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First, 5G network upload speed reaches 93.8Mbps
Dropbox, Snapchat and TikTok fans pay attention! 5G is finally here.
So far, all of the 5G tests we've conducted have amazing download speeds, which is good news for streaming movies and app downloads. But the upload still runs on a 4G LTE network, which means that content creators and file sharers don't experience the 5G upload speed advantage.
Verizon's infrastructure in Providence, Rhode Island, USA, was provided by Samsung and was the first place we saw in the US to make 5G network uploads, so we decided to test it. Moreover, it seems that the upload speed of 5G will at least double that of 4G. Compared to the Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint tests, we used the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G in Providence.Mobile phone28 tests were performed at the following speeds.
It can be seen that the Verizon 5G network test results on Providence Island are 93.8 Mbps, Chicago's Verizon 5G network test results are 37.4 Mbps, New York's T-Mobile 5G network test results are 33.1 Mbps, Dallas Sprint's The 5G network test result is 5.3Mbps.
The Verizon 5G network on Providence Island is far ahead, and Dallas Sprint's 5G network is the slowest. Of course, the reason why Sprint is so slow is mainly that Sprint's TDD LTE system allows companies to use most of the network for downloading instead of uploading. This is not a technical limitation, but a conscious choice because it frees up more download space.
Second, 5G download speed is increasing rapidly
We also saw a good improvement in peak download speed, but we don't do too much calculation on the average, because in the day we tested, the various problems meant that we didn't have multiple different conditions as usual. The location is tested. However, comparing the results of Providence with the results of Chicago (Samsung Galaxy S10 5G handset) and the results of early April (Motorola Z3 and earlier base station firmware), we can see how Verizon's network has evolved.
As can be seen from the figure, Verizon's test download speed in Chicago on April 5 was 609.4 Mbps, on May 6, Chicago's test download speed was 1178 Mbps, and on July 2, the test download speed in Providence was 1646 Mbps.
Verizon's network in Providence is centered around the city's Brown University campus, which is a good solution, as many people may be using their high-end smartphones on manicured green spaces. I have expanded our projected Verizon coverage map to reflect more of the 5G area we can see.
Of course, since we haven't tested this area yet, I don't want to conclude that Verizon has overcome the millimeter-wave neighborhood coverage problem like T-Mobile in Manhattan, for example, it may still be on a street. There is coverage, but it disappears in the next street, and we need to do more research to figure this out. But this is a step forward.
Third, indoor 5G network signal loss 45%
The 5G facility in Providence also has a new design that we have never seen before: hanging on a pole. In Chicago, Verizon's 5G panels are mounted on poles. In New York, they are located on the roof of a relatively low building.
This is what it looks like. In low Providence, poles tend to be equal to or higher than the surrounding houses, which means they cover the surrounding area well.
I also want to know if 5G can be used for indoor Internet access in surrounding buildings, such as:
We are in a familycoffeeThe store did some indoor and outdoor tests and found that about 45% of the signal was lost, which is better than the 65%-70% we saw in April and May, more like the loss of signal when we used T-Mobile in New York. This is encouraging, especially when you see these numbers: 1.5Gbps speed drops to 828Mbps indoors, which is not a bad speed for the main Internet interface.
Verizon CTO Nicki Palmer has said in the past that Verizon intends to provide home Internet access in places with mobile 5G, and home modems will begin to appear at the end of this year.
4. Unstable performance under extreme conditions, 5G to 4G
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G phone andLGThe V50 is priced at $1,152.00 on the Sprint network. At 90 degrees (10 degrees Fahrenheit, about 32 degrees Celsius) at Providence, both phones overheated and fell back to 4G.
When we tested T-Mobile in New York last week, we also saw the Galaxy S10 5G, but it was not the case at Sprint's LG V50. So I think we can remove a lot of variables here: this is not a problem with Verizon, T-Mobile or Samsung. All Qualcomm X50-based first-generation millimeter-wave handsets experience overheating if their 5G modems are operating at full capacity under extreme weather conditions.
I think the problem is related to the phone manufacturer loading the X50 into a 4G phone. Due to the compact size of today's smartphones, the extra load of a small part will generate more heat so that the device will not function properly on a sunny summer day.
As I said, this is just the beginning of 5G. These developer units are for those who want to experiment and develop 5G solutions for the future. What I think is that when there is a mobile phone with an integrated 5G modem next year, we will see this overheating disappear. We will definitely hear more about this at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Summit in December.
Conclusion: The 5G era is coming, the network is accelerating
The 5G network is a decisive network innovation. The network is the infrastructure for today's social development, and the emergence of 5G networks is promoting innovation and progress in all industries.
As written in the pcmag article, it is still in the early stages of the development of 5G networks, and various problems are still emerging, but with the advancement of technology and the application of the 5G network, the 5G network will continue to mature.