How to view 5G networks where you live

A 5G coverage map from Ookla, maker of  Speedtest.net app, provides a detailed look at which 5G networks are live in a given place from a given network, and whether that coverage is commercially available or limited. Want to know how to find out? Follow these steps to track 5G with Ookla’s map:

1: Navigate to www.speedtest.net/ookla-5g-map from any browser.

2: Drag the map to find the country you’re interested in.

3: Click the bubble to see how many areas have 5G coverage, and from which network.

4: Use the + control to zoom into the map and click the bubble again for more detailed information, e.g. if there are multiple cities across a country with various active 5G networks. You may find you need to zoom in quite a bit to find specific locations in specific cities.

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T-Mobile’s 5g speed test results before the official launch

Last week one person was able to get onto T-Mobile’s 5g network and he reached 500Mbps speeds. This week PCMag was able to sneak onto it with an unlocked Verizon Galaxy S10 5G. They ran many tests in New York City. The tests were run between 42nd and 46th Streets on 3rd Avenue in Manhattan ranging from 111 to 336 feet from a cell site. T-Mobile speeds ranged from 350-490Mbps and one test registered a speed of 493Mbps just like the other speed tests that were run last week. 4g LTE was ranging between 62Mbps and 113Mbps. The LTE network had many more people on it than the 5G network that was most likely empty.

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US comes in 30th place for average 4g speeds

Recently OpenSignal ranked 87 countries based on average download and upload speeds, 4G availability, video experience, and latency. US came in 5th place for 4G availability, 58th for video experience, 50th for latency experience, and 39th for upload speeds.

The US had an average mobile network download speed of 21.3 Mbps. That was just above the 17.6 Mbps average for all 87 countries involved in the study and put the US in 30th place overall. The report was based on data from 43 million devices collected from January to March 2019.

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5G is changing the game for first responders

First responders are excited for 5g too! 5g will allow firefighters to see through smoke, police to instantly track gunshots, and give security professionals a better look at where you’re going. Qwake Technologies, has a way where firefighters are seeing in the dark while they fight fires. Firefighters on the scene wear the thermal cameras and the data gets transmitted back to command. This could help firefighters coordinate when there are multiple fires in different rooms and a team has to split up. With 4g this wasn’t possible, but with 5g it is.

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5G may interfere with Weather Forecasts

Meteorologists are warning us that 5g can interfere with weather forecasts and make them much less accurate. The mobile network could cause interference that prevents satellites from detecting concentrations of water vapor in the atmosphere accurately, according to a report in the journal Nature. Many organizations had requested to delay 5g, but FCC has gone ahead and allowed it to begin. An auction on April 17 involved two groups of frequencies: one between 24.25 and 24.45 gigahertz and the other between 24.75 and 25.25 gigahertz, Nature reported.

Information about atmospheric water vapor is plugged into computer models to predict the weather. The vapor transmits a faint signal at a 23.8-gigahertz frequency.

According to meteorologists a 5G station transmitting close to that same frequency could be mistaken for water vapor and that may cause the weather forecast to be less accurate.

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Verizon 5g for free?

This month Verizon launched 5G in Chicago and Minneapolis and then they announced 20 more cities they plan to have 5g in 2019.

Verizon planned on charging an extra $10 per month for 5g with the fee waived for the first three months. However, Verizon now announced this fee will not be charged for users of the new $1300 Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. This delay doesn’t have an end date, unfortunately customers using the Moto Z3 with the additional 5G Moto Mod will still have to pay to use 5G after their first initial three months of the service.

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Millimeter-wave 5G will never scale beyond dense urban areas according to T-Mobile

We keep hearing about 5G mobile networks arriving in very limited areas and it having misleading claims by carriers.  What about T-Mobile? T-Mobile is being honest, T-Mobile’s CTO, Neville Ray wrote in a blog post that millimeter-wave spectrum used for 5G “will never materially scale beyond small pockets of 5G hotspots in dense urban environments.” Which means that will rule out the possibility of 5G’s fastest speeds reaching rural areas. Ray also goes over the 5G launches we’ve seen from Verizon and AT&T are spotty and that performance is highly variable. These problems are going to be difficult for carriers to solve.

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5G will support 22 million jobs by 2035

Good news for tower technicians. Brendon Carr, a commissioner on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission told a college this week domestic 5G roll out will require 20,000 new “skilled workers,” based on estimates from wireless workers. He is working with the National Wireless Safety Alliance to establish training programs for future telecom tower technicians (TTT-1), a designation and certification developed by the safety group. Currently some schools have seven week programs.

“It’s time we build on the success here at Aiken and stand up similar tower training programs in community colleges and technical schools throughout the U.S.,” Carr said. “Doing so will address our country’s need for more TTT-1 certified workers and help close the skills gap by turning our country’s community colleges into pipelines for 5G jobs. “ The TTT-1 certification is a non-supervisory certification described by NWSA as “for crew members who perform general construction activities with an emphasis on tower system installation, modification, maintenance, and inspection of support structures used in telecommunications, including personal wireless communications, public safety communications, utility networks, and broadcast.”

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Apple’s 5G iPhone Is Back on for 2020, thanks to Qualcomm Deal

Apple and Qualcomm have settled their dispute finally, the companies announced today and announced a “multiyear chipset supply agreement,” which sets the date for a 5G-powered iPhone in September 2020 at the latest. They have been in court for about two years over the royalties Qualcomm wanted Apple to pay for using its chips and patents. Apple had been using Qualcomm modems for several years, this year it cut the company off and switched entirely to Intel. Before today, the future of the 5g iPhone was very uncertain. Intel had told Apple it would happen in 2020, but various analysts doubted Intel’s ability to fulfill its commitments.

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AT&T adds seven new cities to the 5g rollout

AT&T just added seven new cities to the 5g rollout. You can now find it in parts of Austin, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose. AT&T is now available in 19 cities. So far AT&T only offers one 5G device, the Netgear Nighthawk 5G mobile WiFi hotspot. It will offer later in the Spring the Samsung’s new Galaxy S10 5G and most likely another Samsung phone later this year.

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