During the company’s earning call yesterday, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson indicated that he expects 5G pricing plans to be tiered, much like home broadband, instead of the flat rate 4G models today. Mr. Stephenson said that while we are “two or three years” away from this type of model rolling out, some customers will be willing to pay more for faster speeds on their devices.
What is unclear is how this type of 5g pricing tiered program would work in reality. Unlike fixed lines like broadband, speeds and throughput of mobile networks can vary widely depending on location (urban versus rural) and surrounding (in an office building versus at a baseball stadium). It is also dependent on cellular technology density in a particular area.
AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint are all in various stages of rolling out 5G with the focus initially being on urban areas. Those deployments will be using mmWave technology which is great for speed but not great for penetrating structures. Further, 5G compatible smartphones won’t hit the market until later this year with a compatible iPhone not expected until 2020.
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