In 2017, the technology to make mobile communications is finally getting to the point where it can be used for real-world tasks.
And as a result, it is time for the industry to move forward.
The Federal Communications Commission has issued a set of rules that will require 5G deployment across all 50 states by 2020.
As the Federal Communications Commissioner said, “There’s no question that there is a need for a wireless infrastructure that is more capable than anything that’s been built in the past 30 years.”
But what will that infrastructure look like?
The biggest question is, “Will we need a new infrastructure?”
The answer to that question is “probably.”
For example, in 2020, the FCC will require a new 5G network, which will need to be built using a new antenna and a new way of measuring and tracking the speed of a beam.
This means that 5G won’t be just about the speed, but it will be about how the signal is distributed and how it’s delivered.
In addition, the current 4G networks have a number of shortcomings.
For one thing, they have a very limited spectrum footprint, meaning that the signal doesn’t carry all the way across the U.S. spectrum.
Furthermore, they are only available to rural and low-income Americans.
So, if you’re looking to upgrade to 5G, the best bet would be to look to an existing network that has a low-band spectrum footprint and you can easily get access to that spectrum in your neighborhood.
There are also a number the Federal Government has allocated for 5G networks in the U-verse and other markets.
These networks will have a lower bandwidth cap and will have lower latency to get the most out of the bandwidth.
Another important question that is being asked is: “Can 5G deliver on the promise of a faster, more responsive, more reliable wireless network?”
As we all know, that promise is never quite fulfilled.
To make matters worse, there are still many unanswered questions about 5G and the future of wireless.
Is 5G going to be available in every market?
How will the 5G infrastructure function with the current crop of 5G products?
Will it be able to replace legacy networks?
And if it can, what will it look like in terms of speeds?
What is the best use case for a 5G system?
So if you think you want to upgrade your network in the near future, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is offering a few suggestions.
If you have an existing 5G device, they will help you choose the right antenna.
They will also offer a 5-minute test that will allow you to compare your current wireless equipment to the new 5-G technology.
Lastly, they want you to check out their new 5D Systems site that allows you to test out the latest technologies.
And, if that’s not enough, they also have a free trial to try out 5G devices.
Check out the full FCC 5G rules at 5g.gov.