Many have had great success with 5G, but we still haven't wholly defaulted to 5G- Why is that? In this brief article about 5G, we will explore what it is, who is developing 5G and when it's set to thrive in the USA.
5G stands for "fifth-generation technology" standard for cellular networks, which mobile phone companies began deploying worldwide in 2019. South Korea has the highest number of cities with 5G availability, followed by China, the U.S., and the U.K. In this chart below, we'll take a look at 4 of the USA's largest carriers, and how they're planning to unveil in the coming years for 5G in the market.
Why is 5G better than 4G?
5G's biggest differentiator to 4G will be as a gateway for the Internet of Things-connected world at scale. Eventually, 5G networking will be revolutionary for data-driven industries, smart cities and infrastructure management because it will be possible to have many more devices working, reliably, securely, and uninterrupted in the same area. While many are excited about the personal benefits of advantages like faster streaming, the business potential for IoT is incredible.
Much like 4G introduced the world to the gig economy, mobile 5G will jumpstart the next wave of unforeseen innovation.
What will 5G look like?
5G will make it easier to download large amounts of data. Imagine that 4G is a normal-sized door: one person can get through quickly, but if you try to push too much through, the door will get clogged. 5G will be like a large hallway that allows lots of people to move at once without getting clogged up.
In practice, 5G will make it easier for Internet-enabled devices, like special refrigerators and coffee pots, to stay connected. Some experts believe that 5G will make robotic surgery possible. Finally, experts believe that 5G will also make self-driving cars and delivery drones more efficient.
Moreover, 5G infrastructure will be different. Because of how 5G is designed, it will need antennas that are significantly closer to the cell towers that we currently have. That means you'll be seeing small antennas everywhere.
5G will also change your phones themselves. 5G enabled phones will need to have different antennas inside them. 5G phones are expected to use less power, meaning you won't have to charge your phone as often.