Chinese 5G surpasses that of the United States
At this point, football fans have seen so many ads from AT&T and Verizon claiming to have the fastest, most reliable 5G service on the planet that those who don’t have a 5G smartphone might think it’s theirs. really missing something. Don’t be misled. Unless you’re traveling overseas, you won’t get faster speeds from a new 5G-enabled smartphone than from a 4G phone streaming games from New York, Los Angeles, or many other US cities. New 5G networks from AT&T and Verizon are often much slower than the 4G networks they replace. America is far behind in almost every dimension of 5G while other nations, including China, are racing ahead.
The average 5G mobile internet speed in the United States is around 75 megabits per second, which is abysmal. In Chinese urban centers, 5G phones reach average speeds of 300 megabits per second. While it’s not quite the fastest 5G in the world — South Korea claims that title at over 400 Mbps — it’s still fast enough to download a high-definition movie in two minutes. Mobile internet speed is a central advancement of 5G, enabling a new field of revolutionary applications with powerful economic and national security implications. US 5G download speeds are slower than many developed countries, including Israel, Singapore and Canada. In Boston, Chicago and New York, AT&T’s 5G speeds are at least 10% slower than 4G; in Washington, Los Angeles and Austin, Texas, Verizon’s 5G speeds are at least 20% slower than the company’s 4G.