The hype surrounding 5G is really not hype, because it is actually fact. The 5G Innovation Center has achieved around 1 terabits per second in test environments. Granted, the real world is not a test environment, but the speeds of 1 to 20 gigabits per second being thrown around by service providers globally are possible in real-world applications. With that much speed on your mobile device, next generation communications services are going to be available. AT&T (News - Alert) wants to be the first to deploy Web scale commercialization in the U.S., and the company sees 2019 as a viable date.
The 5G speeds you experience in the region of the country you live in will greatly depend on how it is architectured and deployed, as well as how it is used. In addition to speed, 5G will also have the lowest latency of all the previous networks, coming in at a theoretical 1 ms compared to real-world 45 and 120 ms for 4G and 3G respectively.
For AT&T, which has been carrying out 5G tests, the wide-scale commercialization has come faster than expected. This is because development of standards by the 3GPP have been ahead of schedule, with the group approving implementation of the non-standalone component of the 5G New Radio standard. This has moved the completion date of the entire implementation to mid-2017 instead of 2018, allowing hardware and chip standards supporting 5G New Radio to be released by the end of 2017.
With the standards in place, AT&T will be able to deploy 5G networks in late 2018, which will make it possible to deploy the services by 2019. When it is fully deployed, 5G technology will introduce next generation communication services for consumers, businesses and public entities around the world.
The bandwidth intensive capabilities of 5G will be able to handle Augmented Reality (AR), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Haptic Communications, real-time services and more. But the technology will also provide a more effective ecosystem for low bandwidth services such as the Internet of Things (IoT) as tens of billions of devices get connected around the world.
In May of 2017, AT&T launched its LTE (News - Alert)-M network for the IoT, which was a path to 5G and massive IoT deployment capability such as smart city services, smart metering, asset tracking, supply chain management, security and alarm monitoring and personal wearables. The technology has brought the price of monthly fees for each device to $1.50, which will undoubtedly continue to decrease as the full capability of 5G is made available.
Edited by Alicia Young