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Last week, 5G was front and center at CES 2020, the annual consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, with announcements ranging from product launches to business opportunities. Meanwhile, a U.S. lawmaker proposed limiting the sharing of intelligence with countries using equipment from Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. for their 5G networks. Elsewhere, Play Communications SA plans to launch a 5G network in Poland.
CES 2020: Verizon Media finishes downsizing Oath, prepares for growth: Verizon Media is investing in 5G advertising as its parent telecom company Verizon Communications Inc. is focused on building out its 5G network.
CES 2020: Quibi takes shot at mobile video revolution with Google, T-Mobile: T-Mobile US Inc. President and COO Mike Sievert said short-form video platform Quibi Holdings LLC could be a "perfect use case" for 5G.
CES 2020: Qualcomm spotlights new 5G laptop, autonomous driving platform: Qualcomm Inc. unveiled a 5G computer and an autonomous driving platform at CES 2020.
CES 2020: FTC plans to release antitrust guidance for tech companies: U.S. Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joseph Simons suggested that the regulator could come to a decision on one or more antitrust probes of large tech companies, while Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said a number of barriers remain to 5G implementation in the U.S.
CES 2020: Sony surprises with connected car prototype: Sony Corp. presented its visions for 5G-enabled urban connectivity.
CES 2020: 5G to be driven by enterprise use: The Consumer Technology Association expects enterprises to lead 5G expansion.
AMC craters as CFO warns of tough 2020; Memory-chip maker Micron surges: Micron Technology Inc.'s DRAM unit stands to benefit from the rollout of 5G, which will drive the need for advanced memory chips capable of processing data at peak speeds.
US regulatory pressures to shape big tech's 2020 spending strategies: With major M&A likely off the table, industry observers speculate on how U.S. tech firms might use their cash.
US AND CANADA
* U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., introduced a bill that would prevent the country from sharing intelligence with countries that allow Huawei to operate 5G network technology within their borders, Reuters reported Jan. 9.
* Canadian communications company BCE Inc. outlined its strategic imperatives, including the upcoming launch of a mobile 5G service.
* Shanghai is targeting full 5G coverage in 2025, Yicai reported Jan. 10. The city also expects to have all networks, applications and hardware to support internet protocol version 6, or IPv6, by the same year.
* Thai state-owned operators CAT Telecom PCL and TOT PCL will both participate in the country's February 5G spectrum auction despite objections from private telecom operators, Matichon reported.
* Telstra Corp. Ltd. on Jan. 10 provided an update on the expansion of its services and 5G rollout. The company said it is working with partners to develop and test smarter ways to roll out its 5G network in the local market. According to the telco, a quarter of the phones it has sold since mid-2019 are 5G-compatible.
* India's 5G field trials are experiencing further delays as private telecom players Bharti Airtel Ltd., Vodafone Idea Ltd. and Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. want more time beyond the Jan. 10 deadline to submit their respective proposals, The Economic Times (India) reported, citing a senior executive.
* Malaysian telco Maxis Bhd. recorded 2.96 Gbps single-user peak speeds from its C-band spectrum trial, according to a Jan. 7 news release. The test was part of the 5G Malaysia Demonstration Projects that aim to facilitate, develop and foster 5G use cases in a live but controlled environment.
* Telekom Malaysia completed a stand-alone dedicated 5G network test on both C-band and 700 MHz spectrum simultaneously on a converged 5G core network, The Edge Markets reported Jan. 7.
* SK hynix Inc. unveiled new semiconductor offerings at CES, ET News reported Jan. 7. The company's product lineup this year includes memory chip solutions related to 5G, among other areas.
* Singaporean telco StarHub Ltd. said Jan. 7 that it partnered with local university Nanyang Polytechnic to launch a 5G application and experience center. The facility will be used for training talent, industry co-development and testing new use cases.
* The Korean government plans to invest 786.2 billion Korean won in research and development of core technology to step up its 5G and artificial intelligence competitiveness in 2020, ZDNet Korea reported Jan. 6.
* Korean public institutions, businesses and factories plan to create a tailored "private" 5G network, ET News reported Jan. 6.
EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA
* The Belgian Competition Authority ordered the suspension of a sharing agreement between Orange SA unit Orange Belgium SA and Proximus due to potential competition concerns. The companies acknowledged the regulator's decision and said the agreement's benefits include "faster and more extensive" deployment of 5G.
* A U.S. delegation, expected to include Deputy National Security Adviser Matt Pottinger, will visit the U.K. to convince Britain not to use Huawei equipment in the upgrade of its telecom network, Reuters reported Jan. 12, citing sources. The U.K. is close to making a final decision regarding the use of Huawei equipment in its future 5G networks. U.K. lawmakers confirmed that the Chinese company's equipment will not be used in the U.K. for intelligence sharing, Reuters reported Jan. 8, citing a Huawei spokesman.
* Telia Co. AB unit Telia Norge AS launched its new 5G network in Lillestrøm, Norway, according to a Jan. 10 statement. By the end of March, about 50 base stations in the Lillestrøm area will be upgraded to 5G and opened for test use.
* Portugal will conduct a 5G auction for 400 MHz of spectrum, Telecompaper reported Jan. 10, citing Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações President João Cadete do Matos' statement to Dinheiro Vivo.
* Slovenia will allocate 5G frequencies by June 30, Telecompaper reported Jan. 10, citing Tanja Muha, acting director of the Agency for Communication Networks and Services of the Republic of Slovenia.
* CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd.'s Hutchison 3G UK Ltd., or Three, welcomed Ofcom's plan to change regulations of British Telecom's national Openreach Ltd. network. The telco said the move will be "instrumental" in the "widespread rollout of true 5G networks" and offering choices of providers for U.K. customers.
* Nokia Corp. said Jan. 9 that it reached 63 commercial 5G contracts worldwide. The commercial contracts do not include other 5G agreements like paid network trials, pilots or demonstrations.
* Telecom Italia SpA said Jan. 8 that it achieved speeds of more than 2 Gbps in a test of a live 5G network over the 26 GHz band. The Italian telco teamed up with Ericsson and Qualcomm unit Qualcomm Technologies Inc. for the test.
* Polish mobile operator Play plans to roll out a 5G network that would cover the entire city of Gdynia, Reuters reported Jan. 7, citing a statement by CEO Jean-Marc Harion. Play is waiting for approval from telecom regulator Urząd Komunikacji Elektronicznej to launch the 5G network.
* Orange Polska SA is planning to test a drone management system over its 5G network in Warsaw, in partnership with Ericsson and state research agency Institute of Communications, Telecompaper reported Jan. 7.
* Serbia will begin the rollout of a 5G network this year and has plans to hold a 5G spectrum auction, Telecompaper reported Jan. 6, citing a statement by Vladica Tintor, director of the country's Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Services, to RTS.
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