5G has been tested and tested for a while, but it’s now beginning to be close to a reality. With the launch upon us in the coming months, 5G is nearly here.
What is 5G?
5G is the next major evolution in mobile network technology with a main focus on mobile data. So what we are promised is, much faster download speeds and the capacity for more devices to connect to the network at the same time.
The fastest NBN speeds available to most Australians is 100Mbps, while 5G could reach up to 200 hundred times faster, 20Gbps. 5G coverage, however, could be a major concern, and could be a big reason why it may be unlikely to provide most Australians with a feasible NBN replacement. 4G services currently cover around 98% of Australians and the 5G network looks to be significantly less.
Why do we need 5G?
So 5G will have the capacity in the bigger picture, to make some amazing things happen (think, medical industry … performing surgery remotely! and driverless car technology), but for you and me, there are benefits too.
Video streaming will be at a much more reliable and at a higher quality and we’ll have a faster fixed wireless internet.
Eventually, think of all the devices you can connect to your smart phone! Smart home technology will be escalated with things like your air conditioner preempting your habits and your oven preheating when you need it to.
Who will be first?
So who is going to be the lucky ones to have first access? Those in Bellevue, City Beach, Eden Hill, Henderson, Hilton, Kiara, Lockridge, Midland, Mosman Park, Orange Grove, South Guildford, Wattleup and White Gum Valley will have first dibs.
Optus have announced the home broadband plan will offer unlimited data for $70 per month along with a “50Mbps Satisfaction Guarantee”.
While 5G may not totally replace the NBN, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get a little excited about it. With extreme speeds and unlimited possibilities, we cant wait to see what the next few months bring!