Everything you need to know about 5G

There’s been lots of talk over the new cellular 5G network technology with many wireless carriers worldwide already deploying it. Just as we evolved from 3G to the faster and better 4G, moving to 5G will equally mean faster speed, among other advantages. Very likely, every activity that relies on the cellular network will experience significant positive changes.

What’s more, 5G will likely open doors for the emergence of new products and services. While we are yet to see how this new technology will positively improve our lives, experts also worry about the downsides. Want to know more? If so, in this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about the current, fastest mobile broadband tech in the world.

What is 5G?

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5G is the next generation of cellphone networks superior to the current 4G LTE connection in every way. Reports have it that peak data rate of 5G can be as high as 20Gb per second. This upgrade will let a more advanced integration and application of the internet become a reality. Everything you do on your phone and computer with the cellular network will become faster and easier.

What will 5G mean for me?

5G will no doubt usher in a faster speed, but you’ll also experience lower latency. Latency is how long it requires for data to move back and forth. For 4G, latency is around 50 millisecond. However, the latency on the 5G network can get as low as 1ms, meaning video chat, apps, YouTube streaming will operate faster without dragging.

The thing is, this new upgrade could translate to extra costs. You’ll likely have to purchase a 5G enabled phone as many mobile phones are not 5G compliant. That said, it might be possible to upgrade an existing phone to 5G, as some manufacturers have indicated that they will offer modular accessories. These accessories will allow people with non-5G phones to operate on the new 5G network on our current phone.

However, for iPhone users, a total trade-in might be necessary if you want to switch to 5G. Rumors have it that Apple’s 5G phones will come out in late 2020, which means you still have time to get good wear out of your current phone. When you’re ready to switch, consider selling your phone to an iPhone repair and trade company like Retechit. Not only can you trade-in your phone for cash to Retechit, but the company also specializes in refurbishing, recycling, and repairing used phone devices.

How does 5G work?

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Unlike your current LTE network, the new cellular broadband will be operating on three different spectrums. A low, mid, and high band spectrum. The low band offers coverage and wall-penetration. So, whether you are in your room or elsewhere, you’ll still have access to the network.

The mid-band provides greater speed and low latency while the high band will deliver the most top performance 5G offers. The high band spectrum will require many small power-base cells in geographic locations. With this in place, the highest capacity of operation is achieved.

How fast will 5G be?

As mentioned earlier, peak data rates can attain 20Gbps. Don’t get it wrong, that’s not the speed you’ll personally use on your phone. This speed is what all users will share on a cell. You’ll be working with the real-world speed, and this may be around 100Mbps for downloads. For uploads, the speed will be around 50Mbps.

Who will benefit from 5G?

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Virtually everyone will enjoy the advantages 5G has to offer. Business operations will improve significantly and cities will operate more efficiently. Because of the low latency of 5G, remote control of heavy machinery will become possible, leading to skill creation, and more jobs. Furthermore, there’ll be improved health care, as telemedicine and remote surgery will become a reality. The application is almost endless.

Are there any downsides to 5G?

There are worries that 5G is capable of tracking peoples’ locations with precision. While this may be good news when it comes to apprehending law-breakers, others can use this tech for a personal benefit. The bottom line is that there may be a total breach of privacy. That said, no one knows what the future holds for sure and much of this is hear-say.

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