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When it comes to internet speeds, 5G leaves other networks in the dust. Here’s what you need to know about the networking term that’s been causing quite a buzz.
5G is the fifth generation of mobile networking technology. In practical terms, it means faster mobile internet and much better network reliability.
Simply put, it’s super fast. In the United States, the average download speeds for 4G vary between around 15 megabits per second (Mbps) and 29 Mbps. But with 5G, we could eventually see speeds of over 1,000 Mbps—fast enough to download a high-definition movie in under a minute.
Today’s high-band 5G is limited to a handful of U.S. cities, while low-band 5G covers a much bigger range. The coverage and speed of your mobile internet will depend on your carrier.
Compared to the 4G network that most homes and businesses are connected to, 5G can connect to many more unique devices at any one time. Because of this, mobile networks experience less overload during peak times, making it less likely that your phone signal will drop out.
You might see some phones being billed as “low-band 5G” or “high-band 5G.” Generally speaking, low-band phone towers have a better range but slower data speeds than high-band towers.
Currently, 5G phones are designed to work with either low-band or high-band 5G—not both. But as phone companies work to keep up with evolving internet speeds, we’ll start to see phones that can handle both low- and high-band 5G.
Today’s high-band 5G is limited to a handful of U.S. cities, while low-band 5G covers a much bigger area. The coverage and speed of your mobile internet will depend on your carrier.
Sprint uses a “mid-band” 5G network with medium range and data speed, while AT&T and T-Mobile feature a mixture of low-band and high-band 5G networks. Verizon uses a high-band 5G network.
4G enabled us to stream video on the go. 5G is poised to take your mobile experience to the next level. 5G could be a viable option for home internet instead of cable or fiber optic, potentially offering a way to lower your internet bill. With 5G, driverless cars and mobile virtual reality experiences could become a widespread reality.
In short, 5G is the future.