A change in telecom is coming of the sort we have never seen, related to 5G coverage.
Let’s do the history game, first. “Home Phone” used to mean Land Lines attached to a predictable device that could be used to send and receive phone calls, even if the power was out. The use of the word “Land” implying that they ran under, on, and over land to get to your home. That technology was a staple of telecommunications for nearly 100 years.
At a recent staff meeting, 0% of TNT’s employees admitting having a Land Line at their house. Everyone has either VoIP service running on the Internet connection or they use their smartphone to act as their Land Line.
One staffer repeated the word back to me, using a condescending tone that bordered on arrogance.
“Land Lines? Who uses Land Lines?”
I no longer will capitalize land lines. There. I have formally divorced from land lines.
I predict that we darn well might see 5G coverage do to cable and DSL that VoIP and cell phones did to the land line.
Verizon and Samsung have announced that they have finished (not started) deployment of 5G coverage in five US cities in preparation to begin allowing customers to use 5G-based devices (more than just your phone), beginning in April. The 5G trials involve using a new portion of the spectrum 28 GHZ and using a fancy new technology called “advanced beam forming antenna” to make the delivery pass over 1G of throughput, through the air.
Places in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Texas, Washington DC, and Michigan will get to try this out in April and tell the rest of us how it works.
If I can get 1.2 GB (truth be told, I would LOVE to get 100 MB, so a 9% delivered-as-promised outcome would be Godsend), then terrestrial technology becomes my failover and wireless becomes my primary Internet connection.
The future conversation will go something like this…
“What? You have cable (FTTH, DSL, etc)? Why aren’t you using 5G? How do you do two-way Ultra High Def pictures and video sharing? That must be so painful running at a mere 250MB/sec. Dude, I need to introduce you to my people!”
Today, TNT sells customers network appliances that come with all you can eat 4G failover at a fixed monthly fee, as business is impaired when the Internet is down. If 5G gets built into the US telecom space and delivers as promised, then Ethernet, MPLS, DSL and Cable will be the failover connection, real fast!
Imagine that world….coming into a city near you.