When Will 5G be Available in My Area?

When will 5G be available in my area

When Will 5G be Available in My Area?

This has been the question on everyone’s minds since they first heard about 5G – When will 5G be available in my area?

Aside from “what is it?” and “will it make streaming faster?” people have asked time and time again about 5G availability.

And now, after years of hype about faster speeds and smoother streaming. There were reports that 5G technology will be available in 2018. Or at least it will be in some parts of the world.

So to answer your question: when will 5G be available in my area? Well, that depends on which part of the country you live in and your carrier. For some of you we’ve got some pretty exciting news!

5G technology will provide an infrastructure that will support not only faster mobile connections with lower latency time. Which they expect it to be 20 gigabits per second and a response time of less than 0.001 seconds.

But it’s a lot more than just faster speed.

It gives us a new perspective and experience on the Internet of Things. The massive connectivity that’s not just limited to mobile devices, and lower latency. As well as the making of smart cities, a huge increase in battery life. Which is one of the biggest challenges for the future of IoT), and more responsive networks.

Though 5G isn’t available just yet, and release dates differ from country to country; for the most developed countries – like the US – the roll out has been predicted to come about on 2020.

However, there’s good news for the AT&T customers. AT&T has announced that they’re launching it later this year!

AT&T 5G Service

AT&T has already ran 5G trials and successfully set up a 5G network in a number of locations in the US namely Austin Texas, Waco Texas, Kalamazoo Michigan, and South Bend Indiana in 2017; and are currently providing an Intel office in Austin 5G.

They plan on expanding their 5G services to 12 more US markets by the end of 2018. As well as continue growing and expanding from there on out.

By next year, they plan to include the following cities to their network: New York City, Buffalo, Los Angeles, San Diego, Memphis. And New Orleans, Atlanta, Boston, Austin, Pittsburgh, Hartford, South Carolina, Louisville, Nashville, Chicago. Also Bridgeport, San Antonio, Greenville, Houston, Indianapolis, Sacramento, San Francisco, Oklahoma City, Fresno, and Tulsa.

But with the lack of information and details, there are still a lot of questions left with no answers. As well as doubts left non-satisfactory.

T-Mobile 5G Service

T-Mobile is planning to release 5G technology in 30 cities this 2018. And as such, have started building out their 5G network for quite some time.

The first four cities have been announced are New York New York , Los Angeles California, Dallas Texas, and Las Vegas Nevada.

Not only have they deployed 5G ready equipment and started lighting up 5G availability in low-band spectrum. They have also began building 5G on millimeter wave spectrum. They also expect another 25,00 small cells to be deployed and light up the Licensed Assisted Access (LAA). This will enable a bigger a capacity and faster speed, which will in turn pave the way for 5G.

For those of you who aren’t in the 30 cities list, T-Mobile has also announced that nationwide coverage of 5G will be available on 2020. So hold on tight!

Sprint 5G Service

Unlike other carriers, Sprint is actually planning on rolling out 5G in 2019 alongside the release of 5G phones!

Sprint is actively working with Qualcomm and device manufacturers in their plan to launch their 5G network and phones.

They are now moving toward rolling out Massive MIMO antenna technology in the six cities. This includes Los Angeles, Washington District of Columbia, Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, and Dallas. Which they’re planning to launch in on 2019.

Though Sprint’s plan to provide Massive MIMO doesn’t necessarily equate to 5G per se, however, it’ll greatly contribute to reaching higher speeds. Especially in areas that belong to the lower cellular spectrum.

How does it really work?

Sprint’s Massive MIMO will use a total of 128 antennas in their array, 64 of which transmitting, and the other 64, receiving. Which will enable faster speeds of up to 10 times the capacity of our current LTE systems. Proving that there is in fact, power in numbers.

And with Sprint and T-Mobile looking into a possible merger. These two’s progress to achieving 5G’s release may just move quicker.

Verizon 5G Service

How about Verizon customers asking “When will 5g be available in my area?”  Unlike T-Mobile and Sprint, who plan on releasing 5G on a large scale but on a later date. Verizon’s plan is to do it one home at a time.

Verizon plans to release their 5G availability first in three to five cities this 2018. In a move to replace your home broadband with the newest 5G technology. After having performed their 5G fixed wireless access tests across a number of cities in 2017.

Unlike mobile 5G, Verizon’s plan to place it in homes would mean that it serves as the household’s broadband connection, thus, once you leave the house or turn around the corner, you’ll lose the connection.

The only cities that Verizon has stated will get this tech so far is Sacramento, followed by Los Angeles in the last quarter of 2018. However, Nicki Palmer, Verizon’s chief network engineer, has said that Verizon will be extending its offer to another two or four

There is also a possibility of Verizon extending their services in the following areas soon after. Areas include Atlanta, Brockton, Dallas, Houston, Bernardsville, Denver, Ann Arbor, Seattle, Miami, and Washington, DC.

Larger cities include New York City and Chicago will most probably be in the list of cities that will receive Verizon’s 5G service late in 2018 or early 2019.

Charter 5G Service

US cable operator giant Charter Communications have stated their plans for the race on 5G technology, and have recently been carrying out 5G testing in a move to use fixed wireless services to expand their coverage.

Though Charter currently does not offer wireless services, Tom Rutledge, Charter CEO, has stated that they are planning to launch one in 2018 and have tested it in Orlando Florida, Reno Nevada, Clarksville Tennessee, Columbus Ohio, Bakersfield California, and Grand Rapids Michigan. 

This started in late 2017, when Charter had made its move to enter the wireless realm by signing an agreement with Samsung Electronics America for a collaboration on the 5G and 4G LTE wireless networks laboratory and field trials in numerous locations in the US.

This in turn has made consumers ask if they’re finally going wireless, in addition to Rutledge’s statement which has framed its 5G tests, making it part of the discussion over the provision of services and broadband access especially in rural America where wired broadband is still rampant.

Charter’s answer is to not go completely wireless – which isn’t completely surprising given their traditional ways – and improve the existing US wired infrastructures.

In time they plan to increase their reliance on next generation wireless technologies to improve and expand the reach of their wired broadband network infrastructure

This is because according to the company, some current 5G technologies, are usually delivered in millimeter wave bands, face challenges to cover the long distances required in many rural areas causing them to struggle especially the parts with numerous trees and foliage. Other issues such as low population density may also arise.

Regardless, this move of modernization and adapting to change to compete in the ever growing and competitive market of technology and IoT, suggests that traditional cable operators won’t just quietly disappear in the background, and will expand and adapt to circumstances to stay in the game.

So what does this really mean for me? 

To be honest, the answer to the first question is it doesn’t really mean much to us consumers as of now.

Though companies and carriers are making a move to improve and upgrade their networks and equipment to provide and support 5G, without the presence of devices that can actually tap into the networks, you can’t really experience the benefits of 5G or experience the difference.

Sure some of your existing LTE devices (especially the newest ones) may be able to experience a slight increase in speed and decrease in latency, however, without the proper 5G-supported device don’t expect drastic changes.

For your second question, if you live in any of the cities stated above, then congratulations! You are getting 5G earlier than the rest of us who need to wait until 2019 or 2020. For the release on the nationwide coverage. And, if you’re really lucky and are part of the few who have access to AT&T’s 5G ready device, then you’ve just hit the jackpot.

A safe and realistic estimate is to wait another year for the 5G-experience to actually arrive and blow you mind.

The good news on when will 5G be available in my area?

You have more time to save up for your new smartphone upgrade. As well as devices that are 5G ready, cutting edge, and hopefully, live up to our expectations. The release which they predict to be during the first quarter of 2019.

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