What is 5G?

The process of changing mobile devices, plans, and carriers can be overwhelming. A lot of questions arise when it comes to choosing a new devices. Why? Because you will live with the decision for ~2+ years… unless it takes a trip into a puddle, or you break your screen beyond repair. Anyways, if you upgraded in the last few years, you probably had a choice between a 3G and a 4G device. So which did you choose, and how did it impact you?

The G stands for ‘generation’ and it’s not just an upgrade to your services – it’s a totally new system and way of doing voice and data. Although the generational system has been dumbed down a bit, and has played a role in the marketing of new devices for a while. What I’m trying to say was that 4G wasn’t as big of a jump from 3G as 2G to 3G was, or 1G to 2G…  And now we’re talking about what 5G will be like, but did we really even max out 4G? The ‘real’  4G refers to all-Internet Protocol (IP) packet-switched networks, giving mobile ultra-broadband (gigabit speed) access.

What will the future generations hold?

What will 5G service look and feel like? So far, it’s been pretty undefined. Because we don’t know what we don’t know just yet! Some are rushing to define it. There’s a tiny island in Great Britain that claims they are almost there. Speculation says that 5G will be commercially available by 2020-2021. According to a professor in the UK who heads a UK “5G test centre,” 5G broadband will be able to go as fast as 800Gbps. He also predicts that 5G will allow for “self-driving cars, smart grids and the growing ‘internet of things’ connected and communicating with each other.” 

Here’s a little throwback to our ‘G’ roots.

What is 5G?


This quote and infographic was originally posted on Android Authority, in ‘Future 5G Speeds could be just about anything‘.