On Thursday, U.S. regulators setup the course for the next generation of wireless services, 5G. This positions the U.S. to be the first country to allocate airwaves for 5G networks. This approval will have a strong reaching benefit for both businesses and consumers in the US. The unanimous approval opens about 11 gigahertz of HF (high frequency) spectrum for mobile and broadband.
Both AT&T and Verizon have been working and moving forward to adopt the next generation of wireless technology. These technologies will provide between 10 to 100 times faster service than today’s existing 4G networks.
The Race Begins
There is a on-going worldwide race to establish and adopt 5G. Right now, South Korea and Japan plan to deploy it by 2018 to 2020. The European Commission, South Korea, China and Japan are currently conducting research on 5G networks.
“This is a big day for our nation…the United States the first country in the world to identify and open up vast amounts of high-frequency spectrum for 5G applications. The big game-changer is that we are using much higher-frequency bands than previously thought viable for flexible uses, including mobile” – FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler
Verizon and AT&T have announced that trials can start as early as next year, 2017.