Interoperability is key as 5G networks continue to be developed, explains Ericsson CEO Borje Ekholm. Providers in the US and other nations are focused on 5G development because they see it as "a critical national infrastructure," Ekholm says.
The Federal Communications Commission is demanding industry action on robocalls by a year from now and threatening to act if consumers don't see material improvement. FCC chief Ajit Pai called on carriers to continue their efforts to address the excess of annoying calls and said "if it does not appear that this system is on track to get up and running next year, then we will take action to make sure that it does."
The establishment of 5G wireless networks will mean a lot of equipment, says GSMA Chief Marketing Officer Michael O'Hara. "When you go to this very high speed, you go to shorter range, so you do have to have more antennas and data centers close to where the content is being consumed," O'Hara explained.
Intel will supply the modems for the first 5G iPhones, which Apple plans to launch in 2020, reports an informed source. Apple earns more than three-quarters of its revenue from hardware sales and combines that with a quickly growing market for services linked to that hardware, Dan Gallagher writes.
Verizon is experiencing success running vRAN technology on its 5G network, says Bill Stone, the company's vice president of technology development and planning. The process will allow commercial hardware with less expensive architectures to take the place of baseband hardware available from a single manufacturer.
T-Mobile has launched the T-Mobile for Business Help Desk, which will allow companies with up to 12 voice lines to access flat rate tech support. The service can provide assistance with problems including antivirus software issues, error message diagnoses and configuration problems.
Huawei recently passed Apple in the list of the largest smartphone manufacturers, and is likely to release a foldable phone next year -- as is Samsung, which occupies the top spot. Although Samsung's access to the US helps it in developed markets, Huawei's track record in its home nation of China and in emerging markets provides the company with an advantage there, says Credit Suisse.
Connectivity is crucial as more health care providers turn to wireless networks for support, reports a group of experts at a recent telehealth panel discussion. Telehealth adoption will ultimately depend on factors such as connectivity, infrastructure availability and whether telehealth adds liability exposure to physicians, Sylvia Trujillo, the American Medical Association's senior Washington counsel, says.
Apple's iPhone unit sales growth slowed to 46.89 million units during its fiscal fourth quarter, but smartphone revenue grew by 29% year-over-year, partly due to an increase of $175 to the average selling price of $793. Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri said the company will not report sales unit information in the future, as the larger range of product offerings has made the metric less pertinent to the company.