Blog: Is a lack of iPhone support hampering 5G?

first_img Apple is significantly behind competitors on 5G smartphone compatibility, but given the unwavering loyalty of its fan base is this actually more of an issue for operators eager to switch premium subscribers onto their shiny new networks?The manufacturer’s high-end base are exactly the type of customers many operators covet as 5G converts. This group could be especially lucrative in markets where access to the new network technology carries a premium price tag.However, given the large number of consumers already sold into the brand and tied to its ecosystem it’s questionable if being a 5G laggard matters to Apple at all.On previous form and given its well-publicised spat with Qualcomm the lack of early support for 5G from Apple is hardly surprising.The company was not among the front-runners to add 4G to its smartphones and the long-running dispute with Qualcomm, which supplies modems for many of the first handsets to support the new technology, only ended in April 2019. This was the same month Samsung launched its first 5G device in South Korea.After patching up its differences with Qualcomm, Apple signed a new supply contract the vendor. Though there have been sporadic rumours Apple was working on production of its own modems it is widely expected this will come much later, with the first 5G iPhones using Qualcomm’s chips.Hard sellIn an interview with Mobile World Live research manager for IDC’s European devices team Marta Pinto (pictured, right) said being late to the 5G party might actually turn out to be an advantage for the company.“Samsung had to educate on the benefits of 5G,” she noted adding, “because Apple won’t be introducing the technology they won’t have to explain what a 5G phone is and how people can benefit from services”.She added in an ideal world operators wanted a “hard sell” of 5G in 2019, but in reality by October 2020 (when Apple’s next flagship is expected) services would be more widely available.Commenting on the lack of ubiquity of 5G in places where it was available, Pinto said: “It’s hard to sell a higher-priced device in a market where there’s no benefit from the new technology.”Although 5G was a “nice to have”, she pointed to recent flagship launches from rival vendors, which had not focused on network connectivity and instead promoted devices on other features such as cameras or display technology.David McQueen, research director at ABI Research (pictured, left), played down the impact on Apple itself, noting if any party was being inconvenienced it was mobile operators, especially in markets where Apple has a large market share such as the US, Japan and Europe.“Judging by Q4 2019 smartphone shipment market share, Apple doesn’t appear to have suffered too much from not having a 5G variant, as not only did it become lead vendor for the quarter, but also grew its shipments year-on-year and at a time when all of its nearest competitors had at least one flagship 5G model in market.”LaggardIn terms of consumer perception, McQueen pointed to the fact it was not unusual for Apple to not be among early adopters of new tech.“It does impact consumer perception to some extent, with major vendors having upgraded devices that look far too similar to their predecessors, and Apple appears to be the laggard when it comes to integrating new technologies to its portfolio,” he noted.Like Pinto, he expects Apple to release compatible iPhones later this year, probably powered by Qualcomm modems due to the complexity of developing its own kit.“The launch date of 5G iPhones would probably make Apple the last of the major manufacturers to release a 5G smartphone,” he added. “It is highly likely that the price of competing 5G Android smartphones will have fallen well below the $400 mark by then.”“This timing, though, may actually fall in Apple’s favour, as Qualcomm will have achieved a certain level of scale and so Apple is sure to benefit from the availability of cheaper 5G modems.”McQueen also noted the location of the company’s major markets would also add to manufacturing fees for its 5G handsets, adding: “Apple will almost certainly have to support both mmWave and sub-6GHz spectrum somewhere across its 5G models. The former being a major requirement to serve its vital US market, which will add to cost.”Lost supportAlthough nowhere near being first to market, there is no doubt Apple will eventually shift significant numbers of 5G iPhones. With this there is sure to be a knock-on boost to operators, especially if the device maker focuses on the benefits of the new network technology in its marketing.There will be some consumers, and nobody knows how many, who were eager to jump on the 5G train early and moved to an alternative brand.How the movement of these consumers will impact Apple in the long-run remains to be seen, but once you have people out of a closed ecosystem it may be tough to win them back. Much of this will depend on the 5G experience they attained and comparisons between their new handset and their former preferred device.The editorial views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and will not necessarily reflect the views of the GSMA, its Members or Associate Members. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Related Intelligence Brief: What does 2021 hold for 5G in the 6GHz band? HomeBlog Blog: Is a lack of iPhone support hampering 5G? AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 19 MAR 2020 Blog: Will 5G drive additional ARPU gains in Korea? 5GAppleiPhone Authorcenter_img Previous ArticleTelenor brings Asia business under one roofNext ArticleTuneIn app lets users be tuned into virus information Blog Intelligence Brief: How is 5G faring in South Korea? 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Major Chinese petroleum group signs deal with Air Liquide

