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Verizon, First to 5G

5G promises to bring faster network speeds than we’ve ever seen before.

5G is here, and it’s heading to your city (eventually)! Here’s a quick summary:

5G = 5th Generation = 10x faster than the 4G network your phone uses now.

Read on to dig into 5G:

So what’s the big deal about 5G?

The crazy-fast speeds of 5G will apply to not just phones, but anything “smart.” The implications of this tech go beyond just downloading your playlist in a blink; quality of life could really be impacted—with examples like robotics, and real-time applications like distance medicine.

When will your city get it?

Called 5G Home, the first cities to receive Verizon’s new service are Houston, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Indianapolis. It runs on something called “dark fiber,” which means 5G needs lots of infrastructure in place before it can be deployed. In short, your city will get 5G as soon as the infrastructure is in place for it.

Currently, 5G service looks like this: In the customer’s home, Verizon installs a new router form WMC (similar to a typical router,) with the addition of a second small box that serves as a modem. This works with the router to deliver Wi-Fi throughout the home. It sounds complex, but the switch is actually pretty simple.

What’s daily 5G life like?

Customers can expect average speeds of 300 Mbps, with peak speeds of nearly 940 Mbps. In short, that’s much, much faster than anything we’ve seen to date. (10 to 100 times faster than our current LTE connected phones, according to CNET.) Home internet speeds will cap at 300-400 times faster than your current Wi-Fi.

Let’s use Game of Thrones downloads to illustrate these speeds: today, with current network speeds (LTE), you can download the entire G.o.T. catalogue in about an hour. With 5G, you can download the same in about a minute. Think about how much better VR and AR applications will be with that kind of power! But, the real game-changer will happen with the Internet of Things.

smart screen with smart home and modern living room

Wait, what’s the Internet of Things?

Wearable technology, digital coffee pots, Google Home: these are all part of the Internet of Things. It’s a network of tech stuff that contributes information to a system. It’s pretty much how the industrialized world works, now, and with 5G it will be even more effective.

And, of course, let’s discuss 5G smartphones!

As you may have guessed, 5G-capable phones will do what your phone does currently—but way, way faster, giving you a richer experience. HD movies and shows (yes, like the Game of Thrones) will download faster, texts will fly as though passed on the wings of supersonic angels. Google search results will appear as though touched by precognition.

The 5G future is coming!

Many advantages to the faster 5G network are yet to be seen. Every time information exchange capabilities are advanced, scientists, engineers and inventors-at-large find new ways to use them. It’s why technology in industrialized societies has jumped forward by leaps and bounds over the last decade or two. We can’t wait to see what the next few years brings in tech advances.

Industry experts warn that there will be growing pains with 5G. The network has to be built in more cities. System bugs will need to be discovered and fixed. But all great human accomplishments start somewhere! Remember dial-up internet? Telephones tethered by cords to the wall? Now, we get squirrelly if our maps application on our smartphone takes more than 2 seconds to tell us how to get to the Target when we’re visiting the in-laws in Florida … you know what we’re talking about. Our standards for technology have grown. And this new network promises to deliver even bigger, better and faster tech than we’ve seen to date.