Kelly King, CEO of América Móvil mentioned at the Forbes 2018 Forum that the company will launch 5G first in Mexico. At the same time, AT&T is developing 5G in the USA with plans to launch in Mexico and other areas.
AT&T calls their 5G… the world’s first standards-based 5G. This means that it is “millimeter wave using standards-based, production equipment with a mobile form factor device. Not a lab. Not preproduction hardware. Not emulators. And fully compliant with global standards.” 5G tech must comply with ITU IMT-2020 requirements and/or 3GPP Release 15. IMT-2020 requires data rates of 20 Gbit/s, but 5G speed in sub-6 GHz bands is similar to 4G.
What will 5G do for users in USA, Mexico and elsewhere? It has the ability to improve bandwidth, capacity and reliability of mobile broadband service. An exponentially large number of tiny antennae can be squeezed into buildings, cell phone towers and telephone poles so that the new “G force” can increase the speed of mobile service to as much as 10 Gbps (gigabits per second). 10 gigabits per second = 10,000 megabits per second. Currently mobile service speed is typically 100 megabits per second. 10,000 megabits per second is a big, positive change for all users. It is going to be the new kid on the block compared to fiber optic wired networks.
Forbes’ writer Gordon Kelly says that 5G will increase iPhone prices.
The first AT&T 5G trials are/were in Austin, Waco, South Bend, Kalamazoo.