How Close Are We To 5G Technology?
Less than 30 decades ago, only a small minority of the world's population had the chance to use wireless devices. But the numbers have changed and most of humanity now has a handheld device, capable of quickly communicating through wireless connections. Despite all these developments, there is no slowing down. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is already laying the groundwork for a quicker and more stable connection through 5G.
As noted by BGR, the availability and access to 5G will bring the future to the present. It opens the possibility to control VR from across the world and for autonomous cars to communicate and make decisions based on quick pieces of information in a fraction of a second. 5G could be the link between how things are done now, to the future of Internet of Things - being able to control the everyday items around you.
The FCC has started to speak out on the regulations and have aligned its priorities and set out its goals, through its chairperson Tom Wheeler. The first of this is to increase the speed of wireless connections, by as much as 10 to 100 times faster than current speeds. The second is to enhance responsiveness of devices, because, as Wheeler notes, even the tenth of a second could make the difference between disaster and salvage. The last is to broaded spectrum capacity.
Reuters adds that FCC will rely on a process let by the private sector in order to make the spectrum available. Verizon Communications, Inc. and AT&T, Inc. have already promised to start on 5G trials by next year. Wheeler confirmed that it hopes to have a commercial trial by 2020.
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel shared that the U.S. is part of a race to release 5G, as both South Korea and Japan are aiming to use this technology by the time they host the Olympics - 2018 and 2020, respectively.
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