5G is going to alter our lives in ways that we cannot even imagine right now. While it is billed as a faster internet speed, it is so much more.
Not only does 5G mean insanely rapid data transfer speeds, but it also eliminates latency. The result? Autonomous cars, internet of things and a transformation of how people use their devices.
What is 5G?
The next evolution in internet networks, 5G promises to deliver the type of internet speed we have never seen before. While it is still a developing technology, many companies in the United States are in the process of rolling out 5G networks in late 2018 and early 2019.
Browsing speeds will be around SEVEN times faster with 5G, going from an average of 50 Mbps on 4G LTE to 500 Mbps on a 5G network. And when we consider that most 4G LTE users are lucky to get more than 5 or 10 Mbps, it is an enormous jump in speed.
Download speeds will be a lot better too, with the average 5G user expected to see speeds of 100 Mbps, which is a lot more than the current United States average of 8 Mbps on LTE.
Another factor is the lack of latency. While latency is a big issue among existing mobile networks, it would be less than a couple milliseconds with 5G. It means that technologies such as autonomous vehicles and robotic arms for surgeries will become a reality.
5G and the Internet
But what does all of this mean for the internet? The first detail we should consider is that when autonomous cars become a reality, people will have even more time to spend on their phones!
It is already a common site to see people holding a smartphone in one hand and the steering wheel in another. With an autonomous vehicle, they can devote their full attention to the smartphone! More people spending more time on the internet means even more demand for content.
Increasing Reliance on Web Services
The type of content we can access on social media will change with 5G. Given the rapid transfer speeds and no latency, having everything on the cloud will be an understandable solution.
And it is not just the fact that people can view videos or GIFs faster. The transfer speeds and latency mean that concepts such as streaming video games become a reality.
Instead of needing powerful, high end smartphones to run games, people will be able to stream their games on devices with much lower specifications. Smartphones could become similar to Chromebooks, which rely on the cloud to achieve their full potential.
Discovering the World
Another feature in 5G is that it consumes very little power. It means the Internet of Things will achieve mainstream use. Sensors and computing devices can be placed on every part of a building, product or monument.
People will be able to learn more about their surroundings, but companies will also have an easier time collecting data on the population.
Not every change that 5G will bring is easy to predict. But we can be sure that in five years, the internet will be a very different place than it is today.