No, that’s not a surveillance van picture above. That’s a fully equipped cell phone tower on wheels. It just happens to be in Japan, and operated on a network most Americans have never heard of. The company, NTT DoCoMo, used this rig to successfully test 5G wireless data, at speeds of ten gigabits per second (10Gbps). Just how fast is that?
I’ll put it to you this way: Google Fiber, the revolutionary Internet project that launched in Kansas City last year, was considered revolutionary for breaking speeds of ONE gigabit per second (1Gbps), which they tout as being “100 times faster than today’s broadband.” So, if NTT DoCoMo’s 5G mobile broadband runs at 10 times that, we’re talking about speeds – via a future wireless device – roughly 1,000 times faster than the Internet you know today. Your brain can’t fathom those kind of speeds.
Needless to say, the only limitation you’ll experience will be on part of the device you’re using — not the broadband network it’s connected to. Device and chip manufacturers don’t make chipsets that operate anywhere close to that speed. Since there haven’t been any such “5G” tests here in the States, it’s safe to say this kind of technology is a long way off for most of us. But, as with most things in the tech world, it’ll be here before you know it.
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