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January 11, 2019

This Week in 5G: The 5G Early Bird Gets the Worm .

    This Week in 5G: The 5G Early Bird Gets the Worm


    Heidi Obermeyer

    January has been anything but sleepy for developments in 5G, with a variety of announcements coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.

    Ford announced plans to connect every new vehicle sold in the United States to 5G beginning in 2022. 5G-connected vehicles will send and receive information about their surroundings, easing congestion and boosting safety.

    Next-generation 5G wireless devices were the talk of CES this week, from mobile device chipsets for mobile devices and connected cars, advanced laptops, and VR and AR.

    Qualcomm announced that over 30 5G devices, mostly smartphones, will launch in 2019.

    Sprint, AT&T and Verizon announced their upcoming Samsung 5G phone. The device will offer dual-connectivity for both LTE and 5G networks.

    Walt Disney Studios and Verizon are working together to explore how 5G can enable media and entertainment at Disney’s StudioLab. Large flat screen displays used for movie posters in theater lobbies are just one of the innovations that could be powered by 5G.

    Sprint announced that they will be using their Curiosity Internet of Things (IoT) platform and 5G connectivity to build smart city capabilities in Greenville, South Carolina. The technology will allow connected vehicles, smart machines and autonomous drones to operate and react in real time.

    AT&T is partnering with Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center in Chicago to create the first 5G-enabled hospital in the U.S. 5G will enable telemedicine, smart scheduling and enhanced patient care through artificial intelligence and augmented reality training sessions for doctors.

    Verizon announced up to $1 million in grant funding for innovators developing projects that leverage 5G.

    By early next year, AT&T plans to offer nationwide mobile 5G services which will run on its “lower band spectrum” (under 6GHz).

    That’s all for this week. Set your alarms for next Friday’s dispatch of This Week in 5G!

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