In two years, the way you’ll get online in Houston will be very different thanks to the arrival of 5G. This next generation of internet access for cell phones is projected to be speedy and reliable enough to be sold as home access as well.
Many times faster than current cell service, 5G could outstrip even the fastest home broadband currently available from hardwired providers. It is expected to open up new applications, from truly high-end gaming on mobile devices to over-the-internet navigation for driverless cars. And the companies that now provide access for smartphones will be competing with wired broadband providers.
Internet users in urban areas around the nation who complain about a lack of choices should find relief.
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Houstonians can expect to see early 5G offerings, accessed by mobile hotspots, at the end of this year. Smartphones that can work with 5G will appear in 2019, and by 2020 the service is expected to be commonplace.
The companies that sell internet access are already starting to position themselves. Traditional providers are hustling to upgrade their services, with both AT&T and Comcast ramping up faster-speed home and business service. In the meantime, users can expect to see faster 4G-LTE speeds as cellular providers improve their networks in advance of 5G’s rollout.
Read more about 5G when cellular providers will start offering it in Houston and nationally in this extended story at HoustonChronicle.com.
Dwight Silverman is the technology editor for the Houston Chronicle and the grillmaster for the TechBurger tech news site. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.
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