What is 5G?
5G is the fifth generation in mobile networks. It is the super fast successor to 4G, because in theory you can achieve a download speed of 4.2 gigabits per second. Significantly more than a 4G network, at 20 megabit per second. In practice, a download speed of 1 gigabit is expected, which is still much faster. That speed also ensures that there is less delay (latency) when connecting to the mobile internet.
We are becoming increasingly dependent on wireless communication. Many services are digital and more and more devices are connected to the internet and communicate with each other, which is also referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT). People want to have a fast connection for both business and private life, and preferably everywhere. That is exactly what a 5G network can make possible.
The main differences between 4G and 5G:
- Faster data transfer and shorter response time thanks to the larger network capacity
- The use of higher frequencies means better coverage and range
- The connections are more reliable
- Cell towers with 5G antennas can provide more wireless connections at the same time
Standard for 5G technology
The first standard for 5G technology was established in 2018 (as was also done for 2G, 3G and 4G at the time). Thanks to this standard, phones and other devices using 5G can speak the same language and communicate with each other.
The future of 5G
5G not only meets the increasing demand for mobile data communication with as little delay as possible. It also enables new applications. Think, for example, of self-driving cars, drones that deliver orders, remote operations and the automation & robotization of industrial processes, such as fully automated container terminals.
5G is not so much a revolution as it is an evolution. The transition is going step by step, it will take time before the whole of the United States has 5G coverage.
In any case, telecom companies are already making their networks '5G ready'. Many new smartphones already have a 5G modem and a number of providers offer 5G subscriptions.
Companies and their customers will benefit greatly from the benefits of 5G technology and the associated speeds.