Are You Ready for the Speed of 5G? Better Be!
Ever wonder what the wireless world would look like if it got 10-fold boost in speed? You're about to. This past week, the FCC took a major step in bringing the speed of 5G to the masses, by opening u...
Ever wonder what the wireless world would look like if it got 10-fold boost in speed? You’re about to. This past week, the FCC took a major step in bringing the speed of 5G to the masses, by opening up little-used airwaves to purposes as varied as remote surgery, lightning-fast video downloads, and factory robotics.
An article on bloomberg.com, Your Phone Is Poised to Get 10 Times Faster as FCC Approves 5G, talks about how the FCC will tap into this massive speed:
The airwaves involved were of little use until recently, because even though they carry a lot of data they don’t travel far and can be stopped by walls or even by rain drops. Engineers have begun to figure out how to aim and focus the transmissions to overcome these frailties, sending signals to new types of antennae that resemble compact smoke alarms rather than roadside towers.
All four top U.S. mobile carriers have announced plans to test 5G technology; but think bigger than your cellphone. The speed of 5G will support massive machine-to-machine communications. Smart homes; real-time cargo tracking; environmental monitoring.
You name it, and 5G will be able to handle it. In fact, there’s no idea what 5G will help unleash. For example, when 4G was developed, no one at the time was thinking about services like Uber. No one was thinking about Pokemon Go.
Who knows what’ll happen thanks to fasters speeds.
What we do know is that there’s talk in the industry to deploy 5G by 2020, but nothing is yet set in stone. The FCC slated airwaves in four different swathes for use by 5G. Some airwaves are to be auctioned for exclusive use by winning bidders, and others — mainly in frequencies that travel less far than the auctioned airwaves — are to be shared.
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