When you talk with people in the tech sector, you will hear a lot of talk about 5G. There is no doubt that people are talking more about this new mobile network than anything else in the past couple years. And we are going to look into 5G to see if it is real or if it is just a lot of hype. You can be forgiven for thinking it is the latter, as similar hyperbole existed when talking about 3G or 4G. But what is special about 5G? Here is our assessment that should help you understand why it is seen as so important.
Before we go into details, we want to talk about what it takes to set up a 5G network. Not only do you need to have massive antennas and wires set up around the city, but you also need smaller items to work appropriately. For instance, items like the broadband power dividers need upgrading so they are able to handle the greater speeds and load. When all of that is done, it is just a matter of doing the leg work to ensure the network is reaching as many people as possible.
With 5G, the reason why there is such hype is because the speeds are expected to reach close to 1 Gbps. That is as fast as current gigabit internet, which is only available to a very small percentage of people in the United States. And it is wireless! That means you can be out and about, accessing these incredible speeds on your phone. And since it is using shorter waves, it is also possible for it to serve as useful home internet, which would eliminate the need to get cable internet from a provider. Having such wireless internet for home use would be a game changer.