From 1G to 5G, technology has come a long way. While the wireless carriers across the globe are beginning to deploy 5G, here’s what you should know about 5G:
What 5G is: 5G is a new cellular technology which can transmit data quicker than 4G, which is usually used by us to connect to the Internet today. It is the fifth generation of the mobile network. 5G will facilitate multi-Gbps peak rates, ultra-low latency, massive capacity and many other user experience benefits.
Generations of mobile networks: Mobile networks have been through 4 other generations before reaching 5G. While 1G enabled analog voice, 2G introduced digital voice, 3G brought mobile data and 4G LTE ushered in the era of the mobile network.
The speed of 5G: On an average, 5G networks will be about 20 times faster than 4G. This means, one can download Avengers: Endgame in the time Thanos takes to snap his fingers. Compared to 50ms for 4G, latency could be as low as 1ms for 5G.
Advantages and benefits of 5G: With 5G promising us faster speed and lower latency, the time data will take to move back and forth; meaning, the apps and services we use like video chat and mobile gaming would be a lot quicker. From agriculture to manufacturing, 5G technology has all the potential to revolutionize business. It can be used by factory owners to control their robots, farmers to keep tabs on autonomous smart tractors, etc. 5G also promises new innovations and discoveries, new startups and services we can’t foresee.
Disadvantages of 5G: 5G will create privacy concerns as it can make it easier for law enforcement and others to track a person’s whereabouts with pinpoint precision as their phone connects to multiple cells. 5G’s potential to improve facial recognition has also created greater concerns. Many conspiracy theories surfacing online that 5G signals have been linked to cancer, however, have no basis in science.
5G today can be used in: In 2019 and 2020, the four major wireless carriers have been introducing 5G services covering dozens of cities including Atlanta, Denver and Washington. With only certain neighbourhoods getting access, 5G coverage within cities may be limited at first.
If 5G will need a new phone: It will. Samsung, Motorola and a few other smartphone makers have already rolled out 5G compatible phones. Apple is also expected to follow the trend soon. However, until we are ready to upgrade, we can still survive on our current smartphones on 4G network.