The FCC and the Future of 5G

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fccAll smartphones being used worldwide are using either 2G, 3G, or 4G LTE network coverage.  Each is faster and more reliable than the next, but people are still demanding more.  Nothing will ever be fast enough to completely satisfy every consumer out there.  That is why technology will never stop evolving.  To continue growth, researchers and developers are working on creating 5G-network technology in order to better serve network subscribers.  The FCC has taken a recent interest in the future development of 5G technologies and has begun exploring 5G transmission possibilities, including the growth of wireless networks beyond 24-GHz bands.

Members of the FCC are currently discussing different levels of frequencies that may become available on mobile devices.  Can phones handle them?  Can people come up with the needed ideas and innovations?  The FCC has been uncertain about this in the past, but they now feel confident that today’s human knowledge can surpass doubts and create the newest technology to ultimately better the future of our networks.

By researching the possible bandwidths that phones would be able to handle, the FCC is beginning their investigation on this new technology.  They are exploring frequencies above 2 GHz in order to clear traffic on lower frequencies.  This could potentially lead to 5G standards in the future, but for right now the FCC is not making any set rules regarding 5G-network coverage.  Who knows what the future will bring.

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The Anticipation of 5G in the Future

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The advent of 4G LTE has taken the world of internet and phone service by storm. Yet with only 3 years of existence, there are already plans to improve upon this technology with a 5G LTE network.

All of the major carriers continue to broaden the 4G network as it becomes crucial for success. Europe already has their eye on the future of LTE Wireless technology with optimism of being the innovator of the new 5G technology through the METIS 2020 project. While this network upgrade is building anticipation, don’t expect this change to happen overnight as the projected launch is expected to take place in 2020.

The METIS project is projected to cost about $37 million with the European Commission contributing the biggest portion of that total. Some of the top infrastructure dealers are also participating in the process, the largest provider being Ericsson. The additional vendors include Alcatel-LucentHuaweiand Nokia.

Plans for the 5G network are in their infancy, however, there are great expectations for 5G. Among the changes expected are having remarkably faster speed and stronger reception for larger masses of people. These would be welcome changes as carriers like Verizon and AT&T have experienced complications in large populated areas.

The expectation is to increase data rates to 100x higher than the previous rate. Other improvements would be an increase to 1,000x more mobile data per region, a greater total of devices able to connect, 10x longer battery life, a swift application response time of 5 milliseconds or less, and meeting old requirements at a cheaper price. Many of these improvements will build off the models currently utilized by 4G. In order to make any of these things occur, it will be important to develop and product suitable radio spectrums.

The growing number of mobile devices and mobile users will need to be addressed. More age demographics continue to be exposed to smartphones, tablets, and other electronic devices. The amount of mobile devices per person is expected to climb to 10 over the next few years, theoretically requiring 50 billion connections. As the network of users expands, the expected shift to 5G will naturally as a way for mobile technology to keep up with the growing demand.

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