China’s 5G hovers over America’s
China’s 5G hovers over America’s

China’s 5G hovers over America’s

At this point, football fans have seen so many ads from AT&T and Verizon claiming to have the fastest and most reliable 5G service on the planet that without a 5G smartphone they might think they are really missing something. Do not be misled. Unless you travel internationally, you will not enjoy faster speeds with a new 5G-enabled smartphone than you would get on a 4G phone streaming games from New York, Los Angeles or many other US cities. AT & T’s and Verizon’s new 5G networks are frequent significantly slower than the 4G networks they replace. America is far behind in almost every dimension of 5G, while other nations – including China – are moving on.

America’s average 5G mobile internet speed is around 75 megabits per second, which is abysmal. In China’s city centers, 5G phones are averaging 300 megabits per second. While not the fastest 5G in the world – South Korea claims the title is over 400 Mbps – it’s still fast enough to download a two-minute high-definition movie. Mobile internet speed is a key advance in 5G, enabling a new domain of groundbreaking applications with potent economic and national security implications. US 5G upload speeds are slower than in many developed countries, including Israel, Singapore and Canada. In Boston, Chicago and New York City, AT & T’s 5G speeds are at least 10% slower than its 4G; In Washington, Los Angeles and Austin, Texas, Verizon’s 5G speeds are at least 20% slower than corporate 4G.

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