The three talk networks –
Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T – already offer 5G. Other
telecommunications firms are now beginning to roll out their own 5G
offerings. Of course, in order for these rollouts to be successful,
it will be necessary to install new towers and antennas wherever 5G
is to be used.
Towers, also known as masts, are
necessary to transmit data between devices on the 5G network. To be
effective, 5G needs a combination of both high bandwidth and mid-
to low-range bandwidth, so that all possible needs can be met on
As we have seen, many 5G
applications will also make use of millimeter wave technology,
which makes it possible to operate at high speeds without taking up
the whole bandwidth. In order to facilitate millimeter wave
technology, a full 5G rollout will necessarily mean the creation of
a far denser network of transmitters.
5G can operate effectively with
a combination, sometimes referred to as micro-infrastructure, of
traditional mast towers and small cells.
5G technology allows data to be
transmitted at astonishing speeds.
Verizon, for example,
asserts that its 5G
service was able to deliver a maximum download speed that exceeded
1.0 gigabits per second for users during a test in
In real terms, that meant that
someone using Verizon’s 5G network in the Windy City had the
capability to download a
600MB video in about 34
Generally speaking, 5G networks
appear to operate about 10 times faster than 4G networks do. It’s
too soon to tell whether speeds will increase significantly as 5G
infrastructure expands and 5G adoption increases.