An unusual race recently took place at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Former NFL star Keyshawn Johnson lined up at the 40 yard line... While an average guy named Ricky stood in the end zone. Keyshawn’s challenge was to run 40 yards faster than Ricky could download an episode of HBO’s Hard Knocks to his smartphone. Ricky won. He downloaded the hour-long show in 3.6 seconds. Keyshawn never had a chance. Because Ricky was using Verizon’s blazing, blistering, jaw-droppingly fast new cell network called 5G. 5G Will Come Faster Than We Thought If you feel like you’ve been waiting forever for 5G to make its debut, you’re not alone... 5G is the most disruptive trend of this decade. Many readers have asked me: What’s taking so long? Progress may feel slow because 5G phones aren’t mainstream yet. But 5G is actually coming online much faster than analysts predicted just two years ago. The next year or so will be a very, very exciting time to own the right 5G stocks. In a minute, I’ll give you a few of my top 5G stock picks. First, let me get you up to speed on all the exciting things happening in 5G.
NFL Stadiums Have Turned into 5G Testing GroundsVerizon has launched its new 5G network in 13 NFL stadiums. AT&T brought its new 5G network to AT&T Stadium, where the Dallas Cowboys play. The point is to make games more fun for fans. At AT&T Stadium, for example, fans can participate in augmented reality (AR) experiences that were impossible before 5G. AR, if you’re not familiar, overlays digital imagery on real life. If you have a Samsung Galaxy S10 5G smartphone, for example, point the camera towards Cowboy stadium as you walk in. You’ll see 36-foot tall digital versions of Dallas Cowboy players yelling chants to hype you up. Once you’re in the stadium, you can do a touchdown dance, and digital Dallas Cowboys will dance with you. You can even dodge AR defensive robots on the field as you try to score a touchdown in a new mobile game. These AR experiences require massive amounts of data to move extremely fast. None of it is possible without 5G.
Chicago Has Turned into a 5G Testing Ground, TooVerizon launched its 5G network in parts of the city back in April. It was the first commercial launch of 5G in the world. A man named Danny Winget travelled around the city testing the network. The download speeds he reported were incredible… 10X faster than the fastest 4G connections. When fully deployed, the networks should reach peak speeds of 100X faster than 4G.
5G Is Not Just About Download SpeedsPatrick Holland, editor at CNET, recently tested AT&T’s 5G network at the Shape conference in Los Angeles. Holland downloaded seven one-hour episodes of Blue Planet in under 17 seconds. It took me the same amount of time to download just the first episode. And I was logged into my home high-speed broadband internet connection! But 5G isn’t just about virtually instant download speeds. Soon it will let you:
- Attend a meeting in New York as a hologram from the comfort of your home;
- Get around safely in a self-driving car—even if you drank a little too much wine on date night;
- For you surgeons reading this, you’ll be able to operate on patients hundreds of miles away over a wireless network using robots.
What Does All This Mean for You?Well, it means faster phone speeds and a lot of exciting new technologies that will make your life easier. But it also means this is an incredible time to invest. To make money in 5G, look into:
- Wireless service providers like Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T)
- Smartphone and tablet makers like Apple (AAPL) and Samsung (SSNLF)
- Network gear makers like Ericsson (ERIC) and Nokia (NOK)
- Chipmakers like Qualcomm (QCOM) and Skyworks Solutions (SWKS)