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Electronics & Tech Headline News Archive - April 2020

Technology Headline News Archives - RF Cafe

If you came to RF Cafe looking for a certain news item you remember seeing or found on a search engine, there is a good chance it is no longer on the homepage. Headlines change daily (except Saturdays). Here are links to all the headline archives.

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• Report to Congress on Space Acquisition Expected to be "Groundbreaking"

• German Carriers to Expand 5G Coverage via DSS

• Cyberattack Can Steal Data via Cooling Fan Vibrations

Central States VHF Society Conference Canceled Thanks to Wuhan Virus

• U.S. Space Force's Next Missile Warning Satellite Set for 2021 Launch


• China to Deploy 500,000 5G Base Stations in 2020

• Twitter Bans Tweets Inciting 5G Vandalism

Smartphone Sales to Fall 21% in 2020

• Boeing Completes Microsatellite Prototype for U.S. Space Force

AI Chip Market Will Hit $70B in 2026


• FCC Opening 6 GHz Band for Wi-Fi 6E

Japan's Radio Amateurs Gain Expanded Access to 160 and 80 Meters

• How Will the Wuhan Virus Impact New Tech?

• FTC Imposes Record $5B on Facebook over Privacy

USPS Collapse Could Be Nightmare for Some Businesses (philatelists take note)


• FCC and Ligado Are Undermining GPS

FCC Proposes $200M Fine for Failure to Protect Consumer Location Data

• Quantum Computing Milestone with "Hot" Silicon Qubits

• ARRL Suggests Taking a Creative Approach to Field Day 2020

• Geochemical Tool Reveals Origin of Earth's Nitrogen


• New Way to Track Semiconductor Technology

Elon Musk Calls out Fake News on Ventilator Non-Delivery Claims

China Turns to Japanese IoT Expertise to Reduce U.S. Dependency

• The West Must Do More to Stop China Buying up Technology

FCC Makes Further Spectrum Allocation to Accommodate 5G Deployment


• Phone Maker Pays $100k Fine for Excessive SAR Emissions

• Trump Knows What Connects with the People – Radio

• Automation Key to Testing, Managing, Optimizing 5G Networks

Telco Revenues Forecast to Contract 3.4% Due to Wuhan Virus

• India Says Zoom "Not Safe Platform" for Video Conferencing


• U.S. FCC Releases Home Network Tips in Time of Wuhan Virus

• South Korea Reaches Nearly 10% 5G Penetration

• FCC Chairman Wants to Green Light Ligado Nationwide Network

• Europe Faces Epidemic of Telecoms Mast Arson (benighted public burning witches)

• Apple Launches New iPhone for Budget-Minded


European Smartphone Shipments down 50% for 2020

• Amazon to Add 75,000 Jobs as Online Orders Surge During Lockdowns (their trucks do 40-50 mph through my neighborhood)

Huawei Chip Unit Orders More Domestic Production

5G Arsonists Damage >20 Masts over Easter Break

• Crude Oil Futures Collapse to Historic Low of -$37 / Barrel


RF FEM Market to Remain Stagnant in 2020 Due to COVID-19

• Critical Research Hit as COVID-19 Forces Physics Labs to Close (no apologies from China yet)

• FCC Grants NYFD Expanded T-Band Access

• Telco Shares Are Losers as Lockdown Drives Internet Boom

• Wuhan Virus Drives Global Automotive, Consumer Electronics, Semiconductor Recession


Arson, Sabotage to Dutch Cell Towers as 5G Conspiracy Theories Spread

FCC Eyes Banning China Telecom from U.S. Market

Post-Lockdown China: Glimpses of the New Normal (coming to a world near you, compliments of Wuhan)

• U.S. Space Force Chooses VOX Space for $35M SmallSat Launches

• Dell'Oro Expects Robust Wireless Capex Growth in 2020


• Telcos Promise Broadband Aid for NHS Workers

Engineering Salaries Remain Strong

• Semi Industry Ask Nations to Prioritize Semi Manufacturing Operations During Pandemic

• Release 16 for 5G to Address Integrated Access Backhaul

• DARPA Program to Build Travel Adapter for Human Body (cyborg pill)


• Huawei, China Unicom Tout 5G Indoor Distributed Massive MIMO

• New 144 MHz Transatlantic Record Reported

Cobol Programmers Shore up Unemployment Benefits Systems (Y2K redux?)

