5G will finally get some attention with the anticipated debut of Apple’s next iPhone later today. However, the blazing speeds promised won’t materialize for most people.
The device, dubbed the iPhone 12 by analysts, can tap to 5G, that technically functions up to 10 to 20 times faster than present 4G wireless networks.
Apple, which is expected to unveil the brand new smartphone at a virtual event later today (Tuesday), will need to walk a tightrope between enticing consumers to upgrade their telephones while not over-promising what 5G can do today.
Present 5G US networks mostly utilize low-band wireless spectrum, or airspace, that’s slower than high-band spectrum, but more dependable over longer distances. It is going to probably take years before the huge speed increase phone carriers promise will create augmented reality and real-time cloud gaming easy.
Many telecoms operators in the US have deployed networks based on reduced spectrum rings, with slightly higher speeds than 4G. A noticeably faster variant of “mid-band” 5G is also being rolled out, but it’s not likely to attain three-quarters of Americans until 2025, estimated long-time Apple analyst Gene Munster of venture capitalist firm Loup Ventures.
The fastest rates touted by carriers are a type of 5G called millimeter Wave, or mmWave, that work over shorter distances. Verizon Communications Inc has the largest current mmWave community, available only in limited areas.
Although Verizon 5G users could connect nearly 10 times faster compared to Sprint and T-Mobile, actual average rates were far lower, based on research company OpenSignal’s mobile signal experience report in June.
In South Korea and in China, faster 5G networks are more pervasive. But Apple will likely be competing against local manufacturers including Samsung in South Korea, which is currently on its next line of 5G phones, and China’s Huawei, whose earnings have jumped following the telecom giant was prohibited in the US.
The other big let down is that applications using higher speeds to deliver something new have yet to be created. It is a chicken and egg issue at this component of the technician cycle, executives said, noting that interest in 4G was fuelled by Facebook’s mobile apps and YouTube.
“The applications we will be dazzled by, that will really take advantage of the network, will only be developed once the network and devices are available,” said Morgan Kurk, chief technology officer of CommScope, a telecom equipment manufacturer.
U.S. consumers most motivated to purchase a 5G phone are people who need a new smartphone right now and are looking to protect their investments.
Just understand what to expect, Blaber added.
The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Kenneth Li in New York and Supantha Mukherjee in Stockholm. Editing by Richard Chang.
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