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What is 5G?

What is 5G

What is 5G?

5G is the latest generation of mobile network that can achieve the speed of 10 Gbps with millimeter waves of 15 gigahertz and higher frequency theoretically. In simple words, 5G or fifth generation network is the upgraded version of 4G which provides faster data transfer speed than 4G.
Well, the most special thing about 5G is its speed, it reaches 10Gbps (which is equivalent to a download speed of 1.25GB/s), in which the network delay is just 1ms. The transfer rate of 4G is just 100Mbps and 5G is 100 times faster than the 4G network. You can download a high-definition movie or a large file over 1GB in a matter of seconds, and you can also play high-definition videos online without any interruptions. Remote video calls can also be transmitted in high-definition video quality. Of course, we will see more development on other services like Live VR, artificial intelligence, Internet stuff, and car networking in the days to come.
Now, you must have got some idea on what 5G is. In addition to defining 5G, we are trying to answer some common questions about 5G.

Do you need to change sim card to use 5G?

Well, the answer to whether if you should change your sim card to use 5G can be both yes and no. This will differ from countries to countries and network to network. Please note that you should replace your mobile phone even if your current sim card is supported. The 5G network adopts a different technology and frequency than the 4G or lower network standard. Therefore, you should get a 5G supported mobile phone before you can use the 5G network.

Will 5G consumer more data?

After the 5G is implemented, the size of images, videos, and other files might increase as providers might use the speed of 5G networks to improve the user experience. This can indirectly increase the data consumed by the user.

Will 5G replace will home & Cable internet?

It is said that 5G might replace fiber-optic broadband but there are many cons that come with 5G network. Faster data means more data consumption, more data consumption means higher data charges. 5G will be expensive than your home internet. Also, the mobile network strength and coverage are not the same everywhere, making it difficult to gain stable data connectivity. So, 5G will not replace the stable, cost-effective, and flexible internet connection of home and cable internet, not at least for a few years.

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Will 5G be cheaper than 4G?

If the network providers hike the tariff charges for 5G, people will prefer to stay on 4G as they don’t want to pay more than what they are paying now. The internet speed of 4G and 5G is mostly noticeable during downloads. For surfing, customers can satisfy themselves with 4G. 5G will also consume more data than 4G due to a faster speed. So, customers will want cheaper traffic.

Talking about the actual pricing, there is a huge investment in 5G infrastructures. Investors will expect a quick return. So, we can assume that the tariff charges for 5G will be higher than 4G initially. But soon after, there will be competition among 5G mobile network providers and we can see some price reduction, eventually making the price of 5G and 4G same.

We hope that you have got some general insights on 5G is. If you have any questions, you can leave in comments.