Apple’s 5G Wireless Service Granted License to Test
Apple was licensed by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in mid-July, to test its new wireless technology – 5G broadband, in two locations near California.
Apple has been granted access to test its 5G service till August 2017. Other companies are also working towards this 5G technology, such as Sprint which will launch its service by 2019, while T-Mobile is shooting for 2020. AT&T and Verizon are making moves towards 5G networks as well.
Apple is working towards providing higher frequencies with smaller wavelength bands through its millimeter-wave broadband. Millimeter-wave is a technology which provides larger data transmission at a delivery rate faster than normal. However, the fact that these signals are not well-adept at passing through objects, thus resulting in the need for direct line of sight.
In its application for testing the technology to FCC, Apple wrote, “Apple seeks to assess cellular link performance in direct path and multipath environments between base station transmitters and receivers using this spectrum. These assessments will provide engineering data relevant to the operation of devices on wireless carriers’ future 5G networks.”
The testing of 5G wireless has the potential of greatly benefiting Apple in upcoming developments of virtual reality with high bandwidth, and providing self-driving cars with high speed data for navigation.
Apple could also take advantage of the approval, by integrating this technology in its future iPhones to make its 5G cellular technology accessible to iPhone users. Apple is exploring the 28GHz and 39 GHz bands, which are among the ones opened up for the purpose of next generation 5G broadband, by the FCC last year.
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