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Top project managers’ websites: Mismanagement

first_imgTo continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe now for unlimited access Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletterslast_img read more

No punishment for contaminated products – Crowne

first_imgNoted sports attorney Dr Emir Crowne is calling for a revision of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code to protect athletes who return adverse analytical findings as a result of contaminated products. Crowne was speaking during a Gleaner Sport Instagram Live interview recently, where he expressed his concerns around the current anti-doping procedures. Article of the WADA Code, which addresses contaminated products, declares that athletes who have established “no significant fault or negligence” in cases where the detected banned substance came from a contaminated product, should be subjected to a reprimand with no period of ineligibility, as a minimum punishment, or a two-year ban at a maximum, depending on the athlete’s degree of fault.However, Crowne believes that there should be no sanction once it has been established that the prohibited substance got in the athlete’s system because of a contaminated product. “The Code needs to be revised to recognise that in a contaminated-product case, there should be no sanctions; you don’t receive a reprimand. You should receive no sanction at all, if the panel truly believes that the product was contaminated,” Crowne said. Crowne referenced a case in which he represented Trinidadian beach volleyball player Fabien Whitfield, who tested positive for testosterone and at least one other steroid in 2016. Whitfield, in his defence, stated that he was the victim of contaminated horse meat. “His family was so poor that they couldn’t afford beef, so they ate horsemeat like racetrack horses that were killed after their life span as a racehorse. They found a cocktail of seven steroids in his system. Do you know how expensive it would be if he was actually using steroids? That would be US$1,000 a month,” Crowne stated. “Either he was secretly doing that or he ate contaminated horsemeat because his family’s only source of protein was dead racetrack horses.” UNJUST RULING The Court of Arbitration for Sport in 2017 upheld the four-year ban that was given by the Federation Internationale de Volleyball to Whitfield, a ruling which Crowne believes was unjust.“It is materially unfair that [in] a situation like that he gets a four-year ban, when you have state-run doping schemes getting away. So I think more emphasis has to be placed on the idea that contamination occurs in the real world,” said Crowne. He also expressed concerns that substance testing is not equitable for athletes from developing countries.“It is not a realistic standard for athletes from certain countries, and the [WADA] Code is geared towards athletes from developed countries,” he claimed. [email protected]last_img read more

Eagles To Earn $400,000 After Second-Place Finish At CHAN 2018

first_imgThe home-based Super Eagles will earn a whooping sum of $400,000 after their second-placed finish at the just concluded 2018 African Nations Championship in Morocco.Their cash entitlements was confirmed by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) as it was revealed that the CHAN Eagles will earn $400,000 instead of the widely touted $750,000.Official figures released by CAF show that hosts and champions Morocco will receive the sum of $750,000 while semi-finalists Sudan (eventual bronze medallists) and Libya will pocket the sum of $250,000 each.The four quarter-finalists namely Namibia, Zambia, Angola and Congo will receive $175,000 each, while the third-placed teams in each of the four preliminary groups will pocket $125,000 each.The bottomm teams from each of the four groups will get $100,000.On the cash entitlements, NFF President and CAF Executive/Emergency Committee member Amaju Pinnick said via said: “CAF has spread the monies in such a way that each of the 16 participating teams at the finals would benefit. No team has received its share yet, but once the finance and audit people conclude their work in a number of weeks, the teams would be paid.”The CHAN Eagles will be smiling to the bank very soon as it has already been established that the team will get 30% of the bonus.Relatedlast_img read more

