Samsung has achieved network speed that is 50 times more than 5G in their 6G research. In a company presentation, Samsung announced it had achieved a speed of 5.23 Gbps on a 5G network whereas the speed of their 6G tech is 50 times faster. Samsung expects the completion and commercialisation of 6G by 2028 and mass commercialisation by 2030. Samsung is also exploring XR – a combination of AR, VR, and MR.
Nokia to deploy its 5G Standalone Core for DISH on AWS. This marks the industry’s first deployment of 5G in the public cloud. The setup will support DISH’s cloud-native, OpenRAN-based 5G network. The deployment will help DISH to optimize network operations to launch new software and services rapidly and efficiently to improving customer experience. DISH will get Nokia’s voice core, cloud packet core, data management, E2E security services, etc.
The Satellite internet unit of SpaceX, Starlink, aspires to provide continuous global coverage by September this year. Starlink currently offers beta services in 11 countries. US Communications Commission approved the deployment of SpaceX’s Starlink satellites at a lower earth orbit. According to CEO Elon Musk, the company had received more than 500,000 preorders. Starlink is planning to deploy 12000 satellites which will cost 10 bn dollars.
Intel corp has announced partnering up with Reliance Jio to work on 5G network technology. Last year Intel’s venture capital unit invested $250 mn in Reliance Jio. Intel will be working on its 5G RAN with Jio along with other things. Intel saw a 20% growth in networking chips in 2020 and a part of it was due to their investment in FlexRAN 10 years ago. FlexRAN allows carriers or software firms to write code for 5G networks.
Bharti Airtel and Tata Group, to implement 5G networks, has announced a strategic partnership. Tata Group has integrated a totally indigenous telecom stack and has developed O-RAN-based Radio and NSA/SA Core. Starting Jan 2022, the technology will be made available for commercial use. The company has assured potential clients that the ‘Made in India’ 5G product and solutions are at par with the global standards.
Xiaomi has developed a technology that allows phones and other devices to charge with sound. The mechanism stores sound energy and convert it into AC, which is then converted to DC for charging. Xiaomi has also been working on Aircharge to allow devices to charge remotely. They also announced releasing HyperCharge, which needs 200w power. It can charge a 4000mAh battery in 8 minutes.
Tech giant Google is looking to turn android phones into collective intelligence capable of finding lost devices, similar to Apple’s Find my network. A toggle for the new feature appeared in the beta version of Google PlayStore. It’s an unpacked code from the release, so there is a chance it may never be released publicly. The current Find My Device on Android works only when the phone is switched on, the wifi signal is enabled and location service is enabled.
Apple’s Find My network is one of its most efficient services. This service is used by Apple to find lost devices including Macbooks, iPhones, iPods, etc. Similar tech is also used by Samsung. The APK teardown has revealed a hidden code found in the latest version of the Google Play Services 21.24.13 in the beta channel. This can be taken as a clear indication of the fact that Google is working on a Find My-type of network for its devices.