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What is 5G?

27th Feb 19

James Francis
By James Francis66 Followers

5G will open doors to the future in exciting and unexpected ways. Thanks to this new mobile broadband technology, you will soon be enjoying incredibly fast and responsive speeds online. But 5G isn’t quite the same as previous upgrades. It’s not simply a step up from 4G/LTE as 4G was to 3G. This is good news, but to avoid any confusion, let’s take a look at what 5G actually is.

What does 5G mean?

5G literally means “5th Generation”, a followup to 4G (4th Generation), 3G (3rd Generation) and so on. Yet the various generations are actually very different from each other. For example, 3G is an “old school” standard that runs things much like traditional GSM did (called analogue), whereas 4G/LTE was the first truly digital generation.

5G is not a continuation of 4G, but a big step into new ways of connecting networks to devices such as smartphones. This also means that while 4G will eventually replace 3G, 5G won’t replace 4G – at least not in the near future. Instead, 4G and 5G complement each other (something we’ll discuss a little later in this article).

How fast is 5G?

In the right conditions, 5G is very fast – fifty times or more than that of 4G/LTE. Let’s put that into perspective: 4G/LTE can reach up to 50Mbps and average 10 to 12Mbps. That’s fast enough to stream HD content and play games online. While 5G can go much, much fas...

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