Verizon has recently activated its new 5G wireless network in Chicago and Minneapolis.
On April 3rd, the company announced its plans to roll out to 30 more markets by the end of 2019 according to CNBC. Verizon has recently launched “5G Home” which is an alternative to cable. Their new 5G network is intended to support this feature and their new network is set to allow for speeds up to 1Gbps. This is ten times faster than traditional LTE coverage.
Not all phones will automatically support the new technology, however. Only a select few from Verizon will work with it at first. An example of a 5G enabled Verizon device is the Galaxy S10 5G that is set to release later this quarter. This phone will be exclusively with Verizon for a few months. The only current phone to support 5G is the Motorola Z3, but it can only do so with an accessory. AT&T is in the process of planning to release its own 5G network and is using this network in its current marketing campaigns. T-Mobile and Sprint are also in the race towards 5G but neither have activated the service yet.
5G was recently featured in the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. According to The New York Times and other reports, Jonathan Davidson, Wireless Executive at Cisco Systems, aid during the gathering, “5G was ready for prime time, and would enable new applications in augmented reality, healthcare and industrial factories.” According to another conference report, “With the worlds of artificial intelligence, machine learning and cloud computing aligning, the momentum behind 5G is almost irresistible.”
5G is going to be a part of the future whether we are ready or not. It is interesting to see how technological advances can change our world drastically. We cannot wait to see how our world pushes it further in the future!
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