Decent 5G showing at CES 2019

CES 2019 in Las Vegas this week saw 5G featured prominently. There was less phone hype than might have been expected, but with Mobile World Congress (MWC) in just a few weeks many manufacturers may be waiting until then to announce new devices.

Qualcomm were there to demonstrate their Snapdragon 855 chip that will power 5G smartphones (discussed earlier), and also their 9150 C-V2X sim-less vehicle communication modem that will allow cars to communicate with each other directly—one of the promises of 5G.

Intel announced “Project Athena”, which will bring 5G and advanced AI to the next generation of laptops. They believe that “integrated 5G connectivity will provide wireless carriers with an additional opportunity to diversify revenue streams and expand wireless subscriber bases.”

Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg spent an hour cheering 5G during his Tuesday night keynote speech. He brought on stage executives from the New York Times and Disney to announce partnerships built on 5G technology that will “spark a revolution in digital journalism”. Light on details but promising to see 5G initiatives being started by some major players.