EU bets on 5G to catch up in mobile technology race

Remains to be seen exactly what 5G will do that current 4G gear cannot

Reuters

BRUSSELS/BARCELONA (Reuters) - The European Union is looking to sign agreements with China and Japan and the United States to cooperate on developing the next generation of mobile broadband as it seeks to help its companies catch up in the race to develop such technologies.

Europe, once a leader in the 1990s in the second-generation GSM technology standard for mobile phone networks moving into the digital era, has fallen behind the United States, Japan and South Korea in the deployment of the latest 4G standard for mobile broadband services.

Huawei bumps up patent portfolio as 5G era draws near: CEO

Commercial launch of 5G is expected to begin in 2020

Reuters

BARCELONA (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL], the world's second-biggest maker of network gear, is beefing up its patent portfolio ahead of 5G, the next generation of mobile equipment, its chief executive said on Tuesday.

Huawei, also the world's fourth-largest maker of smartphones, has said it plans to spend $600 million on 5G wireless research and development from 2013 to 2018.

But speaking to reporters at the Mobile World Congress on Tuesday, Huawei Chief Executive Ken Hu said that 5G research spending was likely to rise, without giving specific figures.

EU to team up with South Korea in global 5G race

South Korea has one of the fastest mobile broadband networks, and is home to Samsung

Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is teaming up with South Korea to jointly research the next generation of mobile broadband technology, hoping the Asian country's expertise will help it catch up in a field crucial for economic growth and jobs.
 
South Korea has one of the fastest mobile broadband networks and is home to Samsung, the world's biggest smartphone maker.

China Mobile: of 750 Million Users, Most Still on 2G phones

Chair Xi Guohua tells shareholders of plans for 3G/4G upgrades, funding for 5G research

CEI

Beijing, May 28, 2014 / CEI / -. "Currently, China Mobile, which owns 780 million users, the majority are still using 2G phones," China Mobile chairman Xi Guohua said at the shareholders meeting, the need to push customers to upgrade 3G and 4G, last year the company data flow and therefore the amount of explosive revenue growth. China Mobile CEO Li Yue introduced by Tencent micro-channel business impact, short message service first four months of the company fell more than 20%.

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