Are we ready for 5G already? Photo used for representational purposes.
Are we ready for 5G already? Photo used for representational purposes. (Photo: iStock)
  • 1. How Is 5G Different From 4G?
  • 2. Where Can 5G Be Used?
  • 3. Who Are The Key 5G Players?
  • 4. What Are The Challenges to 5G in India?
  • 5. Will 5G Be Revolutionary in India?
Everything You Need to Know About 5G Technology

5G is a term you will hear quite frequently in the coming months. What exactly is 5G and how does it work? We’ve simplified that for you.

5G refers to the fifth-generation cellular network technology that provides broadband access. Unlike its predecessors, 5G is a software defined network operating largely off the cloud. With higher data speeds, lower latency and the promise of massive device connectivity, 5G paves the way for next-generation applications such as autonomous vehicles, smart homes and cities, and massive machine-to-machine communications for industries.

For mobile users, it spells out faster Internet access, more video calls and better network quality.

  • 1. How Is 5G Different From 4G?

    On paper, 5G should be faster, with higher data speeds and lower latency.

    Data Speed: At a theoretical maximum speed, 4G tops out at 100 Mbps, while maximum speed on 5G is 10 Gbps. This makes 5G about 100x faster than the current 4G technology.

    In perspective, a two-hour movie that takes 6 minutes to download on 4G will take about 3.6 seconds on 5G.

    Lower Latency: Latency is the time it takes for data to move from one point to another over a network. Where 4G had a latency of 50 milliseconds, 5G offers a minimum latency of 1 millisecond. This is 400 times faster than the literal blink of the eye!

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