An important thing to understand about the new 5G technology is that it’s not just about faster smartphones.
In fact, tech specialists are now referring to 5G as the post-smartphone era. Higher speeds and lower latency will make new experiences possible in augmented and virtual reality, connected cars, the smart home and, well, where machines need to talk to one another continually and without lag.
Fifth-generation wireless (5G) is the next big thing in cellular technology engineered to greatly increase the speed and responsiveness of wireless networks. It follows 3G and 4G and is expected to be widely available around 2020.
The 3rd Generation Partnership Project is the standards body writing the rules for wireless connectivity. Like all standards, 5G standards are needed in the interest of cohesiveness as opposed to developmental chaos.
In December 2017, the first standards were reached. The Non-Standalone Specification of 5G New Radio standard covers 600 and 700 MHz bands and the 50 GHz millimeter-wave end of the spectrum. That agreement paved the way for hardware makers to start developing handsets with 5G modems inside. But the non-standalone specification applies to 5G developed with LTE as an anchor.
In June 2018, the standards body completed the rules for standalone 5G. Now network operators can start fine-tuning their software using equipment that complies with the completed standard.
Cell phones will get the first boost (and all the attention) from 5G technology with speeds 257 times faster than the average speed of the fastest 4G LTE network in the United States. Download speeds will also increase up to 10 gigabits per second. A full HD movie will be downloaded in a matter of seconds. It will also reduce latency significantly (giving people faster load times).
But down the line, 5G will change everything. The world itself will look very different with self-driving cars in streets without traffic lights, doctors using robots to operate on patients 1,000 miles away, or people enjoying the perfect beach vacation — from their basement.
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