In January of 2017, Verizon made the announcement that it intended to launch its new 5th Generation (5G) services in 2018. This would revolutionize the way that we send and receive data in a big way. Imagine instantaneous download speeds and an end to buffering. No more waiting on that little dial to reach 100% before the next scene or losing huge sections of a movie to the digital dead zone.
Verizon made good on its promise (in theory) during the Super Bowl, introducing real time Virtual Reality using limited 5G service. Players were able to throw and catch a football with only the senses provided via their headsets. It was surprisingly successful, but wireless consumers shouldn’t toss their 4G networks just yet.
The company warned that, while controlled tests went well, the use of 5G on a global platform may be a bit premature. The support technology simply isn’t there yet, and many caution that an early release could be extremely expensive and would fail to perform to consumer standards.
5G networks could make cord cutting more accessible to those living in remote or rural areas who don’t have access to wired internet services. The wireless connection would be equal to or faster than traditional 4G networks, making streaming a possibility for those who were previously forced to rely on cable due to poor internet connections.
Some fear that 5G is more myth than tech, prompting Verizon to keep teasing the wireless community with glimpses of high-speed capabilities.
Do you think that 2018 will be the year of 5G? Or, will it be another disappointing year full of bloated satellite internet prices and disillusioned consumers?
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