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5G: What It Is And How It Works

Most of the incoming smartphones are arriving with a 5G support, but it’s not just enough to know the specs of a phone. Going beyond that let’s take a look at what 5G is.

5G is the next generation of mobile broadband that will eventually replace, or at least augment, your 4G LTE connection. With 5G, you’ll experience download and upload speeds to be exponentially faster . Latency, or the time it takes devices to communicate with the wireless networks, will also decrease. This enhancement will give businesses and consumers the potential to experience new, innovative technologies.

5G networks can be built in different ways from multiple bands of wavelength spectrum: low-band, mid-band, and high-band.

High-band millimeter wave frequencies have greater bandwidth available to carry more data in dense urban areas but require cell sites to be in close proximity and have limited penetration in buildings. Mid-band balances speed and range, providing broader coverage than high-band. And it’s less impacted by buildings. However, much of its bandwidth is already in use, so there’s not a lot available for 5G growth. Low-band, like our powerful 600MHz spectrum, travels farther than other bands—over hundreds of square miles—and can pass through more obstacles, providing a better, more reliable signal both indoors and out.

With 5G, high amounts of data can be transmitted more efficiently than 4G LTE. That means stronger network reliability, faster downloads, and support for more connected devices than ever before.

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