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FCC looking to set the groundwork for 5G in the US


Posted: September 30, 2014 by David Curry

The FCC is looking to hop on the 5G bandwagon, after South Korea, Japan, the UK and a few other countries announced plans to bring the super-fast wireless speed, running on a spectrum above 24GHz.

In a blog post, Chairman of the FCC Tom Wheeler talked about mobile innovation and how it is their duty to work towards faster wireless speeds, to continue innovation in this market and keep the US competitive.

This is a little ironic coming from Wheeler, but we are glad the FCC is taking a more active role in when it comes to wireless speed deployment.

24GHz 5G wireless




The 24GHz spectrum has only become available thanks to some significant developments in antenna and processing technologies. Previously wireless spectrum was limited to targeted frequencies close to 3GHz.

The move to 24GHz frequencies could boost wireless speeds on mobile devices up to 10Gbps, higher than Google Fiber and all other fiber optic broadband services.

Even though FCC is putting down the groundwork for this 5G incentive, it might not be until 2018/2022 that users will get access to these super-fast speeds, but taking initiative is what counts.
5G Worldwide


Governments appear more confident in 5G, compared to the slow rollout of 4G over the past few years. South Korea has had 4G LTE for a few years now and has already moved over to LTE+, offering speeds of around 300Mbps.

5G is a larger jump in speed, from 300Mbps to 10Gbps. Compare that to the 3G/4G boost, from 30Mbps to 100Mbps, we can see why governments are more interested in this technical innovation.

South Korea and Japan are normally a lot faster when it comes to deployment of these fast networks, while the United States and UK tend to hold back, especially while carriers work on getting the wireless standard nationwide.

Source: FCC

BT looking to hit 1Gbps with copper network in the UK


Posted: September 29, 2014 by David Curry

The United States is getting a lot of new small 1Gbps networks, but no national broadband provider has stepped in to kick the super-fast fiber optic into overdrive.

Over in the UK, BT rules the roost with their broadband, but millions still sit on copper network, instead of jumping to fiber optic like Virgin Media.

Instead of swapping out the cables, BT has been working on new G.Fast trials, using fiber to the cabinet technology capable of hitting 800Mbps downstream and 200Mbps upstream, much higher than Virgin Media's 150Mbps.



This is not the first time a provider has announced copper cable can still be useful in this day and age. For over a decade, various ISPs have announced new copper cable advancements, but they all come with distance constraints.

BT downplays this issue in their press release, claiming to hit 800Mbps at a 19M distance and 700Mbps over a 66M distance. Even if this is true, we are not sure how all of this advanced copper wire will be practical if miles away from the central office.

The other question is will BT deploy this new speed nationwide or only to certain areas in the UK. Almost 10 million people use BT's broadband, alongside PlusNet, their "Yorkshire" subsidiary, almost twice the amount of Virgin Media subscribers.

This is changing however, with more people moving over to Virgin Media and Sky Broadband. BT currently only offers speeds up to 72Mbps, while Virgin Media offers 150Mbps and Sky hits 76Mbps.

The first ISP to offer 1Gbps nationwide in the UK might not be as well loved as they would in the US. Even though the UK is a Internet heavy nation, there are less people complaining about the state of the Internet in Britain, compared to in the US.