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The latest Digital 2019 report from Hootsuite and We Are Social suggests that we are spending an average of 6 hours and 42 minutes online per day, which equates to more than 100 days of internet use annually. As technological advancements continue to be made every day, it’s apparent that society will be increasingly dependent on the Internet as the 21st century progresses. Scientists have put endless effort into making the Internet more accessible throughout the world, and “5G technology” can be counted as the latest achievement of engineers in this regard.


What is 5G?

5G is the 5th generation mobile network. It is a state art of the global wireless network, more advanced than the1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G networks, that is able to connect machines, objects, and devices together.


What are the differences between the previous generations of mobile networks and 5G?

1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G all led to 5G, which is designed to provide more connectivity than was ever available before. 5G is a unified, more capable air interface. It has been designed with extended capacity to improve users’ experiences, empower new deployment models, and deliver new services.


How fast is 5G?

5G is designed to deliver peak data rates up to 20 gigabits per second (Gbit/s). But 5G is about more than just how fast it is– in addition to higher peak data rates, 5G is designed to provide more network capacity by expanding into new spectrum.


Is 5G available now?

5G is currently available to the public, and global operators started launching new 5G networks in early 2019. In 2020, 35 countries like South Korea, China, and the United States are leaders of this technology, but the number of providers is growing.


Do I need a new phone to access 5G?

Yes, you will need to get a new smartphone that supports 5G if you want to be able to use the network. There are several new mobile phones available that are designed to support 5G , like Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus or OnePlus 8 Pro, and multiple carriers across the world support the 5G wireless network. As the 5G rollout timeline progresses, more smartphones and carrier subscriptions will become available.


How much will 5G service cost?

Based on operators' data like AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, the average monthly 5G tariff is around $89, compared with $68 for 4G. The difference in average cost between 5G and 4G unlimited plans varies from $5 to $72 per month.


The first 1G network was introduced to the world in 1979; just a few decades later, we are now discussing 5G, a network capable of speeds and accomplishments that could never have been previously imagined. These developments represent the expanding world of technology, and how much more progress there is to be made.


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