For most people, the terms 4G, LTE, and 5G are very vague far away terms. We don’t think about the specifics of these data sources very much, most of us just care that our webpage downloads quickly, our calls are heard clearly, and our shows play seamlessly. When there’s a problem with these things, our knee-jerk reaction is to hold our phone or device closer to a window or higher in the air to “get a better signal”, but have you ever wondered what all this data stuff really is?

With 5G becoming a bigger, more publicized trend, we thought we would break down the specifics of what 5G really is.

For starters, the term “5G” just means that it is the 5th generation of mobile network.  This generation of network will be the most involved and wide reaching network of its kind. It is said to not only be able to connect mobile devices, but also machines, objects, and any kind of device with data-capability. If it is successfully implemented, it has the potential to have the most capacity, fastest speeds, and most capabilities we have seen from networks yet.  Just to give you a taste of what we’re looking at, 5G will have the capability to make calls and video streaming close to real time.

To understand where we’re going, let’s look at where we’ve been!

1G: sound is introduced into calls!
2G: you can now text!
3G: gave us the mobile web
4G: made everything 10x faster
5G: supposedly… will make everything another 10x faster!!

The technology that will make 5G possible will not be limited to large telephone poles, but many other structures such as lampposts, street signs, and even buildings. For this reason, 5G has only really been implemented in large cities with a lot of infrastructure. 5G will not reach global status until the year 2035. Like 4G, which appeared first in 2010, 5G will take a year years to become consistent and normalized.

There are so many more cool things to learn about 5G! We hope we cleared up a bit of the confusion!

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