AT&T Won’t Charge Extra for 5G | Light Reading

AT&T said it will not charge extra for customers to access the lowband 5G service it’s planning to launch across millions of customers this year.

That’s probably because AT&T’s lowband 5G network isn’t going to be much faster than its existing 4G network, the company says.

Source: AT&T Won’t Charge Extra for 5G | Light Reading

Telcos Need Enterprise Schooling to Seize Private Network Opportunity | Light Reading


Service providers need to become enterprise experts to profit from the private networking opportunity.

Until now, service providers have mostly focused on delivering WAN connectivity — their expertise ended at the edge of the enterprise customer premises. But private networks give service providers an opportunity to become experts at on-premises networks as well, to become partners in enterprise customers’ digital transformation.

That market already exists but is set to grow: According to research house Mobile Experts, the private wireless networks sector was already worth more than $1.5 billion in 2018 and is forecast to be worth $3.4 billion by 2024.

Source: Telcos Need Enterprise Schooling to Seize Private Network Opportunity | Light Reading

Society Model Takes Aim at Health and Transportation Challenges | IIOT Connection


Society 5.0 implements the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart technology to face challenges that face communities. It is currently running 229 projects in 157 areas across Japan, all aimed at social issues such as the aging society and issues that come with a decreasing population, energy management, disaster management, and aging infrastructure.

Through IoT initiatives, such as diversification of mobility options and smart energy solutions, the Government of Japan hopes to present what it calls its technology-based vision for the future of Japanese society, which will take societal changes like increased diversity and inclusivity. The two technology-based solutions, Society 5.0 and the Smart City movement, are not the same.

The Japanese are using this model to modernize industries like healthcare, where the aging of Japan’s population has driven citizens to care more about their own health, their longevity, and the cost of healthcare related services.

Source: Society Model Takes Aim at Health and Transportation Challenges – IIOT Connection

Top 10 Internet of Space rocket builders | Design News


Stratolaunch Systems, founded by Paul G. Allen, consists of a carrier aircraft called the Stratolaunch and a multi-stage payload launch vehicle (still being built). The payload vehicle would be launched at high altitude into space from under the carrier aircraft. In April 2019, the Stratoluanch aircraft completed its first complete flight.

It seems like every few months news of yet another successful rocket launch into space is announced. Most – but not all – of these announcements come from private companies launching communication satellites payloads. The rocket companies are hoping to capitalize on the coming Internet of Space (IoS), which promises global broadband communications.

Source: Top 10 Internet of Space rocket builders | Design News

CenturyLink Expands European Fiber Network


CenturyLink has revealed details of its fiber network expansion in Europe, which includes building new metro networks in Madrid and Marseille, whilst connecting an additional 90 data centers to its network.

Today’s news builds on CenturyLink’s announcement earlier this year that it is creating an extensive 4.7 million-fiber mile intercity fiber network across the US and parts of Europe.

Source: CenturyLink Expands European Fibre Network

Telefónica launches Tech and Infra units amid Latam spin-off


Telefónica chairman & CEO José María Álvarez-Pallete has unveiled a bold new company strategy to spin off company assets and prepare for industry 4.0.

As part of this ambitious undertaking, Álvarez-Pallete says that the company is to spin off its businesses in Hispanoamérica. According to him this is due to the changing conditions of these markets that have had an impact on the company’s businesses. Over recent years it has actively reduced its contributions in these regions for various reasons including; macro and regulatory environment, greater competitive pressure, insufficient scale or volatility of currencies.

A new era begins today. Those were the words at the start of Álvarez-Pallete’s circa 2000-word letter detailing his plans for the company amid a sea of industry and societal change.

Source: Telefónica launches Tech and Infra units amid Latam spin-off

10 tech companies transforming retail for 2020 and beyond | Design News


San Francisco’s Simbe Robotics is the manufacturer of Tally, an autonomous shelf-scanning robot for store inventory tracking and analytics. Tally works on a cloud-based system and doesn’t require infrastructure changes to be implemented into stores. The latest version of Tally also incorporates RFID tracking and machine learning in order to track tagged merchandise in stores in real time.

Despite the explosion in online shopping, physical retail still reigns supreme. According to the Commerce Department online only accounts for about 12% of sales, leaving the rest to be made up by physical stores.

Source: 10 tech companies transforming retail for 2020 and beyond | Design News

EU Project Targets Low-Cost Manufacturing Packaging | EE Times


What if the growing demand for more complex systems and more advanced packaging, including optics and photonics, could maintain — or rejuvenate — the manufacturing and packaging value chain in Europe? With the Advanced packaging for photonics, optics and electronics for low cost manufacturing in Europe (Applause) project, the European Union has made its ambitions clear.

The Internet of things generates demand for faster connectivity and expanded sensor capability. To meet the required performances, multiple chips are integrated into one package, together with optics (sensors) and photonics (interconnects). The increasing heterogeneity of components results in higher complexity, and eventually the package itself becomes an integral part of the system: its mechanical, electromagnetic and thermal behaviors have an impact on the overall system’s performance, reliability and cost.

Source: EU Project Targets Low-Cost Manufacturing Packaging | EE Times

Car OEMs See No Easy ADAS-to-AV Path | EE Times


Daimler’s chief executive Ola Källenius earlier this month revealed plans to scale back the automaker’s investment in robotaxis. Although the comment did not come as a big shock to the automotive industry, Daimler’s decision exposed a hard and important reality: the development track for assisted driving is different from the development track for autonomous driving, and car OEMs are going to have to pick a lane.

Vehicle manufacturers are under tremendous pressure to develop advanced driver-assistant systems (ADAS) and to create autonomous vehicles (AVs). The assumption that the former would lead to the latter persisted even as evidence accumulated that though ADAS and AV have parallels, the two are not directly related.

Source: Car OEMs See No Easy ADAS-to-AV Path | EE Times

AI and Engineering Education | EE Times


Engineering education is becoming as complex as the technological concepts being taught at the nation’s universities and community colleges. As it touches nearly every facet of life, educators must consider the broader impact of technology on society.

We again survey the engineering education landscape with a sharper focus on how technologies like AI and machine learning are reshaping college curricula.

They are also presenting educators with new sets of challenges.

Source: AI and Engineering Education | EE Times