WHAT IS 5G?Definition of 5G
5G is the next generation of wireless networks and promises a mobile experience that’s 10x to 100x faster than today’s 4G networks.
We say the word promise because we’re in the early days of 5G. When more smartphones and networks support 5G tech, it will have far-reaching consequences for consumers, from the cars we drive (or that drive us) to the food we eat to the safety of our roads to the ways we shop to the entertainment we share with family and friends. And that doesn’t include things we haven’t yet imagined because we’ve never had the capability to unlock those new scenarios.
Today, 5G may seem confusing even as it’s widely hyped. We’re here to help you sort fact from fiction, weed through the acronyms and jargon, and figure out when and how 5G can change the way you live.
And we’ll keep you from getting caught up in hyperbole — and empty promises.
The 5G wireless revolution, explained
The next-generation wireless technology is expected to change your life. Just not yet.
Do we really need 5G?
After years of hype, carriers have spent the last several months turning on their 5G networks. It’s supposed to change your life with its revolutionary speed, but for now, the deployments remain limited, so don’t be surprised if you’re nowhere near the service. For 5G, as with any technology, give it some time.
Who has started their 5G products or services?
Between the end of 2018 through the first few months of this year, the carriers were racing to claim some sort of “first.” Verizon and AT&T launched their mobile 5G networks, while KT said a robot in South Korea was its first 5G customer. Sprint turned on its network in June, followed shortly thereafter by T-Mobile. UK carrier EE was the first in its country to turn on 5G.
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Where 5G will be a great help?
All this means 5G is slowly inching from years of promises — ever since Verizon talked about moving into the area three years ago — to becoming reality. Beyond a big speed boost, 5G has been referred to as foundational tech that’ll supercharge areas like self-driving cars, virtual and augmented reality and telemedicine services such as remote surgery.