Right now, you need to be Rip Van Winkling to guide you through life without knowing that wireless operators around the world are building their 5G networks. Why is 5G so important? As a new generation of wireless connectivity, 5G offers data download speeds 10 times faster than 4G LTE. This will help in the creation of new industries and technologies, most of which have not even been thought of yet. Consider that the transition from 3G to 4G LTE has helped create the carpooling industry which has a pair of billion dollar companies competing for business (Lyft and Uber). In other words, the countries that will be the first to adopt 5G will be the first to benefit from the coming 5G economic boom.
Not all 5G networks are the same
Right now, everyone’s 5G experience will not be the same; it depends a lot on their wireless service provider. T-Mobile was the first to launch 5G service nationwide in the states through the use of its 600 MHz low-band spectrum. These waves have the advantage of traveling further than broadband signals, which is why T-Mobile already covers 200 million Americans with 5G. And while these low-band radio waves penetrate structures better than high-band signals, they cannot offer the ultra-fast download speeds offered by the high-band mmWave spectrum. In addition, mmWave signals can carry more traffic and provide lower latency. This means that the time required to send data from one device to another is shorter. Low latency is one of the features of 5G that could lead to driverless vehicles.
Much remains to be done before the next generation of wireless connectivity begins to reach its potential. But 5G is now available and with the official release of the Galaxy S20 series, you can now own a phone that supports both mmWave 5G signals and signals produced by sub-6 GHz networks. The question is whether you want to spend a lot of money now on a technology that is clearly in its infancy. Samsung hopes this ad will motivate you to move to 5G now.