First the basics: The “G” here stands for generation, meaning 5G falls in line with the current gen of net coverage and speed. Long before 5G was proposed to the world we had the 2G and 3G networks which were considered the be all and end all of fast networks that allowed streaming of MP3, MP4 files alongside surfing the web, download videos, etc.
But, with the introduction of 4G technology internet saw a turnabout. Not only was it faster than it’s predecessors one could now stream TV shows, avail HD sets, watch and download videos online all this without facing buffering lags. But, as the generation evolves so do their needs and technological advancements are thus the by-product. 5G network was first introduced by iPhone 12 as an one man army of speed, reliability and a smooth internet experience. With it’s availability to the masses it slowly paving it’s path towards a nation wide spread. With Samsung Galaxy phones being next in line to offer 5G services. The question that one needs to pose here is should 4G users now switch on to 5G data carriers? Will 5G sustain the gigabit speed? Or will it be able to change the speed game for real?
For a better estimate over it’s relevance let’s outline it’s functionality with a direct comparison to 4G technology. When it comes to internet surfing the ideal metric for evaluation of its strength, quality and value is it’s connectivity. Other factors such as travel speed, population density can decide whether the device can connect to the network. Experts, however, have stated that 5G networks can challenge speed and range issues with it’s high bandwidth security and greater load capacity.
Although, wireless communication has technological standpoints. 5G is still regarded as a significant achievement. 4G LTE(long term evolution) on the other hand has undeniably created much flexibility with improved spectrum efficiency and lower latency. With 4G phones became computers. Now with 5G’s ultra wide band network, it proves to be a monumental breakthrough that is gearing up to replace 4G LTE.
Let’s take a closer look at 5G’s functionality; 5G operates across 3 spectrum bands. The 3 bands forge a flexible connection that is adaptable to user’s network and connectivity. The lowband can penetrate hard surface and cover large areas. Midband spectrum offers less penetration but high peak speed and High spectrum band offers fast connection at a short distance. Although, one has to make a note that physical barriers stand as a pitfall for HSB.
Thus, the key difference between 4G and 5G is it’s improved connectivity, greater speed transition, network slicing and remote execution. Investing in 5G routers can be a prudent move as it can easily power up home devices with ultra low latency. It can also extend it’s services to other sectors such as healthcare, public safety, etc. It definitely has the capacity to overshadow 4G. Although, 5G seems to have made a buzz, the expected switch from 4G to 5G is expected to be rather slow.