eCall Spec Finalized by 3GPP, Endorsed by Qualcomm
The 3GPP recently announced the finalization of a new specification that is meant to provide additional safety services to automobile passengers in Europe. The eCall initiative covers a new modem that will automatically dial emergency services and transmit location information in the event of an accident. The standard was requested by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute and the European Union expects to deploy this technology in automobiles by late 2010. Though Qualcomm approved of the standard, it doesn't necessarily mean that the technology will come to the U.S., but it is a possibility.
Qualcomm Develops 5G Test Platform
Qualcomm has created what it calls a prototype 5G system and trial platform. The 5G New Radio (NR) prototype is able to function across a wide range of spectrum bands, primarily below 6 GHz, and can achieve multi-gigabit per second data rates and low latency.
Intel Says It Has a 5G Modem
Intel today announced next-generation modem for mobile devices, aptly named the Intel 5G Modem. Intel says the idea behind the 5G Modem is to help push the development of 5G ahead.
AT&T: Our 5G Network Will Be 100 Times Quicker than LTE
AT&T today revealed its plans to test and eventually deploy 5G wireless technology, which it says will offer performance 10 to 100 times faster than today's LTE. AT&T is working with Ericsson and Intel to test 5G in its labs during the second quarter of the year, with field tests to follow over the summer months.
Verizon Looking to Be First to Deploy 5G
Verizon Wireless wants to stay ahead of the curve and be among the first to launch fifth-generation (or 5G) wireless network technology. The company plans to begin field tests at its Innovation Centers, which are dedicated sandboxes for testing apps and services, located in San Francisco and Waltham, Mass., at some point in 2016.