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France Expects First 5G Deployment by 2020

As for the remaining zones, operators will be obliged to offer 5G speed of at least 240 megabits per second (Mbps), which is four times the speed of the current 4G service

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"5G is the promise of a better quality of life for all and exceptional opportunities. It will allow to adapt life to our needs," he said. VOA

French telecom regulator Arcep expects the commercial roll-out of the next-generation 5G mobile phone network in the country to commence in 2020, to be followed by large-scale commercialisation a decade later.

“The draft procedure… stipulates that all applicants, regardless of whether or not they have chosen to make optional commitments, will be subject to a series of obligations, particularly with respect to regional coverage,” said Arcep on the launch of its 5G frequency allocation procedure for telecom operators on Monday.

According to Arcep, 5G deployment would be gradual. By the end of 2020, each operator will be required to offer 5G services in at least two French cities. By 2025, there should be 12,000 sites in operation, offering 5G to two-thirds of the country’s population, reported Xinhua news agency.

Around 20-25 per cent of these 12,000, 3.4-3.8 GHz band sites must be located “in sparsely populated areas targeting economic activities, notably manufacturing”. In accordance with the regulator’s plan, operators will be required to “introduce a concomitant mechanism to ensure that non-urban areas will also benefit from these rollouts”.

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FILE – People stand next to a 5G logo during the Mobile World Congress wireless show, in Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 28, 2018. VOA

As for the remaining zones, operators will be obliged to offer 5G speed of at least 240 megabits per second (Mbps), which is four times the speed of the current 4G service.

“The intermediate targets give operators flexibility in whether to use 4G or 5G technology, provided they meet the speed requirement. By 2030, however, they must be providing 5G services in all of their sites,” Arcep said.

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The telecom regulator noted the frequencies will be allocated for a period of 15 years with a possible five-year extension. Telecom operators have until September 4 to express their comments in a public consultation, according to the statement. “Arcep will then submit its final text to the government in the weeks that follow,” it said. (IANS)

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Nokia to Launch Affordable 5G Phone in 2020

In India, 5G services are expected to begin next year and the 5G Nokia phone is likely to come to the Indian market in 2020

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Nokia has made several small to medium-sized acquisitions as part of a strategy to build up a standalone software business to deliver higher profit margins than its classic communications hardware products.
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HMD Global, that makes and sells Nokia-branded phones, has confirmed that an affordable Nokia 5G phone that would cost around half of the existing ones would arrive next year in the US.

“We see a particular opportunity for us in bringing 5G to a more affordable segment as we enter the market,” HMD Global Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas said.

“I would say affordable in relation to what’s available today. I would love to see us at half of the price where you have 5G today,” he added.

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FILE – People stand next to a 5G logo during the Mobile World Congress wireless show, in Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 28, 2018. VOA

HMD Global is expected to launch two Nokia 5G smartphones this year, news portal GizmoChina reported on Thursday.

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One of the smartphones would be a flagship with Snapdragon 855 SoC, paired with the X55 modem to enable 5G connectivity. The other device is said to be more mid-ranged and powered by a Snapdragon 700 series chipset.

In India, 5G services are expected to begin next year and the 5G Nokia phone is likely to come to the Indian market in 2020. (IANS)