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.
Market research firm Parks Associates seems to think so. According to the company, global revenues of mobile data will grow from $386 billion in 2015 to $630 billion by the end of this decade. Parks Associates reckons that most of the growth will occur in mobile markets in the Asia/Pacific region.
Many industry watchers agree that 5G is still a few years away. But the biggest wireless carrier in the United States is certainly working hard to make sure it is ready as ever when 5G becomes a reality. Just this week, Verizon Wireless has announced that it has figured out the radio specifications for the roll out of its 5G with its vendor partners, basically setting an initial benchmark in which network infrastructure, chips, and mobile devices can be built or configured to provide support for the upcoming technology.
Major telecommunications players in Canada are now taking their first steps towards offering their respective 5G services to Canadian mobile users in the near future. Indeed, Bell, Rogers, and Telus are all joining in to establish operating benchmarks for 5G networks. Bell Canada, the biggest telecoms company in the country, is looking to start testing its 5G network.
Lowell McAdam, the chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless, has revealed that the 5G tests (as promised) that the Big Red conducted in the community of Basking Ridge in the state of New Jersey have exhibited connection speeds of up to 1.8 gbps. McAdam further hinted that the range of the 5G coverage it is testing could reach up to a kilometer in distance.
According to a high ranking executive of Sprint, the wireless carrier is taking a “wait and see” approach to 5G technology. As explained by Jay Bluhm, the vice president of network planning at the company, there are still plenty of technologies existing that the fourth biggest wireless carrier in the United States can take advantage of in meeting the demands for data of its subscribers. Still, Bluhm is quick to note that Sprint is currently evaluating and constantly looking into what 5G can offer to its customers.
A few days ago, Verizon Wireless had pledged that it would invest about $300 million over the half decade or so in order to lay 800 miles of FiOS cable in the city of Boston in Massachusetts, essentially putting itself in a nice position to go toe to toe with Comcast in providing home fiber services to the residents of Bean Town. But apparently, there is another reason for the Big Red’s decision to select Boston, and it has something to do with its extensive 5G plans.
It is no secret that among the Big Four wireless carriers in the United States, Verizon Wireless seems to be the most eager to deploy its 5G service. As a matter of fact, as early as September of last year, the Big Red had already revealed its plans to start testing its 5G network in 2016, and if all goes well, roll out the service next year.
The world is heading into a 5G technology driven future, and major wireless carriers in the United States as well as the country’s regulators are helping paving the way. But as warned by Amir Rozwadowski of Barclays, the transition will not be a walk in the park. Via a research note, Rozwadowski cited the great promise of 5G networks, but also emphasizes the challenges ahead for those involved in bringing this technology to life.
We may be finally entering into the age of 5G wireless technology. Okay, maybe not. But recent developments suggest that we are going to get there eventually. AT&T, the second biggest wireless carrier in America, has revealed that it is planning to to begin development work on its 5G wireless service in the second quarter of this year, and it is doing so with the help of big name partners such as Intel and Ericsson.
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