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First Cities to Get 5G Connectivity Unveiled

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Wireless network operators are working hard at launching their 5G networks before the end of the year. As a matter of fact, AT&T and Verizon have released statements on when they intend to launch their 5G service. But even though they are actively working on getting 5G network up and running, it won't be until 2019 when 5G-ready smartphones will be available.

For both T-Mobile and Sprint, launching 5G network is not exactly a race. Even if they are taking things slower as compared to the other wireless networks, they are making sure their networks will be ready as soon as the first 5G smartphones will be released.

As far as coverage is concerned, the first cities that will get 5G network from T-Mobile include New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Dallas. Meanwhile, Sprint's first 5G-capable cities include Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Washington, DC. Considering Dallas is part of AT&T's first three 5G cities (Atlanta and Waco as well), it only means that customers throughout Dallas will be among the first to enjoy 5G connectivity throughout the country when it launches early 2019.

The three networks follow slightly different methods with their 5G buildout process. For example, Sprint's first step is to deploy its MIMO radios. This technology makes use of dozens of antennas for receiving and transmission. In doing so, devices will be able to have a more efficient use for the available spectrum. As of this writing, the LTE deployments use 4x4 MIMO. Once the massive MIMO radios are deployed, this goes up to 64x64. Sprint intends to use these antennas on its LTE network before it transitions to 5G next year.

While that is Sprint's approach, T-Mobile intends to build its 5G infrastructure in a total of 30 cities within the year. This is line with its initial 5G network rollout next year. T-Mobile's Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray shared that the network operator's vision is to build a 5G future with their customers at the front and center. The executive shared that they follow the "unlimited future" mindset that it followed when they built their LTE network.

Contrary to these two networks, AT&T has a more ambitious timeline with its 5G network. In a previous release, the company revealed that they plan on going live in 12 cities before the year ends. But since 5G smartphones won't be ready until the early part of 2019, the devices that will operate on AT&T's network will be pucks-- wireless hotspot devices that use 5G connection and share these with other devices through Wi-Fi. Both AT&T and Verizon have plans of using 5G networks to provide fixed wireless broadband into the homes of their customers, instead of using cable.

Today's update on 5G connectivity is not something we haven't heard before. Apart from the announcement on which cities 5G connectivity is expected to show up in 2019, there really isn't too much we can expect at this point. We'll have to wait for more updates in the future.



Source: BGR

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  1. "it won't be until 2019 when 5G-ready smartphones will be available."

    Now comes the kicker. Price-point and affordability as well as carriers pushing customers to switch phones. Some of us are happy with what we have. 2G networks are sun-setting I can understand but then 3G and 4G next? Hopefully carriers will keep 4G for awhile.

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    1. Speak for yourself. Some people like the elderly, are also perfectly happy with 2G because they don't text lol!

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    2. Texting works perfectly well on 2G networks. Perhaps you mean "...because they don't use data"?

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    3. Speak for yourself. Elderly people have state of the art phones and use data too.

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  2. Carriers will end 2G networks but 2G speed will remain. Welcome to 2018 America.

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  3. Is 5G more efficient than 4G? So much so that it warrants a full new infrastructure to be added to EVERY tower?

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    1. 5G increases network capacity by up to 4X compared with LTE.

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    2. Yes. It's being marketed as more efficient, but the real reason is they want capacity for IOT. In a few years, the smart watches will be gone and you'll have data beamed to your retina, provided directly from the cell tower.

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  4. Can't wait to have my smartlens implanted

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  5. 4G brought human average attention span down to 8 seconds

    I have high hopes of reducing this pesky waste of time & energy down to 2 or 3 seconds with the proliferation of 5G

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  6. Who cares about 5G this early? LAA is already here in spots and is expanding.
    Using T-Mobile LAA in New York City, Okla.'s Milan Milanovic and PCMag ran 13 speed tests and got an AVERAGE of 503 Mbps down and 42.7 Mbps. One of the results show a test that put up a download speed of 531 Mbps and an upload speed of 47.9 Mbps.

    T-Mobile devices that offer LAA support include the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Active, Galaxy Note 8, and LG V30. The unlocked version of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro supports LAA, too.

    S: Fierce Wireless

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  7. Ideally, I'm not getting a new phone until mid 2019 to early 2020, so this won't be relevant for another couple years.

    5g won't really be a thing until it comes to budget devices.

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