Apple receives the green light to test 5G wireless technologies

By Greg S
Jul 28, 2017
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  1. In a recent FCC decision, Apple has been granted permission to begin testing emerging 5G technologies. Locations in Cupertino and Milpitas, California have been approved for Apple's use.

    It is shown that Apple is looking at higher frequency ranges for research and development towards a future iPhone implementation. The FCC application indicates that 27.5-28.35Ghz and 38.6-40Ghz frequency ranges have been requested for test procedures. Although, the 28Ghz spectrum is reserved for earth to satellite communications, so it is unlikely for that frequency range to make it into an iPhone. Past job openings indicate that drones or satellites for Apple Maps improvements could be a potential use.

    Both of these frequency ranges are classified as millimeter wave technologies and are known to be capable of providing throughput speeds of up to 10Gb/s. However, line of sight is typically required to achieve such speeds. Lower frequencies will be needed for building penetration and avoidance of environmental obstacles.

    For comparison, T-Mobile is working with 600Mhz spectrum and Sprint is using the 2.5Ghz frequency range for next generation wireless technologies.

    Why Apple is choosing to work on 5G itself instead of allowing network operators to do the heavy lifting is unclear, but Google and Facebook also have their own 5G projects in the works in addition to all major US carriers, so it should not be too surprising that Apple wants to join in as well.

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  2. erickmendes

    erickmendes TS Evangelist Posts: 369   +135

    Mesh network for home/office wireless networking for IoT, smart home, yada yada... The next big thing in personal and enterprise gadgets... As seen on 801.11ad (60GHz) and also need line of sight.
  3. lostinlodos

    lostinlodos TS Booster Posts: 135   +22

    Wait, 5g Isn't going to use psychic connections between brains as relays. Poodoo. Oh well.
    We'll all use 5g when it gets here. This is not the 5g we are looking for. Move along.
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,791   +1,251

    (don't blame me for the visible html - - that's the result of a REPLY button)

    This makes good sense in congested metro areas as the longer wave length will have better wall penetration properties.

    The "27.5-28.35Ghz and 38.6-40Ghz frequency ranges" are line-of-sight as noted so would be limited to venues like sports.

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