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Why is 5G so fast?

Billy Carey

When people hear about 5G, it’s mostly about how fast it is. It’s not surprising this tends to make the headlines; 5G is expected to be able to reach speeds in excess of 1Gb/s and capable to reduce latency from 20ms to 40ms on 4G to less than 10ms. And, in a few years, we could see speeds of 10Gb/s. That’s 100 times faster than 4G. Your average HD movie takes a day to download on 3G and around 10 minutes on 4G. With 5G, you could be watching your favourite film in as little as 5 seconds.

The speed of a wireless system like 5G depends on the amount of information that you can send over a unit of area, otherwise known as area-throughput. With 5G, advanced technology means information can be sent in a more efficient way and, by using higher frequencies, there is more available bandwidth for the information to be sent. These combined means a significantly faster network.