T-Mobile Details How Its 5G Plans Differ From Competitors

Today's topics include T-Mobile getting ready to use its new low-band spectrum to provide 5G service; Google stressing its commitment to the EU's General Data Protection Regulation; Microsoft prepping Team and Office apps for classrooms; and Infosys putting the help wanted sign up for IT jobs.

T-Mobile will build its upcoming 5G network across the United States by using parts of the $8 billion in low-band 600MHz spectrum it recently acquired, even as it continues to expand its existing LTE coverage.

The company's 5G strategy, which includes leveraging multiple spectrum bands to deliver nationwide mobile 5G coverage, was unveiled on May 2 by John Legere, T-Mobile's president and CEO.

The carrier's 5G network is also being designed to enable high bandwidth and massive throughput in urban areas using a combination of mid-band and millimeter wave spectrum, according to the company.

When the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation formally goes into effect next year, Google will be ready for it.

That's according to Suzanne Frey, Google's director of security, trust and privacy, and Marc Crandall, director of compliance at the company. In a blog this week, the two Google executives reiterated the company's commitment to ensuring that its services will fully comply with the privacy and security requirements of the GDPR.

The GDPR is a sweeping regulation that requires all companies handling personal data belonging to residents of the European Union to adhere to a set of policies and procedures for protecting the data.

Microsoft's new Surface Laptop running Windows 10 S may be all the buzz following a May 2 media event in New York City, but the company also made several other announcements that may have a significant impact on how educators and their students interact with technology.

Among them were plans by Microsoft to bring its Slack competitor, Microsoft Teams, into classrooms. Microsoft also previewed Office for Windows 10 S, due to hit the Microsoft Store for Education app marketplace sometime this summer.

Windows 10 S, also unveiled during the event, is a lightweight version of the company's flagship operating system that will only run apps from Microsoft's app store. This restriction enhances security, according to company executives.

IT consultancy Infosys revealed May 2 that it will hire about 10,000 U.S. workers during the next two years and said it plans to establish four new technology and innovation hubs in the United States.

The first center will open in Indiana in August and is expected to become the work location for 2,000 employees by 2021. Projects expected to be undertaken will include those in artificial intelligence, machine learning, user experience, emerging digital technologies, cloud and big data.

The four new hubs will not only have technology and innovation focus areas but will closely serve clients in such key industries as financial services, manufacturing, health care, retail, energy and others.