04.13.2020|Personal Tech

How far does 5G reach?

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As Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network is rolling out across the country, you may wonder what that means for your own cellular access. It’s important to understand the difference between 4G and 5G as well as where 5G will be deployed. Read on to find out how far 5G signals reach and the impact it will have on your daily life.

5G, as you may know, is the fifth generation of cellular technology. Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network operates on both a wider range of radio frequencies as well as higher radio frequencies than 4G technology. While 4G operates among 500 megahertz (MHz) to 2.5 gigahertz (GHz), 5G Ultra Wideband uses the 28 and 39 GHz millimeter wavelength spectrum bands.

The operation of the network at higher and wider bands of frequency will assist the network in overall capacity for the increasing number of devices on the network as well as with latency, or the wait time it takes between sending and receiving information.

5G Tower Range

In general, the 5G Ultra Wideband network’s signal can reach up to 1,500 feet without obstructions. Verizon is leveraging small cell technology to help deliver more 5G signal which directly increases the coverage and speed of the network. This means the 5G small cells will be deployed in a high concentration in 5G-enabled areas.

Considering the higher volume of small cells deployed in a 5G Ultra Wideband area, your day-to-day will likely include faster speeds and the ability to do things like download movies in seconds rather than minutes. 5G’s sheer speed and capacity will help assist with greater connectivity in high-density regions.

The Impact of 5G

5G has the potential to allow people to connect in more ways than ever before.  5G’s low latency could help eventually enable driverless cars and even remote surgery. More devices than ever before will be able to communicate amongst each other almost instantaneously, which should mean improvements in auto and pedestrian traffic management.

Before the end of 2019, Verizon introduced 5G Ultra Wideband to parts of over 30 cities around the United States.

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