This week we've been hit with a barrage of 5G messages and announcements, but without a really good reason why things are happening now. Businesses like Samsung, OnePlus, Xiaomi and others have talked a lot about making 5G-enabled phones, while cell phone providers – especially AT & T and Verizon – have promised cell networks with fast downloads, low latency and sufficient bandwidth just about anything you need Doing a phone or a PC – everyone is coming (TM) to a city near you soon.
And although there is a lot of noise and hype around, there are a number of reasons for the unrest. Here is a quick check-in on the status of 5G to reduce the noise.
First of all, Qualcomm's annual Snapdragon Tech Summit took place this week and is one of the few companies to have a 5G modem available. In 5G networks, it's not exactly a big surprise that Qualcomm is trying to get that information as far as possible possible to spread.
To make things even better, Qualcomm invited a large number of guests to its event, including representatives of most of the major airlines and equipment manufacturers, such as Samsung's senior vice president, Justin Denison, co-founder of OnePlus, Pete Lau, the network Verizon network Nicki Palmer, senior AT & T vice president Kevin Petersen, and more. Everyone eventually came on stage to discuss how each company invests in our 5G future, as if it was ever questioned. The thing is, all these announcements are all reduced to the same: 5G is coming, it's going to be cool, and X Company will help make that possible. We have been saying the same thing for years. 5G is on the horizon and will eventually improve your life.
However, there was very little substance to be found. Both AT & T and Verizon announced official announcements stating that every company had partnered with Samsung to develop a 5G phone for their networks that would be available sometime in 2019, which almost anyone could predict , Samsung even showed a 5G device with a funky frontal camera aperture, which was neat, but may not be what will be released next year.
Verizon and AT & T have even flown millions of dollars worth of 5G devices to build a 5G network in a single hotel in Hawaii. Except as the participants quickly found out, the actual speeds for the 5G demos were not particularly impressive. The carriers claimed the demo was more of a proof that 5G serves as a way to demonstrate 5G's true abilities, which is fine, but not really what people hoped to see.
Basically, however, a number of companies spent tons of cash so a handful of people could see a small 5G icon in the top corner of a phone that was not for sale. (To be honest, one of the demos used a Moto Z3, which is now available, but the 5G Moto-Mod, which actually allows you to connect to Verizon's temporary 5G network, is not.)
If you look at 5G's current availability now, 5G is not even an option, unless you're on a specific carrier and live in a certain number of cities. And even if you do, the only real way to get 5G up to date is to use a 5G hotspot because, as mentioned earlier, there are currently no consumer 5G phones on the market.
My point is, if you've seen a lot of 5G coverage and somehow got into a frenzy, do not worry, relax. Yes, 5G is still coming and it will have an absolute impact on the way people stay connected. However, the mainstream rollout of 5G networks and 5G devices is not planned before mid-2019. At least T-Mobile is so straightforward that 5G only recently attended the Qualcomm Tech Summit.
Mobile CEO John Legere has just released a cookbook for slower cooking recipes. So enjoy the holidays, take a break and come back next year when 5G shit gets really hot.