It’s been the bane of any cable TV subscriber. They get frustrated with their provider and want to switch but have few alternatives available.
For residents of Los Angeles, Sacramento, Houston and Indianapolis this year, 5G could be change that. These are the four markets Verizon will be testing 5G later this year.
The 5G networks have been touted as the next big thing for wireless consumers, a way for them to get faster service, with videos that will open immediately and downloads that will take seconds instead of minutes.
But no true 5G phones are available now, and those new iPhones expected in September probably won’t be able to access 5G signals either.
Where will we see 5G first? In our living rooms, where those 4 gigabit speeds, about 20 times faster than the standard home internet connection, will do wonders.
From the same companies that have been providing broadband in the home for years.
This week, Verizon touted home broadband for its 5G tests and said it would partner with Apple TV for the set-top box and YouTubeTV, the cable TV alternative, when it launches later this year. AT&T is on tap to test 5G in nine markets later this year.
We saw many other 5G announcements this week, but few had much going for them. Motorola released what it says is the first 5G-capable phone, the MotoZ3, but there’s a catch. It won’t work with 5G until service starts, and consumers will need an adapter to bring in 5G signals.
And Sprint said it would release a phone from LG that worked with 5G —but not until 2019.