By now, you've probably heard about the coming launch of 5G. Rolling into the marketplace for the first time this year, it's the next (fifth) generation of cellular technology and promises to significantly enhance the speed, coverage, and responsiveness of wireless networks.
It's a major upgrade and has wireless carriers excitedly rushing to promote the arrivals of their 5G networks and compatible products. As a result, the average cellphone user may well be wondering: How and when will 5G really make an impact on me?
Well, before you feel compelled to rush out and upgrade your phone, consider the following.
Ever since the first field tests of 5G were deployed in 2015, the hype for the technology has been building. Tests have delivered responses 10 to 100 times speedier than current 4G cellular connections. The arrival of 5G is predicted to bring phenomenal advancements to the digital landscape.
However, 5G is only being made available in a small number of launch cities, and even there only to those who've 5G-compatible phones.
The rest of us will still be connected to the reliable 4G service we've grown used to - and 4G won't be going away anytime soon.
It's estimated that most wireless networks won't be providing widespread 5G coverage until the end of 2020. And even when they do, you can expect the technology supporting 4G to remain in place indefinitely.