A new successor for the 4G network has been in the making for quite a while, with experts working around the clock to make it a reality. Shifting to an entire new network requires a lot of preparation from many skilled workers, from manufactures to the people developing the technology. Only now has the 5G network really come into fruition, so what’s the fuss about? And what benefits will come with it? Here’s a guide on what to expect from the new 5G network:
Verizon Is Leading The Way
The US network Verizon is the first to release the 5G network as standard in selected cities. It was activated in: Los Angeles, Sacramento, Houston and Indianapolis. Specially chosen places for their “forward-looking” state policy. It’s been the very first official public launch of the network anywhere in the world. For the privilege of 5G, customers are expected to pay anywhere between $50 to $70 a month.
The Benefits Of 5G
The introduction of 5G shows major progress in technology, largely due to the fact that 5G networks will be able to handle more data than ever before. This is particularly exciting news for mobile app development companies who have the capabilities to design more advanced apps, but no technology to input it. While the current download speeds for 4G are up to 50 megabits per second, the 5G network can run up to more than 100 times that speed. New developments in receiver and transmitter technology allow 5G networks to communicate using high and low frequency waves – until recently wasn’t possible.
The UK Places Getting It First
In the UK, EE are set to be the first network to launch 5G. Building on existing trials, EE will turn on 5G in: London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester. The set date is mid-2019, nearly a year after it was launched in the US. Much like the US, consumers should expect to pay more to use 5G – though all new handsets will be equipped with the connectivity capabilities.
The Potential Impact
The impact that 5G has will be huge, for consumers and IOS app development companies. Streaming will essentially be seamless, and with good 5G connection you will be able to stream a video straight to your device with no annoying buffering. This will also impact society, with the potential that people are more glued to their phones than ever before. Production of 5G ready mobile phones will start before the network is launched to ensure there’s enough supply to meet the predicted demand. It’s anticipated that service providers will start launching packages towards the end of 2018 to encourage customers to switch to 5G by the launch date.