There has been a lot of buzz around the term 5G over the past few years. Not everyone knows exactly what 5G is and how it will affect their daily lives and business operations – so we are here to tell you.  Read on to learn more about 5G, where it is available and how it is transforming the world. 

What is 5G?

5G is simply the 5th generation of the mobile network. 5G enables a new kind of network that is designed to connect virtually everyone and everything together including machines, objects, and devices. 5G networks are more reliable, deliver low latency, deliver higher network speed and deliver a next-generation user experience. What does all that mean exactly? With 5G users are able to access new experiences like virtual reality shopping and cloud gaming.  

Different Types of 5G

Now let’s take a deeper dive into the different ways 5G is used. 5G is used across three main types of connected services, including enhanced mobile broadband, mission-critical communications, and the massive IoT.

  • Enhanced Mobile Broadband – In addition to making smartphones better, 5G mobile technology can create immersive experiences such as VR and AR with faster data rates, lower latency and lower cost. 
  • Mission-Critical Communications – 5G can enable new services that can transform industries with reliable, available, low-latency links like remote control of critical infrastructure, vehicles and medical procedures.
  • Massive IoT – 5G is meant to connect a massive amount of embedded sensors in everything through the ability to scale down in data rates, power, and mobility. This provides extremely low-cost connectivity solutions.

Impacts of 5G

There are endless possibilities for 5G. Technology and the evolution of our wireless network bring amazing improvements to society everyday. 5G will advance society, transform industries and elevate our user experience. 5G can bring us self-driving cars, virtual reality, virtual surgery and unlock the full capability of drones. 

Where Can I Access 5G?

5G began rolling out all across the globe in 2019. 5G is currently available in 61 countries around the world.  Global operators are launching more and more 5G networks everyday and are seeing a much larger demand from consumers than with 4G. Wondering if you have access to 5G? Click here to discover if it is available in your zip code.

We found a great article that further explains 5G – as a complete guide to this current generation of wireless communications. Check that out here, and as always, reach out to the 165 Halsey Team with any questions pertaining to your business connectivity!