Here is where we try to explain how 5G works, why 5G is important and how it’s changing the way the world connects and communicates with each other. Simply the “G” stands for “GENERATION” while we are connected to the internet, The previous generations of mobile networks are 1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G
What is 5G?
5G stands for the fifth generation of mobile networks that are data-only and offer average download speeds of around 150 to 200 Mbps. It’s a new global wireless standard after 1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G networks. It is the latest generation of mobile networks enabled by the New Radio technology (NR)
5G wireless technology is meant to deliver higher multi-Gbps peak data speeds, ultra low latency, more reliability, massive network capacity, increased availability, and a more uniform user experience to more users. Higher performance and improved efficiency empower new user experiences and connect new industries.
1.First generation – 1G
1980s : 1G delivered analog voice.
2.Second generation – 2G
Early 1990s : 2G introduced digital voice (e.g. CDMA- Code Division Multiple Access).
3.Third generation – 3G
Early 2000s : 3G brought mobile data (e.g. CDMA2000).
4.Fourth generation – 4G LTE
2010s : 4G LTE ushered in the era of mobile broadband.
1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G all led to 5G, which is designed to provide more connectivity than was ever available before.
5G is a unified, more capable air interface. It has been designed with an extended capacity to enable next-generation user experiences, empower new deployment models and deliver new services.
With high speeds, superior reliability and negligible latency, 5G will expand the mobile ecosystem into new realms. 5G will impact every industry, making safer transportation, remote healthcare, precision agriculture, digitized logistics — and more — a reality.
How fast is 5G ?
Yes, 5G is already here today, and global operators started launching new 5G networks in early 2019. Also, all major phone manufacturers are commercializing 5G phones. And soon, even more people may be able to access 5G.
5G has been deployed in 60+ countries and counting. We are seeing a much faster rollout and adoption compared with 4G. Consumers are very excited about the high speeds and low latencies. But 5G goes beyond these benefits by also providing the capability for mission-critical services, enhanced mobile broadband and massive IoT. While it is hard to predict when everyone will have access to 5G, we are seeing great momentum of 5G launches in its first year and we expect more countries to launch their 5G networks in 2020 and beyond.
Do I need a new phone if I want 5G ?
Yes, you will need to get a new smartphone that supports 5G if you want to be able to use the network. For example, smartphones powered by the Snapdragon 5G Mobile Platforms are 5G compatible.
There are several new mobile phones available that are designed to support 5G, and multiple carriers across the world support the 5G wireless network. As the 5G rollout timeline progresses, more smartphones and carrier subscriptions will become available, as 5G technology and 5G compatible devices become more mainstream.