The much-awaited, speedy 5G wireless could replace 4G and LTE in the U.S. sooner than expected.
(CCM) — On Thursday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler will send out a proposal to begin 5G wireless proceedings in the U.S. If passed, the commission will begin to open up areas of high-band spectrum, making the United States the first country able to offer data delivery at speeds much faster than the currently-available 4G and LTE wireless options. Like the early stages of 4G wireless, what exactly 5G wireless will provide users remains undefined officially, and Wheeler has clarified that the commission hopes to leave it as such. "Instead," Wheeler plans to comment in a speech today, "we will make ample spectrum available and then rely on a private sector-led process for producing technical standards best suited for those frequencies and use cases."
Much of the high-band spectrum is expected to be reserved for large businesses. However, Wheeler's proposal will also call for the opening of a large amount of high-speed unlicensed spectrum, making super-quick WiFi available to the public. In response to the technical overhauls that will be needed to make 5G speeds a reality, companies like Verizon, Google, and Samsung have already begun testing new technology that will be able to support faster connectivity. AT&T also has plans to begin outdoor tests for 5G wireless technology this summer.
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