5G is the topic on everyone’s lips recently, with several mobile phone manufacturers announcing new handset models and big companies trying to speed up the roll-out by striking deals with councils, such is the importance of getting it out to the public as quickly as possible.
But what actually is 5G? And how will it change the way we use the internet?
What is 5G?
Put simply, it is the 5th generation of mobile connectivity as we know it. Mobiles generally use 4G which utilises a low frequency signal. This signal can get crowded if there are too many people in one space. 5G makes use of all available frequencies, so this allows for a much faster connection – one of its biggest selling points.
How will it change the way we use the internet?
There are ways that 5G will change the internet that we simply do not know yet. It is one of the biggest technological breakthroughs of all time. Although, there are some definites that we do know. Here they are:
Currently, online gaming stands to make the biggest profit from 5G. The impact is almost immediate in terms of speed, accessibility, graphics and lag times. Whether you’re playing adventure games, online casinos or car racing, your experience will be noticeably enhanced straight away.
This is due in part to ‘cloud gaming’ where you don’t have to download anything whatsoever, everything is streamed at breakneck speeds from the cloud via 5G. A site that uses the ‘cloud gaming’ is Slot Clash where it’s possible to find different types of slot machine and play for free.
We’ve seen video calls and have been using Skype for almost a decade, but one thing that has never been achieved (despite movies trying their best) is holographic meetings.
It just isn’t feasible on our current connectivity speeds, but that may all be about to change with the introduction of 5G. Thanks to a mixture of 5G and the advances in VR headsets, we can now connect to meetings like never before.
The dream of a fully connected smart home is soon to become a reality.
Thanks to 5G, you will be able to control your home like never before. Using voice recognition takes a lot of bandwidth with traditional means, but with the emergence of 5G you’ll be able to set commands constantly with no glitches, meaning the smart home of the future is at our fingertips already.
People will be able to maintain constant connectivity.
With 5G, you can maintain an internet connection all the way up to 500km/hr! On top of this, 5G allows for 1 million people to maintain full capacity speeds within 1 square kilometre.
This is fantastic news for festivals, concerts, sports matches, etc, where 4G connections are dampened due to too much traffic on the frequency.
And that’s that. 5G is coming sooner than we think. It is going to revolutionise the way we interact with the internet, so it’s time to educate yourself and get on board.