We've said it before and we will say it again - 5G is real, 5G is coming. So, what exactly is 5G and how will it impact you and the world you live in?
5G networks are the next generation of Internet connectivity, with faster speeds and better connections on smart devices than previous networks (think 3G and 4G). The new 5G networks will surge the Internet of Things (IoT) technology, carrying huge amounts of data which leads to a smarter, more connected world. While expected to launch in 2020, 5G will coincide with existing 3G and 4G networks to provide continuous connections to stay online 24/7.
Experts state that by 2025, 5G will have an estimated 14% global share of connected devices. Some applications of 5G include: download a 2-hour video in less than 4 seconds, compared to 6 minutes with 4G and 26 hours with 3G technologies; response time on mobile devices for 5G will be one thousandth of a second - 4G is fast, but doesn't compare at 0.045 seconds.
To put things in perspective a bit further, let's take a look back at the timeline of network technologies, driving us to a world of insatiable data. The combination of mobility (smart devices), improved network performance, and alluring content means more and more data is consumed as our user experience improves.
- Cell Phone: 1G technology introduced consumers to cellular phones and data to make calls on-the-go.
- Text Messages: With 2G technology, not only were mobile users able to call, but now text through their devices.
- Online / Internet: 3G allows consumers to browse the Internet and its apps, such as online shopping and social media.
- Video Streaming: Watching your favorite show or sharing a new YouTube video became possible and convenient with 4G, capable of handling 300 million devices nationwide.
- Real-Time Communication: 5G will become the consumer's "true assistant" for communication and the Internet of Things (IoT), capable of handling 300 billion devices nationwide.
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