5G is one of those buzzwords that you’ve probably heard a lot about recently and certainly will hear more of in 2019 and beyond. But that doesn’t mean everyone has a clear understanding of what 5G actually is. Even those more familiar with the topic of 5G might not have a full understanding of how 5G works. Here we will look to address those aspects in a clear and easy to digest way. Starting off with one of the more important questions. When is 5G coming? Technically, 5G is here now. You can’t see it, feel it, or use it but companies have been hard at work over the past few years preparing the market (at least in the US) for 5G. That's not to say you can connect to a 5G network today, as you can’t and irrespective of what your AT&T phone might be telling you. This is mostly due to the lack of current 5G-ready devices on the market. 5G at the consumer level primarily comes down to two parts - a network and a device. The big-name carriers in the US have been … [Read more...] about What is 5G?
When is 5g network coming
Motorola on Thursday announced the Moto Z3, at a small press event at its headquarters in Chicago. This is the latest Motorola phone to have magnetic backings that attach to Moto Mods, or modules, and will be one of the first phones ever to dial in to 5G.Starting in early 2019, Motorola will release a 5G Moto Mod that will tap into Verizon's 5G network, once the first of the carrier's 5G networks flickers to life. 5G is so crucial because it's the next generation of fast data that will make phones upload and download an order of magnitude faster than the fastest 4G LTE networks today. We're talking about downloading 90 Spotify songs in 10 seconds, at up to 5 gigabits per second. Like the original Moto Z Force and Moto Z2 Force before it, the Moto Z3 here will make its carrier home exclusively on Verizon in the US, at least at first. The Moto Z3 will cost $480 and launch on Aug. 16. That breaks down to $20 per month on a finance plan. US buyers who switch to Verizon can get a $300 … [Read more...] about Moto Z3 phone sells at Verizon Aug. 16, with 5G to come (CNET)
We are on the verge of the 5G network revolution, but it won't be televised, as there won't be grand download speed increases compared to what current LTE networks are capable of, at least in the initial 5G iteration. The new standard mostly brings latency and load distribution upgrades, meaning that you can hook up many more connected devices on the same tower with minimal impact.When it comes to speeds, though... those theoretical 20Gbps can only be hit in lab conditions with frequencies that aren't widespread, whereas the more realistic scenarios are derived from Qualcomm's real-life 5G testing earlier this year that returned 490Mbps for the median user. Well, there are phones on the market that can hit 1Gbps+ already, and with current commercial networks at that, like the Galaxy S9 or LG G7, for instance. Still, 5G is the future, and Samsung just outed a promo video for the next big era in mobile, detailing what the city of the future will look like with all that connectivity. … [Read more...] about Samsung outlines its vision for the 5G network future
In brief: In January, AT&T announced their ambitious plan to bring 5G network connectivity to a whopping 12 cities by the end of 2018. A month later, the company listed the first three cities set to receive the tech; Dallas, Waco, and Atlanta. Now, AT&T has announced the next three cities on their 5G list: Charlotte, Raleigh, and Oklahoma City. The next evolution of wireless connectivity could be coming sooner than we thought. Earlier this year, AT&T announced their plans to bring full 5G network connectivity to a dozen cities by the end of 2018. The company later announced the first three cities set to receive the tech: Dallas, Waco, and Atlanta. Now, roughly halfway through the year, AT&T says the three more cities will get a true 5G network - Charlotte, Raleigh, and Oklahoma City. If you're wondering why AT&T is planning to roll out 5G networks to relatively small cities before the likes of San Francisco or New York, the company's answer is simple: "One … [Read more...] about AT&T announces three more cities set to receive a true 5G network this year
Video: 5G: Is all the hype deserved?Executive summary It is the fourth time in history that the world's telecommunications providers (the telcos) have acknowledged the need for a complete overhaul of their wireless infrastructure. This is why the ever-increasing array of technologies, listed by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) as "Release 15" and "Release 16" of their standards for wireless telecom, is called 5G. It is an effort to create a sustainable industry around the wireless consumption of data for all the world's telcos. Read also: T-Mobile and Sprint merger: The numbers and assumptions you need to know One key goal of 5G is to dramatically improve quality of service, and extend that quality over a broader geographic area, in order for the wireless industry to remain competitive against the onset of gigabit fiber service coupled with Wi-Fi.New business models The initial costs of these improvements may be tremendous, and consumers have already demonstrated … [Read more...] about What is 5G? Everything you need to know about the new wireless revolution