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FAQ: What the FCC’s 5G vote will mean

Jon Gold | July 14, 2016
The FCC on Thursday will vote to identify and open new high frequency bands for use in the forthcoming 5G wave of wireless technology, clearing the way for development to continue on the next big jump in mobile data capabilities.

Strictly speaking, of course, that’s true – it would, indeed, be a lot easier to guarantee better ROIs if telecom companies were allowed to engage in whichever anticompetitive and unfair practices they wanted. But actually delaying investment in 5G runs the risk of letting Europe fall behind the U.S. and Asia in terms of infrastructure. “Counterproductive” is probably the polite word.

So you said 2020 for 5G earlier…

Yep, 2020 is about when it seems safe to expect commercial 5G to hit the market. Look for potential gigabit speeds to enable a wide range of new capabilities, from higher-def live video, telemedicine, and an array of new connected device types.

 

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