Wuhan Virus Impact on Technical Standards Bigger Than Initially Reported

• FCC's "Keep America Connected" Pledge


• The Pandemic's Toll on Privacy Laws (buh-bye Constitution)

Mobile Communication Antenna Market to Grow by $2B over 5 Years

DOD's Workforce May Shift Post-Wuhan Virus

March Wafer Sales Soar

1st Transatlantic Contact on 70 cm Reported


Major Tech Companies and Industries Falling to the Wuhan Flu

• New ARRL Volunteer Monitor Program is up and Running

• CCA Blasts FCC's Rural 5G Fund Eligibility Maps

• DoD Issues 5G RFP for Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Testbed

• Wuhan Flu to Slow Down 5G Adoption in China


• FCC to Make 1200 MHz of Spectrum Available in 6 GHz Unlicensed Band

French Arcep Accepts 5G Bids, Postpones Spectrum Auction

• FCC Floats Options for Proposed $9B 5G Rural Fund

Smartphone vs Virus, Will Privacy Always Be the Loser?

Silicon Valley's Snoopiness Paying off, But Is It Moral?


Wuhan Flu Threatens to Knock South Korea out of 5G Leadership

RF GaAs Device Revenue Declined 6% in 2019

5G Base Stations Use a Lot More Energy Than 4G

• FCC to Deliver $200M in Telehealth Relief to Strained Hospitals

Smartphone and Laptop Chargers Enabled by Navitas' GaNFast Technology


• FCC Expected to Open 6 GHz Band for Wi-Fi 6

• COVID-19 Could Hamper National Security

Semi Materials Market Fell Last Year

• Huawei Says European 5G Delays as Spectrum Auctions Postponed

• U.S. Space Force Asks Raytheon to Swap GPS Computers from IBM to HP


• $2T Rescue Bill Gives Defense Contractors Limited Relief

• Some Countries Permitting "STAYHOME"-Suffix Call Signs during COVID-19

30% Reduction in Production of Smartphones Due to COVID-19

• AT&T Says Wi-Fi Call Traffic up 76%

• Microsoft "Teams" Usage Surged 775% in Italy


Furloughs, Layoffs, CEO Pay Cuts Hit Radio

OneWeb Files for Bankruptcy as Due to COVID-19

• Verizon Makes Pitch for Licensing Part of 6 GHz Band

• To All ARRL Members and ARRL VEC Accredited VEs

• Analog Devices Withdraws Q2/2020 Guidance Due to COVID-19


Huawei Hits Back at U.S.

• Vodafone UK Does Its Bit with Free Unlimited Mobile Data

Engineers in the Covid-19 Era

U.S. Chip Industry Lobbying to Stay Open Despite Virus Concerns

• FCC Extends 3.65 GHz CBRS Transition Deadline


• Prolonged Outbreak Presents Significant Problems to Telcos

Ultra-Secure, Jam-Resistant GPS M-Code Signal Underway

• Atlas 5 Launch Deployment of Ultra-Secure Military Communications Network

• Ofcom, UK Telcos to Launch National "Stay Connected" Campaign

3GPP Delays 5G Standard Updates Due to COVID-19


FCC Grants Temporary Emergency Authority to WISPs Operating in 5.8 GHz Band

Aging Tech Means Raises for Some Who Lose Jobs in Wuhan Flu Outbreak (read this and weep)

• Sell! Sell! BT to Offload French Operations

Power Level of High Frequency GaN Transistors Increased

• Router Phishing Scam Targets Global Fear over Coronavirus

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