Verizon Pilots 5G in Select U.S. Cities
5G has a lot to live up to.
The heralded internet princeling will improve everything from business infrastructure to the eHeathly industry, tablets to self-driving cars, making 4G LTE a thing of the past.
Reports in 2016 said commercial 5G would be ready by 2020 and Verizon is hoping to be first in line. The telecom giant is offering high-speed wireless 5G in 11 U.S. cities across the country, including rural and dense urban centers alike.
The 11 cities include Ann Arbor, Michigan; Atlanta; Bernardsville, New Jersey; Brockton, Massachusetts; Dallas; Denver; Houston; Miami; Sacramento; Seattle; and Washington, DC
So how fast is 5G anyways?
When we saw the 3G network roll out commercially in 2002, users expected a 2 Mbps max data rate, with 200 ms latency. Certainly an improvement over the 144 Kbps, 600 ms latency that the 2001 2.5G offered. 4G brought us 450 Mbps with less than 100 ms on average in 2009.
The (expected) 2020 5G will offer over 1 Gbps with a targeted latency of 1 ms or less.
However, the 5G offered won't be "true" 5G, and offer its share of setbacks. Verizon is offering a solution to bypass the standard box, wire, and modem set-up. Customers should expect to feel the problems of a beta test, instead of a full-fledged 5G network.
"The 5G systems we are deploying will soon provide wireless broadband service to homes, enabling customers to experience cost-competitive gigabit speeds that were previously only deliverable via fiber," said Woojune Kim, vice president of the Samsung team in charge of 5G and a partner for the Verizon deployment.
There is also a lot of work (read pushback) in making 5G an international standard. Countries have differed because "different countries want so many different bands," according to Mary Brown, Cisco's Senior Director of Technology and Spectrum Policy, noting that "China will always do its own thing" when it comes to setting standards. Next-generation 5G standards also require "massive machine communications" and "enhanced mobile broadband," 3GPP said at the 2013 Future Mobile Summit.
Verizon has not released who will be involved with the test, but several thousand will be chosen at (seemingly) random.
We got the first taste of 5G from AT&T when they replaced an Intel office in Austin last year. DirecTV Now video also offered 5G services in the same city.