A glimpse of the 5G future—starting in South Bend, Indiana

June 27, 2018
By Melissa Arnoldi

Some residents in South Bend, Indiana are living in the future.   

In this city, we are conducting a 5G trial with real people, in real homes—like the Rubbelke family.

Like many other families across the country, Rebecca Rubbelke and her family are busy and their lives move fast. They don’t have time for slow wireless speeds. 

Fortunately, as 5G trial participants in South Bend, they’ve been able to time travel to the future – and bring fixed wireless 5G connectivity into their lives right now.

And what does the future look like for this family? Well, for one – it’s providing them with ultra-fast wireless speeds. Just how fast?  At the Rubbelke household, they’re seeing peak wireless speeds nearing 1 Gbps and latency rates less than 20 milliseconds.

Using this emerging technology, Rebecca can easily stream their 3-year-old daughters’ favorite TV show on the tablet. Her husband, Michael, can download textbooks and research materials in an instant for his graduate program. And they can connect with family over video chat without noticeable buffering.

And they can use all of these bandwidth-heavy applications simultaneously and seamlessly—something that would be nearly impossible with current LTE technologies.

We’re learning a lot during this 5G trial and others around the country. Check out this blog to learn more about some recent findings and speed and latency results from our other 5G trials with businesses in Waco and Kalamazoo.   

Experiences of the future

We continue to hear that 5G will do much more than enable faster speeds on smartphones for consumers. We expect 5G to unlock new experiences like augmented and virtual reality, future automated cars, telemedicine and connected buildings in smart cities.

We expect that eventually nearly and everyone will be impacted by 5G and that future is closer than ever.

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