4G vs 5G Connection – What’s the Difference?
June 18, 2019
The recent introduction of 5G technology is expected to completely revolutionise mobile networking.
It is not a replacement for the 4G network currently in place, but more of an extension in order to provide more capacity across some of the busiest cities.
The Differences Between a 4G and 5G Connection
4G was an exciting revelation when it first came about due to the increase in mobile internet speeds, up to 500 times faster than 3G. It successfully kept up with the evolution of smartphones and devices, providing fast mobile browsing, high-quality video calls and seamless mobile streaming. However, there is doubt that 4G will not be able to match the performance needed for new technology in the future.
Even though there was an initial growth in the number of devices that required internet access when 4G first came out, this number is set to increase to over 20 billion by 2020. Unfortunately, the 4G network will not provide enough bandwidth to support this and this is where 5G comes into play.
Generally speaking, 5G is faster, smarter and more efficient than 4G. With increased mobile data speeds of up to 100 gigabits per second, 5G will be around 100 times faster than 4G. Exceeding speeds of some home broadband networks, it has the potential of giving customers exceptionally quicker website browsing and streaming.
The 5G network is smarter than 3G and 4G as it will be able to fix bandwidth issues and provide the infrastructure needed for the influx of different devices requiring internet access. This will mean a more reliable coverage and a better streaming experience, especially for emerging technologies.
Thirdly, reduced latency is one of the most significant differences between 4G and 5G. Latency refers to the delay before a transfer of data begins following an instruction for its transfer, and 5G has the ability to reduce latency from 40ms to 10ms. Downloading and uploading files, films and music will be quicker and more reliable, and you will experience even more efficient streaming.
A Better Mobile Experience
When you access the internet on your mobile device, nothing will be taken away when you’re on 5G, it will just be improved. The 5G network will see an end to congestion which will consequently lead to a much smoother and better mobile experience. It is currently active in 16 UK cities and will be introduced among more cities over the next couple of years; it is also only available on a few handsets including Samsung Galaxy S10 and LG V50.
We’re excited to see where 5G is going to take us, in both the personal and business world, and we’re sure you are too! Contact us today for more details about the 5G network for your business mobile.