Associate Contributor: Linda Mayo – Date: 14 Nov 2018

Our need for immediate access to high-quality and fast data is increasingly on a daily basis. With the modern world being powered by many smart devices and ultimately linked devices, we constantly find our selves asking the question “What is the fastest speed I can achieve?”


What is 5G exactly?

Put simply, 5G is known as the millimetre wave spectrum. A series of cellular towers operate in a high-frequency band of the wireless spectrum ranging between 30 GHz and 300 GHz to produce a high-speed mobile network and crucially one which runs at a low latency. Latency is the time it takes to get a response to information sent and forms the backbone of a 5G network, as this ultimately leads to vastly improved speeds of data transfer and ultimately an improved connected network of devices, especially when compared to the likes of 2G, 3G and even 4G LTE networks. With latency going from the current 60 milliseconds to 1 millisecond with 5G it’s clear to understand what this means in terms of innovation.

Screenshot 2018-11-12 at 09.20.43What can 5G to do for me?

When 4G first launched, while it made a splash, nobody really predicted just how much it would change our lives. Our need for news, music, movies, VOiP calls, maps, etc etc on demand just simply required much more than the previous 2G and 3G spectrums were able to offer.

This is where 5G is set to change our lives, with faster speeds and improved latency. With our homes becoming much smarter and more connected in terms of smart TV’s, home automation systems and even the likes of smart refrigerators making their way into our kitchens, 5G promises to keep us all connected and quickly.

5G ultimately means education is brought through the power of the web to your home or classroom anywhere.

When Can I Get Connected?

Thanks to Vodacom working hard to make the technology available, 5G technology is already commercial-ready. All that needs to happen now, if for 5G devices to start streaming onto the market. With over R50-billion being spent to ensure that the service is widely available and accessible over the next 5-years.

The only question now left to ask with the exciting future of cellular networks is “Are you Ready?”

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