Will rollout of 5G network make 4G signal boosters obsolete?
No it won't, because the frequencies that cell carriers operate on today will be still be used in the future. Cellular carriers have spent a fortune on 4G LTE frequency spectrums currently used for data, talk, and text, and many of these frequencies will still be used for the 5G technology platform. Plus, 4G LTE networks will still be used as backup, similar to the way 3G networks are still in use. Importantly, 5G networks will initially only be targeting wireless data transfer.
5G is a new complex and yet to be totally concluded standard. Initially, it will be deployed on new frequency spectrum such as 3.5gHz, 6gHz, 28gHz and even higher
Things to know about 5G in relation to signal boosters:
- These frequencies have much higher free air losses than the regular cellular bands and are going to be deployed in densely populated areas with antennas being in very close proximity to each other.
- At this time, there is no provision in the FCC "Consumer Wideband Signal Booster" standard that would allow the boosting of these frequencies, so not allowed.
- At this time, there are very few devices/ phones on the market which have such frequencies in them.
- There is debate by many in the industry as to what benefit the "consumer" would have over the current 4G technologies and speeds, even though theoretical speeds might be much higher with 5G vs 4G, there are very few applications where it would be noticeable.
- At Mobile World congress Barcelona approx 1 month ago, the experts and standards associations forecast that by 2025, there would be only 15% of connected devices using 5G which includes "data only devices" or "IOT devices" which are not smartphones.
- It is unlikely that the Cellular carriers will move from 4G to 5G on the current frequencies for quite some time as their 4G equipment is very new and works very well, but at the point that they do, our current boosters will work with 5G in our current booster frequency bands.
Therefore, if you're considering getting a cellular booster for your signal reception problems now, our opinion is that you can go ahead and make your purchase to solve those problems immediately. Keep in mind that 5G will not be replacing 4G LTE for some time. Existing 4G LTE networks will still be here for many years to come, delivering applications and providing services side-by-side with the faster 5G network. Perhaps, sometime in the future, you will need to change it out, but you will still be able to use todays cellular boosters in the foreseeable future.