By now, we all are used to watching videos or listening to the radio from our smartphone using 4G LTE. But when it comes to downloading an HD movie or use the Internet at home, you look for a cable rather than a wireless network. Why? Because this won’t just burn all your network data but also take forever to download. But don’t worry, 5G is here to the rescue! If you know about it already, I am pretty sure you have wished your AT&T home service package could offer 5G, too.
So What Is 5G?
Right now, there must be a cable wire running from the telephone poles out on the street coming to your house. The cable then needs to be connected to your router or modem to provide a wireless Internet connection. Currently, the 4G LTE is fast enough to let you stream 4K movies and provide your kids with the opportunity to play games at the same time.
5G is built on the foundation created by 4G LTE. It allows people to do the usual i.e. send messages, make calls, and browse the internet. But, what’s different is that it will increase the speed at which data is transferred across the network. It will be easier to download HD content and browse 3D videos. It’s like upgrading your connection from a garden hose to a fire hose.
How Does 5G Technology Work?
You must be wondering how different is 5G? Gladly, there are no cable boxes involved. You will only need 4K TV and a wireless modem. The modem will connect you to the wireless 5G signal and it will serve as a home WiFi router. Long story short, you won’t need a cable that connects to your TV. The good news is no need to drill holes and you won’t even have to wait for the cable guy to install anything. Just plug in your modem and you will be connected to the internet. How cool is that?
Is It Faster Than 4G?
The answer to that is yes (obviously). The transfer speed of 4G LTE right now is about 1 gigabit per second. That means if you want to download an HD movie, it should take an hour. But it’s not as easy as it sounds. People rarely get to experience the maximum download speed of 4G. A lot is to blame for such as buildings, microwaves and how can we forget – poor WiFi signals.
So what does 5G have to offer? Well, you can expect its download speed to be up to 10 gigabits per second. You are right, it will just take seconds to download full HD movies. This will also give the wireless broadband the capacity required to power multiple connected devices at home.
New Avenues for Home Internet and TV
5G has the potential to usher innovation and improved services. In the coming years, it will change the entire TV space. Imagine taking all your entertainment experiences on road. Yesterday, you had to sit at home to watch TV but with 5G, you will have the liberty to stream TV anywhere in the USA. Pretty soon, wireless companies will start offering their own pay TV services using mobile networks.
The 4G modules right now are expensive and they consume a lot of power. 5G, on the other hand, will accept small and inexpensive devices. It will connect smaller objects and various ambient sensors to the internet.
Users already have so many choices today and as the 5G wireless technology rolls out, there will be so much more to enjoy. Even people in remote areas or a location where fiber and cable cannot be used will get to enjoy the benefits of high-speed Internet connection. No doubt 5G has the capacity, speed, and latency to provide a robust broadband experience at home.
Other areas where 5G will impact hugely include smartwatches, automated cars, drones, fleet asset track, health care and more. Once it is up and running, it will be up to the network carriers how to put them to use. You can be sure they are already coming up with myriad ways to enable users to access it. So, buckle up, things are going to get interesting. 5G’s impact is not limited to home Internet and TV, it will impact the economy as a whole. The wait will be worthwhile. You can call on the AT&T phone number to find out if they have rolled out their 5G packages for home.