What is 5G and what does it really mean for me?

Jacob Mollohan, Senior Marketing Specialist

August 28, 2018

Chances are good you’ve already heard about 5G. It has the potential to bring blazing fast speed to networks, allowing for the introduction of potentially world-changing technology.

Amidst all the chaos of this emerging technology, you might be wondering what it really means for you. Here’s a quick overview of everything you need to know about 5G:

“5G networks are the next generation of mobile internet technology, offering faster speeds and more reliable connections on smartphones and other devices. .”

What is 5G?

The “G” in 5G stands for “generation.” Wireless phone technology technically started with 1G, and in the early 1990s, and it expanded to 2G when companies first started enabling people to send text messages between two cellular devices.

5G networks are the next generation of mobile internet technology, offering faster speeds and more reliable connections on smartphones and other devices. Faster networks will help power a huge rise in Internet of Things technology, providing the infrastructure needed to carry staggering amounts of data, all of this will create a smarter and more connected world.

Make sure you’re prepared to manage the rising use of data.

With development well underway, 5G networks are expected to work alongside existing 3G and 4G technology to provide quicker connections that stay online no matter where you are.

Here, I believe, is where the key lies. In the mobile-first world, whether it be the DMV, Facebook, Reddit, Google, or any other system else we utilize, staying simple is critical.

How fast will 5G be?

It’s still not exactly known how much faster 5G will be than 4G, as much of the technology is still under development. Although, it is predicted that 5G should have around 1,000 times the mobile data volume, and support up to 100 times the number of connected devices.

5G will increase download speeds up to 10 gigabits per second. This would mean that users could download a full-length HD quality film in a matter of seconds, and that downloading and installing software upgrades would be completed much faster than today.

How will 5G affect me?

5G will be the catalyst to empower new technologies. From Virtual Reality enabling life-like immersion, the Internet of Things creating near-instantaneous communication across a multitude of devices, or empowering smart cities that use less energy and better facilitate the needs of people, the truth is simple: 5G is on the way.

Gartner predicts that 20.8 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020. By comparison, there are currently an estimated 6.4 billion connected devices in the world. That’s a lot more devices asking for a quick connection.

5G will change the face of communication and mobility across the world. If you’re the one in charge of managing those connected devices, you need the right tools and strategies to empower yourself.

If there’s anything we can all agree on, a quick internet connection is a necessity in the mobile-first world. And the need is only going to grow as we realize a vision of the future with literally billions of connected devices. 5G will be the next step toward that future!