The Future of 5G Internet

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5G internet has been getting a lot of publicity lately, both for its benefits and the problems it may cause. The Federal Aerospace Administration (FAA) raised an alarm about how 5G would interfere with altimeter readings just as providers were working to activate their networks. 

Fortunately, that concern has been addressed by the FAA and 5G network operators, but it raises the question–what is the future of 5G?

Let’s take a look at the current state of 5G and what the future might hold for the technology.

Current State of 5G Internet

Significant progress has been made in the last couple of years to establish 5G networks. However, the technology and the rollout are both in their infancy. As networks are deployed, there is still much being discovered about the capabilities of 5G.

Cost is the biggest inhibitor of network expansion. Providers are paying hundreds of billions of dollars to build out 5G infrastructure. Wrapped up in those costs are the prices they have paid just for the bandwidth spectrum in which 5G operates.

The fact remains that we are in exciting times as we witness the future of internet connectivity develop before our eyes. While 5G broadband expands and becomes available to more people, many wireline providers are also making massive investments in fiber deployment

5G has capabilities well beyond just cellular data service. But for right now, almost all of the focus on 5G has been how it is affecting the mobile marketplace. This is understandable given our dependence on smartphones and mobility, and that the mobile market is the first to reap the benefits of 5G.

However, 5G opens the doors to much more for consumers and enterprises alike. It has the potential to revolutionize logistics, manufacturing, healthcare, and autonomous cars. But right now, besides improved cell service, 5G has made broadband wireless internet a reality for many households. With the availability of 5G internet, we may finally start to see more choices in more areas. Moreover, we might see better quality service in areas underserved by broadband providers.

5G home internet is already available in many areas and to millions of homes. T-Mobile and Verizon currently have the most saturated coverage nationwide. AT&T has a broad fixed wireless internet network, but as of now, it is not operating on 5G technology. We expect that will begin to change sooner rather than later, though.

Starry Internet is another provider that offers a streamlined 5G internet service at competitive rates. Starry delivers blazing fast speeds, but only in concentrated areas such as apartment buildings. While its price, service, unlimited data, and no contract are very appealing, Starry has very limited availability.

The Future of 5G Internet

5G and all of its capabilities will flourish as providers continue to expand, and maybe even as new providers come to market. Again, 5G is still in its earliest stage and there is still much more to learn, test, and discover.

As deployments advance, fixed wireless internet access will continue to grow and improve. For areas without wireline broadband options, this is promising news, as true broadband comes within reach at affordable prices.

However, as 5G technology continues to improve, 5G internet becomes more and more competitive in the broadband arena. This is particularly true for major metropolitan areas where faster bands in the 5G spectrum exist.

5G internet has the potential to rock the broadband boat and deliver more options to more people.

The lack of provider choice has long been the biggest frustration in broadband internet. It is always good when you have options and don’t feel like you’re “stuck” with a provider because it’s the only one in your area. 5G internet and fixed wireless stand to provide more people with better choices for their broadband service.

We encourage you to check for provider changes in your area periodically. The speed with which operators are deploying 5G means you could soon see one or two new broadband options in your zip code.

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Keith Carlson
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Keith Carlson
Written By
Keith Carlson
Keith is a Contributing Writer for HighSpeedOptions with over 10 years of experience in writing and marketing. He has written for and contributed to organizations in the non-profit, financial, and enterprise internet and cable service industries. At HighSpeedOptions, Keith covers everything from broadband news to emerging technologies and how they complement different lifestyles and budgetary needs. In his free time, Keith enjoys spending time with his family, reading as many books as he can, and photography.