Huawei and China Telecom complete 5G standalone electricity slice test (5G news: 5GWorldPro.com)
China Telecom Jiangsu, Huawei and the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) have successfully conducted an electricity network slice test using a real-life power grid environment in Nanjing, China. It was also the world’s first electricity slice to comply with the latest 5G standalone (SA) specifications released by 3GPP.
Verizon: Launch 5G smartphone thanks to an add-on (5GWorldPro.ma)
Verizon is number one in the USA with 33% market share
In order to be first to launch mobile 5G in the world or at least in the USA, Verizon uses an add-on accessory to gain a few weeks before integrated 5G smartphone like Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will arrive.
Verizon launches first 5G mobile service in Chicago, Minneapolis (5G news: 5GWorldPro.com)
Verizon has confirmed the start of its 5G mobile service, in parts of Minneapolis and Chicago. The launch came a week ahead of schedule. Customers can access the service with the new 5G mod for the Moto Z3 smartphone and receive speeds of up to 1 Gbps.
Belgian 5G roll-out faces delay as regional governments unable to agree on auction
Belgium's regional and federal governments have failed to reach an agreement on the planned auction of 5G spectrum licences. The latest meeting of the coordinating committee could not reach a deal on the division of proceeds from the auction, meaning the issue will likely be put off until after elections at the end of May and the formation of a new government, De Tijd reports.
Volkswagen plans to build 5G network in production plants from 2020 (5G news: 5GWorldPro.com)
German carmaker Volkswagen will build its own 5G network in the production plants from 2020, a spokesperson for the company said, WiWo.de reports. A tender to choose the supplier of the technology is currently ongoing, the report added. Daimler and BMW also intend to build a 5G network in the productions plants.