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Phone Users Ready to Pay 20% Premium for 5G: Ericsson

The views of the participants are representative of almost one billion people, Ericsson said

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Smartphone users are willing to pay a 20 per cent premium for 5G services, while half of early adopters would pay as much as 32 per cent more, says an Ericsson study on Tuesday.

One in five smartphone users’ data usage could reach more than 200GB per month on a 5G device by 2025, said the Ericsson “ConsumerLab” report.

Average world smartphone data usage in 2018 stood at 5.6GB per month and is expected to increase to 21GB per month in 2024, an increase of roughly four times from today’s usage.

The research revealed that consumers expect 5G to provide relief from urban network congestion in the near term — especially in megacities, where six in 10 smartphone users report facing network issues in crowded areas.

The respondents also anticipate more home broadband choices to be available with the launch of 5G.

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Ericsson rolls out export of 5G-ready telecom equipment. Flickr

Smartphone users estimate that overall video viewing across mobile or portable screens while being out of home will increase by around three hours per week — from 6.5 to nine hours – in the next five years, of which one hour will be on Augmented Reality (AR)/Virtual Reality (VR) glasses by 2025, the report said.

“Consumers clearly state that they think smartphones are unlikely to be the sole solution for 5G,” Jasmeet Singh Sethi, Head of ConsumerLab, Ericsson Research, said in a statement.

Globally, 50 per cent of consumers believe that smartphones will still exist but that perhaps everyone will be wearing AR glasses by 2025.

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This latest Ericsson ConsumerLab study is based on 35,000 interviews with smartphone users aged 15 to 69, carried out in 22 countries including India.

The views of the participants are representative of almost one billion people, Ericsson said. (IANS)

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Tech Giant Huawei To Get Role in UK 5G Network Usage But With Restrictions

Huawei is reassured by the UK government's confirmation that we can continue working with our customers to keep the 5G rollout on track

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Huawei will also be excluded from areas near military bases and nuclear sites, the BBC reported. Pixabay

The UK has decided to let China’s Huawei continue to be used in its 5G networks but with restrictions, including banning its equipment in the network’s “sensitive parts”, like the core, and capping the presence of its kit in the network’s periphery to 35 per cent, reports said.

Huawei will also be excluded from areas near military bases and nuclear sites, the BBC reported.

The decision by the Boris Johnson government came despite pressure from the US and a section of Conservative MPs on grounds of national security. While a Trump administration official said the US “is disappointed” with the decision, Republican and former Speaker of the US House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, described it as a “strategic defeat” for his country.

On the other hand, China had warned Britain that there could be “substantial” repercussions to other trade and investment plans had the company been banned outright.

Huawei welcomed the decision.

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The UK has decided to let China’s Huawei continue to be used in its 5G networks but with restrictions, including banning its equipment in the network’s “sensitive parts”, like the core, and capping the presence of its kit in the network’s periphery to 35 per cent, reports said. Wikimedia Commons

Huawei is reassured by the UK government’s confirmation that we can continue working with our customers to keep the 5G rollout on track.

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“It gives the UK access to world-leading technology and ensures a competitive market,” the firm’s UK chief Victor Zhang said in a statement. (IANS)