Apple Files A Request With The FCC To Be Allowed To Run Wireless Tests Of 5G Technology
As the demand for enhanced internet speed becomes rampant, Apple seems to be building some interest around it. It is not clear what exactly it is after but it is reported to have applied for an experimental patent with the United States Federal Communications Commission FCC. In its application, the company wants to be allowed to run wireless tests in 28 GHz and 39 GHz bands.
The two spectrum bands have a close association with the 5G, which Apple will be testing in two different places; the Infinite Loop headquarters Mariana Avenue and Milpitas on Yosemite Drive. The approval of the patent will give Apple access to the cellular link performance within the direct path and the different multipath environments.
But the tests have nothing to do with Apple’s iPhone
Given that the iPhone maker is about to launch a new Smartphone flagship including iPhone 8, rumors have it that the tests could be paving way for the eagerly awaited device. However, the company says this is not true because the iPhone 8 will not support 5G, perhaps iPhone 9. Furthermore, the technology’s primary objective is inclined towards enhancing the internet speeds of the Apple iPhones.
Apple says that it does not intend to make a huge investment in the next-generation wireless technology. It will carry out the tests, which will use a horn antenna for a maximum period of one year. The company has also confirmed that it does not foresee causing any disruptions to any existing earth-to-space licenses in the 28 GHz band.
Other wireless network carriers are also tapping into the 5G network capability
The primary role of the 5G network will be to improve reliability. This is perhaps the reason why other US network carriers are also tapping it. T-Mobile and Sprint have gone public about their new 5G Plans while Verizon and AT&T are likely to be rolling out their networks later in the year. Though not clear yet, Samsung, Intel, and Qualcomm have also expressed their interest in the 5G speeds