The New Revolution of Internet Browsing Speeds: Why You Should Not look Forward to 5G Speeds Anytime Soon!
What the internet service providers have for you is an improved version of the 4G. This, however, doesn’t rule out that some areas in the U.S. and UK are already experiencing the true band high speeds of 5G. The low speed that users realize in most areas is because the network is still using the 4G equipment, low spectrums, and bandwidth. However, there is hope for better speed in such areas because the launch of the mid and high band versions is underway.
The fate of 3G as a slower network is at stake, but for the LTE, there’s hope that it will be with us for a little longer. The 3G network will be phased out gradually because most users prefer fast internet speeds.
The 5G Network and 5G Phones
The 5G network has speeds of up to 1 Gigabit, which is 100 times that of 4G. Its core network infrastructure has low latency, hence the fast response time and wide coverage. It’s not yet a standalone network because it’s still leveraging on 4G equipment. For the above reason, only a few users realize its fast speeds. However, for most, it’s still the slow, low band version. This low band version offers only 10-15 percent of the speeds the true high band 5G has to offer.
To experience the true high band 5G network speeds, you need a 5G phone. Obviously, every internet user loves fast internet speed. Bearing this in mind, network service providers and phone manufactures will focus on offering this to their users. A common 5G enabled phone is the iPhone 12 series (Pro Max and Mini). Samsung also has a range of 5G phones; Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus and Galaxy Z Fold 2 are among them.
The Fate of 3G
By the beginning of 2020, some network providers disabled the use of 3G phones in their network. Verizon is one of them, and by 2022, they schedule to discontinue its support. Besides, you can’t use a 5G network on a 3 G phone, and it is clear that they will be obsolete soon.
The Fate of 4G
Considering the slow rate at which the 5G network is rolling out since its launch in 2019, the LTE network is here to stay. The major reason for this is that the 5G network still uses much of the 4G infrastructure. Some of the reasons for this include expensive equipment and tough economic times due to the pandemic. Other reasons include its vulnerability to hackers and resistance by some people citing its health hazards.
In some areas with the 5G network, the 4G network speeds are higher. This is bound to change, but for this reason and the others above, the LTE network is still here to stay. Considering that 3G networks and its phones will soon be obsolete, you may have to start saving for an upgraded gadget. It’s not known when the 5G network will be fully launched, but it’s clear that the future of internet speeds is bright.