Last fall, Verizon and the NFL teamed up to create a competition for gaming developers, with the goal of showcasing Verizon’s newly launched 5G mobile service. The high speeds and low latency offered by 5G open up possibilities for more advanced mobile games, an industry Verizon is eager to be involved with.
They have now named two winners, whose games will be revealed at the Super Bowl on February 2, 2020. New York game developers Colorfiction and Juncture Media will have the honor of showcasing their finished products, with their games using Verizon 5G Labs technology.
In addition to the Verizon 5G NFL Mobile Gaming Challenge, Verizon and NFL are continuing their partnership with the announcement that Verizon is bringing 5G to 13 NFL stadiums this season.
Verizon’s 5G network will face perhaps its largest test yet when it launches in parts of New York City on September 26th. Today the Verizon announced that 5G service will reach areas of uptown, midtown, and downtown Manhattan, and also select parts of Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens.
Now with New York City included, Verizon will have unleashed 5G service to 11 cities. The company aims to reach over 30 cities by the end of this year. Verizon explains during a press release today “Our goal is to provide 5G network coverage to more than 50 percent of the US by the end of 2020,”
The FCC announced today that New York and Salt Lake City have been designated as the first two “Innovation Zones” for advanced wireless research and development, including 5G. Both cities are already operating licensed experimental programs, but the FCC’s designation as Innovation Zones will allow them to expand their tests and conduct more experiments.
“These projects will test new advanced technologies and prototype networks like those that can support 5G technologies,” FCC Chair Ajit Pai said in the press release. “We’re also establishing a process to ensure new innovators can have access to this testing resource while protecting current, licensed users.”
New York City already has some 5G available, and AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have all announced that they are building 5G networks there. Salt Lake City is on Verizon’s list of cities to receive 5G this year.
On Monday the 16th, U.S chip manufacturer Qualcomm announced that it is acquiring the remaining interest in RF360, Bringing the total purchase price of the company to $3.1 Billion dollars. RF360 began as a joint venture between Qualcomm and Tokyo based electronics giant TDK corporation, and the acquisition, according to the chip manufacturer, will aid in the push to scale 5G
The goal for 2020 will be to scale 5G, ” said Cristiano Amon, president of Qualcomm in an interview. The company is looking to bring 5G to its 7 series and 6 series Snapdragon mobile processors instead of just it’s premium tiers. According to Amon, this will make 5G more accessible by providing “phones at multiple platforms for 5G.”
Amon also stated that Qualcomm is adding to its numbers. “We’re adding a plus number of new employees to Qualcomm, and it’s just the last milestone in our journey to be building RF business for Qualcomm,” Amon said.
US Cellular has committed to making rural locations the focus of their 5G plans, and this week they confirmed that Racine, Wisconsin will be one of the first cities in which they launch 5G next year. At the Smart Cities conference, taking place in Racine this week, vice president of sales business channels at U.S. Cellular Jim Anetsberger announced that his company would be bringing 5G to the city in early 2020.
US Cellular has not been as prominent in the 5G space as other carriers in the country, but in 2020 they will join the market with deployments in Wisconsin and other as-yet-unnamed locations.
If you’ve been holding off on buying a 5G device because you’re worried about cellular power drain and battery life, don’t worry. 5G devices are actually capable of delivering greater energy efficiency than 4G LTE models, according to a new study by the Signals Research Group, though either 5G or 4G may consume less power depending on the bit rates and applications being used at a given moment.
Apple made some announcements about their streaming services and upcoming iPhone 11 Pro today, but there was no mention of a 5G-capable iPhone. Analysts indicate that Apple is in a “holding pattern” for the time being as they wait to launch a 5G iPhone, which is expected to happen next year.
5G has been rolling out around the country, primarily from Verizon and AT&T, but there are limited devices available for customers to utilize the new service. Many would-be customers are eagerly anticipating a 5G-capable iPhone, and it looks like Apple is holding off on making major changes to the iPhone line until they are ready to launch that. 5G coverage should be much improved by the time Apple joins the 5G market, sure to make a 5G iPhone even more popular.
Verizon is launching its new 5G network in NFL stadiums across the States, with 13 to be live by the start of the 2019 -2020 football season. The 5G service will be focused on the seated areas but could also be available in the around about areas of the stadiums. Verizon said it will bring 5G to more stadiums through the NFL’s 100th season.
5G has already launched in some parts of USA by Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-mobile, is being used by smartphones to provide faster speeds and larger capacity. Verizon in August announced the expansion of its 5G networks to Atlanta, Detroit , Indianapolis, and Washington DC, in addition to already being live in Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Providence.
The next generation of high-speed mobile data, known as 5G, is already live in a few areas in the United States, as well as other parts of the world, including other countries like UK and Australia. But as the 5G network rolls out, many misconceptions and confusion around the new 5G technology remain.
This isn’t completely surprising, 5G will have an impact on many people’s lives all around the world, so there are understandably still a lot of questions being asked. As the 5G continues growing throughout 2020, it’s predicted that there will be offered to 1 billion 5G customers by 2023. Not only will these 5G networks connect users to a superfast mobile network, but many other industries will benefit from the faster connectivity of 5G as well, like self-driving cars, drones and the internet of things, to name a few.
With the launch of service in New York City this month, AT&T has now made 5G available in 21 cities in the US. Their plan is to have nationwide coverage by the middle of next year.
AT&T is also in the process of rolling out 5G on the sub-6GHz spectrum. “We will also introduce 5G broadly over sub-6GHz in the coming months,” AT&T said. “Providing 5G over multiple spectrum bands will enable our customers to benefit from the ultra-fast speeds of 5G millimeter wave as well as the broader coverage ranges of 5G sub-6.”
Customers in areas with AT&T 5G service available can use the new network on the Galaxy S10 5G on AT&T;s Business Unlimited Preferred plan.