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5G Network

What is 5G network?

5G is the latest generation of mobile network technology. It provides unmatched speed and capacity, which is why 5G has been adopted in a wide variety of industries, from manufacturing to healthcare. 

What is the difference between 5G and 4G?

In a rapidly changing world, 5G has huge potential to support thousands of new applications in both the industrial and consumer segments. The ‘G’ in 5G stands for ‘generation’ and 5G is technology with significant advances beyond 4G LTE. When compared to its forebear, 5G offers much faster data transmission (up to multi-Gigabit/s speeds) and greater capacity – it can fuel a massive number of IoT devices per square kilometer. The 4G network can reach top speeds of up to 100 Mbps, whereas 5G has the potential to be 100 times faster. Its top speed is set to reach around 20 Gbps in the future. What is more, the 5G network provides the lowest possible latency (down to single-digit milliseconds). This is especially relevant for digital products where a near-instantaneous response is required. Examples of such products are self-driving cars, remote diagnosis or smart grids. Latency in 4G networks is usually around 50 milliseconds, while 5G networks can have as little as 5 milliseconds (but currently, many recently-run 5G networks’ latency level’ is around 20 milliseconds).

Recently, 5G networks have been one of the biggest things in mobile Internet connectivity. It seems that 5G will keep rocking on the list of networking technology trends in the coming months. Currently, you can find 5G networks in around 100 cities in the United States, but this number has been rapidly growing.