5G Testing is Expanding in California & New Jersey

Last week Qualcomm announced that they have received permission from the FCC to start testing 5G home internet in the 28 GHz range in Bridgewater, New Jersey, and San Diego, California.

This will allow Qualcomm to conduct new testing in the immediate vicinity of its buildings and roads within 1 km around the Qualcomm headquarters in San Diego and a Qualcomm building in Bridgewater.

“Qualcomm’s technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people. We pioneered 3G and 4G – and now we are leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent,
connected devices. Our products are revolutionizing industries, including automotive, computing, IoT, healthcare and data center, and are allowing millions of devices to connect with each other in
ways never imagined” Qualcomm said in their FCC request form.

Quallcom went on to say that they will conduct “5G R&D tests using prototype base-station (BS) and mobile device (MD) equipment in milli-meter wave bands and is requesting this experimental license to assist it further in developing, validating, and demonstrating this new technology.”

5G internet brings the promise of competition to home internet. Instead of having to run a wire to each house in a town, companies can build a few towers and deliver 5G internet in a fraction of the time. Right now Dish, Charter, Google, AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and others are all starting their roll out of 5G. Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T all plan to start offering 5G to the public by the end of 2018.

Multiple companies have said their goal is to speed up their 5G rollout in 2019 with reports of having the network covering 50% of the United States in 2020.

Source: FierceWireless

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