Ap­ple to test 5G speeds in the US

Su­per-speedy mo­bile data coming to fu­ture iPhones

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Ap­ple has been given per­mis­sion to start test­ing 5G data speeds in the US, paving the way for an iPhone with 5G ca­pa­bil­ity in the (hope­fully near) fu­ture.

In May 2017, Ap­ple ap­plied to the US govern­ment for a li­cense to test 5G, some­thing that was swiftly granted.

To be more spe­cific, the tests in­volve 5G mil­lime­tre wave tech­nol­ogy on 28GHz and 39GHz frequency bands. What does that mean to the av­er­age layper­son? Well, the mil­lime­tre wave tech­nol­ogy in ques­tion is able to trans­mit at high fre­quen­cies and small wave­lengths, mean­ing it’s able to con­sid­er­ably re­duce la­tency and in­crease the amount of data it can trans­mit. 5G is in­tended to pro­vide data rates greater than 10GBp/s, as well as strong cov­er­age over large ar­eas. It is ex­pected to be avail­able to the main­stream by 2020. Ap­ple is far from the only com­pany test­ing 5G speeds. Notably, Google and Face­book are al­ready on board with test­ing, as are most ma­jor phone net­works in the US. But when will we see 5G in the UK? An auc­tion of the 5G spec­trum is due to be­gin in Oc­to­ber 2017, but could be de­layed due to le­gal ac­tion by provider Three. Cur­rently, any one provider can have a max­i­mum share of 37% of the spec­trum, but Three feels this favours BT and Voda­fone.

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