The next generation of wireless connectivity, 5G, will offer consumers in the US. The data download speed is 10 to 15 times faster than you are used to with 4G LTE. For example, a movie that can take 20 minutes to download to a 4G LTE phone will take a few seconds to install on 5G. Moreover, higher speeds will lead to the creation of new businesses and sectors that do not currently exist. The global construction of 4G LTE networks was necessary to help create the shared travel industry and launch two companies worth more than a billion dollars today (Uber and Lyft).
In its request to get the public perception of the proposed $26.5 billion merger with Sprint, T-Mobile has released a new video that shows what 5G can do for the average Joe. The operator plans to be the first wireless service provider in the US. In completing a 5G network nationwide around the first half of next year. To do this, it hopes to have access to the 2.5 GHz Sprint mid-range spectrum to be used together with its low-frequency 600 MHz waves and the high-frequency Wave participations. The low bandwidth spectrum travels farther and penetrates better in buildings, but the mmWave spectrum offers greater capacity and higher speeds. The medium band spectrum acts as a bridge between the low and high band waves.
5G data rates can be a blessing
The video released today by T-Mobile introduces Mariana Beckham, an EMT who explains how 5G can accelerate response times. With the next generation of wireless connectivity, ambulances could have the ability to control traffic lights and pedestrian crossings to clear the emergency vehicle route. With 5G, the patient in the ambulance can be scanned with key data and radiographs transmitted in real-time to a hospital doctor who will start a conversation with emergency medical technicians in the van.
Beckham also discusses how an AR headset can help emergency medical technicians view patient data while they are being treated by ambulance. And 5G-controlled drones could administer drugs and treatments where time is of the essence and an ambulance trip could be too risky. For example, someone who has an allergic reaction could get a ballpoint pen through a drone. This would also be useful for those in remote areas or for victims of a serious accident.
“In a life and death situation, just a few seconds changes everything. I definitely think that 5G will be a game-changer for first responders.” – EMT
The only thing that is delaying the merger at this time is a lawsuit filed by 17 state attorneys general and the Washington D.C. Attorney General, who are trying to block what they call an anti-competitive transaction. A test will not start until December 9th. Meanwhile, a press release issued by the Arkansas attorney general’s office Leslie Rutledge announced his support for the merger. Note that those in Arkansas are protected by the terms of an agreement that T-Mobile has entered into with the FCC. To obtain the approval of the agreement of the president of the FCC, Ajit Pai, the airline has promised to cover 85% of the Americans who live in rural areas with 5G signals within three years from the closing of the agreement. This will increase to 90% after six years.
“Arkansas stands to benefit from the T-Mobile merger with Sprint which will increase competition, especially in rural areas that have been deprived of reliable wireless service. From our evaluation, the merger will result in increased quality and more competitive prices for Arkansans by expanding rural broadband access and expediting 5G technology to provide an essential service for a desperately underserved population.”- Leslie Rutledge, Attorney General, Arkansas
Arkansas joins other states that have publicly announced their support for the merger. They are Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Utah. But T-Mobile will not close the deal until the conclusion of the process of the reaching of an agreement with the plaintiffs.
You may also like:
- Dish In Talks To Buy Boost, $6 Billion Deal Could Allow T-Mobile-Sprint Merger
- Report Says A Major Problem Is Preventing The DOJ From Approving The T-Mobile-Sprint Merger
- Sprint And Dish Have A Greater Risk Than T-Mobile If The Deal Is Blocked
Follow us on Twitter to never miss an update on all the latest news from Apple, Google, Microsoft, and the Web.