4G vs 5G: everything you need to know

July 14, 2020

As 5G networking becomes more widespread, you might be wondering what the hype is all about. The truth is, this next generation of mobile technology is expected to revolutionize the industry with some of the fastest speeds we’ve seen.

In this article, we’ll break down what you can expect from 5G, explain how it differs from 4G technology, and explore its many benefits.

How is 4G different from 5G?

When 4G first appeared, it offered mobile internet speeds that were up to 500 times faster than the previous generation of mobile technology. It also made it possible to watch crystal-clear HD videos on mobile devices.

While 4G marked a huge turning point for mobile connectivity, 5G is promising to be even better. Overall, 5G is faster and more efficient than 4G. It uses higher radio frequencies to transfer much more data. As a result, you can expect faster speeds and reduced congestion.

One of the main differences between 4G and 5G is reduced latency. Latency refers to the delay from when data is sent until it is received by the user. With reduced latency, you’ll be able to upload files at lightning speed, watch ultra high-definition videos with virtually no buffering time, and so much more.

What are the benefits of 5G?

5G will offer a host of benefits, including:

Faster speeds

By using more efficient technology, 5G is expected to be 100 times faster than 4G. It’s estimated that latency will be less than 10 milliseconds, compared to an average of 20-30 milliseconds with 4G.

On most devices, 5G will produce an average speed of about 200-400 mbps, which is a major improvement over 4G’s 25 mbps.

A solution to bandwidth congestion

These days, computers and phones aren’t the only devices connected to the internet. Smart TVs, high-tech refrigerators, and other appliances are now connected as well, leading to what’s known as the “Internet of Things.”

With billions of devices and appliances now connected to the internet, this has created a huge problem with bandwidth congestion. At the current rate, 4G will eventually struggle to manage all of these connections. You’ve probably already experienced slower speeds when using the internet during peak times. Without a network that can handle more data and devices, this problem will only worsen.

That’s where 5G can help. Since the technology is more efficient at transferring data, 5G is expected to support 1 million devices per .38 square miles, compared to only a couple thousand devices for 4G. This means you can stream videos, browse the internet, and download files without experiencing lag.

New business and economic opportunities

The benefits of 5G will go beyond being able to watch Netflix without interruption. Reducing latency will be a game changer for companies that conduct business remotely. Likewise, faster speeds will help companies worldwide save money and work more efficiently.

Alongside the development of haptic technology, 5G may also bring major developments for remotely operated robotics. This could change the way we approach surgery, healthcare, and manufacturing.

When will 5G be available?

5G is already available in some areas, and it is expected to be more widely available by 2022 as rollouts continue. If your carrier offers 5G, they likely have an online map where you can see exactly where the service is available.

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4G vs 5G: everything you need to know