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5G rollout advances despite pandemic, but hazards loom

Supply chain disruptions and a broader downturn hitting wireless sales are among several potential pitfalls.

Apr 7, 2020 - Technology
The next decade of smart city growth

Global spending on smart city projects will reach nearly $124 billion this year alone.

Feb 17, 2020 - Technology
Team Trump's 5G misfires

Dueling arguments by two top officials mark the latest phase in a long saga.

Feb 7, 2020 - Technology
The battle over 5G deployment in America's cities

Cities are in a battle over how new 5G antennas will be scattered.

Jan 29, 2020 - Technology
Deep Dive: The next tech wave rides on 5G

5G will carry a raft of new technologies out of the labs and into our streets and homes.

Sep 22, 2018 - Technology
How to sound smart about 5G

The next generation of wireless tech, explained.

Sep 22, 2018 - Technology

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Ina Fried, author of Login
Apr 8, 2021 - Economy & Business

T-Mobile makes fresh push for 5G customers

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

T-Mobile made a series of moves Wednesday aiming to show both the strength of its 5G network and that it hasn't lost its competitive spirit. Specifically, the carrier announced the launch of its home broadband replacement service as well as offers to lure new and existing customers with free and discounted 5G phones.

Why it matters: T-Mobile has some key advantages in 5G, thanks in large part to the 2.5 GHz spectrum it acquired with its Sprint purchase. That mid-band spectrum offers a mix of high speeds and decent coverage that, at least for now, AT&T and Verizon can't match.

Ina Fried, author of Login
Apr 5, 2021 - Technology

LG is getting out of the mobile phone business

The dual-screen Wing was one of LG's latest efforts to win back business in phones. Photo: LG

After years of trying to turn its fortunes around, Korea's LG said it would exit the mobile phone business globally.

Between the lines: The phone business is a hard one to make profitable for all but the largest players. LG was once one of those, but hasn't been for many years, and had no clear path to change that.

Linh Ta, author of Des Moines
Mar 16, 2021 - Axios Des Moines

John Deere eyes 5G for its factories

A tractor in a John Deere factory. Photo courtesy of John Deere

John Deere is planning on introducing 5G technology into its factories, including in Iowa.

Why it matters: 5G is expected to streamline operations, ranging from automated parts delivery to even how employees move in the assembly line.

Ina Fried, author of Login
Mar 12, 2021 - Technology

T-Mobile promises faster 5G this year

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T-Mobile on Thursday pledged that 200 million people in the U.S. will have access to a fast version of 5G wireless service by the end of the year, a far larger number than can be expected from AT&T or Verizon.

Why it matters: Long the upstart challenger, T-Mobile has a strong network story when it comes to 5G, thanks to its possession of a key swath of mid-band spectrum —which offers a good balance of faster speed and decent coverage compared to other chunks of airwaves.

Native American tribes lead the way on coronavirus vaccinations

In Shiprock, N.M., Northern Navajo Medical Center staff were among the first in the Navajo Nation to receive Pfizer-BioNTech vaccinations. Photo: Micah Garen/Getty Images

Native American tribes are pulling off many of the most successful coronavirus vaccination campaigns in the U.S., bucking stereotypes about tribal governments.

The big picture: Despite severe technological barriers, some tribes are vaccinating their members so efficiently, and at such high rates, that they've been able to branch out and offer coronavirus vaccines to people outside of their tribes.

Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf to step down

Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf. Photo: David Becker/Getty Images

Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf will step down from his position in June, after more than 26 years with the company, according to a press release out Tuesday.

The big picture: Cristiano Amon, the company president who headed its 5G strategy, received unanimous support from the board of directors to replace Mollenkopf. The shift comes as the company has greatly increased its focus on the development of 5G technology.

Ina Fried, author of Login
Jan 4, 2021 - Technology

Qualcomm brings 5G to its lowest-end chip family

Image: Qualcomm

Even budget smartphones will start getting 5G support this year, with Qualcomm announcing today that devices running its new Snapdragon 480 chip will soon hit the market.

Why it matters: The 400 series is the company's lowest-end chip family and the inclusion of 5G is a sign that the technology will become the norm for new devices.

Dec 9, 2020 - Technology

Report: Businesses still have a dim grasp on 5G security

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The business world has a muddled view of the cybersecurity challenges and opportunities presented by the rollout of 5G networks and services, per a paper out yesterday.

Why it matters: Secure hardware and systems will be a must in order to fulfill the vision of a 5G future filled with ubiquitous super-fast internet and a plethora of connected devices. Business leaders having a dim understanding of where things stand on that front could presage some headaches to come.

Oct 20, 2020 - World

Sweden bans Chinese telecoms Huawei and ZTE from 5G networks

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Sweden banned Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE from its 5G mobile networks on Tuesday, citing China’s “extensive intelligence gathering and theft of technology.”

The big picture: Since the Trump administration announced its own ban last year, the U.S. government has increasingly pressured allies to follow its lead amid growing tensions between the West and China. In July, the United Kingdom became the first European country to announce plans to exclude Huawei from its networks by 2027.

Ina Fried, author of Login
Oct 14, 2020 - Technology

Apple's iPhone 12 bets may take time to pay off

The iPhone 12 Pro features both 5G support as well as a lidar sensor. Photo: Apple

With the iPhone 12, unveiled Tuesday, Apple has made some big technology bets that should boost demand for 5G networks as well as help spur developers to create more advanced augmented reality applications. However, phone buyers will probably have to wait for a payoff.

Why it matters: Many tech advances start out as chicken-and-egg problems, with developers waiting for a market to emerge while consumers don't yet see the value in spending more. Apple has the rare ability to push past that block. Because of its size and comparatively focused product line, its support of new technologies like 5G and lidar can vault them into the mainstream.

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