After a decade of promises, the “gigabit society” of super-fast wireless communications is becoming a reality. In Chicago and Minneapolis, US telecommunications provider Verizon Communications Inc now offers a super-fast fifth-generation mobile wireless, or 5G, and will roll out its service to 20 US cities including Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Washington DC and Detroit. Sprint is launching its own service in four US cities at the end of May.
Subscribers in the 20 cities can use Verizon’s 5G service with a Motorola Moto Z3 smartphone sold by the carrier or with the Samsung’s just-released S10 5G smartphone. The Samsung phone will be available in the US at the end of June.
A “gigabit society” is one where ultra-high speed internet is widely available to all citizens at home, in the car or on mobile wherever they are, so they can access new services like e-government, digital health care, and the Internet of Things. These new 5G networks are at least 10 times as fast as 4G broadband and are now being built in nearly every country in the world.