5G is the dream new internet for your home that will bring fiber speeds with out the need to run fiber to your house. Now AT&T says they will be expanding these tests markets to include Waco, Texas; Kalamazoo, Michigan; and South Bend, Indiana by the end of the year. (AT&T is already testing 5G in Austin Texas, and Indianapolis, Indiana.)
According to AT&T the testing has been going smoothly. “At the apartment unit, we set up a fixed wireless 5G home with multiple applications running simultaneously over the fixed wireless 5G connection. We streamed DIRECTV NOW, 360 video, and international video conferencing – demonstrating how people can live, work, and play in a connected home of the future.”
“In Austin, we see all types of weather and substantial foliage,” said Marachel Knight, senior vice president, Wireless Network Architecture and Design, AT&T. “Taking our fixed wireless 5G trials out of the lab and into the real world helps us learn important factors about mmWave and 5G. And in doing so, we’re learning how to better design our network for the future.”
“We’ve been giving Austinites the best car wash and service experiences for over 20 years, and this trial sounded like a way to make those experiences even better. Think about it – everyone’s on their phones in the waiting room. Now, our customers can pass the time with entertainment on the latest internet connection,” said Dave Swenson, owner, Arbor Car Wash & Lube Center. “No one else can claim they trialed the first 5G-enabled car wash.”
AT&T is not the only service working on 5G. Google, Charter, Verizon, T-Mobile, Dish, and others are all working on a 5G offering. Most of them are currently aiming for a 2020 launch with over half the United States having 5G Internet by the end of 2020. This is great news for cord cutters as when competition grows from 1 maybe two internet providers to 5 or even 10 it will help force down the price.
The goal with 5G does not stop at your cell phone. The final goal is home internet something Verizon is betting heavily on. The idea is to put a router inside your house and turn it into a traditional WiFi signal. This would for the first time give real competition in the home internet market.
5G will cut the time of rolling out fiber internet speeds from years to months. In the past to improve internet speeds companies had to run fiber to each home in a town. Something that is very expensive and time-consuming. Now they can just upgrade their cell phone towers and in a few months, a town can be covered in fiber speed internet. To prepare for this new 5G home internet Verizon, for example, is spending over a billion dollars to run more fiber to their cell phone towers.
For now, most Americans will have to wait a year or two. Currently, the goal for most networks is to have half the United States covered in 5G at some point in 2020.
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