You\u2019ve probably heard the breathless hype about the new wireless standard called 5G. As I\u2019ve written before it\u2019s not exactly on our doorstep. But trials by a number of major carriers have gone well, and some industry analysts are predicting that the ultra-fast technology will start to be deployed as soon as 2020.\n[ Related: 5G could require cell towers on every street corner ]\nWhen it arrives, though, it\u2019s likely to be deployed in a way that may surprise you: Expect to see Google and a few wireless carriers using it to provide ultra-fast broadband to your home or office without the trouble and expense of installing fiber cables. By ultra-fast, I mean speeds of 1 Gbps or even more.\nDisappointingly though, 5G technology that will make your smartphones download data many times faster than the current standard -- 4G LTE -- is still years away.\n[ Related: What we talk about when we talk about 5G wireless ]\n\u201cFixed wireless is the only business case for 5G,\u201d said Bengst Nordstrom, a long-time telecom exec now CEO of Northstream, a consultancy based in Stockholm. Carriers in Europe and North America have got to do something different because their core business is getting saturated and revenues have been flat, he said recently at a conference in Helsinki.\nFixed wireless in the works\nVerizon and AT&T, along with Google, are working towards fixed wireless deployments even though the 5G standard is not yet fully baked, Samsung vice president Wonil Roh predicted recently. Roh visualizes a network in which carriers put base stations on poles that are already connected to a high-speed network (or can easily be connected) and then beam a 5G signal to a home. That signal would allow the consumer to connect to the Internet at speeds of 1 Gbps or even faster.\nA plan such as the one Roh envisions would obviate the need to bury fiber cables in trenches, an expensive and disruptive process.\nGoogle disappointed many people when it put the brakes on plans to deploy gigabit internet to cities across the country and laid off much of Google Fiber\u2019s workforce. However, the search giant purchased Webpass, a high-speed wireless ISP, in June and views that technology as an alternative to fiber cables, Craig Barratt, who oversees Google Fiber, said earlier this year.\n[ Related: 2016 \u2013 the year 5G wireless testing really took off]\nThat technology would provide high-speed connections for many consumers and prod big ISPs to speed up their fiber deployments. Comcast, AT&T and, to a lesser extent, Verizon, are bringing gigabit Internet to a growing number of markets, but typically those highly touted deployments only cover selected neighborhoods. Sometimes the coverage is so sparse that industry insiders refer to their announcements as \u201cfiber to the press release.\u201d\nActual speed my vary\n5G is really fast, though the exact speeds will vary depending on how the technology is deployed. Ericsson, for example, said it had achieved 5 Gbps on a testbed for 5G. That's about 50 times faster than today's fastest LTE networks. It will also require a much denser deployment of cell towers than those used for older technologies and that could prompt a good deal of opposition from communities.\nThe move to 5G won\u2019t happen all that quickly, but it does promise a future that will include faster broadband and cellular connections that will leave today\u2019s standards in the dust.