First Canadian 5G Network Launching in Four Cities

January 15, 2020 – Rogers has started deploying its 5G network to prepare for the release of 5G devices. The network will initially use 2.5 GHz spectrum in the downtown cores of Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver. 600 MHz will be incorporated later this year, as the network expands to 20 more markets. Rogers will work with Ericsson, a partner since 1985, to build out the network. Bell last week also announced plans to offer "similar early 5G service" in 2020.

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U.S. Carriers Talk 5G, Security, Devices at CES 2020

January 10, 2020 – At the CES 2020 event in Las Vegas this month, AT&T announced plans to launch 15 smartphone models on its low-band 5G network. The network went live in December and now serves parts of 19 cities. Verizon also plans to launch 20 5G devices in 2020, priced from $600-$800. An extra $10 will be charged for using its 5G network. Sprint announced its IoT Factory 2.0 platform – supporting healthcare, food service and agriculture applications – and also demonstrated how its Certainty network will unite wireless, IoT and security solutions.

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GSMA Presents New Findings on Global 5G Adoption

January 9, 2020 – 5G won't guarantee device upgrades in the west, even as smartphones remain the dominant consumer technology. New GSMA research presented at CES indicated that 5G will only inspire 30-40% of U.S., European and Australian consumers to upgrade their devices in the short-term. China and South Korea will be readier to adopt, on the other hand, with nearly half of Chinese consumers saying they would purchase a 5G phone as soon as they became available.

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Tech Event Shows How Watching Media Will Change

January 6, 2019 – CES showcased new efforts to use streaming to connect audiences with their phones. This year's keynote address focused on the streaming wars, as NBC Universal and WarnerMedia prepare to clash with Netflix later in 2020. Other companies, like Quibi, are specializing in bite-sized video to draw mobile audiences away from YouTube. “We want to take a phone and make it into a great watching device," said CEO Meg Whitman, noting Quibi's $1B investment in mobile-friendly programming.

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Telstra and Sprint to Expand Global IoT Platform

January 8, 2020 – Sprint has announced that its Curiosity IoT platform will soon be available in Australia through a partnership with Telstra, continuing the carrier's work on developing international IoT solutions. In addition to roaming, the partnership with Telstra will improve round trip time for IoT networks and facilitate better performance for applications. Curiosity IoT is expected to launch in Australia in the first half of 2020.

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Smart Home 2.0 Increase Consumer-Service Options

January 8, 2020 – Smart homes, connected devices and Wi-Fi apps will create new ways to serve consumers, such as using connected cameras to not only protect houses, but also feed pets remotely. According to Wi-Fi vendor Plume, 5G connectivity is putting pressure on ISPs to differentiate their services and offer premium user experiences, super-serving customers in a highly commoditized environment.

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Harman Wants Pedestrians to Join "V2X Revolution"

January 6, 2020 – By connecting vehicles with infrastructure and each other, vehicle-to-X (V2X) communication will increase drivers' awareness of the road. Through its Vehicle-to-Pedestrian system, Harman wants to include pedestrians in the networks that communicate about roadway hazards. While it may take time to fully realize the benefits of V2X, solutions like Harman's – which uses 5G cellular V2X (C-V2X) technology – do promise to significantly reduce collisions.

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