Verizon First Wireless Carrier To Test 5G


Verizon First Wireless Carrier To Test 5G

By Burt Carey

Just five years after becoming the first wireless cellular network to introduce 4G, Verizon announced this week that it will test 5G beginning next year, with an expected commercial launch in 2017.

What 5G means to consumers is speed. Verizon claims its service will be 30 to 50 times faster than its current 4G technology. It laymen’s Verizon, technology, 5G, cell phone, Roger Gurnaniterms, 5G will provide download speeds that register in seconds what it currently takes minutes to do. For example, a 3D video that now takes about 6 minutes to download could zip to a smartphone in just six seconds.

“5G is no longer a dream of the distant future,” said Roger Gurnani, Verizon’s executive vice president and chief information and technology architect. “We feel a tremendous sense of urgency to push forward on 5G and mobilize the ecosystem by collaborating with industry leaders and developers to usher in a new generation of innovation.”

Verizon, the nation’s largest wireless cellular carrier, has partnered with Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, Nokia, Qualcomm and Samsung to bring 5G into reality. In 2016 the corporation will test the technology using its research centers in Boston and San Francisco.

Will 5G really be 50 times faster than 4G? Time will tell, of course, but signal strength, the number of users accessing the network and even the building materials surrounding your home or office are known to affect network speed. Even if it’s just 30 times faster than 4G, it’s still wickedly fast, and with faster speeds, customers will be able to use a smartphone to not only download but to stream incredibly detailed data. Earlier this year Nokia surmised that its testing of 5G allowed streaming of 8K video in 3D. By comparison, that video would be about 16 times more clear than a full HD video.

While Verizon is the first domestic corporation to flirt with 5G technology, South Korea is aiming to launch a 5G wireless network before for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, and Japan is planning to commence 5G service in time for the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games in 2020.

Verizon’s aggressive move toward 5G comes at a time when cell phone carrier data rates are dropping, data usage is at an all-time high, and 4G technology is maturing. The company says 98 percent of the United States has access to its 4G LTE service.

So far there are more unknowns than knowns in the world of 5G, but one thing is certain: It’s going to cost more. The average cell phone bill could go as high as $120 per month, according to Cisco estimates that suggest mobile data traffic on cell networks will increase 57 percent by the year 2019. When the iPhone was introduced in 2007, the average cell phone bill was just $51.


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Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle


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