What is 5G? Everything you need to know

The latest news, views and developments in the exciting world of 5G networks.

What is 5G?

5G networks are the next generation of mobile internet connectivity, offering faster speeds and more reliable connections on smartphones and other devices than ever before.

Combining cutting-edge network technology and the very latest research, 5G should offer connections that are multitudes faster than current connections, with average download speeds of around 1GBps expected to soon be the norm.

The networks will help power a huge rise in Internet of Things technology, providing the infrastructure needed to carry huge amounts of data, allowing for a smarter and more connected world.

With development well underway and testbeds already live across the world, 5G networks are expected to launch across the world by 2020, working alongside existing 3G and 4G technology to provide speedier connections that stay online no matter where you are.


How will internet providers use 5G?

While none of the 5G nodes can reach the total area of a cell tower, they can transmit at higher speeds and don’t necessarily require as much infrastructure. This means companies can install more of them to make up for the reduced area they cover. After incremental improvements in technology over the past several years, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are ready to test this new internet configuration, and we’re all about to reap the rewards of that effort.

With 5G networks, your ISP won’t have to dig trenches and run cables or fiber-optic lines. A 5G node can beam a signal directly to your home. 5G technology may also allow mobile phone providers to compete with home internet providers.

Several huge brands in the telecom industry plan to roll out 5G services in 2018. AT&T will launch a 5G mobile network, while Verizon will offer 5G home internet service in a few test markets.


Reference: www.techradar.com/ www.highspeedinternet.com