What is 5G?

5G is the fifth generation of wireless technology. But users will know it as one of the fastest, most robust technologies the world has ever seen.

5G technological advances are truly transformative and can significantly change what it means to be connected, transform our communities, and reshape the digital economy.

Compared to 4G, 5G means far faster downloads, significantly reduced response times, and a massive impact on how we live, work, and play.

The connectivity benefits of 5G can forever change how consumers use their smartphones and access information.

Evolution to 5G

To understand 5G, it’s helpful to understand what came before it. Broadly, the first generation of mobile technology, 1G, was about voice.

The ability to use a phone in a car, or anywhere else, really took root here.

The advent of 2G introduced a short-messaging layer—pieces of which can still be seen in today’s texting features.

The move to 3G provided the essential network speeds for smartphones.

And 4G, with its blazing data-transfer rates, gave rise to many of the connected devices and services that we rely on and enjoy today.

5G is an exponential leap forward from 4G. 5G is being called the Fourth Industrial Revolution as it can help drive changes in the human experience and help enable life-changing technologies.

How Fast Will 5G Be?

5G will deliver download speeds many times faster than what is possible today with 4G. One will eventually be able to download feature-length HD movies in a matter of seconds.

While download speeds dominate many of the 5G headlines and discussions, latency – or network response time – is another incredible 5G innovation.

5G means extremely fast network response times – a feature that will help make possible applications that require near real-time functionality.

Thanks to its incredible speed, response time, and capacity, 5G networks will help connect billions of new devices and help create a truly connected Internet of Things (IoT) world.

What Will 5G Be Used For?

With 5G the possibilities are limitless.

Data-rich, complex applications will work almost seamlessly with 5G speeds and capabilities.

With very high speeds and extremely fast response times, 5G will help enable driverless cars, robotics, connected healthcare, Virtual Reality (VR), cloud-connected traffic control, and many other applications that depend on rapid response times and massive, near real-time data analysis.

5G can also be used to power enhanced sustainability solutions, smarter and safer communities, immersive education, smarter agriculture, industrial Internet of Things manufacturing applications, and so much more.

The future is 5G.