5G networks are being rolled out to major cities as we speak, though the new standard isn’t exactly nationwide yet. However, many anticipate that in a year or so, most smartphones will be able to take advantage of the new wireless speeds. What will this mean for you?
In short, 5G is the name for the fifth generation of wireless communication technology, which is set to overtake 4G LTE at some point in the future. Right now, three major versions of 5G exist: low-band, mid-band and high-band. None of these are compatible with one another, though upcoming phones might be able to handle all three frequencies at once.
For one thing, 5G modems will be able to handle speeds up to ten times faster than 4G LTE speeds. That means that you might see 5G handling 20 gigabit-per-second speeds with nearly no device latency. That’s some sci-fi levels of connection speed for a wireless device. This means that not only cell phones but also home internet will likely be revolutionized by lightning-fast connection speeds. Where prior internet connections had to be serviced by lengthy fiber optic cables, 5G wireless speeds can allow internet service providers better ways to deliver blistering internet speeds even to remote areas.
The race to roll out true 5G networks is on. Many areas have pockets of 5G now, but it isn’t standalone yet and still relies on 4G networks for coverage. Many analysts expect true, standalone 5G to hit sometime in 2021 or 2022, which will result in a serious boom for telecommunication.