5G's mmWave enterprise revolution derailed by COVID-19
5G millimeter wave was going to be showcased by enterprises. The problem? Airports, convention centers, stadiums and city centers have the fastest 5G, but COVID-19 has kept people away from those experiences.
Enterprises are likely to initially see the most benefit from 5G mmWave technology, but the use cases have been largely paused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recall that 5G has two flavors, 5G mmWave and Sub-6 GHz. The former gives you blazing speeds over a short distance and work great in buildings, factories, airports and stadiums. The latter provides more coverage at lower speeds.
Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg touted the company's millimeter wave-based Ultra-Wideband network. He said:
We took a leapfrog with 19 more cities, and we are now 55 cities for mobility. We have 43 stadiums and 7 airports. We just continue to augment our Ultra-Wideband Network, which is just giving a huge, new experience when it comes to capabilities, when it comes to speed, latency and, of course, throughput.