You shouldn’t Get Excited About 5G is coming. well, technically it’s here kind of maybe slowly, this fifth generation cellular network is 10 times faster than 4G LTE. that means instead of waiting 5 minutes to download a movie on Netflix and 4G it will take just 30 seconds on 5g.
So, it could even replace your home’s current high-speed Internet service, the new standard means devices can communicate with each other with no lag. You know how when you write with a pen you see it as it happens that zero latency.
That’s pretty much what 5g can do no waiting, which opens up the possibility for things like wireless VR experiences and more reliable driverless cars. Thanks to the ability to analyze and process data at faster speeds it’s an exciting time for faster more connected devices.
There are some obstacles 5g needs to overcome before we can really reap all of its amazing benefits. First, we need a whole new infrastructure your cell phone provider, for example, will need to install a lot of new equipment for this new technology because 5g uses a totally different wavelength than the 4G standard your phone currently uses.
The 5g standard uses millimeter waves which are a lot shorter than the wavelengths 4g uses. The shorter wavelength means 5g can carry a lot of data much faster than 4G but it also means a much shorter range 4G wavelengths have a range of about 10 miles, 5g wavelengths have a range of about a 1000 feet not even 2% of 4G’s range.
So, to ensure a reliable 5g signal there needs to be a lot of 5g cell towers and antennas everywhere. We’re talking on every lamppost traffic light etc because even trees can block 5g signals.
5g isn’t going to be cheap you know each node or you know mini cell tower needs some kind of connection to it, that means laying down fiber-optic cables and you know it’s still an undertaking. It’s definitely not in a Million it’s definitely in the billions possibly hundreds of billions not only will this cost billions of dollars.
There’s also pushback from many local communities, one of the biggest problems they face is actually local government’s local communities who don’t want these carriers to build towers or antennas all over the place or maybe they’re afraid of the health risks which is another big concern.
Some are concerned that 5g radiation may cause cancer to the FCC. So, far has said that there aren’t any problems or concerns with 5g radiation but they have said they still need to do more research despite all that Verizon already wrote out the beginnings of its 5g network to parts of Chicago and Minneapolis AT&T currently has about 19 cities with 5g capabilities.
Sprint and t-mobile say they’ll be releasing their 5g networks sometime in 2019. So, while 5G is being rolled out it is very slow in limited areas and non-city and rural areas will be more difficult to cover since 5G has such a short range but let’s say your internet provider successfully installed all the equipment around you still need devices.
That can run 5G so far we’re only seeing a few that can do that. In the US the only smartphones that we know about that have 5G is the Moto z3, if you buy the extra Moto mod there’s also the Samsung Galaxy S10 5g, and also the LG V50 THINQ.
You can expect 5g phones to cost you about 200 to $300 more than one without 5G Verizon and story are also getting a head start in bringing 5G to your home internet. So, if you’re one of the few people who have access to 5G right now enjoy.
One of the things I’m really excited about with 5G. 5G is said to be a super open highway with many more lanes than the 4G LTE highway. This means a lot less congestion even during peak hours I do estimate that eventually even 5G will be congested with the number of people connecting to it and also the extra stuff that’s going to be used for 5g.
Which point we’re going to have to step over to 5G. So, while all the carriers are already starting to tout their 5g capabilities don’t get too excited. Because it’s still going to be a few years before you can really take advantage of it.