Did you hear? Verizon is going to be testing 5G in 2016 and hopefully rolling out the technology that year as well. Nokia Networks is also hopping on the train and promising to have commercial 5G-ready hotspot equipment in 2017.
According to Fierce Wireless, Verizon said it plans to work with partners such as Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Cisco, Nokia, Qualcomm, and Samsung to test 5G in the company’s innovation centers in Waltham, Mass., and San Francisco.
So, what are the capabilities of 5G? According to Verizon, the benefits of the next generation network will include “about 50 times the throughput of current 4G LTE, latency in the single milliseconds, and the ability to handle exponentially more Internet-connected devices to accommodate the expected explosion of the Internet of Everything.”
Roughly translated, it means if you thought 4G was fast, you better hold onto your hat because you’re in for a ride! This is an exciting time for technology (and to be a wireless customer); every year providers are pushing for faster service, better phones, and superior customer service.
But, also beware that faster speeds also mean more data traveling through your devices and with the end of Unlimited Data Plans, your bill may also reflect the increased cost of the faster data speeds!
What do you think the benefits of 5G capabilities will be? How do you think it will affect your bill? Let us know in the comments below:
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