The Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2019) has seen several companies announcing the latest advancements in the 5G technology.
What consumers want?
The latest GSMA survey indicates 54 percent of consumers in developed countries expect 5G networks to deliver faster speeds. The consumer survey suggests that early 5G promotional activity will focus on network speed as a key differentiator. But it is not clear if consumers will pay a premium for faster speeds.
25 percent expect 5G to deliver innovative new services, and 20 percent believe 5G will usher in a new era of devices, according to GSMA Intelligence’s annual Consumer Survey that covered 36,000 respondents across 34 key markets.
Qualcomm announced 30 5G device wins, mostly smartphone deals, from OEMs featuring the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform and the Snapdragon X50 5G modem. In addition, all customer OEMs and nearly all the devices related to these 5G design-wins use Qualcomm RF Front End (RFFE) solutions.
Intel announced new 10nm products for PCs, servers and 5G wireless access base stations. Intel developed the 10nm-based network system on chip specifically for 5G wireless access and edge computing.
Intel showcased its Xeon Scalable products, shipping today with advanced AI and memory capabilities, and 9th Gen Intel Core desktop products.
Android smartphone brands such as Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo, and One Plus will launch 5G smartphones in 2019. The manufacturing of 5G smartphones will be 5 million units this year, a penetration rate of 0.4 percent. The BOM costs of flagship 5G smartphones would increase by 20-30 percent, Research agency TrendForce said.
U.S. sales of 5G smartphones will reach 2.1 million units and cross $1 billion in revenue in 2019. 76 percent of all smartphones sold will be 5G-enabled in the US by 2022, industry association CTA said.
The CES 2019, however, missed to demo the first 5G smartphone for consumers and business organizations.
Inseego showcased its new 5G NR and Industrial IoT (IIoT) products at CES 2019 in Las Vegas. Inseego’s portfolio includes solutions designed to power 5G use cases, as well as solutions that simplify IoT for consumer and industrial applications.
AT&T and Chicago-based Rush University Medical Center and the Rush System for Health are working to bring the first standards-based 5G enabled hospital to the U.S. 5G technology will be used in parts of the hospital in various use cases.
Toyota Motor announced collaboration with KDDI and AT&T to enable LTE connectivity for select new model Toyota and Lexus cars and trucks. This will start with 2020 model year vehicles in the fall of 2019, across all 50 states.
ThirdEye is working with Verizon to show case the X2 Mixed Reality Glasses for use cases from remote help to live AR instructions in emergency situations. ThirdEye is also testing 5G network speeds into its X2 MR Glasses for improved Mixed Reality app development.
Sprint and Mapbox are launching precision mapping technology with Curiosity IoT, allowing automated services that run on Sprint’s IoT network to move around with accuracy. Smart machines, from drones to autonomous delivery carts, will be able to make fast location and routing decisions.
Sprint announced a project in Peachtree Corners, Ga. where the city is building an intelligent vehicle test track featuring Sprint’s 5G technology combined with Curiosity IoT and micro-positioning.
Sprint will launch 5G smartphone from Samsung in summer 2019. This device will offer dual-mode connectivity to Sprint’s LTE and 5G network. For 5G and LTE, it will support Sprint’s 2.5 GHz spectrum. In addition, it will support Sprint’s 1.9 GHz spectrum (band 25), 800 MHz spectrum (band 26) and other LTE spectrum bands for roaming.
D-Link launched its new 5G Gateway at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
D-Link also announced its new 5G NR Enhanced Gateway (DWR-2010) enabling download speeds more than 40x faster than current average fixed broadband download speed in the U.S. of 70 Mbps.