The entire world hasn’t even finished converting to 4G, but now 5G is already here. Intel, AT&T and others have made announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show regarding their moves into the mobile technology, which should be faster and better than its predecessors. Indeed, CES has been huge for Intel this year, as the company also held an impressive media event inside virtual reality.
Intel reveals world’s first 5G modem
Although the announcements reveal the front-runners in this area of mobile tech, we’re still some time away from it being fully ready for use by the average consumer. Intel’s new 5G modem places it in prime position for mobile carriers such as AT&T to test the technology within their networks, and, in fact, AT&T also announced at CES that it is testing the new tech.
Intel said its 5G modem chip can provide speeds greater than 5Gbps while also keeping latency exceptionally low. It also complies with several specifications that are needed in order to qualify as 5G.
However, this technology isn’t yet possible in some areas and on some mobile networks, as carriers have yet to upgrade them. In order to accommodate the lack of support for 5G, Intel’s modem chip can fall back to 4G when needed.
The chip maker also said the modem can use both 4G and 5G at the same time, which could theoretically boost the bandwidth that’s available. And its work isn’t only in the area of mobile phones, as the company also is targeting the automotive market.
Intel expects to start testing its new modems in the second half of this year. After the tests are successfully completed, the chip maker will then start producing them.