During the Competitive Carriers Association’s yearly meeting, Neville Ray, the chief technical officer of major US wireless carrier T-Mobile, took the opportunity to attack the 5G efforts of rival mobile operators, most especially industry leader Verizon Wireless. Ray pointed out that unlike other carriers, T-Mobile is actually trying to explore 5G usage that today’s mobile users can actually grasp. Moreover, it also revealed that by collaborating with partners such as Nokia, Ericsson, and Samsung, T-Mobile was able to achieve 5G speeds of 12 gigabits per second, which is thrice faster than the trial speeds achieved by Verizon back in February early this year.
To provide some context, the speeds achieved in the 5G trials conducted by Verizon Wireless are already several hundred times faster than most LTE connections of today. Furthermore, they are about 3.5 times faster than Google’s existing Fiber Internet service (which is really fast). Now here comes T-Mobile’s 12 gigabits per second, which is three times as fast as Verizon’s 5G.
Some may be wondering -- who needs connection speeds that fast? Well, probably everybody, at least in major mobile markets around the world. We are now living in an increasingly mobile driven era, wherein every person is going to do all sorts of tasks on their smartphones, tablets, wearables, and other smart devices, whether it be downloading an entire season of a TV show, riding a smart car, or exploring virtual reality.
Most industry watchers believe that 5G will become a reality in 2018 -- that is about a couple of years from now. And T-Mobile is very eager to get there. According to Ray, the wireless carrier is now pouring in investments into its current LTE network in order to properly build a foundation for its 5G offering.
To Verizon’s credit, it was the first major wireless carrier in America to declare its plans of testing 5G tech. AT&T then followed in the Big Red’s footsteps, and to date has a couple of test locations. Both Verizon and AT&T are planning to make full use of a 5G-like mobile ability to test out an alternative form of home broadband service. As for T-Mobile, it revealed that it is working with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile’s majority owner), and standards bodies in order to get its 5G service ready. Just this week, T-Mobile had given Mygnon Clyburn, FCC Commissioner, a tour of its facility located in the city of Bellevue in Washington.
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