What You Need to Know About 5G:
By now, you must have heard about 5G, and probably quite a bit. Sometimes there is so much information going on at once, that it can be hard to break down what exactly something is, and how it can affect your life. Luckily, this article will help clear that up to give you a better understanding of what 5G is, and how it might impact you. First of all, 5G is next generation wireless network technology that’s expected to change the way people live and work. It is a global wireless standard after 1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE networks. Ready to find out more?
What Can it Do?
So, according to a cnn.com article from last year, 5G enables a new kind of network that is designed to connect virtually everyone and everything together. This includes machines, objects, and devices as well. 5G started at the end of 2018 and is expected to expand worldwide. And it’s expected to improve speed. 5G will be faster, and it will be able to handle more connected devices than 4G. And these improvements will enable a wave of new kinds of tech products. It’s still early days, of course, but the potential is huge.
Why Should we Be Excited?
Not only because it’s new and exciting, and could mean positive changes to your tech products, but also because companies all want to have the largest and fastest 5G networks. Countries are competing as well, so that means this new technology will hopefully be better than expected, and not just for individuals, but for businesses and infrastructure as well. Of course the hype is about speed, but 5G will have better bandwidth and will handle more connected devices than 4G. Right now, it’s normal to experience spotty service, and sometimes even in your own home or community. 5G will help spotty service in crowded areas. Basically, 5G will be significantly faster, have more capacity, have lower latency, use spectrum better, and be a unified platform that is more capable than 4G. For more information about how 5G works, you can click here.
Are There any Drawbacks?
Yes, only in that it will take years to be more widely used. GSMA estimates that by 2025, about half of mobile connections will be 5G, as opposed to 3G and 4G. And of course, there are security concerns around 5G, especially when you factor in trust, healthcare systems, and self-driving cars built into this new network.
Will You Need a New Phone to use it?
Yes, you will need a new phone, but luckily several new mobile phones and carriers support the 5G wireless network. And more and more will as well, as it becomes more mainstream. Here’s why you do not need to buy that new phone.. yet. Click here.
What Will Be The Biggest Noticeable Change with 5G?
I think that will be speed. 5G will change speed by a lot. And it can change home internet service. 5G is 10 to 100 times faster than 4G. As you know, 5G means faster mobile internet. That said, internet connectivity in general will be faster. I often like to use www.speedcheck.org to measure the connection speed and quality of my laptop to the internet. It’s such an easy thing to do, and a great way to measure speed.