5G Wifi and Networks
What Are the Advantages of 5G WiFi?
One of the most recent developments in wireless technology is the introduction of the fifth generation (5G) network. But what exactly is 5G and how does 5G WiFi affect me? Every ten years or so, the communications industry rolls out a new set of technology standards. Most current cell phones in the US run on 3G (introduced in 2000) or 4G (introduced in 2010) technology. The super fast 5G internet will allow wireless users to stream videos and download large files at lightening speeds.
5G technology will make watching HD videos and transmitting large amounts of data a breeze. Furthermore, it will also help emerging technologies like self-driving cars and advanced gaming a reality. However, 5G wireless and 5G WiFi won’t be fully available to consumers until late 2019 at the earliest. 5G will use a new radio frequency spectrum and appropriate cell towers will need to be installed throughout the country.
5G Cellular Service
Like today’s cell phones, most home wireless networks suffer from many of the same reliability and speed problems. However, 5G WiFi will completely change the way consumers interact with their computers and phones. Most people are used to the experience of pulling up a movie on their laptops or smart TVs, only to be stuck in buffering mode for ages. 5G technology should help eliminate that problem by increasing speeds up to 10x their current speeds.
5G Wifi may seem like a strange term to many consumers because there was never any 4G internet offered to consumers. However, that’s because there has never been enough capacity to offer home internet through 4G cell sites. 5G will be much different. 5G cell sites will be more than capable of handling the 190GB of monthly data that the average home uses in the US. Even more importantly, consumers across the country will now have more than one company to turn to for high-speed internet. Impressively, Verizon is promising that there will not be a 4G-level data cap on their new 5G home internet.
In addition to the service itself, the classic WiFi networks that we have used for so long, the 802.11a/b/g/n, are simply not capable of handling our modern internet traffic. It struggles to hold up to multi-person households, and is not able to maintain decent video quality when multiple screens are in-use. However, the new WiFi standard, the 802.11ac, is a full 3 times the speed of our current WiFi networks. Combine these new WiFi networks with the power of 5G internet and the consumer experience will change overnight.
The 5G WiFi Rollout
Sacramento, CA is the first city in the United States to be offered 5G home internet service. Beginning at the end of 2018, Verizon will begin offering a fixed 5G home internet plan to residents in Sacramento and at least two other American cities. The rollout is expected to reach the entire nation in record speed as well. Unlike fiber optic lines, carriers do not have to lay down new cables; they only have to build standard cell towers. Because of this ease of installation, expect for 5G WiFi options to hit your city soon.