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Sony Gets Ready to Move Into 5G

Sony plots 5G Xperia, aiming for next-gen wireless fillip.

Dan Jones

May 24, 2018

1 Min Read
Sony Gets Ready to Move Into 5G

It should be no surprise that Sony is interested in getting into 5G with the next version of Xperia smartphone since the company has been involved in the creation and possibilities of the next-generation wireless technology since 2016.

Sony Corp. (NYSE: SNE) has confirmed to T3 that it plans to introduce a 5G Xperia to take on the anticipated Samsung Corp. Galaxy G10 5G (expected March 2019).

Sony has been involved in the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) 5G New Radio (NR) specification, and exploring 5G applications since 2016. (See Sony Investigating 5G: Wait, What, Sony? and 3GPP Completes Initial 5G NR Specification.)

The first phase of mobile 5G is expected to focus on enhanced mobile broadband -- as well as fixed wireless access, with anticipated download speeds reported by carriers of anything from 1-Gbit/s to around 200-Mbit/s, a.k.a. ten times (and up) from today's 4G networks.

Sony is hoping 5G will help to revitalize its smartphone brand in the US and beyond. (See Gigabit LTE Takes to the Air.)

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Dan Jones

Mobile Editor

Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."

His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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