Photo: Snoop Dogg Quotes Boyz II Men In A Touching Goodbye To His USC Underwear

first_imgSnoop Dogg DJ'ing at a party.BEVERLY HILLS, CA – AUGUST 23: Snoop Dogg attends the Prive Revaux Investor Closing Party at Club James in Beverly Hills on August 23, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Prive Revaux Eyewear)Up until yesterday, rapper Snoop Dogg was arguably the most famous USC football fan. He frequently repped the Trojans by wearing ‘SC jerseys,hanging on the sideline at games and shouting out the program.All of that changed yesterday, when Snoop’s son, four-star WR Cordell Broadus, committed to USC’s crosstown rival UCLA. Snoop wore a UCLA jersey during his son’s announcement on ESPNU, and vowed he would be a Bruin fan moving forward. He even said he would get rid of his prized USC underwear. Apparently, he has, but not before giving them a touching tribute on social media. Here’s Snoop’s Instagram ode to his USC undergarments, complete with lyrics from Boyz II Men’s 90’s R&B hit, “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.”Beautiful stuff, really. Snoop has a long history of wearing blue as well so he should fit in as a UCLA fan just fine, at least from a fashion standpoint.last_img read more

Up to 9 Newbuilds for COSCO Shipping Specialized Carriers

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license COSCO Shipping Specialized Carriers has ordered five 62,000 dwt multipurpose pulp carriers at Cosco Shipping Heavy Industry (Dalian).Under the contract, the company has options for four additional vessels from the series.The investment is said to be in line with Cosco’s five-year fleet development plan.The Chinese shipping company revealed that it would be paying around RMB 232.6 million (USD 33 million) per ship, pushing the total value of the deal including options to over USD 3 billion.The nine ships are planned for successive delivery between 2019 and 2021.Back in September 2017, the company ordered two 62,000 multi-purpose pulp carriers at Dalian, with an option for an additional vessel. The construction of the newbuilds is progressing well to meet delivery deadlines in 2019, the company informed.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Empty threat Economists slam United Conservative leaders promise to cut off gas

