Month: August 2019

The Future of 5G: Comparing 3 Generations of Wireless Technology

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Wireless technology has evolved rapidly since the turn of the century. From voice-only 2G capabilities and internet-enabled 3G, today’s ecosystem of wireless activity is founded on the reliable connection of 4G.

Fifth-generation wireless network technology, better known as 5G, is now being rolled out in major cities worldwide. By 2024, an estimated 1.5 billion mobile users─which account for 40% of current global activity─will be using 5G wireless networks.

Today’s chart highlights three generations of wireless technology in the 21st century, and the differences between 3G, 4G, and 5G networks. read more

Comcast, Charter will reportedly use Verizon for 5G service

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Verizon’s 4G LTE network currently is the backbone behind Comcast‘s and Charter’s respective mobile services, Xfinity Mobile and Spectrum Mobile. Now, it appears that the wireless carrier’s 5G network will be what powers the cable companies’ expansion into offering mobile 5G.

According to a new report from Light Reading, “at some point in the future” both Xfinity Mobile and Spectrum Mobile will be able to tap into Verizon’s growing 5G network. No timeline was given for when the service would be offered. read more

AT&T rolls out (limited) 5G in (parts of) New York City – TechCrunch

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Both Verizon and Sprint have been promising 5G coverage in the nation’s largest city for some time now. AT&T this morning, however, said it’s starting to do just that. The U.S.’s largest carrier by subscribers announced limited availability of 5G coverage in New York City.

The typical not-so-fine print applies to the news this morning. The service will be limited to business users at launch — and only available in a select number of areas. In other words, don’t go running out and buying a 5G phone just yet if you’re an AT&T customer in the five boroughs.

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5G is not a zero-sum game

The US defense establishment’s obsession with targeting Huawei as a national security threat is contrary to the emerging reality of the 5G market. Many have criticized this hawkish and simplistic view, and with good reason. Yet within this group of critics, the narrative that China’s fast-paced advancements in 5G threaten America’s competitive edge in the digital sphere remains widely accepted. Opinions that reduce the so-called 5G battle to an issue of competitiveness in capital investment or market share are misleading and should be countered. read more

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