A handful of mobile devices already boasted 5G connectivity this year — Samsung’s S10 5G, Oppo’s Reno 5G, and LG’s V50 ThinQ 5G to name some. More devices are announced to be having a 5G capability in their arsenal.

What’s so good about 5G to begin with?

1. It can boost your download speed up to more than 1 GBps

Right now, the download speed of 4G theoretically maxes out at around 300 MBps. Once the coverage of 5G connectivity stabilizes when more companies adopt the technology, average download speeds are expected to be around 1 to 10 GBps. Massive downloads will be finished in a matter of seconds. Blazing fast.

Currently, because only a few are using the technology, 5G connection is still patchy, with recorded speed ranging from 200 MBps to 1.4 GBps. Still considerably fast.

 

2. It improves more than just your download speed.

Other benefits of 5G connectivity include:

  • Faster uploads
  • Smoother online content streaming
  • Improved call quality for both audio and video
  • Increased reliability

These are even more reasons to be excited about 5G taking over soon.

 

3. It will help improve urban mobility.

5G technology is essential in making Internet of Automated Vehicles (IoAV) possible. In essence, IoAV will allow your vehicle to communicate with other vehicles on the road. This will improve the efficiency in energy use, convenience, and the overall experience of using vehicles.

We’re still far from attaining an IoAV-capable environment, but 5G is one of the foundations necessary for its materialization.

 

4. It will improve public safety and infrastructure.

With a connection more powerful than ever, smart city technologies will attain greater heights.

Public works departments can be notified of the city’s maintenance needs such as busted traffic lights and flooding by installing sensors where 5G connectivity will serve as a bridge.

Surveillance systems can also be installed less expensively with the cutting edge technology brought by 5G.

 

5. It can improve health care

The ultra-reliable low latency communications (URLLC) component of 5G can push developments in healthcare including:

  • Improvements in telemedicine
  • Precision surgery
  • Remote surgery

5G is truly more than what meets the eye. This development is definitely something to be excited about, and it is not just because your smartphone connection will be faster than it has ever been.

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