We’ve been talking about this for years and years, and it’s not just because we work with the latest mobile technology – it’s because it has so many applications. Flying cars and toasters with voice assistants are still some way off, but 2020 promises to be the year that 5G is implemented. Companies like Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei and LG have already started to bring out mobiles capable of taking advantage of this network capacity… But while we’re waiting to have it in our pockets, we’d like to explain exactly what it is and what it involves.
What is 5G?
The 5G network is the result of the evolution of the current 4G; it’s the fifth generation of the wireless and communication technology that we use in our mobile devices to send messages, photos, videos, surf the internet and make calls. It’s nothing new, but it does represent an evolution in mobile telephony.
Changes from 4G to 5G
- Speed: the speed we currently have is 1 Gbps per second; 5G will offer an incredible 20 Gbps, with this being the standard speed. And it can reach much higher speeds. To give you an example, if you want to download a movie or an episode of a series, with 4G it takes on average 2 minutes, which isn’t bad; but with 5G this will go down to 3.7 seconds. The same will apply to applications, video games, music playlists, e-books, etc.
- Latency or server response time: 5G promises to lower the latency to about 5 milliseconds, imperceptible to the human eye. This is a clear advantage for video game fans, who will no longer suffer from “lag” or delay in their movements.
What’s new with 5G
- Smart Cities: these won’t be built in a day, but the concept opens up thousands of opportunities for everyday life in the future. There’ll be no more getting stuck in traffic jams, you’ll receive warnings of accidents, and you’ll be able to find parking in the city centre. In general, there’ll be greater freedom of action for citizens and progress in life and society.
- IoT or “Internet of Things” (article in Spanish): with thousands of devices of all kinds connected, creating a smart home. Everything seems possible with 5G, including everyday tasks like putting the washing machine on using your mobile or getting a notification from your fridge when something is going to go off.
- Autonomous or driverless cars: one of the most talked about projects.
- Increased connectivity, even in crowded urban areas: by 2023 more than 70% of the world’s population will have a mobile connection.
In short, 5G will connect us all with each other and to everything, all day long and with the greatest possible speed. Are you ready?