October 25, 2019
This Week in 5G: Mobile World Congress 2019 .
The wireless industry hopped off a plane at LAX this week for Mobile World Congress 2019, where industry leaders announced exciting advances in the world of 5G. Let’s take a look at a few of the latest developments coming out of LA.
The opening keynote at MWC 2019 focused on the widespread opportunities created by intelligent connectivity and 5G, with CTIA President & CEO Meredith Attwell Baker speaking to U.S. Cellular President & CEO Ken Meyers and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai about the 5G milestones of the past year and plans for 2020.
Sprint and T-Mobile both made announcements about their 5G network coverage, with Sprint sharing that their 5G network already provides coverage for 16M people and T-Mobile announcing that by the end of the year, their 5G network will cover 200 million people.
Verizon shared news of two 5G-focused partnerships, one with fiber optic developer Corning to bring 5G’s power to the factory floor and one with SAP to research innovations in data analytics.
Ericsson demonstrated for the first time, network slicing end-to-end on a live 5G standalone network at MWC.
Samsung released a new 5G radio access unit that supports 28GHz spectrum.
Qualcomm created a $200 million fund to invest in companies exploring uses for 5G beyond phones.
Nokia launched packet-optical switches 5G cloud RAN that will help support the cloud-native radio architectures that make up 5G networks.
Intel and Corning will collaborate to streamline 5G in-building deployment with a virtual platform for network solutions.
And AT&T’s Christopher Boyer shared on a panel at MWC that 5G will be the most secure generation of wireless yet.