SIM cards are the backbone of our mobile as well as digital lifestyles. Until the future of the SIM card is universally supported by all carriers, the SIM card will remain in use for many generations to follow. eSIMs (embedded SIMs) are now available in some smartphones, which can be used in place of regular SIM cards. Continue reading “Android 13 could allow two mobile carriers on one eSIM”
Bharti Airtel and Tech Mahindra today announced a strategic partnership to jointly grow and market innovative solutions for India’s digital economic development. In India, Airtel and Tech Mahindra will collaborate to develop and market 5G use cases. Continue reading “Airtel and Tech Mahindra partner to co-develop and market 5G use cases”
This week the Department of Telecom (DoT) approved Airtel, Jio, Vi, and MTNL, to conduct 5G trials in the country. It also approved original equipment manufacturers and technology providers — Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung and Development of Telematics (C-DoT) to supply equipments for 5G trials, but it didn’t allow Chinese vendors HUAWEI and ZTE. Continue reading “China expresses concern, regret over India not allowing Chinese companies participate in 5G trials”
Last month, Elisa, a leading mobile operator in Finland selected Nokia as the nationwide supplier of 5G RAN. As a part of the partnership, Nokia provides its AirScale 5G RAN portfolio that delivers enhanced ultra-fast, low-latency mobile broadband services. Continue reading “Nokia, Elisa and Qualcomm achieve record 8 Gbps speed on a Commercial 5G Network on mmWave Spectrum”
Generally, the OnePlus phones are known for their speed and performance, but the upcoming one could surpass them all if I am not wrong. Recently, RootMetrics research took place on the EE network in early June in London. Continue reading “OnePlus 7 Pro 5G achieves peak download speed of nearly 700Mbps in speed test, beats Samsung, LG and OPPO”
At the China Mobile Global Partner Conference in Guangzhou, MediaTek introduced the first 5G baseband chipset, Helio M70. Today, Mediatek has confirmed that the 5G chipset will be arriving in India by this year-end with the shipping happening next year.
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The potential of 5G is immense. What we got to see at the Qualcomm booth regarding this new generation of cellular wireless technology laid down a clear path to the future. Part of that future is what Qualcomm calls “Boundless XR”. XR is short form for extended reality and it includes both virtual reality and augmented reality. So, what is “boundless”? Well, this is where Qualcomm’s expertise comes into play. Using 5G and powerful chips in smartphones, the IP-heavy company demonstrated its plans to break the XR experience from the shackles of wires and beefy computers.
Continue reading “Qualcomm’s Boundless XR is a clear vision of the future”
It’s not always that we get to see the birth of a new generation of cellular wireless technology. Sure we have been reporting about it since 2015, the murmurs started as far back as 2009 but fast forward 10 years, 5G is not a buzzword anymore, it is a reality. We have devices ready to go to market with battle tested functioning chips, the standards are in place and many nations are getting the 5G spectrum ready so that operators can deploy infrastructure. While operational difficulties are being solved at speeds we can’t imagine, it is time we take a big picture look at 5G. How is this new technology going to change our lives? Well, let’s first take a deep dive into this new technology and how it was demonstrated at the Qualcomm booth at Mobile World Congress 2019.
Continue reading “The potential of 5G ft. the only mmWave demo at MWC 2019”
“5G is not a buzzword anymore, it is a reality. 5G is here!” is what Ignacio Contreras from Qualcomm told me when I said 5G is a big buzzword at the Mobile World Congress 2019. Truth be told, he was right. There were some 5-7 devices all primed and ready to go to market, all with the Snapdragon X50 5G modem and the latest 855 chip inside. So, how did it all of this happen so fast? How did Qualcomm manage to bring 5G into this world way before they said they would. And what is 5G in 2019 all about? I’ll try to explain what I could gather from my conversations with Qualcomm at MWC 2019, read on.
Continue reading “Conversations with Qualcomm – How 5G became a reality in 2019”
According to IDC, the smartphone market continues to be challenged and 2019 is projected to experience its third consecutive year of declining shipments. The worldwide smartphone volumes are forecast to fall by 0.8% in 2019 with volumes dipping to 1.39 billion. Continue reading “Worldwide smartphone shipments expected to drop third consecutive year in 2019: IDC”
Qualcomm at the MWC 2019 has announced the Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Platform with 5G integrated into a System-on-Chip (SoC) which is based on the Snapdragon X50 and X55 5G modems and RF front-end (RFFE) solutions. It also announced its first 5G customer premise equipment (CPE) reference design for sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave (mmWave) 5G fixed wireless broadband (FWB) products. Continue reading “Qualcomm introduces 5G Reference design for Sub-6 GHz and mmWave fixed wireless broadband”
Ericsson has announced that it has been selected by Vodafone Idea Limited which combinedly India’s leading telecom service provider, to deploy 5G-ready equipment across select markets in India. As a VIL partner, Ericsson is deploying next-generation technology with built-in customizations and innovations to deliver rich consumer experience. Continue reading “Ericsson to deploy 5G-ready LTE equipment for Vodafone Idea in India”
ZTE Corporation has announced that Guangdong branch of China Unicom and ZTE have made the world’s first 5G call by means of ZTE’s 5G prototype smartphone in Shenzhen 5G field trial. The test also completed the verification of diverse services, such as Wechat group voice call, online video, and web browsing. Continue reading “ZTE and China Unicom complete world’s first 5G call on prototype smartphone”
5G is on the verge of becoming a big thing in 2019 as several manufacturers including Samsung, Huawei, OnePlus, Xiaomi are already working towards it. According to earlier rumors, Samsung and LG are going to debut their 5G smartphones at Mobile World Congress in February. However, a new report claims otherwise. Continue reading “LG G8 said to debut at MWC 2019 separately from the new 5G phone”
AT&T has confirmed that it will soon upgrade the ‘LTE’ indicator on some of its current Android phones to “5G E” in markets where the company now offers 4×4 MIMO, 256 QAM, and other advanced LTE network technologies. However, the exact count of devices is not disclosed yet. Continue reading “AT&T to put ‘5G E’ logo on its existing 4G LTE phones”