AT&T’s 5G network comes to NYC for business customers

AT&T technically launched 5G service in New York City today, but as with its other 5G markets, only business customers and developers will be able to access it. The carrier is selling Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G for those who want to utilize its millimeter wave-based 5G data speeds. AT&T is calling the launch a “limited introduction” and a “first step” for now, but it boasts that this is the 21st city where the company has launched its network.

OnePlus to provide 5G phones to Sprint

A 5G smartphone from OnePlus is set to become Sprint’s fourth 5G device behind the LG V50, Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, and HTC 5G Hub. Sprint’s 5G network is currently available in parts of Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and Kansas City, and it’s due to arrive in parts of LA, New York, Phoenix, and Washington, DC within weeks. An exact release date, pricing, and specifications for the new smartphone are yet to be revealed.

Ericsson, Nokia at Front of Queue for Orange 5G Contracts

France will soon become the last of the major western European economies to hold an auction of 5G spectrum, giving its operators the licenses they need to launch the next-generation mobile technology. That will be a welcome development to Ericsson and Nokia, both of which must be at the front of the queue for contracts with France's biggest telco.

Turkcell sets new world record in 5G network speed

Turkey's leading GSM operator Turkcell announced that it achieved the fastest mobile Internet speed via a smartphone in the world through 5G network. Turkcell broke the world record by reaching 2.283 GBps speed in partnership with Ericsson telecommunications, said a written statement by Turkcell Tuesday.

Nokia says Brazil 5G auction may be world's biggest yet

Finnish telecoms equipment maker Nokia Oyj expects Brazil to host the world’s biggest-ever single auction for fifth-generation (5G) spectrum next year, a senior executive told Reuters.

Qualcomm CEO sees 5G ‘inflection point’ coming in 2020

The pace of 5G network deployments is markedly faster than with LTE. Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf expects more than 20 operator network and OEM device launches 12 months after the first compared to four operators and three OEMs a year after 4G become available. And to use those networks, customers will need compatible phones, which will be a good thing for Qualcomm.

5G Xiaomi phone gets certified with 45W fast charging support

Xiaomi is typically associated with affordable smartphones but devices in the Mi MIX series classically exemplify their acumen for making not just great flagships at compelling prices but also actual premium devices. The latest in the series, the Mi MIX 3, launched in November last year impressed Max with its design and convinced him that it was probably the “best-designed smartphone on the market” at the time of its review. Xiaomi updated the Mi MIX 3 earlier this year with a 5G variant and a Snapdragon 855 chip in February this year but as we draw in closer to the completion of the upgrade cycle, news about another Xiaomi smartphone, which could potentially be the Mi MIX 4, has started to pour in.

Maldives gets 5G, but it's not for the locals

Maldives mobile operator Dhiraagu made a huge fuss when it launched a commercial 5G service last week, but further investigation shows that its not available to, well, anyone who lives there really.

Russian regulator rules out 5G tests in 3.4-3.8 GHz range

The Russian state radio frequency commission SRFC has repeatedly rejected applications from operators for spectrum to test 5G networks on the 3.4-3.8 GHz band, reports says.

Rakuten to deploy 4,000 edge servers for virtualized mobile network

Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten expects to deploy a total of 4,000 edge servers in Japan for the launch of its virtualized mobile network, the company’s chairman and CEO, Hiroshi Mikitani said in an interview.

CII warns against high 5G reserve prices in India

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has cautioned that growth could be stifled in the mobile sector if 5G spectrum reserve prices are set too high for the country’s operators. With operators seeing ARPU plummet as price wars rage, the industry body has recommended lowering the current base price for the 5G spectrum due for auction this year. If the government does not follow suit, the CII warns that uptake of the new technology will be sluggish.