Here's how 2022 will bring us faster internet
When I started networking, 300 beats per second (BPS) was the best thing you could do from home and our state - of - the - art 802.3 Ethernet gave us 10 Megabits per second (MBPS) in the office . I wanted more. Today, with gigabit cable to my home office and 2 Gigabit per second (GBPS) in my office. I still want more. Everyone wants faster, better networking. In 2022, we will get what we want.
First, 5G is finally going to make a difference. So far, 5G hype is the bulk of what we've been getting. You can see that 5G has three different main network modes. Only one of these - millimeter-wave (mmWave) - can give you gigabit distances. But, and it's a big but, mmWave, known as the Verizon 5G Ultra-Wideband, has a range that is better measured in legs instead of rods and can block normal window glass. In short, you can forget about getting gigabit speeds for all practical reasons.
So why is Verizon advertising that it has 5G everywhere? Because it offers another 5G approach: Shared Spectrum Dynamic (DSS). Verizon 5G DSS performance is the same as you already got from Verizon 4G LTE. In short, it's a real advertising gimmick with no real speed gain.
DSS, however, delivers latency far better than 4G LTE. As more and more 4G phones replace 5G models, DSS - based 5G will begin to deliver more speed. It will never be at gigabit speeds, but it will be better than old - fashioned 4G.
However, 4G is also getting a speed boost. Verizon is using a new frequency range, Citizen Band Radio Service (CBRS) - which has nothing to do with CB radio of Burt Reynolds trucks and movies - 4G speeds can increase to 800 Megabits per second (Mbps). So, don't be in too much of a hurry to switch to 5G. 4G may work better for you in 2022.
Another 5G technology, mid-band, is another story. This one, which is now mostly used by T-Mobile, has an average speed of 162 Mbps. Now that doesn't feel right, but that's just because you've been drinking 5G kool-aid marketing. The average 5G internet is the fastest in the US today.
The real reason is that T-Mobile's 5G midrange is not as fast as its range. Instead of feet or yards, it has a range in miles. This makes it great for delivering broadband to consumers who do not live in cities. If you live in the country, T-Mobile may be the best choice for your smartphone, office and home. With 41% of 5G coverage nationwide, T-Mobile outperforms its 5G competitors.
It's another big improvement, while some of us are lucky enough to live in places with fast broadband, many of us are still stuck with DSL or even - shudder connections - dial - up, yes things are finally changing for the better. Jessica Rosenworcel, a clean neutrality supporter, is now Chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
What is even more important is that Congress passed the Infrastructure Investment and Works Act of President Joe Biden. This act raised more than $ 65 billion to build broadband networks and make broadband more accessible. How this is spent depends on each state, but the bottom line is that it pays to send broadband to places that have never dreamed of real speed. internet.
Some of that money will be spent on broadband that does not require expensive new cable. Instead, it goes to a Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite such as SpaceX's Starlink.
Starlink is finally moving from beta to production. While Starlink is not as fast as the major cable or fiber networks, it is still much faster than most rural consumers have ever seen.
For all that Starlink has created, keep in mind two things. First, Starlink terminal production has gone much slower than originally expected. For example, I've been on the waiting list for nine months now and was recently told that I can't expect to see my unit until sometime in the summer of 2022. If you to order one today, you can expect to wait until late 2022 or early 2023. Ouch!
Another problem is that due to the demand, Starlink's average download speeds have dropped from 97.23 Mbps during Q2 2022 to 87.25 Mbps in Q3 2022. That's still a lot faster than my friends and family is currently recovering in the Calhoun County WV and other rural areas, but it's still a worrying move.
Lastly, if you still use 3G, and I know some of you do, get ready for your old phones to stop working. All the major cellular companies are switching off their 3G services. AT&T closes its 3G services in February 2022; T-Mobile will release the version on March 31, 2022; and Verizon will hold off the longest and pull the plug in December 2022.
Overall, next year most of us should see faster internet no matter where we live or what services we use. We still want more, of course we always will, but 2022 will still be good for internet users.