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Court battle, trade war and 5G spell tough 2019 for Apple

SHANGHAI/SAN FRANCISCO: Apple Inc’s chief executive Tim Cook has his work cut out in China this year: the iPhone maker faces the looming threat of a court-ordered sales ban, the uncertain outcome of trade war talks and the roll-out of a new 5G network, where it finds itself behind rivals. The complex outlook raises a challenge for Apple as it looks to revive its China fortunes after weakness there sparked a rare drop in its global sales forecast, knocked $75 billion from its market valuation and roiled global markets.…

New Zealand rejects Huawei’s first 5G bid citing national security risk

WELLINGTON: New Zealand’s intelligence agency has rejected the telecom industry’s first request in the country to use 5G equipment provided by China’s Huawei Technologies, citing concerns about national security. Telecommunications services provider Spark New Zealand, which made the request, said on Wednesday it would review the reasoning before considering any further steps. The decision comes as Western nations become increasingly wary of what they say is possible Chinese government involvement in fifth-generation…

Nokia reshuffles management with focus on 5G market

The head of Nokia’s  mobile networks arm, its largest business unit, is leaving the Finnish company as part of changes designed to position the company for the 5G telecoms era, Nokia said on Thursday. Marc Rouanne, Nokia’s head of mobile networks will be replaced by Tommi Uitto, a Finn described by the company as an “expert in radio technologies”. Frenchman Rouanne is the second senior executive to leave Nokia within the past few weeks after the head of its patent business, Ilkka Rahnasto, resigned at the beginning…

Pakistan to introduce 5G service next year

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunications, Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui on Tuesday hinted at introducing 5G (5th Generation) service next year saying it would attract huge foreign investment. The country has already been successfully experiencing 3G and 4G mobile broadband technology and the number of users are increasing with each passing day. “We need to introduce more innovative services in the mobile broadband arena not only to facilitate consumers but also to attract precious foreign…

Asian telecom stocks face minimal 5G risks: JP Morgan

Shares of Asian telecom players have already priced in the impact of investments for setting up fifth generation (5G) mobile networks and potential monetization uncertainty, J P Morgan Securities analysts said on Monday. The Asian telecom sector has underperformed the broader market by 18 percent in the past 12 months due to investor concerns stemming from uncertainties related to 5th Generation spending and potential monetization, JP Morgan analysts said. They, however, believe it is now time to revisit the sector,…

Huawei in early 5G trials with 30 telcos; CEO rejects US security fears

BARCELONA: The chief executive of Huawei said on Monday the pace of commercialization for next-generation 5G wireless network is picking up pace as the Chinese telecom equipment giant has begun pre-commercial development with more than 30 network operators. Speaking to reporters at the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, CEO Ken Hu also said he welcomed “factual debate” about any security concerns governments or network operators may have about security threats arising from its products. Huawei is forging closer…

Trump team considering govt-run 5G network to counter Chinese spying threat

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s national security team is looking at options to counter the threat of China spying on U.S. phone calls that include the government building a super-fast 5G wireless network, a senior administration official said on Sunday. The official, confirming the gist of a report from Axios.com, said the option was being debated at a low level in the administration and was six to eight months away from being considered by the president himself. The 5G network concept is aimed at addressing what…

Pakistan to become first country to test 5G: minister

ISLAMABAD: State Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Anusha Rahman has said that Pakistan would become the first country in the world to test 5G technology. The minister was addressing a press conference in connection with the award of 4G spectrum license, where she expressed hope that Pakistan would soon acquire the technology. The minister said the number of broadband users increased from 3.7million to 44 million during last four years. The 4G spectrum license was sold for $295 million. The…

Cars racing to become ‘mobile phones on wheels’

BARCELONA:  The car of the future will let you pay for petrol or parking directly from your vehicle and receive traffic alerts and restaurant recommendations from your onboard digital assistant. Connected cars -- or "mobile phones on wheels" -- will be able to do those things and more, including communicate with each other on the road and with the infrastructure around them through their computer networks. And they will, of course, be able to drive themselves. Prototypes, fitted with the next generation 5G wireless…

Beyond phones and 5G, mobile world seeks to reinvent itself

BARCELONA: Seeking to escape a cycle of falling prices and tight regulation, big telecom operators from Vimpelcom to Telefonica are set to reinvent themselves as internet players to escape the industry's straight-jacket of low growth. Next week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona will feature phone companies in various stages of acceptance that the industry's predictable, decades-old business model based on selling data packages by the millions is running out of steam. Beneath the facade of shiny new phones and dusty…