety solutions.
Heading into the holiday season, Sprint upped its mobile hotspot data capabilities, with users of many unlimited plans able to enjoy significantly increased data as the carrier turns on its faster 4G LTE Advanced network nationwide. John Saw, Sprint’s CTO, said the network update will allow the company to better prepare itself for 5G.
Make sure to come back next week for more 5G headlines, news and announcements.