The 5G rollout is advancing across the U.S. This means businesses and individuals in all walks of life need to take notice and stay current or find themselves at a significant disadvantage when the 5G build-out is complete.
Combining cutting-edge network technology and the latest high-speed devices, 5G will offer connections that are multitudes faster than current hookups, with average download speeds of around 1Gbps expected to soon be the norm.
The networks are expected to supercharge Internet of Things technology, providing the infrastructure needed to carry huge amounts of data that allows for a smarter and more connected world.
But the tentacles of 5G architecture are reaching even further as the catalyst for smart cities, smart grids, smart homes, autonomous driving and remote surgeries.
Make no doubt about it, the four major U.S. carriers are in a competition to get their 5G products out and complete their 5G infrastructures first. All have taken a different path:
Verizon launched its 5G network first in April 2019 and by the end of the year had gone live in parts of 31 cities obtaining speeds of up to 1.4Gbps in the mmWave band 28Ghz and 39Ghz spectrums.
T-Mobile also has access to some Ghz mmWave spectrum, but focused on sub-600Mhz frequencies in order to reach more users over a broader area – albeit at lower speeds.
Sprint on the other hand went live in Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth and Kansas City in May 2019 opting for a middle-of-the-road frequency approach with mid band 2.5GhZ.
Telecom observers feel AT&T may have got off to the slowest start, stumbling out of the gate burning consumer confidence by hyping 5G Evolution as something other than what it turned out to be – just another version of 4G.
The full potential of 5G technology is not expected to be realized for several more years.
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