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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Self-driving cars in 2021 -CES2017 insight

According to Intel and Ford, self-driving cars will be in the markets in 2021. This is about 5 years earlier than expected a year ago by some market researchers.The development of autonomous cars with no steering wheels, brakes or driver is  faster than expected.

According to the CES2017 insights from leading tech companies and consumers, there are several trends that are backing this fast development. First, 5 G networks are being built by large network operators in the US, Europe and Asia. In order to “drive” such self-driving car it requires data and analytics.

For example according to Intel CEO Brian Krzanich one self-driving car is generating data which is comparable to 3000 people operating with their smartphones and laptops. So, one can think that one self-driving car must support the data traffic and connectivity of 3000 people at the same time. In order to have major break throught with the cars, faster networks and data speed is indeed needed.

Self-driving car – a second home?

While smart homes and smart cities are also developing at the same time, one could also say that self-driving cars would become second homes for those that are travelling longer journeys. People can listen to their favourite music, see news, read books, eat dinner or sleep. By the way, Sleep Tech- category (totally new) generated several exhibitors during the trade show.

There are several tech companies and car manufacturers working with self-driving cars. For example Google with Android OS, Apple with iOs, Tesla, Ford Motors, Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz and Toyota.

Goolge has named its self-driving car project called Waymo and says that the car has been driving nearly 2 million miles in the US. One aspect with the cars is of course the safety. Companies are working hard to make travelling safier and zero target in accidents is the target figure. Google has said that it is expecting the self driving car to be ready to the world soon.

New launches at CES

During the trade show, for example car maker Chrysler announced their all-electric Portal -concept. It is an electric car  and the hub is the mobile phone.

“Recognition and user authentication are the next level of personalization and a primary driving factor for the user experience. Facial recognition and voice biometric technologies work together to provide a seamless personalization experience. As a result, all passengers can set up individual and group settings for an enjoyable, customized experience”, the company says in the press release.

For example, it tells you who is in the vehicle and configure preferred settings, such as music, lighting, vehicle and seat temperatures.

Voice- a megatrend

Voice integration is also becoming more common. CES estimates that there will be new robots and smart home applications integrating voice recognition in their services and products already this year. Voice is making things easier, smoother and faster in certain situations and it is enlargering the digitalisation to new era; in the cars and at home.

Päivi Härkönen

 

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Google to launch a new company for smart cities

Google (GOOG) has launched a new company called Sidewalk Lab to develop services and products for smart cities. Sidewalk is focusing to improve the life for everyone by developing and incubating urban technologies to adress issues like lowering the cost of living, efficient transportation and energy usage.

According to Google, new services and products like internet of things and flexible buildings and infrastructure allow cities to tackle the problems. The company will be lead by Dan Doctoroff, former CEO of Bloomberg News.

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