If you have a mobile device, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard of 4G. 4G is currently the global standard for wireless mobile communication technology and it follows 3G as a faster, more powerful technology. Recently, however, mobile communications companies have announced that they will be switching to 5G – a new network system that is even faster and more capable than our current one. Read on to learn more about 5G, the players involved in developing it and how it will affect your mobile technology experience.
The 5th Generation
The “G” in 5G stands for fifth generation. That’s because it’s the fifth generation of mobile communications system that has been developed since the invention of mobile technology. The first generation – 1G – was an analog cellular system. The following three have been digital systems.
While 5G has not been released yet, some of the world’s biggest telecom companies are working to create it and the standards around it. Verizon and AT&T are currently testing 5G in the United States. Ericsson and Nokia have also announced that they are steps away from creating their own 5G wireless networks. Despite steps to create the powerful network, many of the most trusted mobile telecom experts don’t believe that the network will be widely available to consumers until around the year 2020.