5G wireless technology is the next big thing for wireless carriers, and other network operators, and testing has to go on for quite some time before it can be fully utilized.
Back in May of this year, it was reported that Apple was moving forward with its own testing for “millimeter wave’ 5G network technology in Cupertino, California. The goal of that, at the time, was “provid[ing] engineering data relevant to the operation of devices on wireless carriers’ future 5G networks.” Now, as reported by DSLReports, Apple has been officially granted FCC approval to begin testing experimental 5G data technology.
In this case, Apple will be utilizing the 28GHz and 39GHz bands, which the FCC portioned off last year specifically for companies to test out 5G network technologies.
This latest report shines light on some interesting details, though, as noted by The Verge. Specifically, Apple is testing millimeter wave band technologies, which is related to high-frequency bands. In the announcements made by both Sprint and T-Mobile regarding their own 5G network plans, both carriers are avoiding those specific bands. T-Mobile, for instance, will be testing on the longer-range and lower-frequency 600MHz spectrum.
What we see as 5G network technologies in the future will probably be a combination of millimeter wave and the short-range transmissions, so this could simply be one part of testing. There will be many more ahead of Apple, and other companies. For Apple, it clearly indicates what we already know: A 5G iPhone will arrive at some point in the years ahead.