Apple to test 5G speeds in the US
Super-speedy mobile data coming to future iPhones
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.