5G in 2019: Is the Hype For Real?
5G networks are the next generation of mobile internet connectivity, offering faster speeds and more reliable connections on smartphones and other devices than ever before. It has been forcasted that 5G won’t just bring faster phones. It will shape every type of technology it touches. 5G in 2019: Is the Hype For Real?
How 5G could change your life in 2019
During 2018 the wireless industry got its first real signals from 5G. First, at the end of 2017, the 3GPP ratified the Non-Standalone (NSA) 5G New Radio (NR) specification for commercial 5G products. That action allowed vendors like Ericsson and Qualcomm to begin building the hardware elements for 5G, products that could be deployed in the market and then, later, updated to 5G via software.
If you look at the corner of your phone, you’re probably used to seeing a little indicator that says 4G LTE, 3G, or, god forbid, 2G, and you’ve come to recognize that it probably has something to do with your phone’s connection to your mobile network. The higher the “G,” the faster the connection.
Although 5G will undoubtedly change the way we interact with each other and consume media, the change won’t happen overnight. It will be years before 5G is up and running smoothly across the U.S. While it’s ultimately a personal decision, it may be wise to hold off on buying a 5G handset in early 2019.