Since cellular service first popped up for consumers four decades ago, it’s been all about phones — from brick phones to flip phones to smartphones to today’s 4G LTE handsets that stream music and video, deliver pinpoint directions and hail a ride from Uber.Now fifth-generation 5G wireless technology is rolling out in the U.S. and elsewhere globally. These much-hyped networks are still about phones, especially in early deployments when the emphasis is on faster speeds for high-definition video streaming and instant access to workplace apps via the Internet cloud.But as 5G matures, it’s about connecting a lot more than just smartphones. The technology has been designed to create a fabric for fast, reliable and secure connectivity to things ranging from driver assisted cars to health-care devices to smart cities infrastructure.“There is probably no technology right now that is more talked about in terms of what impact it will have on the future than 5G … [Read more...] about The race for 5G and what you need to know
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Verizon let me borrow a $1,300 Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, one of the first phones designed for the company’s new network, and take a stroll through the College Hill area adjoining Brown University, Verizon spokesman Andy Choi pointed to an unobtrusive white box atop a lamppost near Thayer Street and Lloyd Avenue. Here, he promised me the full 5G effect. And Verizon came through. The standard Ookla Speedtest app showed a download speed of 1.3 gigabits per second. For a more practical demonstration, I logged onto Netflix, and randomly picked a movie to download — the Margaret Thatcher biopic “The Iron Lady.” I pulled down the entire movie in less than 15 seconds. It’s almost ludicrously fast, thanks to Verizon’s decision to build a 5G network that relies on extremely high-frequency “millimeter wave” cellular radios. These higher frequencies can carry massive quantities of data, under optimal conditions. But things got less than optimal … [Read more...] about These Providence 5G cellphone speeds are almost hot to handle
Just prior to opening statements in a San Diego federal trial between Apple and Qualcomm last week, lawyers for both companies huddled out of earshot of a nine-person jury.The two tech heavyweights were deep into settlement negotiations to end their bitter, two-year fight over Qualcomm’s patent licensing fees. The discussion centered on whether to ask for a delay in opening statements in hopes of finalizing a deal.The decision was made to proceed with opening arguments. But if there was any toning down of rhetoric because of settlement talks, it was not apparent in the courtroom. Lawyers for Apple and contract manufacturers that make iPhones lashed out at Qualcomm for breaking promises to the mobile industry. Qualcomm, they alleged, also used a “Bermuda triangle” of contracts to charge twice for the same technology, abused its dominant market share in cellular chips to strong-arm smartphone makers into paying too much for patents and sought payment on dubious … [Read more...] about In the end, Apple-Qualcomm settlement came down to 5G
By Bradley Bermont | PUBLISHED: April 2, 2019 at 4:29 pm | UPDATED: April 3, 2019 at 2:26 pm A telecom giant filed a lawsuit against Torrance recently, arguing the city violated federal law when it denied five permits last year for new small cell installations. Officials for Crown Castle, which has the largest footprint of any telecom infrastructure company in the nation, have said the small cell nodes are necessary to bolster the city’s cellphone networks; the company’s goal is to ultimately install thousands of the cell nodes across the L.A. County — and tens of thousands nationwide. Oscar Martinez, a planning associate for the city who oversaw the application process, told Southern California News Group that Crown Castle repeatedly submitted incomplete applications. After a year of revisions and appeals, the permits were ultimately denied by the City Council at the end of last year. The areas Crown Castle wanted to build in already had adequate cell service, … [Read more...] about Crown Castle sues Torrance over 5 permits to install 5G network cell nodes
Mae Anderson and Tali Arbel, Ap Technology Writers Updated 9:11 am PST, Monday, February 11, 2019 FILE- In this Jan. 9, 2019, file photo a sign advertises 5G at the Qualcomm booth at CES International in Las Vegas. 5G is a new technical standard for wireless networks that promises faster speeds; less lag, or “latency,” when connecting to the network; and the ability to connect many devices to the internet without bogging it down. less FILE- In this Jan. 9, 2019, file photo a sign advertises 5G at the Qualcomm booth at CES International in Las Vegas. 5G is a new technical standard for wireless networks that promises faster speeds; less lag, ... more Photo: John Locher, AP Photo: John Locher, AP Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 FILE- In this Jan. 9, 2019, … [Read more...] about AP Explains: What is “5G” wireless, and should you care?