Russia’s first 5G zone deployed in Moscow

Ericsson and Tele2 have launched Russia's first 5G zone in central Moscow on Tele2's commercial network, setting into motion an agreement they signed in June this year. The non-stop outdoor 5G coverage is live in Tverskaya Street, the busiest part of the Russian capital, stretching between Red Square to Sadovoe Ring.

5G Is Safe, FCC Says

FCC officials today reiterated that 5G does not pose a health risk. Specifically, the agency -- the government arm in charge of the country's use of spectrum -- said it will not change its existing RF exposure limits, arguing that such limits are already among the most stringent in the world. "The available scientific evidence to date does not support adverse health effects in humans due to exposures at or under the current limits," Jeffrey Shuren, director of the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, wrote to the FCC. "No changes to the current standards are warranted at this time."

Forecasters fear threat of 5G wireless rollout

A remarkable interagency battle is playing out within the U.S. government over whether plans for the next generation of wireless technology, known as 5G, will threaten accurate weather forecasts—and, if so, how to mitigate the threat. Months of technical studies and debate have only deepened the impasse. NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say 5G antennas will blast signals near the frequencies their satellites use to gather critical water vapor data, and could compromise forecasts and science.

Billionaire Richard Li's HKT Says Profit Up 16%, Targets 5G Launch Next Year

HKT, Hong Kong’s largest telecoms operator, said on Wednesday that its interim net profit jumped 16% and that it expects to launch 5G services in the second quarter of 2020 when the handsets, applications and content are in place. HKT’s net profit rose to HK$2.16 billion ($276 million), while its total revenue rose 1% to HK$13.77 billion during the same period.

India and Brazil's massive 5G spectrum auctions in 2020 will set pricing examples for future rollouts

Nokia expects Brazil's 5G auction next year to be among the largest — if not the largest — spectrum sales ever, according to Reuters. Anatel, the Brazilian telecommunications regulator, is organizing the country's first 5G spectrum auction, set for March 2020. Telecoms will bid on 2.3 GHz and 3.5 GHz spectrum, and Anatel is also considering adding the 700 MHz and 26 GHz bands to the auction.

India’s 5G auction could cost bidders a total of more than $80 billion, which could be problematic given the sky-high debt levels of the country's network operators and the recent losses for Vodafone Idea and Airtel.

Bharti says India is still 12-18 months away from 5G: Report

Indian mobile carriers will require another 12 to 18 months in order to deploy 5G networks across the country, Akhil Gupta, vice chairman of Bharti Enterprises told CNBC. Bharti Enterprises is the parent company of major Indian telecommunication operator Bharti Airtel.

Vivo confirms iQOO Pro 5G launch on August 22

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Vivo has released an official confirmation on the Weibo microblogging website that its iQOO Pro 5G smartphone would be debuting in China on August 22. The device is expected to come powered by Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 855 Plus processor, which was unveiled recently.

BT investing in cloud and virtualization as 5G rolls out

With its mobile unit EE in the early days of offering up 5G, parent company BT has recently made strategic investments that underpin the operator’s plans for a cloud-native, converged network that uses open source tools to manage mobile, fixed and Wi-Fi services.

Decision to ban Huawei from 5G 'was all ours': Australia

Australia's most senior bureaucrat has rejected suggestions the government banned Huawei from involvement in the roll-out of 5G at the urging of other countries, insisting it was Canberra's decision alone.

Beijing powers up Olympic stadiums with 5G

The city of Beijing signed a deal with Chinese mobile carrier China Unicom to equip three of its key Olympic venues with 5G wireless technology as China is slated to be the third country in the world to stage a 5G-powered Olympic games.

Telenor gets ready to bring 5G to Pakistan

Taking another stride towards network transformation and digitalisation, Telenor Pakistan and its network partners have geared up to make the network 5G ready to pass on the benefits of this transformative technology to the people of Pakistan in the coming years.

China Demonstrates 5G Expertise at MWC

If anyone thought China’s enthusiasm in 5G was more hype than reality, the Mobile World Congress (MWC) show in Shanghai would have been a wake-up call. The Shanghai show isn’t as big as its Barcelona sibling, but it’s much more representative of mobile directions in Asia, particularly in China and Korea. Exhibitors were showing user equipment (UEs), connectivity from the big players but also from a lot of emerging small-cell providers, lots of Internet of things (IoT) use-cases, also xR (VR/AR/MR) demonstrating immersive streaming to a group for interactive gaming — all of this 5G-based.