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Wireless 5G Internet Demonstrated At House Near Speedway

By Lauren Chapman, IPB News | Published on in Statewide News, Technology
To demonstrate the gaming capability of 5G, a Verizon employee plays online. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
To demonstrate the gaming capability of 5G, a Verizon employee plays online. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

One day, your internet use may not be limited by 4G speeds. As early as 2018, many in the United States will be able to use 5G enabled devices. And as Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Lauren Chapman reports, Verizon and Ericsson are demonstrating the future technology in a house near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. However, there is as of yet not 100% coverage for the new 5G technology. Take a look at the “Total wireless coverage map” to see the current coverage.

Just a few blocks away from the roar of the Speedway, there’s a tiny gray house.

Unlike its neighbors, it’s not receiving an internet connection from wires running inside. Its internet comes from a 5G radio.

This is one of Verizon’s prototypes – the only one in Indiana. The company is partnering with Ericcson and Intel to demonstrate 5G wireless internet.

The benefits tested in this house are for entertainment: online gaming with no lag time, and video that relays more visual detail.

Cynthia Grupe, executive director of Verizon’s 5G project, says the company will roll-out consumer trials in 11 other cities later in 2017.

“This is a real technology. We are running true 5G, today. And seeing true 5G experiences,” Grupe says.

Outside of the house, halfway down the block is the radio, providing the connection to all the devices in the house.

Ericcson business development director John Macchione, says that box will be able to handle as much as 10 gigabits of data per second.

“That’s really going to change the way everybody can be entertained and the way businesses can communicate with you,” Macchione says.

As early as 2018, consumers near the Speedway may be able to test 5G from the radio installed near the house.