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It's been a big week for 5G, the next generation of wireless networks. Samsung announced its first 5G capable phone, the S10, on Wednesday. Qualcomm announced a new 5G modem on Tuesday. But President Trump is aiming higher. "I want 5G, and even 6G, technology in the United States as soon as possible," Trump wrote in a tweet urging carriers to pick up their pace.
Next-generation 5G technology is only just making its way to market after a decade of development, but Donald Trump is already demanding the rollout of 6G in the United States. The US President did not elaborate on what 6G might involve, with even his understanding of 5G appearing basic in a series of tweets on Thursday. He described it as "far more powerful, faster and smarter" than current 4G technology, while also revealing his concerns that the US is lagging behind in the deployment of 5G. "I want 5G, and even 6G, technology in the United States as soon as possible... American companies must step up their efforts, or get left behind," Trump tweeted. His comments come just days after the founder of Chinese technology giant Huawei – who are widely regarded as one of the pioneers of 5G – said the US risks falling behind the rest of the world when it comes to 5G rollout.
Intel and Ericsson have partnered to develop a software and hardware management platform for 5G, network function virtualisation (NFV), and distributed cloud. The two companies will combine Ericsson's software-defined infrastructure (SDI) management software and Intel's Rack Scale Design for the multi-year project. "Our infrastructure manageability collaboration with Ericsson will help communications service providers remove deployment barriers, reduce costs, and deliver new 5G and edge services with cloudlike speed on a flexible, programmable and intelligent network," Intel Network Platform Group SVP Sandra Rivera said. It will help carriers deploy open cloud and NFV infrastructure, Ericsson head of Cloud and NFV Business Area Digital Services Lars Mårtensson added, with the product to be demonstrated at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 in Barcelona later this month. In September, Intel had said its technology would be used by Ericsson as well as Nokia in the first series of 5G deployments globally.
Samsung's prototype 5G phone received a lot of attention, even though it simply sat in a perspex box on the booth wall, running a video (from internal memory) about the company's 5G goals. It has a conventional form factor, but no technical details were revealed about its internals. However, the US network Sprint revealed at CES that it will be carrying Samsung's 5G smartphone later this year on its LTE and 5G networks using the 2.5GHz, 1.9GHz, and 800MHz spectrum bands.
India plans to roll out state-of-the-art 5G telecom services in the next four years, a senior official said, as the nation rushes to catch up with its Asian peers. "We are not there yet," Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said in an interview in New Delhi, adding that the complete rollout of 5G will be done by 2022. "5G won't be driven by supply, it'll be driven by demand and the rest of industry needs to wake up to this." The South Asian nation, traditionally a laggard in embracing the latest technology in telecommunications, will follow South Korea, Japan and China, countries where 5G service will be offered within the next two years. The high-speed and low-latency service will help Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Digital India plan, which seeks to broaden Internet access.
Ericsson has announced signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Audi for the use of 5G technologies during automotive production, with the car manufacturer working towards the "smart factory". Ericsson and Audi will use the latter company's production lab in Gaimersheim, Germany, with simulated processes mirroring those used in its headquarters in Ingolstadt to run field trials such as wirelessly connected production robots working on car body construction. The lab will be kitted out with Ericsson's proof-of-concept 5G network, with the companies also looking into the use of such technology across other Audi Group factories. Ericsson CTO Erik Ekudden said the companies would be testing "smart wireless manufacturing" as well as connected vehicles. "This technology ... allows for faster data throughput rates and more network capacities, as well as promising highly secure availability.
Every decade or so, a new generation of telecom network technology comes along that promises more speed, more capacity, better quality and new uses for customers. With each generation, network operators invest capital to upgrade their infrastructure, with the firm belief that doing so will lead to happier customers and reinvigorated revenues and profits. This formulation has been true ever since the early days of cell phone service in the 1980s; it has held up through 2G in the 1990s, 3G in the 2000s and 4G in the 2010s. But this time around, something has changed. When it comes to the next generation, 5G, some telecom executives seem to have lost their faith in the power of technology.
We round up the biggest announcements on 5G made during MWC 2018 in Barcelona this week. New high-speed mobile services based on 5G technology will start appearing next year, but it's unlikely the average phone user will see much of a difference for years to come. Mobile operators will begin 5G trials in 2018: O2 plans to test 5G technologies in south London this year; EE will test 5G with five homes and five business customers in east London later this year; and Vodafone has said it will test 5G in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, London and Manchester from October. But there are still big questions to be answered about which features the technology will include, which services it will be used for -- and when it will become widely available. "Potentially 5G has the ability to really be a game changer over the coming years, in the types of capabilities it can offer and the applications we can build," Vodafone CTO Scott Petty told ZDNet.