Month: October 2020

Samsung had its best smartphone quarter for years as the overall market grew sequentially by 35%. The global smartphone market hit 365.6 million units shipped in the third quarter of 2020, having only managed 271.4 million the previous quarter. It declined slightly year-on-year, but still represented an impressive rebound after the COVID-19 depression that dominated
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GSMA THRIVE NORTH AMERICA: Executives from WarnerMedia and the National Basketball Association (NBA) highlighted how the entertainment and sports industries are using 5G to overcome Covid-19 (coronavirus) challenges, noting changes are likely to remain permanent features. WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar (pictured) said the health crisis accelerated adoption of 5G to enable distributed content production, explaining
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Remember when murder hornets were peak 2020? Whatever happened to them, anyway? Well, the Washington Department of Agriculture has been trying to find their nests in order to eradicate the striped beasties before they can get more than a foothold in the Pacific Northwest. They’ve done this by trapping live hornets and attaching tiny Bluetooth
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GSMA THRIVE NORTH AMERICA: UScellular president and CEO Laurent Therivel (pictured) urged operators to prioritise efforts to close the nation’s digital divide during 5G deployments, noting rural users are increasingly concerned about being left behind as technology marches ahead. The industry needs to “focus separately on 5G and coverage”, he argued, adding “government coverage plans
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Beijing-based ByteDance announced a standalone education technology (edtech) brand Dali for the Chinese market on Thursday, becoming another major tech player looking to capitalise on the sector’s boom driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. Dali, meaning “forceful strength” in Chinese, will host all the education business of ByteDance and already has 10,000 employees, Dali Chief Executive
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Vi (formerly called Vodafone Idea) has expanded its prepaid recharge plan portfolio by bringing eight new value-added service options. Namely Games, Sports, Contest, Star Talk, Games Long Validity, Sports Long Validity, Contest Long Validity, and Star Talk Long Validity, the new Vi packs are available as an add-on along with benefits such as ad-free access
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“The opening up of new markets, foreign or domestic, and the organizational development from the craft shop and factory to such concerns … illustrate the same process of industrial mutation–if I may use that biological term–that incessantly revolutionizes the economic structure from within, incessantly destroying the old one, incessantly creating a new one. This process
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GSMA THRIVE NORTH AMERICA: Executives from Nokia and Intel urged the US to quickly free more mid-band spectrum for 5G, arguing an upcoming auction of 280MHz of C-Band airwaves won’t be sufficient to meet rising data demand. Speaking during day two of the CTIA 5G Summit, Nokia’s Americas CTO Mike Murphy said the company projected
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Samsung spins the new Galaxy S20 FE, or “Fan Edition”, as a model that offers all the features that fans care most about in a more affordable package. As the prices of flagship phones have skyrocketed to well over Rs. 1,00,000 over the past few years, the “flagship killer” segment at around Rs. 40,000 to
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GSMA THRIVE NORTH AMERICA: Larry Kudlow, director of the US National Economic Council (pictured), insisted President Donald Trump’s administration is not seeking to nationalise 5G infrastructure, aiming to allay fears among telecoms players the government might pursue such a plan. During a CTIA 5G Summit keynote, Kudlow said the administration is “going to keep its
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“IoT as it relates to the telecoms industry has grown up,” said Matthew Hatton, Founding Partner of Transforma Insights, introducing today’s Total Telecom Congress panel on revenue opportunities for telcos through the IoT.   The telecoms sector at large has shown immense interest in the development and expansion of the IoT, from simple yet valuable
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Indian telecom operator Bharti Airtel reported its highest ever quarterly consolidated revenue on Tuesday, driven by higher tariffs and a rise in data usage from a coronavirus-fuelled shift to remote working. Indian telecom operators, grappling with low tariffs due to a price war that ensued after Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio entered the space, hiked prices
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Dr. Paul Carter is CEO of network benchmarking and analysis company GWS. RCR Wireless News recently reached out to GWS to discuss testing millimeter-wave 5G networks. The following Q&A was conducted via email and has been lightly edited.  How is benchmark testing different in mmWave, and how is GWS preparing for benchmarking mmWave 5G networks? 
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