What Is 5G?

5G is the next evolution of wireless mobile telecommunications aimed at addressing the future challenges in the areas of connectivity, speed and quality of service. More about what is 5G and how to use it below.

What is the difference between the 4G we currently have, and 5G? Why is it better?

5G is purely as an evolution of 4G. This is confirmed by the fact that many operators are initially introducing 5 G by repurposing the technology originally used for 3G. In this initial configuration, referred to as Non Standalone (NSA), your connection uses 4G and 5 G connectivity depending on the user’s handset and data requirements, at the given point in time. In simple terms, your service will automatically switch between 4G and 5 G.

How does 5G affect our home internet service?
New, fifth generation, presents an opportunity to further enhance your home internet experience through the use of either Hybrid or Fixed Wireless Access technologies. It also provides a viable alternative solution for rural areas where fixed access is problematic and expensive to deploy.

How does 5G affect our mobile internet service?
5 G is up to 100 times faster than 4G reaching 10 gigabits per second. While downloading a movie can take close to an hour on 4G, with new technologies it will take only couple of minutes.

Can all phones connect to 5G?
For a phone to be able to connect to 5G it must be 5G enabled. This means that the handset needs to have an internal chipset which is able to transmit, receive and decode 5 G signals.

Do all countries have 5G?
Not all countries have 5 G at the moment. The first deployments in Europe started in late 2019 and progressed in 2020. For the time being these have mostly been proof of concept deployments which allow engineers to better understand and optimise the technology. This was further slowed down by the limited availability of handsets and 5G devices in the market. As the 5 G ecosystem consolidates and handset technology evolves, the situation is expected to change in 2021. Probably 2021 will see deployment of 5 G on a wider commercial scale as handset vendors play catch up with the technology.

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6G (sixth-generation wireless) is the successor to 5 G cellular technology — 6G networks will be able to use higher frequencies than 5 G networks and provide substantially higher capacity and much lower latency. One of the goals of the 6G Internet will be to support one micro-second latency communications, representing 1,000 times faster — or 1/1000th the latency — than one millisecond throughput.

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