The world’s technology continues to improve at a rapid rate, a proof of this is the 5G technology. A lot are hyped up about this advanced technology with its unbelievable download speeds but is it here yet?

That’s what we’re going to find out below at the same time giving you everything you need to know about 5G in this quick guide.

What is 5G?

Simply put, 5G is the next generation of network connectivity after 4G LTE. It promises lightning download speeds among others that will put even 4G to shame. But to really understand how it came to be and how it’s going to be utilized, let’s take a brief look at its predecessors.

1st Generation (1G) – The first generation of wireless cellular technology was launched in the U.S back in the ‘50s. It used analog radio signals that enabled users to make calls.

2nd Generation (2G) – The second generation introduced the picture in phones. It used digital radio signals that enables text messaging for up to 160 characters.

3rd Generation (3G) – The advent of 3G wireless technology came with it the access to the internet. Although not as fast as mobile internet today, it paved the way for the upcoming generations.

4th Generation (4G) – A few years ago, 4G was launched and technology allowed users to download and communicate at a significantly faster rate than its predecessors.

5th Generation (5G) – Now as the internet continues to take over our appliances, tv, smartphones and other electronics, the need for 5G network arises. This need is what the 5G hopes to deliver in terms of uninterrupted network, wider coverage and faster network speeds.

Features of 5G

As 5G is still a work-in-progress, it’s tough to list all its features today. That might be the case, but for networks to qualify for 5G technology, here are some of the characteristics and features it needs.

High speed – Speeds of up to 10Gbps data rate (10 to 100 times faster than 4G). Imagine downloading a 70GB game in less than 10 seconds, that’s how fast 5G promises to be. This feature will make everything even faster than it already is today.

Low Latency – If you have heard of this term before but don’t know what it means, we’re going to break it down for you. Simply speaking, latency is the response time of something you click such as a vide which sends the request to the network up to the time the video plays. In today’s networks, the average response time is around 20 milliseconds. It doesn’t seem too much, however, 5G promises to reduce it further to 1 millisecond. This is a feature that most users will find a lot of uses for such as gaming, real-time connections and so on.

A world of connectivity – The most important feature of 5G is the promise of connectivity to everything electronic. 5G is designed to interconnects all our devices in a way that eliminates disruptions and response time.

When will 5G be available worldwide?

5G technology is still in the early stages and we will see newer and more improved versions in the coming years. For now, the beta versions are available in select parts in the world. Most people believe that by 2020, most of the countries in the world will already have access to 5G.

Final Thoughts

That’s everything you need to know for now about 5G! Although 5G connectivity today is still far from the numbers we’re dreaming of, there’s still rapid development. Carrier networks around the globe are collaborating in delivering this technology that will once again change the way we communicate.