5G has been the talk of the town. The latest addition to the wave of new technologies being released as we embark onto the next decade. But what new features will this new generation of wireless cellular technology offer? We all know for a fact, that it’ll only get better from older versions.
What Is 5G All About?
South Korea became the global front runner in being one of the few countries to commercialise 5G networks. 5G as the name suggest stands for 5th generation in the line-up of advanced cellular technology. What changes does this mean for the average cell service user?
- Well for starters, the speed of 5G networks are expected to be around 100 GB/s. This easily makes it more than 100 times faster than the current 4G network we are all on!
- The latency will be far superior. Latency means the time needed for a set of “data packets” to travel between two points. This figure is less than 1 millisecond. Meaning things will be occurring in the blink of an eye.
- Much higher bandwidth! This means multiple devices can be connected to the network, more than ever before.
The Short Comings Of 5G Networks
The transition from 5G to 4G will be gradual and a fall back is very much expected. The same way how it was when 3G transitioned to 4G. Why will this happen though? 5G will not be introduced simultaneously everywhere and there will be shortage of coverage to only a few cities and districts initially. Further, since 5G is associated with higher frequencies its penetrative capability is lower than that of 4G signals making in-building coverage highly unlikely.
Will 4G Cell Signal Boosters Turn To A Heap Of E-Waste When 5G Comes Around?
Chances are 4G technology will be used until it extends well beyond its metro city barriers within which it is limited to. 4G will continue to be used as a primary backup, much so in the way 3G cell signal boosters are still very much in use today. This means that 4G infrastructure would exist long after 5G rolls out. So, yes, we do not see your 4G cell phone booster going away any time soon.