5G's next big launch could make its improved speed promises a reality

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it’s part of the story coming year, Nerdshala has an eye on how the world will continue to develop in 2022 and beyond.

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5G has gotten a lot of hype over the years, but for many, it may not warrant it. How next-generation wireless networks will help usher in the era of self-driving cars, home Internet options and may even help bring new concepts like the Metaverse and augmented reality glasses, headsets and applications.

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In 2022, some – but not all – of those promises may come true.

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This comes after a more mixed experience over the years. T-Mobile has been the most aggressive of the carriers in the early stages of 5G, with its fast “ultra capacity” network now covering more than 210 million people and a noticeable boost compared to 4G LTE. Meanwhile, AT&T and Verizon have struggled compared to 5G networks that are either not very fast or responsive compared to 4G or offer significant improvements but only in limited areas.

In 2022, that may finally change soon. Afterwards some delayOn January 19, both carriers will finally be able to deploy a new trove of wireless spectrum that will not only dramatically increase speeds but actually work across the country – not just a few blocks from some major cities. Just as important, it could lay the foundation for some of those additional promised services, even if they are still more than a year away.

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“Unless you’ve been on T-Mobile’s midband 5G network in the past six months, 5G is a mess in the United States,” said Avi Greengart, an analyst at the research firm TechSponential. “The wireless industry wildly outpaced 5G, but that doesn’t mean 5G won’t eventually get there.”

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The Samsung Galaxy S21 5G is connected to Verizon’s C-band test network, in a parking structure two floors underground.

Until now, both carriers have largely relied on a combination of high-frequency millimeter-wave spectrum and low-band spectrum to form their 5G networks. While MMW 5G can offer multi-gigabit speeds that are faster than many home Internet connections, it has serious limitations in coverage. Unless you live on specific streets or in parts of a sports stadium or airport, you probably won’t find it.

Low-band 5G networks, by contrast, can provide excellent coverage, but they’re usually at the same 4G LTE speeds you already have. It could be worse.

The sweet spot for 5G seems to be the middle ground between the two with what is known as the midband. It’s significantly faster than the low-band and 4G LTE networks most people are now used to, and it’s able to travel much farther while providing better coverage. T-Mobile has built up its early 5G lead in 2020 due in large part to Sprint’s purchase of a strong amount of midband spectrum.

Our first look at Verizon’s C-band 5G network

This is why carriers, especially Verizon and AT&T, bid so hard In a recent Federal Communications Commission auction for midband spectrum known as C-band.

Verizon Plan to cover 100 million people This month it has talked about peak download speeds of more than 1 gigabit per second with this C-band signal. AT&T aims to reach 70 to 75 million people with C-band by the end of the year, up from 100 million by “early” 2023.

T-Mobile’s existing midband 5G network, which operates on a variety of frequency bands, reaches more than 210 million people today. The company previously announced plans to expand to 250 million people by the end of 2022 and aims to cover 90% of Americans by the end of 2023.

T-Mobile is aiming for an average download speed of over 400 megabits-per-second on the service, and it plans to add C-band to its network late next year.

See cable companies?

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T-Mobile’s home Internet gateway acts as a modem and router, though you can also plug in an existing router or mesh network.

In fact, only T-Mobile has to be seen to see the impact of midband networks. The carrier expanded last year its home internet offering “Expected” average download speed of 100Mbps for 30 million people with no data cap for $50 per month.

With the new C-band launch, Verizon plans to expand its rival 5G internet offering, which will cover 20 million people. Like T-Mobile, Verizon’s service starts at $50 per month, with no data cap.

Verizon previously offered 5G home Internet on its high-frequency millimeter-wave network in select parts of some cities. While download speeds are higher on this technology, its footprint is more compact than that of C-band or T-Mobile’s midband 5G networks.

Home broadband will be a “major battleground” in 2022, Greengart said. The addition of 5G will provide “more choices for consumers in some areas and the first real broadband in some areas and rural areas.”

Greengart warns that “fixed wireless broadband still won’t be offered everywhere”, noting that it will still depend on what capabilities carriers have in particular regions and “markets across the country”. How economical is it to deploy”.

For example, Verizon has said that it will not deploy its 5G home solution in homes that can already get Fios Fiber service.

New experiences… but maybe not this year

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Smart glasses connected to Qualcomm’s capable phones in 2022, using a software platform called Snapdragon Space.

Whenever 5G arrives, companies are quick to mention buzzwords like “smart city,” “self-driving car” and “metaverse.” In 2022, we may see more substance to go along with that hype.

David Christopher, executive vice president and general manager of partnerships and 5G ecosystem development at AT&T, sees the potential for a more immediate impact of 5G in areas such as healthcare.

“In a healthcare environment, you want to be able to transfer files fast, securely, and they can be accessed by healthcare professionals “regardless of where they are physically,” he said last year. Said in an interview, noting that the carrier is working with the University of Southern California’s Ellison Institute to deploy 5G around the facility.

The carrier has also worked with Vitas Healthcare, a hospice provider, to use virtual reality headsets to help care for its patients.

“5G is going to underpin important megatrends in our society,” said Christopher.

“As happened on (4G) LTE, we’re going to see a lot of innovations coming in the space because people now have a very capable network, a multi-lane type of freeway highway.” With faster 5G networks, T-Mobile was told by the company’s technology president Neville Ray in an interview late last year.

Ray sees 2022 as particularly important for wearables. “It’s a big, big space. I don’t know if it’s going to be a complete breakdown in ’22… We’re seeing big innovations in, you know, the channels we’re structuring” it Having said that he is interested to see how Joe “matures” throughout the year.

Rumor has it that several companies are working on augmented and virtual reality headsets, including Apple, Meta, Microsoft, Qualcomm and Google. Meta has already teased that its Project Cambria VR headset will arrive this year While Apple is heavily rumored to release its first headset in 2022.

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Face tracking, color cameras and improved lenses will be added to the upcoming headset Project Cambria this year.

Anshel Saag, a principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, believes 5G will help enable augmented and expanded reality (XR) headsets, but it won’t necessarily be fully portable, untethered devices this year. Will get caught.

“In 2022, we will see continued expansion of the XR and 5G, however, I would also say that we probably won’t see many headsets with integrated 5G just yet,” Saag said.

“That said, I think we’ll see 5G phones paired with AR and VR wearables via cable or Wi-Fi 6e connections this year.” “Hopefully, the smartphone will hang around as a companion device to VR and AR headsets for some time.”

While 5G enabled smart glasses may not become a mainstream product this year, if there’s a positive you can expect in 2022 to be blazing fast speeds regardless of the device you’re using.

“The biggest benefits you’ll see right away are stable, above-average speeds for high-resolution video streaming, video conferencing, and gaming, as well as much faster file downloads for apps and security updates on the go,” Greengart said. he said. , “The extra speed could make working remotely more decent over a cellular connection.”

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