ZTE beats top companies, releases first 5G mobile phone in China

ZTE has become the first phone manufacturer to release a 5G handset in China with the launch of the Axon 10 Pro 5G today, reports state-run news agency Xinhau. Announced back at MWC in February, the Axon 10 5G comes equipped with a 6.47-inch 1080p AMOLED display, and will use one of Qualcomm’s first generation X50 5G modems to connect to China’s upcoming 5G wireless network. The ZTE smartphone starts at RMB 4,999 (around $720), and it supports only non-stand-alone networks, which still rely on existing 4G infrastructure for some functions.

Ericsson and Vodafone bring 5G to Germany

With their sights set on bringing 5G to 20 million people in Germany by the end of 2021, Ericsson and Vodafone have launched a commercial 5G network using Ericsson products and solutions.


T-Mobile US claims first 5G SA data session in North America

T-Mobile US says it has conducted the first successful North American testing of a Standalone 5G New Radio data session, and that the test was also a world-first test of a 5G SA data session in a multi-vendor environment. The carrier plans to introduce Standalone 5G in 2020. Existing 5G networks are based on the Nonstandalone version of 5G New Radio, which rely on an LTE core network and are meant to be a stepping-stone to end-to-end 5G with a full-fledged 5G core.


Japan’s 2020 5G plans may be delayed by South Korea trade conflict

Japan’s plan to launch commercial 5G services in 2020 devolved from ambitious to laggard when carriers in the U.S., South Korea, China, and Europe moved up their 5G launch dates, but until now there wasn’t much question of Japan achieving its goal. Unfortunately, company officials are now warning that a trade conflict between Japan and key 5G device supplier South Korea could starve the island nation of the hardware needed for its launch.

5G competition ramps up in Germany with Vodafone covering 20 cities

Vodafone is making 5G moves in Germany, connecting more than 20 towns and cities with its next-generation service. The company’s first 5G base stations were activated at an event in Düsseldorf in mid-July, with help from infrastructure partner Ericsson, the telecom equipment vendor announced Monday.

SK Telecom to reach 1 million 5G subscribers next month: CFO

Korean carrier SK Telecom expects to reach 1 million subscribers in the 5G segment in August, the company’s CFO Poong-Young Yoon said on a conference call with investors. The operator, which launched commercial 5G services on April 3, ended June with 530,000 5G subscribers, the executive said.

Verizon launches 5G cellular service in the District

Verizon subscribers on campus will now have access to 5G service, the next generation of cellular technology. The telecommunications company launched 5G capability Wednesday in several D.C. neighborhoods, including Foggy Bottom and Dupont Circle, the technology news outlet CNET reported. The service area, which will expand in ‘months ahead,’ currently includes GW’s campus, GW Hospital and landmarks throughout the District, like the National Mall, Union Station and the Georgetown and Southwest waterfronts


ZTE roars back to 5G race as Huawei reels under sanctions

China's ZTE is staging a swift comeback after the lifting of U.S. sanctions that nearly drove the company out of business, launching the nation's first smartphone for fifth-generation networks and racking up overseas orders for communications equipment.



Military-Backed Mytel Announces Successful Test of 5G Service

Mytel, the telecom venture between the Myanmar and Vietnamese militaries, and the fourth telecom operator to be established in the country, has tested Myanmar’s first 5G service using technology developed by China’s Huawei. According to Mytel, Huawei’s 5G NR technology will provide significantly increased capacity, lower latency (or delays in sending data) and faster download and upload speeds to its 15 million users across Myanmar in the near future.



5G technology market to reach USD 667 billion by 2026, report says

A recent report published by Allied Market Research titled “5G Technology Market by Offering, Connectivity, and Application: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2020-2026,” the global 5G Technology market was valued at USD 5.54 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 667.90 billion by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 122.3 percent in this period.