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CES: 5G moves beyond mobile

The CES expo next week will showcase 5G high-speed mobile internet beyond its mobile phone implementations, writes BRYAN TURNER.



This year will see integration of 5G in consumer technologies as global leaders in the high-speed Internet technology begin rolling out 5G infrastructure. The brands to watch are Qualcomm, Intel, Ericsson ands Huawei. The first three of these will use the CES expo in Las Vegas next week to highlight how far beyond mobile the technology can be taken.

Almost a month ago, Qualcomm announced that 5G would be coming to its System on Chip (SoC) products. In the same announcement, Qualcomm announced its 5G-ready Snapdragon 855 processor. All-in-one SoC solutions have proven to be profitable to the chip maker and convenient to integrate for smartphone manufacturers like Samsung and LG. 

Multi-gigabit 5G technology will also be demonstrated at Qualcomm’s stand on an unreleased OnePlus device, to show off its mobile applications. The Snapdragon 855 chip is claimed to download a typical movie in 17 seconds with its 5G modem, compared with six minutes for 4G. (visit or main booth #10948 at the Las Vegas Convention Centre to learn more).

Qualcomm’s second stand at CES (North Hall #5609) will demonstrate automotive connectivity. Connected driving with the combination of integrated low latency 5G will increase the feasibility of connected car systems, as response time will be reduced.

Qualcomm’s modem rival, Intel, stole the show at last year’s CES expo with its “5G tunnel” where expo visitors could use a 5G device to transmit ultra high definition video content with multi-gigabit 5G technology.

“Intel’s new XMM 8160 5G modem provides the ideal solution to support large volumes for scaling across multiple device categories to coincide with broad 5G deployments,” says Cormac Conroy, corporate VP at Intel.

Intel is expected to bring its 5G-ready 8160 modems to market in the first half of this year. The company is also likely to announce a new 5G product at CES. (visit or Main Booth #10048 at the Las Vegas Convention Centre to learn more).

At CES 2018, Ericsson jointly showed the benefits of 5G with Intel, where Ericsson showcased its 5G tower technology and Intel showcased its modem. This tower transmitted over the 28GHz band, for which the company needed prior approval from the FCC.

This year, Ericsson is taking a different route by partnering with Veoneer, a company specialising in advanced driving assistance systems and automated driving. Veoneer will be using Ericsson’s secure cloud platform and 5G-ready network to improve response times for advanced driving and to improve real-time driving analytics.

• Bryan Turner is data analyst at World Wide Worx and writer for Follow him on Twitter: @BryanTurnerZA


Notre Dame, Scoop Makhathini, GoT, top week in search

From fire disaster to social media disaster, the top Google searches this week covered a wide gamut of themes.



Paris and the whole world looked on in shock as the 856-year-old medieval Catholic cathedral crumbled into ash. The tragic infernal destruction of this tourist attraction of historical and religious significance led South Africans to generate more than 200 000 search queries for “Notre Dame Cathedral” on Monday. Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire that razed the architectural icon.

In other top trending searches on Google this week, radio presenter Siyabonga Ngwekazi, AKA Scoop Makhathini, went viral when it appeared he had taken to Twitter to expose his girlfriend, Akhona Carpede, for cheating on him. Scoop has since come out to say that he was not responsible for the bitter rant and that his account was hacked. “Scoop Makhathini” generated more than 20 000 search queries on Wednesday.

Fans generated more than 20 000 search queries for “Sam Smith” on Tuesday ahead of the the British superstar’s Cape Town performance at the Grand West Casino. Smith ended up cutting his performance short that night due to vocal strain.

Local Game of Thrones superfans were beside themselves on Sunday, searching the internet high and low for the first episode of the American fantasy drama’s eighth season. “Game of Thrones, season 8, episode 1” generated more than 100 000 queries on Google Search on the weekend.

As the festivities kicked off in California with headliners such as Childish Gambino and Ariana Grande, South Africans generated more than 2 000 search queries for “Coachella” on Saturday.

South Africans generated more than 5 000 search queries for “Wendy Williams” on Friday  as it emerged that the American talk show host had filed for divorce from her husband Kevin Hunter after 21 years of marriage. Hunter has long been rumored to have been cheating on Williams, which reportedly finally led to the divorce.

Search trends information is gleaned from data collated by Google based on what South Africans have been searching for and asking Google. Google processes more than 40 000 search queries every second. This translates to more than a billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide. Live Google search trends data is available at

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5G smartphones to hit 5M sales in 2019



According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipments will reach a modest 5 million units in 2019. Early 5G smartphone models will be expensive and available in limited volumes. Samsung, LG and Huawei will be the early 5G smartphone leaders this year, followed by Apple next year.

Ken Hyers, Director at Strategy Analytics, said, “We forecast global 5G smartphone shipments will reach a modest 5 million units in 2019. Less than 1 percent of all smartphones shipped worldwide will be 5G-enabled this year. Global 5G smartphone shipments are tiny for now, due to expensive device pricing, component bottlenecks, and restricted availability of active 5G networks.”

Ville Petteri-Ukonaho, senior analyst at Strategy Analytics, added, “Samsung will be the early 5G smartphone leader in the first half of 2019, due to initial launches across South Korea and the United States. We predict LG, Huawei, Xiaomi, Motorola and others will follow later in the year, followed by Apple iPhone with its first 5G model during the second half of 2020. The iPhone looks set to be at least a year behind Samsung in the 5G smartphone race and Apple must be careful not to fall too far behind.”

Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics, added, “The short-term outlook for 5G smartphones is weak, but the long-term opportunity remains huge. We forecast 1 billion 5G smartphones to ship worldwide per year by 2025. The introduction of 5G networks, by carriers like Verizon or China Mobile, opens up high-speed, ultra-low-latency services such as 8K video, streaming games, and augmented reality for business. The next big question for the mobile industry is how much extra consumers are really willing to pay, if anything, for those emerging 5G smartphones and services.”

Strategy Analytics provides a snapshot analyses for the outlook for 5G smartphone market in this Insight report: 5G Smartphones : From Zero to a Billion

Strategy Analytics provides a deep-dive into the air-interface technologies that will power phones through 2024 across 88 countries here: Global Handset Sales Forecast by 88 Countries and 19 Technologies : 2003 to 2024

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