Apple is looking to test 5G connectivity in order to massively upgrade the internet speed of its iPhone. 

According to a report from Business Insider, the technology giant has applied for an experimental license for testing the technology at its California headquarters. This was made public through the Federal Communications Division (FCD). 

The business will start tests in Cupertino and Milpitas, California over a period of less than a year. It is unclear what the general standard for 5G would be, with driverless cars, smart home appliances, smartphones and other consumer electronics likely to benefit from the technology.

The FCD filing read: “Apple Inc. seeks to assess cellular link performance in direct path and multipath environments between base station transmitters and receivers using this spectrum.

“These assessments will provide engineering data relevant to the operation of devices on wireless carriers’ future 5G networks.”

While there is no definite timeline regarding when 5G technology will ever be available in the UK, telecoms watchdog Ofcom has highlighted proposals for future spectrum holdings that could be utilised for 5G services. 

The first of these is the 700MHz band that is used presently for digital television services, programme-making and special events. It is hoped the band will be cleared in 2020 in order for it to facilitate 5G connections.

However, Ofcom has stressed that the UK will need to have same spectrum ecosystem as other nations in order for 5G devices to be used in different regions throughout the world.

In November, chancellor Richard Hammond announced plans to spend over £1 billion to ensure the UK is able to benefit from superfast broadband and 5G.

News of Apple’s plans to test 5G indicates that, while the technology is far from ready to roll out, companies and government bodies are both looking forward to provide faster speeds for consumers. 

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