5G: What Is It and When Can I Have it?
Welcome to the fifth generation of high-speed internet service… sort of.
Carriers are still hammering out the logistics of providing the new 5G network. But technologists have no doubt that 5G will continue the pattern of new-generational greatness. In fact, the jump from 4G may be bigger and mean more than you realize.
Wireless communication spans the spectrum from 9 kHz to 300 GHz. Eventually, the waves used for 4G (up to 6GHz) will become overcrowded with users and devices. The new millimeter wave technology provides more space for more devices by using a higher frequency. The catch? Since it is at a higher frequency than its predecessor 4G, the millimeter waves have more difficulty going through walls and buildings.
Don’t be surprised to see small antennas, also known as micropops, showing up in your neighborhood. These signal boosters are key to the success as they bounce the waves around obstacles.
We should be able to purchase 5G phones by 2020. However, the service will be available sooner for home and office internet connectivity.
And larger companies like Verizon have launched beta testing in various cities around the country.
Although there isn’t a hard date as to when the super speedy service will be free reign, there is promise of its soon mass deployment.
What are you looking forward to most about 5G?