Sprint's 5G network will be powered by Samsung

Moreover, hackers have been attacking government and intelligence websites to steal sensitive information. Various countries have been designing regulations for deployment of 5G network across the nation and become a frontrunner.

U.S. mobile operators announced at Mobile World Congress that they will start testing soon of a new joint authentication platform.The Mobile Authentication Taskforce, formed past year by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon, said it will begin internal trials over the next few weeks, with a goal of making the platform generally available to consumers by year-end. However, in the meantime, the two telecom providers plan to offer the fifth-generation mobile service through portable hotspots called pucks. "I would expect that there are a range of handsets available in 2019 and some of those will be in the first half of 2019", said Ronan Dunne, Verizon's mobile chief at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. T-Mobile has already started to deploy 5G-ready equipment and enable 5G low- band spectrum (600 MHz), but that's not all, as the carrier announced plans to begin building out 5G on millimeter wave spectrum in 2018.

The next step in upgrading smartphones is to get them on 5G networks. This shows that no service provider wants to be left behind from generating revenue from advanced services. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson conceded this point in late January, stating that his company would be offering Wi-Fi "pucks" to customers to coincide with lighting up its 5G network. Puck is a portable antenna, offering a very high-speed wireless network connection to mobile devices.

"The thing that's going to cause 5G to go slow, more than anything else, it's just availability of handsets", he said. But new networks will need new phones, and that's where the race hits hurdles. So, they have been endeavoring to launch 5G network through pucks.

The partnership between the four biggest cellular companies in America could make a splash in the identity and authentication space, given the reach of the carriers and the ubiquity of smartphones.

Vanessa Coleman

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