17:21 11 July 2017
5G is a highly anticipated technology that is expected to offer faster speeds and more reliable connections on smartphones and other devices. It is considered the key to building a smarter, connected world.
5G technology is expected to be launched across the world by 2020. But given the speed of investment and development in technology, it could arrive sooner than expected. However, implementing 5G could be a slower process as existing infrastructures that are currently supporting 3G and 4G have to be upgraded or even replaced. Homes and businesses may also need to get new services installed.
5G is also not expected to immediately replace 4G. Instead, it will link in with existing network to ensure users never lose connection. So-called LTE-A networks are set to fill the gap for the time being.
When 5G is finally rolled out, users are expected to enjoy an average download speed of 1GBps and less than 10 ms latency. This means that a full-length movie can be downloaded in a few minutes and software upgrades won’t take as much time as they do today.
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