AT&T, Verizon, and the Emergence of the 5G Network

In a showcase for the Mobile World Congress, Samsung demonstrated the power of a 5G home router. It clocked at 4 gigabits per second. For those in need of an explanation this comes out to about 500 megabytes per second! If the exclamation point used in the last sentence is misunderstood, this means it is really fast. Fast enough to download a 50 GB video game in minutes, or a movie with 4K resolution in under five. That kind of power creates opportunity, the opportunity to do great things. Think about those gigablast commercials prospecting absurd insights into the future. A 5G network could very well make such speculation reality.

Wireless providers have been touting the prospect of 5G for years. The next inevitable evolution past 4G LTE, the emergence of 5G was as sure of a thing as I-phones going roman numeral. Presently AT&T and Verizon are at the forefront, with both promising 5G releases this year. AT&T recently unveiled the names of the 12 cities that will receive use of the network first. (https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/21/att-names-atlanta-dallas-and-waco-first-of-12-us-cities-to-get-5g-wireless/) While excitement is surely building, many worry it will turn out to be nothing but hype. Samsung’s presentation was impressive, but the router was also right next to the conveying cell. Such recorded speeds are only available in the most ideal of conditions; no one can speculate how the network will operate over the vast distances of the earth. Nevertheless, any evolution will inevitably have hiccups, and technology is a force that moves forward. 5G will come around no matter what, and despite any reservations the network will make a difference.

As the internet of things gains ground and more and more devices become part of it, stronger networks will be needed. The days of a refrigerator talking to a microwave about the what the dishwasher did last night are here. Cars can already be programmed to start by a schedule, and new home security systems can even lock doors automatically. The need for stronger networks will be a must in such a climate. The automotive industry is expanding its interest in self-driving vehicles, and a 5G network may be needed. 5G is the network that technological advancement needs, so the time to test it out is now.

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