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Explained: Why is 5G so important, will Apple release a 5G phone this year?

5G is a new network technology for wireless communications that could be up to 100 times faster than current 4G networks.


Apple Inc and Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday settled an acrimonious two-year legal dispute. Shortly afterward, Intel Corp said it will exit the smartphone modem chip business. The entire drama played out as the mobile phone industry prepares to shift to a technology called 5G. Echoing complaints from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Apple had alleged that Qualcomm used its patent licensing business to keep a monopoly on modem chips that connect devices like the iPhone to wireless data networks. Qualcomm insisted that Apple was using its valuable technology without proper payment, and ...

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First Published: Thu, April 18 2019. 08:42 IST