August 17, 2018
This Week in 5G: The 5G Disruption .
Welcome back to our weekly roundup of news and updates on the next generation of wireless. Let’s jump into some of the 5G highlights from this week:
The Race to 5G (Smartphones)
Sprint announced this week, that it has tapped LG to build its first 5G smartphone, and aims to have the phone out in the first half of next year, in time for the launch of its 5G network.
The Indy 5G
The race to 5G comes to the Crossroads of America, as Verizon announced that Indianapolis will be its fourth 5G launch city. The city joins Sacramento, Los Angeles, and Houston as the four cities where Verizon will launch its 5G fixed wireless residential broadband service by the end of the year.
Testing 5G Mobility
On the road to 5G, Verizon and Nokia, announced a key milestone this week: handing off a signal seamlessly to a vehicle traveling between two radio sectors. While there is a lot of focus on fixed wireless access, these tests highlight the transportation side of 5G.
A Glimpse of a 5G City
You can catch a preview of the power of the next generation of wireless at Samsung’s 5G digital city in South Korea. During a recent visit to the ‘5G City’, a reporter experienced how 5G hot spots (also called hot zones) will deliver 5G benefits prior to widespread coverage.
The 5G Disruption
In the world of technology, disruption is a good thing. A recent article from Forbes looks at the five emerging technologies that 5G stands to revolutionize. Industries that will see a big impact from the faster, more stable and more versatile technology of 5G include gaming, transportation, telehealth, manufacturing and augmented reality.
Getting in Shape for 5G
Finally, earlier this week FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr was interviewed by The Hill, saying that the U.S. is in great shape in its race to 5G with China and other countries. “You need to make more spectrum available to win the race, and right now we’ve made more spectrum available than any other country in the world. The other piece, though, is infrastructure, and you’re starting to see the FCC making some real significant strides,” Carr said. Watch the full interview here.
That’s it for now. Check back next week for more news, more highlights, and more 5G!