5G has enjoyed plenty of hype over the last few years, but for many, it may not have been warranted. The early talk brought along ideas of how the next-generation wireless networks would help usher in an age of self-driving cars, home internet alternatives and could even help bring about new concepts like the metaverse and augmented reality glasses, headsets and applications.
In 2022, some – but not all – of those promises may come to fruition.
This comes after a more mixed experience over the last few years. T-Mobile has been the most aggressive of the carriers in the early stages of 5G, with its faster "Ultra Capacity" network now covering over 210 million people and offering a noticeable boost compared to 4G LTE. AT&T and Verizon, meanwhile, have struggled by comparison with 5G networks that either aren't much faster or responsive compared ...
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