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Why is 5G better than 4G?

Written by Kevin Liew on 02 Jul 2019
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5G is the fifth generation of wireless technology. But why is it better than 4G? And how is it different from prior generations of wireless technologies?

It Supports New Tech

2G and 3G supported voice calls with improved audio. 4G supported GPS, location-based apps and live video calls by wireless phone users. So what will the next generation of wireless technology offer? 5G will bring with it dramatically more bandwidth. It will allow you to not only download a video to watch later, but watch videos live. It’ll also result in an increase in the accessibility of virtual reality applications. For example, you’ll be able to live-stream VR games to your phone or create augmented reality experiences.

It's Going to Become the Default

Most people in Australia use 4G networks. 3G currently remains in use in some areas that haven't had the demand to upgrade. And 2G networks no longer exist. There’s no benefit for companies to continue to keep obsolete technology on the network. So as people shift to mobile data, utilities companies will replace older cell phone receivers and antennas with the most up to date tech. So eventually 3G will be shut down, 4G will become the slower option and 5G will become the default. In saying this, 4G will probably remain in common rural areas, in the same way 3G is now. 

5G will work best in dense urban environments where they can install a large quantity of antennas. Once 5G is widespread, every phone and other mobile device will be ready to connect. To search for 5G plans, visit iSelect, whether you're buying a new phone or want to get better service for your current one.

Businesses Want It

The Internet of Things or IOT refers to the wireless network of smart devices that talk to each other and central controllers. Most of us are familiar with these devices in the home, like Alexia or Siri. But the biggest rollout has actually been in business. For example, many factory lines have motor controllers reporting to central controllers while sensors track every nuance of the equipment's function. This network provides real-time data that allows for repair technicians to respond to potential problems before there’s a catastrophic failure. Another example can be seen in firms. The IOT technology allows them to work through masses amount of data and come up with improvements in their operations. This means firms can implement increasing levels of automation whilst having control over everything that happens. This lends itself to reductions in labor costs and an increase in productivity. IOT also allows businesses to track the location of workers and equipment as it goes through the motions, providing managers moment by moment insight into operations. If someone stops and collapses or safety sensors are engaged, users will be automatically informed of the situation and where the person is located. This could reduce the rate of injuries and deaths on the job, leading to lower insurance premiums.

Why is 5G better than 4G? It supports the technologies that make businesses more efficient and gives the public the services and streaming media they want.

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