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Verizon’s 5G Network: Everything You Need to Know
The current standard in wireless connectivity, 4G LTE, is fast.
Right now, Verizon’s LTE network averages speeds of 10 Mbps, or faster, across 121 U.S. markets. Source: RootMetrics.
Which is about as fast as the average home Internet connection.
Verizon helped pioneer LTE technology back in 2008, and launched its 4G LTE network in 2010.
Since then, Verizon’s network has outpaced the competition.
And the carrier’s network recently received the ranking of best overall performance by RootMetrics. Source: RootMetrics.
But Verizon’s not content with staying there.
This month, the carrier announced that it’ll start testing 5G wireless technology in 2016.
5G doesn’t have any set standards yet, but it’ll likely consist of a new set of wireless frequencies…
That could allow separate streams of data for high-capacity systems, personal devices, and Internet of Things capabilities.
Oh, and it’ll be really fast, too.
“5G technology, although not standardized yet, is expected to offer 50 times the throughput of LTE, have a latency in the single milliseconds and be able to accommodate the anticipated explosion in Internet-connected devices.” Sue Marek, FierceWireless Source: FierceWireless.
Verizon says its wireless speeds could reach 5 gigabits to 10 gigabits in the next three years.
Which is a great thing, considering Nokia thinks that by 2020, we’ll all be using 1GB of data every day. Source: CNBC.
But Verizon’s not the only company developing 5G technology.
Nokia’s already tested its own 5G connection.
The company used the 7,300 GHz spectrum to pack in more data in between airwaves.
And says the end result could allow users to download an HD movie in less than one second.
And Chinese technology company Huawei says it’ll test 5G technology with Russian carrier MegaFon at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
In the meantime, Verizon’s collaborating with Samsung, Nokia, Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent, and Cisco to test out 5G and help set universal standards.
And hopes to have a 5G network sometime in 2020.
Until then, its customers will just have to settle for the carrier’s lightning-fast connections, extensive LTE signals, and superior network quality.
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