The wait is over — the era of 5G mobile networks is here. Verizon and AT&T officially launched their networks, showing amazing speeds.
Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband technology uses new radio and hardware technology to bring coverage to its customers.
The company first launched commercial 5G in October 2018 through 5G home service last fall in Houston, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Indianapolis. Verizon recently switched on its 5G service in Chicago and Minneapolis in early April. Verizon plans to launch its new 5G Ultra Wideband mobile service will launch in 30 cities across the U.S. throughout 2019.
“Continuing our track record of 5G ‘firsts,’ we are thrilled to bring the first 5G-upgradeable smartphone exclusively to Verizon customers,” said Verizon’s chief technology officer, Kyle Malady. “Not all 5G networks are the same. Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network is built by the company with the nation’s best and most reliable 4G LTE network. It will change the way we live, work, learn and play, starting in Chicago and Minneapolis and rapidly expanding to more than 30 U.S. markets this year.”
AT&T’s network is live in 19 cities such as Atlanta, Dallas and New Orleans and will continue to roll out its 5G coverage throughout 2019. In March, the company announced it would also switch on 5G in parts of Chicago, Las Vegas and Minneapolis. AT&T touts that its 5G will be able to unlock faster speeds, wider coverage and lower latency.
“Think of this as the next frontier in untethering, giving you the ability to take the ultra-fast experience you have in your home or business with you virtually anywhere,” AT&T wrote on its website. “This next revolution in wireless technology will create significant new economic opportunities and better experiences for people and businesses serving customers across industries as well as creating new ones.”
According to AT&T, during its trial launch of 5G in Waco, Texas, they recorded wireless speeds of about 1.2 Gbps in a 400 MHz channel and RAN latency rates at 9-12 milliseconds.
“The United States is currently winning the global ‘race’ to 5G, and all four national carriers have announced plans to provide 5G service between late 2018 and mid-2019,” the company states in its policy primer. “AT&T is poised to lead on 5G, and we plan to be the first company to introduce mobile 5G service based on industry standards, starting with 12 cities this year and seven more cities in early 2019.”
AT&T hopes that its launch will provide more robust wireless communication and enable faster and more powerful networks. However, AT&T thinks that 5G is an evolution of technology and not an overhaul.
“All four major U.S. carriers will provide 5G services between late 2018 and mid-2019, and nearly half of the mobile subscriptions in North America will be 5G by 2023,” AT&T wrote in its policy primer.
As networks move into the 5G era, consumers will see some new improvements and possibly some bugs as the launch rolls out. Verizon and AT&T currently are neck and neck to be the 5G dominate provider. In the coming years, it will come down to the most reliable service provider and infrastructure updates nationwide to continue its coverage promises.
Sources: Verizon, AT&T