AT&T’s faster millimeter wave 5G network launches on March 6th with the S20 Plus and Ultra

AT&T is finally making its faster, mmWave 5G network which it calls “5G Plus” available to customers this Friday the 6th of March, alongside the release of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus and S20 Ultra. The 5G launch will be the first time that customers will be able to access both the sub-6GHz and mmWave parts of AT&T’s network.

The mmWave unleash comes just a few months after AT&T opened up access to its sub-6GHz 850MHz network back in December 2019. AT&T’s mmWave network has technically been available for months, but access has been limited to select commercial partners and development teams until now.

Qualcomm chip may be powering the 5G iPhone 12

Apple is reportedly working on two separate designs as it ramps up preparations for the 5G support iPhone 12 later this year

The company is widely expected to use Qualcomm modems to offer fast wireless connectivity with 5G support, but it is now being reported that Apple may not use Qualcomm’s QTM 525 millimeter-wave antenna as it does not fit into the slim design of the upcoming iPhones.

According to reports, Apple feels that the new iPhone’s industrial design may not have enough space for the Qualcomm antenna, and is instead working on a couple of design variants right now, with one design using both the X55 modem and Qualcomm’s antenna, causing a slightly thicker build, alongside another thinner design that uses Apple’s in-house antenna.

T-Mobile Will Soon Offer Home Internet

In March 2019, T-Mobile announced that they have started to test home Internet services using 4G LTE. At this time, T-Mobile limited the test to 50,000 customers. Recently T-Mobile promised if the merger happened, they would roll it out nationwide. Now that the merger has been approved, look for this to become a reality soon.

This new home service will offer 50 Mbps home Internet for $50 a month with no data caps. T-Mobile is quick to add that the new 5G home Internet service will be far faster when available, According to T-Mobile, this service comes with no annual contracts, no data caps, no hidden fees, no price hikes, and no hardware costs. This is part of three initiatives new T-Mobile promised would happen after the Sprint/T-Mobile merger

Barr’s call for U.S. control of 5G providers quickly rebuked

Trump administration officials, progressively intent on preventing Chinese global technological domination, keep floating the idea that the U.S. government should take a more direct hand in running next-generation 5G wireless networks.

But the notion isn’t terribly popular — not even within the administration.

On Thursday, Attorney General William Barr said the U.S. government should consider taking a controlling stake in the European companies Nokia and Ericsson to thwart the global ambitions of China-based Huawei, which holds a leading share of the market for 5G wireless equipment. The federal government could do so directly or via a company of U.S. and private investors, Barr said.

Get Ready for a New 5G Galaxy

AT&T and Verizon both expanded their 5G ultra-wideband reach in January AT&T much more than Verizon, but none of the cellular carriers made truly major moves in the past few weeks with the 5G network. That’s all about to change with the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S20 lineup on February 11, and the Mobile World Congress trade show starting February 24. The two events will deliver what is expected to be the first truly popular 5G phones to US carrier.

Up until now, the major, mainstream flagship phones in the US haven’t been 5G. Most of the high-end phones sold here are either Samsung Galaxy S, Samsung Galaxy Note, or Apple iPhone models, and up until now, only super-expensive variants of the S and Note have carried 5G support.

Samsung could duplicate last year’s strategy and only offer 5G on its highest-end Galaxy S20 models. But if it goes ahead and activates 5G up and down its line, millions more Americans will start to use 5G networks.

Verizon brings 5G to the Super Bowl

Verizon’s 5G ultra wideband service is heading to the Super Bowl, but the carrier won’t tell us whether its new network will cover all the seats in the stadium.

With Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami scheduled for February 2, Verizon emailed a media alert to Ars and other news outlets on Wednesday last week, bragging that it will “power the first Super Bowl featuring 5G.” Notably missing from the news alert was any indication of how many fans will be able to use the 5G network from their seats during the game.

ARS Technica has asked Verizon if all the seats and other parts of the stadium will have 5G access and got a vague answer from the company spokesperson who sent out the media alert: “Fans can access 5G (Ultra Wideband) in the bowl seating area, parts of the concourse, ticketing areas, and parking lot.

5G everything you need to know

5G networks are the next generation of mobile internet connectivity, offering faster speeds and more reliable connections on smartphones and 5G ultra wideband supported devices.

Combining cutting-edge network technology and the latest high tech devices, 5G offers reliable connections that are significantly faster than current cable connection and other internet hookups, with average download speeds of around 1GBps expected to soon be the average connections offered on the 5G network.

The 5G network are expected to supercharge the (IoT) Internet of Things technology, providing the infrastructure needed to carry huge amounts of data that allows for a smarter and more connected world.

5G networks have launched around the world with many cellular providers offering connectivity tech across the US, UK, and Australia as well as a variety of other countries around the world today.

Why super-fast 5G iPhones might not power a ‘supercycle’ for Apple

Apple can seemingly do no wrong. The company’s stock is up 103% in the last 12 months, iPhone 11 units are moving at a brisk pace alongside strong demand from China,

Apple is expected to release the 5G iPhone later this year. That has investors hoping for a massive uptick in device upgrades, which would be a major boost to Apple’s bottom line. As one of the small groups of $1 trillion companies that include Microsoft and Google, Apple will need some impressive sales to keep investors happy.

But not everyone shares the enthusiasm of a potential 5G powered sales supercycle. But at least one analyst says that the prospects for massive demand for 5G iPhones could be overblown.

2020 is a tipping point for 5G

The general manager of IBM,s Global Media, and Entertainment industry, said that 2020 will be the year that 5G reaches an inflection point and will roll out at full scale.

At CES 2020 about the benefits of 5G to the Internet of Things (IoT), edge computing, manufacturing. Steve Canepa the general manager of IBM explained “5G, as we’ve all seen, is starting to show up in all kinds of different ways with the telecommunications providers now having the spectrum that they’re starting to deploy. We’re seeing different providers have their evolution to 5G offerings in the marketplace. We’re going to see it show up in fixed locations, manufacturing floors, stadiums, facilities, all of that is going to start rolling out at scale in 2020, so it’s an exciting time. And for us, 5G is really an inflection point, I think because it brings three core advantages to businesses that are trying to create new value. “