If fast mobile internet connectivity is important to you, your life is about to get a whole lot better.
As many mobile networks across the globe gear up to launch 5G within the next two years, it’s a great time to educate yourself on what the transition will mean for you and your favourite device.
Firstly it’s important to understand what exactly a “G” is. Essentially, each ‘G’ represents a new generation of wireless mobile connectivity, which is what makes it possible for you to access mobile data on the go and when you’re unable to connect to wifi.
It all kicked off with the release of 2G in 1991, 3G in 1998 and 4G in 2008. We’ve all been living in a 4G world for a decade now, which you would see on the top left corner of your smartphone or tablet screen.
5G is the next phase in the world of network technology, and promises an even better online experience.
Expected to launch next year, the experts are tipping 5G to be the holy grail of wireless mobile connectivity. Ultra-fast connections thanks to greatly-improved bandwidth, more reliable connectivity and less congestion on mobile networks are all elements of 5G to look forward to.
Mobile networks have been notoriously hush-hush on what else to expect when 5G drops, so it’s a waiting game for mobile industry enthusiasts.
Most Aussie telcos are expected to turn on their 5G networks in 2019, with residents of capital cities the first to gain access to it. The big names, Telstra and Optus, are expected to lead the charge, followed by smaller networks into 2020.
4G will continue to run alongside its newest counterpart, while outdated 3G (yep - that’s still around!) will be phased out indefinitely in the coming years.
When 5G is launched by your network provider, smartphone brands will start releasing their 5G handsets in quick succession. However, experts don’t recommend rushing out to buy one as a priority, and suggest simply transitioning to 5G when you upgrade to a new phone in the coming years.
Only time will tell when it comes to hotly anticipated 5G connectivity, but we’ll keep you up to speed on new developments here on the EFM Industry News blog.