The competition of 5G is increasing in US, Asia and Europe

The rollover in the 5G networks has become a hot topic in the US, China and Europe. The competition of the leadership is increasing due to the market situation, standard setting and regulation. The hyped 5G is getting also comments related to ethics and good governance.

The speculations of global leadership in the 5G networks have been increasing due to the tensions between the US China trade talks and issues related to Huawei. The Chinese tech company was placed to black list by the US authorities due to the security concerns. The company has repeated that this is not the case.

Many market analysts say that the growth of the 5G investments will see the same kind of path as did the 4G. Others think that the path will be different due to the different applications the 5G is made for like the business to business applications. All agree that this game-changing technology, the 4th industrial revolution, will make the business difference.

The leadership talks is now between the US and China. It is expected that the Chinese markets will invest in the new technology 218 billion dollars during the years 2020-2025. This estimate from the China Internet Report also states that there would be 460 million 5G connections by the end of 2025. China has maintained the political ambition in the new technology.

Europe is lacking behind the 5G development about one year due to the lack of spectrum and the lack of integrated EU-tech strategy.

-5G delays in Europe are not tied to the choice of technology vendor. Europe instead faces a series of structural problems that hinder 5G development.  Some structural reasons for Europe lagging behind were the lack of spectrum and a dangerous “wait and see” approach to 5G among some regulators and service providers. The biggest roadblock relates primarily to regulatory policies.  5G must be viewed as a critical part of European national infrastructures.  This is not the case today, the Swedish company says.

The international 5G competition is also a question of the global standard and standard setting which normally have been in the interest of the European companies as well. But it is also questions of the good governance as related to the big tech companies recently over privacy, personal information and security issues.

The US Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf said in the Bloomberg interview on Monday that he thinks China is trying to create that standard and he sees that it is not only the China that is interested of the standard but also the other Asian countries like South Korea and Japan.

Regarding the competition situation Mr Mollenkopf commented that the only way the 5G is to be implemented is to co-operate with Huawei. According to him, it is the only way to make the 5G live in the world although there are some geopolitical tensions.

This new technology, 5G with high internet speed, enable the development of future sustainable cities, industries and homes with smart applications related to artificial intelligence, iOT and virtual reality.

The new network is needed in order to effectively take care of the future needs related to driving, health and security issues for example. So, it is also a question of confidence, trust.

There are different companies in the 5G supply chain to gain from the new technology. The network suppliers, semiconductors, mobile phone manufacturers and other vendors play a vital role in the development. For example one of the mobile phone makers, the US Apple, has said earlier that their 5G phones will be available in the late 2020.

For tech stock investments follow for example these companies for more information of the development: Apple (AAPL), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), Qualcomm (QCOM),  Alphabet (GOOGL), T-Mobile (TMUS), Sprint, China Mobile (0941), China Telecom (0728), China Unicom (0762), China Broadcasting Network, Ericsson (ERIC) , Nokia (NOKIA), Huawei, Samsung (005930), NTT Docomo (9437).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FCC is backing T-Mobile and Sprint merger

The US Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said he would back the merger between the telecommunications operators T-Mobile and Sprint in the US markets. The 26 billion dollars deal might be proceeding after the companies had made some adjustments to the operations.

According to Wall Street Journal this assurance would help the merger although the antitrust issue is still on the agenda. The merger needs the approval from both US Federal agencies and some market specialists expect that the FCC decision will boost also the Justice Department’s antitrust division to accept the merger.

-Two of the FCC´s top priorities are closing the digital divide in rural America and advancing United States leadership in 5G, the FCC Chairman Mr. Paid said according to WSJ.

In 2017 the FCC report found that the wireless business has had effective competition as prices for mobile data has been falling.

Today T-Mobile and Sprint said that they have agreed to invest in new wireless broadband service, especially in rural areas and to build new 5G infrastructure. The companies also agreed to sell Sprint´s Boost brand, a prepaid mobile phone service with millions of customers.

Shares of Sprint (S) jumped 22,8 % to 7,59 dollars in New York and T-Mobile´s (TMUS) shares were also trading higher, up 4,80 % to 78,99 dollars. The whole sector was also up: Verizon(VZ) up 1,82 % to 59,51 dollars and AT&T (T) up 1,89 % to 32,40 dollars.

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