is the near
future of Wireless Internet. 5G Wireless will
computer or smartphone to a neighborhood cell site,
or a network of cell sites used in a mobile environment. 5G
Wireless has the potential of having the fastest online
performance in a given area. Remember, in order to receive 5G Wireless
service, you need to have a 5G Wireless-capable device. And
any device from one carrier most likely will not be compatible with
those of other carriers.
Wireless is already being used today for high-speed Internet access,
and it's the
method of 5G wireless access in the near future. Fixed Wireless
currently includes a
separate antenna that is professionally
mounted on or near the exterior
of your home or business to provide a strong signal for better
connectivity. Fixed Wireless is primarily available today
in areas where other high-speed Internet connections are not
offered. Fixed Wireless may be offered by a number of
ISP's in several parts of the country and is expanding
With 5G, Fixed
Wireless will become more common,
some with self-installing simplicity.
can be an external box or a small USB adapter that plugs in to your
desktop computer or laptop. These plug-in devices can be moved among
equipment and locations. Carriers and re-sellers offer special plans
for these adapters, often with Unlimited broadband usage, today at 4G
speeds. In the near future, similar modems will be available
to connect to a nearby 5G wireless site.
Home Phone w/Internet:
A single box
your home phones and online devices to a nearby
wireless site. Connection to your computer and other
devices is made through cables or Wi-Fi. To upgrade to a 5G
connection will require new equipment on your end, but for now, you can
easily get 4G - LTE speeds.
can buy a small box from the wireless carriers
or secondary sources that accesses a
cellular network and
re-distributes the Internet through a Wi-Fi connection to several
devices. Models available today may or may not be capable of 4G - LTE
speeds, and 5G downloads will require new equipment on your end.
How Fast is 5G Wireless
of new 5G Wireless chips, recently tested their performance on
actual cellular networks. The results showed browsing speeds
of 71 Mbps for the median 4G-LTE user, improving to 1.4 Gbps for the
median 5G user, with response times roughly 23 times faster.
This is using 28 GHz spectrum using the addition of 4 License
Assisted Access (LAA) bands. In the lab, 5G has been tested
high as 20Gbps.
world experience using far less optimized frequency bands
will limit performance to somewhat slower speeds,
with 4G-LTE downloads expected at around 50 Mbps, with 5G performance
10 times that, at 500 Mbps. Most Fixed Wireless providers will
guarantee a minimum speed, like 10 Mbps. Rural customers and users
living in areas where wired services have not yet been upgraded stand
to have substantial
improvements with 5G Wireless.
Where and When Can I Get 5G Wireless?
Wireless is now available in a limited number of cities and in limited
locations within those cities. Verizon
Wireless currently offers 5G Wireless in several
markets with a
maximum download speed of 300Mb. AT&T has
introduced its own brand of 5G Wireless
in several different markets, with various levels of downloads with
the promise that it will "evolve" into full-speed 5G. C Spire Wireless,
the 6th largest cellular carrier in the US, offers 5G Wireless in
All of the
major wireless carriers are working quickly to offer 5G Wireless in
additional markets, expected to be available this year. Each
carrier has chosen Several Select Cities to roll out
flavor of 5G Wireless, and manufacturers have created
chips and equipment capable of accessing the 5G signal.
will it come to your
neighborhood? We expect 5G Wireless to expand as
quickly as technically possible, but there are many physical
Factors Preventing 5G from Expanding
as quickly as 4G - LTE. Many
carriers have proposed a "Fixed Wireless"
connection to 5G which may
require a number of new cell sites, the installation of which
been bogged down from restrictions by local governments. You can
expect 5G availability much sooner in
locations where local officials have expedited these new