• ZTE releases first 5G phone in China

      ZTE releases first 5G phone in China

      Chinese smartphone maker ZTE sold the country’s first 5G-enabled smartphone on Monday ahead of a national rollout of 5G wireless networks this year, media outlet Jiemian reported. Announced back at MWC in February, ZTE's Axon 10 5G comes equipped with a 6.47-inch 1080p AMOLED display, and will use one of Qualcomm’s first generation X50 5G modems to connect to China’s upcoming 5G wireless network.

    • EU nations vote against a wi-fi-based car standard

      EU nations vote against a wi-fi-based car standard

      European Union's Member States voted on Thursday against the bloc executive’s proposal for a wi-fi-based car standard in a blow to its backer Volkswagen, Reuters reported, citing an EU official. According to the media's source, 21 EU nations - including Germany, France and Italy which have powerful auto industries - stood against the proposal at a meeting of EU representatives in Brussels of the bloc’s 28 Member States.

    • Singapore invests $30m in 5G tests

      Singapore invests $30m in 5G tests

      Singapore launched on Thursday $29.5m initiative to test applications for 5G networks, the next generation of mobile communications, ahead of a planned rollout in 2020. The project, unveiled by minister for communications and information S Iswaran, will test the network in areas such as port management, manufacturing and consumer applications as the city-state looks to be “a global front-runner in impactful 5G use cases”.

    • Huawei ban - who is actually the loser

      Huawei ban - who is actually the loser

      Last week the US declared war on Huawei, a relentless attack more blatant than North Korea hacking Sony in 2014, and undoubtedly - an unprecedented one. A a flagship corporate giant Huawei is one of the biggest names of the tech industry. It’s the world's largest provider of telecommunications equipment, a leader in next-generation 5G technology, and last year it even passed Apple to become the second-biggest smartphone seller in the world.

    • Europe between a rock and a hard place

      Europe between a rock and a hard place

      Almost a year ago the Trump administration began a yearlong drive to persuade Europe to ban the backbone equipment for 5G wireless networks manufactured by Chinese telecoms giant Huawei. Last month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo even visited capitals in Europe, particularly in Eastern and Central Europe, in another desperate attempt to urge EU leaders to avoid using basic equipment from Huawei in their rollout of 5G mobile networks. The US continued its pressure by threatening to stop intelligence sharing if Europe neglected its recommendations.

    • EU will not ban Huawei 5G products...yet

      EU will not ban Huawei 5G products...yet

      The European Union’s current approach to potential cybersecurity threats posed by Huawei 5G products is increased security instead of an outright ban. This became clear on Tuesday after the issue was the subject of new recommendations presented  by the European Commission in response to US calls to boycott the electronics giant over fears around its connection to the Chinese government.

    • Qualcomm unveils next-gen 5G modem

      Qualcomm unveils next-gen 5G modem

      The first batch of 5G phones haven't even hit the market yet, but Qualcomm's already got a processor prepared for the next-generation devices. Announced last Tuesday the new Snapdragon X55 modem is reportedly designed to accelerate global 5G rollout and unlike the X50 will bring 5G to a broad range of device categories and applications beyond smartphones, including hotspots, Wi-Fi routers, Always Connected PCs*, laptops, tablets, XR devices and connected cars.