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Speed and range are key variables in the 5G race

by Justin Ho Jan 13, 2020
There's a trade off between how fast people can download things … and whether coverage can reach people in remote areas.
A crew for Verizon works on a cell tower to update it to handle the new 5G network in Orem, Utah on December 10, 2019.
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What to expect from this year's Consumer Electronics Show

by Sabri Ben-Achour Jan 6, 2020
Lots of next-generation 5G wireless, and lots of artificial intelligence
An attendee uses Sony's Playstation VR at the Sony booth during CES 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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5G could change the world. 5G is also marketing hype.

by Andy Uhler Dec 5, 2019
This week, T-Mobile rolled out its “5G” service nationwide. But instead of a revolutionary change in data speeds, it’ll boost downloads by an average of 20%.
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China due to roll out super-fast 5G mobile in major cities

by Scott Tong Oct 31, 2019
For China and other countries, the 5G rollout is a global technology race.
People walk past a sign that reads "5G park" inside the Huawei headquarters in China's southern Guangdong province in December 2018.
Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images

Top chipmaker anticipates bullish 5G rollout in 2020

by Scott Tong Oct 18, 2019
What would an early arrival of next-generation wireless networks mean for regular consumers?
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Qualcomm ruling raises concern over U.S. competitiveness in 5G race

by Scott Tong May 23, 2019
The company's loss in federal court could require it to overhaul its business model, depriving the U.S. industry-leading semiconductor maker of next-generation R&D funds.
People visit the Qualcomm stand at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on Feb. 27.
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T-Mobile-Sprint merger depends on promise to bring 5G to rural America

by Meghan McCarty Carino May 21, 2019
But it will require big spending on new tech in areas with small customer bases.
Picture shows a 5G antenna at Deutsche Telekom stand on the first day of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) on February 26, 2018 in Barcelona.
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Apple might make its own modem chips to get to a 5G iPhone

by Molly Wood Apr 30, 2019
Will we get a 5G iPhone faster this way?
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Apple, Qualcomm settle lawsuits, paving way for 5G iPhone

by Ben Bradford Apr 17, 2019
Apple had sued the chip maker for almost $30 billion.
A Qualcomm chip.
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Huawei

U.S. pushes international curbs on Huawei

by Scott Tong Feb 13, 2019
If you asked the White House to name its global corporate enemy No. 1, the Chinese tech giant Huawei would be at, or near, the top of the list. Washington has pushed for Huawei’s chief financial officer to be arrested…
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