5G is meant to be faster than the 4G network, but is that the only difference? Today we’re looking at some of the ways that 5G is different, and what this could mean for the future.
Higher Speed, Lower Latency
5G is much faster than 4G. Some 5G networks in the UK have been peaking at download speeds of over 750Mbps!
The 5G spectrum also has much greater capacity than 4G did, which means that far more devices can be connected at the same time. This high capacity means that 5G is a lot more reliable than 4G ever was, especially in busier areas.
Latency in a 5G network- how long a network takes to respond to a request- is also significantly better than 4G. Recorded latencies have been as low as 17 milliseconds in central London, meaning that high download speeds won’t be ruined by slow networks!
Similar to previous generations, 5G mobile masts transmit radio frequency and data to 5G hubs. This gives you a connection which you can use to transmit data to the internet, using the masts as a relay.
5G operates at a much higher frequency than 3G or 4G. Because these high frequencies don’t travel as far, 5G requires lots of small cells to fill the gaps in-between the masts.
This extra infrastructure is one of the reasons why 5G’s launch has been staggered outside of densely populated areas. However, it excels in these populated areas, and 5G could be used to provide strong connections to people on public transport, or during events in crowded stadiums!
It Has Exciting Potential
5G’s new capabilities have inspired some new discussions about where other technologies can go. With a fast enough connection allowing for communication between vehicles, 5G may be instrumental in developing safe self-driving cars, and similarly improve drone and VR technology.
The improved speed and reliability also means 5G could be excellent for working remotely. This won’t just include working from home either. Remote vehicles are just the beginning- it could lead to an increase in telesurgery- surgeons operating remotely through connected robots!
We hope that this article helped you find the key differences with 5G. If you have any additional questions, be sure to send them to us! We write an FAQ Friday article each week on social media- and your question could be next!