5G is the 5th generation of mobile network. 5G will elevate the mobile network to a whole new level. It will not only interconnect people but also interconnect and control machines, objects and devices. The jump to 5G will mean faster speeds, lower latency and many other benefits. To enjoy the benefits of 5G, you will need to upgrade to a smartphone that’s compatible with new network requirements. Networks will be 20 times faster than 4G networks on average and latency could be less than 1 ms, compared with 50 ms for 4G.
Many smartphone makers are already rolling out 5G-compatible phones. Qualcomm‘s first 5G modem, the Snapdragon X50, supports speeds up to 5GigaBites per second. These networks have much higher capacity than 4G and can support up to a million devices per square kilometer.
This technology will be essential for self-driving cars, which will communicate with multiple devices around them as quickly as possible. Lower latency and higher capacity mean that cars can communicate faster with their environment to become fully autonomous. Wearable devices, VR headsets, PCs, and smart home devices will all dramatically improve their performance as well. The only downside of all this, at least initially, will be that all the extra speed is likely to come at a much higher cost.
But, most in the industry agree that 2020 is the earliest 5G will even begin to touch most consumers’ hands. It promises to unleash a wave of innovative new startups and services we can’t even think about.