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.
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.