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More access to faster internet is on the way.
Apple announced on Tuesday its first 5G compatible iPhones, but the technology has been around for a while, with the first all-5G smartphone released in March.
So, what’s new? Small cell wireless technology hitting our streets – literally. By now, you might have noticed more of these “small cell” sites popping up.
There are different kinds of 5G, ranging in data transmission speed. High band or millimeter wave is the fastest, then mid-band, and low band, which is the slowest – but still slower than 5G.
5G researcher Dr. Tim O’Shea said that right now, low band is most common in less dense cities, providing speeds roughly twice as fast.
“So many more people can get more bandwidth, more download speed faster, with faster response times,” he said.
Carriers across the country are still building their networks, and for the fastest speeds – where you can download a movie in seconds – that requires many more of these.
“Basically those shorter wavelengths with millimeter waves just can’t travel as far; you need to be much closer to the bay station for millimeter bands to work well,” O’Shea …
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