Space 5G Changes Course

It’s the season for space-based cellular service, courtesy of a recent string of announcements from companies around the world. Huawei upgraded its China-only satellite service from messaging to video calling this summer using its latest handset, the Mate 60 Pro, while AST SpaceMobile made its first 5G voice and data…
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5G “Open” Standards Are in Play—Just How Open Are They?

At a June meeting of major cellular-industry stakeholders in Osaka, Japan, a course correction was under discussion that could jeopardize the industry’s quest for open standards. At issue, specifically, was what the telecom industry calls interoperability: The hope from companies operating cellular networks that they won’t be forced into buying…
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