5G super speeds are coming; here’s what they’ll be like

“5G [is] the next-generation wireless technology that promises to be significantly faster and more responsive than anything before it,” Roger Cheng writes for CNET. “In some cases — such as its potential application in self-driving cars, telemedicine, the trend of devices called internet of things — it can be life-changing.”

“The good news at MWC 2018 is that 5G is steadily progressing from hype to reality. Verizon and AT&T plan to launch limited mobile 5G service this year, while T-Mobile and Sprint are setting things up now for a commercial launch early next year. Handset makers and chipmakers are working to get devices ready for 2019 as well,” Cheng writes. “The bad news: The early days of 5G will bring some growing pains, and those promised insane speeds may not show up consistently — or at all. After a poll of the network experts at MWC, here’s what the industry thinks mobile 5G will look like when carriers finally flip the switch.”

“Another problem with 4G LTE in those early days was coverage gaps. One minute, you were enjoying high-speed online access and streaming video, and then next everything came grinding to a halt as you were kicked back down to 3G. Back then, even if you got back into a 4G area, the phone often wouldn’t recognize it,” Cheng writes. “Given how fast 5G is supposed to be — anywhere from 10 to 100 times faster — there could be a more dramatic dropoff this time around…. [But] The carriers are hoping to address these issues.”

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MacDailyNews Take: 5G can’t get here quickly enough!

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Intel working with Apple to bring super-fast 5G to future iPhones – November 17, 2017
U.S. FCC Chairman moves to open 5G floodgates – June 20, 2016


    1. Also knowing how telecoms work, b/c I work for one, 5G is optimized for video and IOT. We expect to see video being the most popular data usage. I expect the wireless companies will compete for users and throttling this type of data will lessen over time. I suspect 5G will become the prodominent data source for most homes were gigabit fiber is not available, which is most homes in America.

  1. There’s going to be so much electromagnetic radiation running around to support WiFi and 5G we’re all going to be living inside a microwave oven.

    1. It’s long-term exposure, from more and more sources, and is cumulative. And even if science produced findings showing deleterious effects from long-term exposure, I doubt that corporation-beholden scientists would disclose the truth.

  2. I HOPE all this hype Hype HYPE! about 5G is honestly accelerating its deployment (compared to REAL 4G, aka LTE Advanced, that has NEVER been adequately deployed in the USA.

    Realistically: The 5G Standard Isn’t Finished.

    We’re in a phase where the proposed standard is being tested in the field, and that is ALL. But if they HYPE seriously kicks the lazy asses of our crap mobile service providers, I’m all for it!

    Therefore, I’ve cut my prediction for REAL 5G rollout by a year. We may have 5G available across the USA by late 2020.

    Meanwhile, I have this incredible iPhone, capable of doing Real 4G, LTE Advanced, and nowhere I can access it. The REAL 4G standard was finished in 2013. Where TF is it?!

    Lazy ass mobile service providers. They remind me of lazy ass Internet service providers. Oh wait! They’re usually the same companies! Now I get it. ⚡💡⚡ 😛

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