Creating Earth's digital twin
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With the month of September officially the hottest month recorded in recent history, we talk to the director of the European Space Agency's Earth Observation Programmes about a project to create Earth's digital twin. It's set to help find innovative solutions to solve a variety of problems, from food security to coastal monitoring.
Will Apple's new 5G iPhone spark a smartphone spending spree?
Apple has unveiled its latest iPhone - the first major redesign of the company's flagship product since 2017. The iPhone 12 will join offerings from rivals in what the industry is hoping will be a spending spree on new phones as next-generation 5G mobile networks are rolled out. Also in today's business round-up, why the United States and the European Union are calling for talks to resolve a long-running trade dispute over subsidies to Airbus and Boeing.
5G technology arrives in France: Necessary progress or a danger to our health?
In France, the arrival of 5G technology is imminent: phone network providers hope to begin 5G operations by the end of the year. Together they have spent more than €2 billion purchasing the required frequencies. While the transition to a 5G world is expected to revolutionise various parts of the economy, including the industry and health sectors, there are also fears about its rollout. Many NGOs are warning of health and environmental risks. FRANCE 24's Catherine Norris-Trent, Hanane Saïdani and Wassim Cornet report.
France begins auction of 5G frequencies to major mobile operators
The French government has begun auctioning off frequencies for the next generation of mobile networks, known as 5G. The country's four main telecom operators will take part in the bidding process, which is expected to earn the state more than €2 billion. The auction is going ahead after months of delays, and despite opposition from some left-wing and Green politicians. Meanwhile, local representatives are divided over plans for China's Huawei – a leader in 5G technology – to build a factory in the city of Strasbourg.