New report highlights 5G's early improvements over 4G

CNET | 7/8/2019 | Eli Blumenthal
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No surprise, but even early 5G is often much faster than 4G. Shown above: T-Mobile's 4G LTE network, left, compared to its 5G mmWave network.

There are plenty of lofty promises of 5G being thrown around by governments and carriers in the early days of the new network technology. And while it may take some type to reach up to that hype, some of the first 5G networks are starting to show some of that promise.

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US carriers such as Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile, however, are using a higher frequency technology known as millimeter wave for their first 5G networks while the rest of the world has prioritized mid-band 5G deployment. Millimeter wave is...
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