What is 5G ?
5G or 5th Generation stands for the fifth generation of mobile network technology, making it the successor to the 4G network. As such, 5G continues the evolution of wireless communications. Essentially, 5G offers a faster and more stable connection, with practically no response time in the long run. The response time of 5G is only 1 millisecond as opposed to the 50 milliseconds of 4G.
How does 5G work?
Just like 4G, 5G operates through radio waves transmitted through antennas, however 5G does this in a much more efficient way. How? By calculating exactly which radio waves to send in the direction of the desired user. 5G is also 'smarter' than 4G, as it adapts to what you need.
What are the advantages?
You surf faster than with 4G: over time 5G will be even 10 times faster! It also improves the response speed of your mobile network and apps, and the network is more stable. That also means higher download and upload speeds, which can come in handy if you are trying to download movies and series, or if you want to telecommute and need to video chat with 5G.
The 5G network has the capacity to support a lot more users at the same time, for instance at large events or festivals. With 4G, about 4,000 devices per square kilometre can be connected at the same time, while with 5G, about 1 million devices will be able to connect to the network at the same time.
Better stability and response time
It is also the solution to accommodate more data consumption (including video, music, gaming...) and more connected devices, without any loss of quality and with more reliability. So, you will also eventually have a faster response time for data-intensive activities such as cloud gaming or virtual reality. Goodbye delays and hiccups!
5G is more energy-efficient than 4G: as there is greater data transfer for the same electricity consumption.