Huzzah! The wi-fi business has lastly delivered on years of guarantees and hype and is lastly providing the primary super-fast 5G networks. Form of.
Verizon in April grew to become the primary U.S. provider to supply 5G service by way of a telephone, although the telephone in query was a Motorola mannequin with an unpleasant 5G add-on pack. Reviewers measured obtain speeds as excessive as 600 megabits per second, 10 to 20 occasions quicker than on a typical 4G LTE community. And Samsung’s a lot slicker (and lighter) Galaxy S10 5G mannequin is popping out any day now.
However the issue for Verizon’s 5G service, and the same providing additionally due quickly from AT&T, is restricted protection. Very restricted protection. Verizon began in Minneapolis and Chicago however solely in a number of neighborhoods in every metropolis. And since Verizon and AT&T are utilizing excessive wavelength bands for 5G, the indicators don’t journey so far as present day mobile networks.
PC Journal analyst Sascha Segan walked across the one tiny a part of Chicago the place Verizon turned on 5G service and located speeds plummeted when he received greater than 300 toes away from a cell web site–or when he simply walked across the nook of a stone constructing. Verizon says it’s planning extra technological fixes that can prolong the vary. And it’s connecting 30 or extra cities this yr, no less than in some neighborhoods. AT&T says it’s constructed out 5G for 19 cities.
Nationwide protection is a yr or extra away. Rivals Dash and T-Cell could get higher protection with their 5G companies, coming later this yr, that don’t depend on the excessive airwaves bands, however most likely gained’t attain the identical speeds, both. So for many shoppers hungry for super-fast cellular downloads, it’s nonetheless hurry up and wait.
This text initially appeared within the June 2019 concern of Fortune.