Samsung Electronics has pushed back the planned April 26 commercial roll out of the Galaxy Fold after reviewers reported defects with the device, the phone-maker confirmed, saying it wants to run more tests on the handset. AT&T and T-Mobile had planned to launch the nearly $2,000 Fold, which is the first mainstream handset that is foldable.
Millimeter wave spectrum will hold little benefit for most users because of its limitations, said Neville Ray, T-Mobile's chief technology officer, in a blog post. "It will never materially scale beyond small pockets of 5G hotspots in dense urban environments," he said citing its relatively short range and inability to penetrate materials.
Federal Communications Commission member Brendon Carr said community college programs will be essential to train the thousands of tower technicians that will be needed to roll out 5G networks. Carr said he has joined with the National Wireless Safety Alliance to develop training programs to meet the need.
Sources in the US and UK have told The Times of London that China's state intelligence network has probably helped fund Huawei Technologies, with the CIA providing strong, though not absolute, evidence to allies. The information comes as Huawei reports a 39% increase in first-quarter revenue and a slightly higher profit margin than it had in 2018.
The march toward 5G, technological advances and industry consolidation have marked the telecom industry's first quarter. Isabel Kunkle offers an analysis on where these developments may lead the industry during the rest of the year.
Analysts and the wireless industry are divided over the success of the ongoing 24 GHz auction that has brought in almost $2 billion so far, with skeptics saying the take has been disappointing. Others, however, believe that the amount of the bids was justified by the limitations of millimeter-wave technology.
Another wave of 5G handsets is on the way, although LG Electronics has delayed the release of the V50 ThinQ 5G, citing lingering technical issues. China's Lenovo said it will drop its heavily hyped Z6 Pro in the next few days, while ZTE confirmed a May 6 launch for its Axon 10 Pro.
John Legere, chief executive officer of T-Mobile, reportedly has met with Justice Department officials in an attempt to convince them to approve the carrier's merger with Sprint. Sprint told the government that its financial picture was more troubled than previously portrayed, noting in a filing that gains in postpaid subscribers were driven largely by existing customers.
Verizon Media touted the opening of a 5G production studio in Los Angeles, in tandem with in-house innovation and content lab RYOT, calling the facility the first of its kind in the US. The company said it wants to create content at the cutting edge of technology, and will partner with third-party content creators.
A nationwide mobile banking platform is now available from T-Mobile, following a trial the company launched in November in cooperation with a Customers Bank unit. T-Mobile Money will offer a number of mobile banking services, including a 4% yield on limited balances, check-writing, deposits, bill paying, transfers and person-to-person payments.
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