Reliance Jio may roll out 5G telecom services in the second half of 2021.” Policy steps are needed to accelerate the early rollout of 5G, and to make it affordable and available everywhere. I assure you that Jio will pioneer the 5G Revolution in India in the second half of 2021″ said RIL Chairman and owner of Reliance Jio Mukesh Ambani. He was speaking on the first day of India Mobile Congress, inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi.
Tech Mahindra expects that 5G network has an addressable potential of 20-50% of the total market size of between $40-50 bn. The Pune based firm is building its own IP and increasing investments in network research and connected devices as it feels that opportunities would be largely in three areas — network services for telecom firms, 5G for enterprises and R&D spends on networks and devices. It has also built a large deals team to increase revenues to reduce volatility.
Ericsson Mobility Report estimates that 40% of mobile subscriptions in 2026 will be 5G. It also predicts that the end of 2020 will see over 1 bn people, about 15% of the world’s population, will have 5G coverage and 220 million have 5G connection. In 2026, 60% of the world’s population will have access to 5G coverage, with 5G subscriptions forecast to touch 3.5 bn. In India, 5G will represent 27% of mobile subscription by the end of 2026, said the study.
Ethical hackers demand surged as superfast 5G connection rolled out. The rise in SmartTVs and home appliances has even posed digital security threat at home also. Companies are offering “Bounty Programs” for ethical hackers to successfully attack their cybersecurity system, identifying vulnerabilities. The largest bounty platform, HackerOne paid a whopping reward of $44 million in cash to 800,000 hackers, 87% more than last year.
Samsung announced its first 5nm chipset, the Exynos 1080 to be debuted with an unnamed Vivo device. The processor is compatible with both types of 5G networks, mmWave and sub-6GHz, enabling downlink speeds of up to 5.1Gbps on the latter.1 Plus, with support for both Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6. Samsung went with an octa-core CPU with triple cluster design with four Cortex-A78 core runs at 2.8 GHz, and four Cortex-A55 unit runs at 2.6GHz. The A55 quartet is clocked at 2.0GHz.
Qualcomm predicted sales of 5G smartphones to be more than half a billion units next year. The firm is the biggest supplier of 5G smartphone processors and modem chips. Qualcomm hopes it to become mainstream in mobile phones. A trend started by Apple’s first 5G phones launched recently. Revenue from its chip segment was $4.97 bn in its fiscal fourth quarter. It shipped 162 mn 5G chips during this the fiscal quarter with a higher avg selling price of $30.9.
Cisco Systems is planning innovative finance options for 5G network deployments by Indian telecom operators, as part of the $5 billion it has earmarked globally. “We will bring innovative financial solutions on top of cutting-edge technology to telecom service providers. We are already engaged with India’s leading telcos to get their network architectures ready for 5G,” said Sanjay Kaul, president, Asia Pacific & Japan at Service Provider Business—Cisco Systems.
Apple is virtually launching its new iPhone 12 and analysts say it can tap into 5G that theoretically operates 10 to 20 times faster than current 4G wireless networks. But considering current 5G US networks that mostly use low-bank wireless spectrum, the speeds will not materialise for most people. On average, customers of AT&T Inc and Verizon – the two major US telecom operators – see only a small bump up from 4G speeds on 5G phones.
5G-enabled industries have the potential to deliver $8trn in value to the global economy by 2030, according to new Nokia’s 5G Business Readiness Report. Companies at an advanced level of 5G adoption were the only group to experience a net increase in productivity (+10%) following COVID-19. 72% of large companies will invest in 5G over the next 5 years. However, only 15% are currently in investing in its implementation and 29% do not plan to invest at all.