Telecom Plays Big Role at CES


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5G takes a big role at the Consumer Electronics Show this year. The show floor for this week’s event in Las Vegas, hosted by the Consumer Electronics Association, officially opens today. Some 20,000 new products will be introduced.  

This year’s CES will feature discussions about how 5G will revamp industries and enable everything from smarter homes to business to autonomous driving, according ZDNet. AT&T plans to offer 5G in 12 markets by the end of this year, Inside Towers reported. Verizon, too, plans a 5G rollout beginning this year. CNET notes it’s hard to know how much hardware 5G will support this year, adding that just because a product is announced at this show, doesn’t mean it will actually launch. Many do though, in time for holiday sales.

Other trends to be displayed and discussed at the event include drones, artificial intelligence, self-driving tech, smart cities, smart home, robotics, virtual reality, biometrics, and security, among other topics. Samsung, LG and other TV manufacturers are showcasing new television models featuring high-tech improvements.

Smartphone carriers and manufacturers will display models they intend to sell at retail later this year and in-dash audio manufacturers will feature the latest iterations of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto — the marriage of smartphones with the car. Xperi will showcase audio and data features from HD Radio and DTS Connected Car broadcast technologies in LVCC booth #5624 in the North Hall. The latest vehicles featuring in-dash tech from Mercedes, Hyundai, Volvo, Honda, Fiat Chrysler and Subaru will be featured, as will home, portable and aftermarket solutions from Alpine, Pioneer, Kenwood, Clarion, Sony, Outlaw, VQ, Sparc and Sangean.

January 9, 2018                     

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