It’s a fairly safe assumption that as a society, once a new technology comes out, we’re almost instantly planning, thinking, or wondering about its next version. Every fall when Apple announces their new phones, it seems that within days you start seeing rumors and conspiracies about what they plan to release the following year.
One of next big technology advancements that is starting to make its way into the news is 5G, which is expected to deliver up to 10x the speed of current 4G networks. Earlier this week, AT&T announced their plans to bring 5G service online in Dallas, Texas, Waco, Texas, and Atlanta, Georgia, as well as 9 more cities before the end of 2018. Verizon has also announced a plan to bring 5G service to certain markets for home internet applications in the second half of this year. This marks a major step toward significantly faster internet speeds on our devices.
The great YouTube channel Techquickie recently released a video on 5G, what it is, what it means for tech and when to expect it. Spoiler alert: 5G isn’t expected to become mainstream on devices until closer to 2020 or later when manufacturers begin building the capability to harness these speeds into their devices. Check out the video below for the full run-down.
Speaking of next generation tech, the AX wireless router standard is also approaching. We announced 2 new routers that will take advantage of the blazing new speeds offered by this evolution from the current AC wireless standard. These will go on sale later this year.