More and more companies are starting to become seriously interested in 5G technology. There is nothing to be surprised. At the moment, 5G is at this stage of development that mobile device manufacturers can begin their push for revolution in the telecommunications market. Of course, Apple is present among those companies that had recently agreed to use the millimeter band for the new 5G networks.
The U.S. FCC (Federal Communications Commission) has recently issued a licence for Apple to use millimeter frequencies for testing purposes in 2 locations. Thanks to this, Apple will be able to conduct 5G tests on 28 GHz and 39 GHz bands near its offices in Milpitas, California.
Apple is seriously considering preparing for 5G.
We all know that the Cupertino giant itself does not design communication modules for smartphones. In this area Apple cooperates with Qualcomm and Intel. These two companies provide chipsets that are responsible for connecting to wireless networks. Apple has so far been manufacturing a chip that functions as a computing processor, and is working on creating a mobile graphics system. Rather, it is unlikely that the Cupertino company is working on its own 5G modem. Currently, it is estimated that the first commercial services and 5G devices will appear between 2019 – 2020. It is possible that then the first 5G iPhone will also appear on the market in this time period. However, the problem remains high frequency.
We do not know yet all applications of the 5G millimeter band.
Currently, operators in the United States plan to use the 28 GHz millimeter band to provide broadband Internet access. However, these solutions are based on the scenario of a fixed wireless network. More specifically, the 5G Internet access service for the home. Here the high frequency electromagnetic wave attenuation problem is solved by using the directional antenna installed at the client house. The second scenario of using the 5G bands in the 5G networks is a dense array of small antennas in the area that are connected to the switchboard using a fiber cable. Here, of course, you would need a suitable terminal, i.e. a smartphone. Is Apple working on such a device? We do not know yet.
Source: DSL Reports