After this week, 5G feels real

After this week, 5G feels real

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5G will change our lives … someday.

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Want to know what 5G will look like? Qualcomm has gone all-out with next-generation wireless technology at its premiere next year. The maker of mobile chips, best known for the high-performance processors that make up the brain of high-profile smartphones like the Google Pixel 3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, held its annual Snapdragon Tech Summit in Maui earlier this week. Qualcomm used it as a showcase for 5G technology and demonstrated a prototype phone that can use next-generation networks. Partners AT & T and Verizon also joined forces to build "Live Networks" at the conference hotel to demonstrate their skills. Samsung showed a 5G reference device At the event.

"Much of the work has been used to show the 5G logo on this phone," said Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon, giving the keynote the prototype of the company.

Samsung and Verizon have already announced that they will launch a 5G smartphone in the first half of next year. AT & T and sprint also. Verizon already has this year launched a variant of 5G as a home Internet serviceand plans to launch a standards-based mobile service in early 2019.

All this means that 5G of years of hype – since Verizon spoke about moving to the region three years ago – is becoming a reality. Beyond the high speed boost, 5G has been described as a fundamental technology that includes areas such as self-driving cars, virtual and augmented reality, and telemedicine services such as remote operation,

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But what exactly is 5G? Why are people so excited? The following explains why the next generation of wireless technology is more than just speeding up and why you should be excited.

What is 5G?

It is the next (fifth) generation of wireless technology that is designed to dramatically improve the speed, range, and responsiveness of wireless networks. How fast are we talking? Think about 10 to 100 times faster than a typical mobile connection and even faster than anything you can get into your home with a fiber optic cable. (Under optimal conditions, you can download "Strange Things" for a season in a few seconds.)

Is it just about speed?

No! One of the most important benefits is something called low waiting time, You will hear this term a lot. Latency is the response time between clicking a link or streaming a video on your phone that sends the request to the network, the response of the network, the delivery of the website, or the playback of your video.