1. Apple iPhones could soon get 5G internet speeds; here’s how

Apple iPhones could soon get 5G internet speeds; here’s how

iPhone-maker Apple is reportedly working on next generation '5G' wireless technology, according to an application filed by the company in FCC.

By: | Published: May 25, 2017 6:48 PM
Apple Inc, Corning, investment, Advanced Manufacturing Fund, iPhone, iPad screens, Corning Inc, Apple partner, glass-processing technology Apple has applied for an experimental license to test the wireless tech, often called as 5G, on millimetre wave spectrum bands. (Image: AP)

iPhone-maker Apple is reportedly working on next generation ‘5G’ wireless technology, according to an application filed by the company in FCC. The documents were first found and reported by Business Insider, which said that FCC had made the records public. Apple has applied for an experimental license to test the wireless tech, often called as 5G, on millimetre wave spectrum bands. These millimetre wave bands provide larger bandwidth and throughput up to 10Gb per second. However, they are limited by line of sight issues which can cause issues in densely populated urban cities.

Apple will test the next-generation wireless technology at two fixed points in California – Milpitas and Mariana Avenue, over a period of time, but not more than 1 year, according to the application. Apple wrote in its application, “Apple Inc. seeks to assess cellular link performance in the direct path and multipath environments between base station transmitters and receivers using this spectrum.” It added, “These assessments will provide engineering data relevant to the operation of devices on wireless carriers’ future 5G networks.”

The Cupertino giant will use equipment sourced from Rohde and Schwarz, A.H. Systems, and Analog Devices. Apple will use the 28 and 39 GHz bands, which were among those opened up by the FCC last year for the purpose of next-generation 5G broadband.

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Meanwhile, 3GPP, which is the Cellular Standards group, has already unveiled the approved logo for 5G. However, a report in The Verge points out that 5G technology mostly doesn’t exist yet given International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the 3GPP haven’t released standards for 5G.

In April this year, AT&T started testing 5G Evolution technology in select areas in Austin. It will be rolled out in over 20 major metro areas by the end of this year.

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In India, Nokia and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) will team up to accelerate the development of a 5G ecosystem. Samsung and Reliance Jio have already announced their partnership to bring 5G connectivity in India. Wide-scale commercial deployment of 5G is expected to start in India in 2020.

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