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – As concerns about the impact of Alberta’s provincial election on Metro Vancouver gas prices are raised, some economists say Jason Kenney’s threat to “turn off the taps” to B.C. are just not viable.With the United Conservative Party leading in the latest polls, one gas analyst has said we’ll want to keep an eye on the result of Tuesday’s provincial election, with the possibility of an up to 30 cent increase per litre if Alberta were to cut supply under his promise.However, in the view of independent economist Robyn Allan, this is all hot air. She says Alberta’s refiners rely on shipping to B.C. for about 20 per cent of their revenue streams.“So it’s very unlikely that they will shoot themselves in the foot. And when you listen to what Mr. Kenney says, there is no indication here whatsoever of what the business realities are,” she tells NEWS 1130.Allan says some of the businesses operating in Alberta — like Imperial Oil and Suncor — rely to a large extent on the B.C. market for their refined petroleum product deliveries, which include gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.“B.C. is a very important market for those products, and the revenue stream is significant,” Allan notes. “So if the taps were cut off, those markets would be cut off to those refiners and it would fundamentally affect their bottom line, and that would affect their stock prices.”She believes it’s important for everyone to slow down and not jump to conclusions, adding “Alberta needs B.C. as much, or if not more, than B.C. needs Alberta.”Despite the negative consequences she’s illustrated to companies should Kenney follow through on his promise, Allan points out that B.C. has at least 20 days of gasoline supply stored in-province.The Parkland refinery, for one, has significant access. Allan says refineries can also transport oil by rail through the U.S.“The whole idea that somehow these taps could be turned off and we’d have an immediate impact is ridiculous,” she says. “If Suncor and Imperial want to price-gouge and take advantage of a situation — if Kenney could even legally do it — then they’re going to have to recognize that there’s going to be some push back from B.C. consumers.”The leader of the United Conservatives is just grandstanding, she believes. “It’s not fair to British Columbians and Albertans that want to cooperate and find that we do have good relationships. He’s adding fuel to a fire here that should not be even given any oxygen.”On the viability of Kenney’s threat, economist Werner Antweiler with the Sauder School of Business echoes some of Allan’s points.“It’s harming the businesses in Alberta because he would be, actually, impeding the oil exporters, the oil companies in Alberta from doing what they consider their legitimate business,” Antweiler explains, calling the potential move very “un-business-like”.Cutting supply to B.C. would be done through a bill which Antweiler notes has not even been proclaimed yet.“Jason Kenney has said he would actually go and proclaim it and then, in fact, apply it, or as far as the application’s concerned, it would actually only create the option. So whether or not it would be used is still a very big question.”The potential damage, he says, would be quite limited. “They would not be turning off the tap to all the other export destinations, and, of course, British Columbia would be able to import oil from Washington state.”He says the result of cutting supply could mean a slight price increase, but “not by a whole lot.”Kenney’s comments are just one of many in the ongoing feud between Alberta and B.C. over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.B.C. Premier John Horgan has repeatedly said he is defending the interests of British Columbians by fighting the expansion in court. Gas analyst Dan McTeague believes with has said “The B.C. government’s response to a potential court challenge also includes the possibility of civil chaos.”He told NEWS 1130 “There’s no doubt that opposing the pipeline may be politically de rigueur for some people, but without that pipeline Vancouver is in a lot of trouble.”last_img read more

Journalist charged among Muskrat Falls occupation didnt have special status judge

first_imgAPTN National NewsJustin Brake isn’t special in the eyes of Justice George Murphy.The Newfoundland and Labrador judge ruled Wednesday Brake’s status as a journalist didn’t protect him against contempt charges for covering an occupation of the Muskrat Falls hydro dam site last year.“Mr. Brake did not have any special status in this case because of the fact he is a journalist,” said Murphy in his decision.Brake is among dozens of people facing civil contempt charges after Nalcor Energy, a provincially owned corporation, asked a Newfoundland and Labrador court for an injunction last October as protests outside the Muskrat Falls site picked up steam.Brake was named on the injunction and appeared in court on February 14. His lawyer, Geoff Budden, argued that Nalcor had not told the judge issuing the injunction that Brake was a working journalist and if that material fact had been known to the judge, he may have made a different decision.Brake works for and when land protectors defied a court injunction and broke the past the gates at Nalcor Energy’s construction site, he followed.The group occupied the site for four days, shutting down project operations.Brake reported from inside the occupation.The RCMP were always aware that Brake was a reporter. He spoke to the RCMP during the occupation. He went live on Facebook and posted updates, stories and pictures on Twitter.Murphy said it wouldn’t have mattered to him if Nalcor had said Brake was a reporter when applying for the injunction.“Even if Mr. Brake’s status as a journalist was a material fact which ought to have been brought to the attention of the court, in the circumstances of this case I would not exercise my discretion to vacate (the injunction order),” he said.Brake said in a statement he is disappointed.“While I was in the midst of covering a story of enormous public interest, Nalcor used the law in such a way that effectively prevented me from continuing to show tens of thousands of readers and viewers, through my journalism, what was happening inside the occupied Muskrat Falls site,” he said.The RCMP also charged Brake on Mar. 7 for mischief exceeding $5,000, and for disobeying a court order whichcarries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison according to the statement.Organizations, politicians, journalists and grassroots citizens have spoken out believing the charges against Brake are an attack on press freedom.Brake’s first appearance on the criminal charges is scheduled for April 11, while the civil matter is scheduled for May [email protected]last_img read more