Sprint: Don't expect US to be leading the way into 5G by the year 2020. Verizon: Much sooner

Sprint: Don't expect US to be leading the way into 5G by the year 2020. Verizon: Much sooner
For a radio standard that has not yet been formally defined, the fifth generation, or “5G,” of mobile communications has garnered a lot of interest from carriers and switch-gear makers alike.

Most of these companies have pegged the year 2020 as the first commercial roll out of 5G, almost certainly to occur in Asia. While the US has not necessarily been the leading market with such technological advances, it has been a very fast adopter of these technologies – no small feat given the size of the American continent.

Sprint’s senior research scientist, Scott Migaldi, says that he expects Japan’s NTT DoCoMo or South Korea’s SK Telecom to launch 5G first, but does not envision any commercial rollout in the US until well after 2020.

Taking an opposite stance to that “American’t” attitude, Verizon is expecting to begin field testing 5G technologies in 2016, and possible limited commercial deployment only one year later! Any such rollout would have to be viewed as a prototype-only system as the standard is defined and refined.

Whose word do you take at face value? Well if you look at the state of Sprint’s network versus Big Red’s, it is probably not a good idea to hedge against Verizon. Considering how swiftly Verizon deployed 4G LTE, while Sprint rolled out a mishmash of WiMAX, LTE, and struggled to manage the old Nextel iDEN system, feel free to place your bets.

Despite lacking a defined specification, most parties agree that 5G will deliver data speeds well in excess of 10x current LTE and LTE-A networks, with much lower latency. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is heading up the task of publishing rules for 5G usage on spectrum in the ultra-high bands of 24GHz and higher.

source: Light Reading



1. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

News like this make the US sound not so first world...still milking consumers with old technology services while other nations are offering much more...

2. Maxwell.R

Posts: 218; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

That's quite an assessment considering that Verizon has it in mind to deploy 5G technology 3 years ahead of any other publicly stated goal from anyone, anywhere else in the world.

10. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Wasn't there a carrier in Switzerland that could deliver 1 Gbps speed in the works already? That's we above current LTE speeds.

11. hemedans

Posts: 758; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

there were 3g, and then come 3.5g and then 3.75g, if am not mistaken it is wcdma(around 1mbps) then hspa(under 21mbps) then hspa+(over 21mbps) according to standard 1gbps it is still 4g, then 4.5g or 4.75 or whatever they call it will be more than 1gbps.

3. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Not surprise, Diffirent region of the world have different interests, in US corporation know American got nipple of a cow so they milk to every dollar......

5. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

"Nipple of a cow" might be the most obscure idiom I've ever seen here! Still, I'd take that over such played-out euphemisms as "like hotcakes" and "buttery-smooth."

4. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Verizon might make you pay a lot for their service, but they really do have the best network in the States. It's nice to think I might have 5G in a little over a year.

6. bambamboogy02

Posts: 840; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

For that, I will swallow paying $50 a month for Unlimited Data, for each of my 2 lines.

7. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2279; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I think it will be available first in Eastern Asia.

8. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

While we should be upgrading faster, it's important to remember we have states that are bigger than some countries.

9. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

We'll see. Verizon rolled out 4G quickly, but then became the network with the lowest average cellular data usage. (And that is from their own mouths). They will probably introduce 5G, but then limit its usage to 20kb/month.

12. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Why would anyone in the us want 5G? Give me 10x faster data.. for what? So I can see countless ads on TV about how fast Verizon's networks is and how I should STREAM STREAM STREAM! Meanwhile, all I hear is a chorus of sinister, hysterical laughing coming from Verizon as they increase their data plan costs.. allowing us, the consumers to blow through our data allowances 10x faster! What I want to see out of Verizon is CHEAPER DATA!

14. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

In your dreams my friend (sinister laugh) Verizon isn't a friend! What most of us think anyway.

13. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Exactly. Not to mention that 1gbps+ connections are not even necessary right now. Most every task/application runs fine on 4G which was designed to be upgradeable with LTE-A features . That is the reason it is called LTE for long term evolution. Verizon will only be testing but don't expect a commercial launch before 2020. These carriers didn't drop tens of billions of dollars in 4G LTE tech that will be replaced in 5-7 years, particularly if faster speeds provided by 5G aren't needed .

16. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Every apps run fine on HSPA+ (technically 3G), with maximum speeds in 10+ Mbps, faster than many people's home internet speed. Why do we need 5G again especially when most people's mobile plan data is capped at 2GB or less?

15. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I'm sure Sprint is right over Verizon. Verizon may be testing it officially in 2016-2017, but it wont be until 2020 that there will be any meaningful deployment, since it costs billions and billions for such a nationwide rollout. I'm sure Verizon would rather cool its jets and let the money roll in a bit before doing something like that , especially when the returns will likely be smaller than the leap from 3G to 4G.

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