5 reasons why you shouldn’t wait for 5G

5 reasons why you shouldn’t wait for 5G

Now we know 5G is coming, why should we bother with 4G – surely 3G can bridge the gap? It might seem logical but, in reality, you’d be missing out on better mobile connectivity and a more enjoyable user experience. Here we look at five reasons why you shouldn’t wait for 5G.

The background

Technology is always one step ahead of itself. And this is certainly true when it comes to mobile networks. No sooner had 3G arrived then 4G appeared. Viewed as the next generation, 4G is, in fact, the current one – although many of us are still to make the switch.

According to Informa, the US had 62.5 million 4G subscribers in mid 2013 (20% penetration, compared to 70% 3G penetration), reaching 89.8 million by the end of 2013, with a predicted rise to 242.1 million at the end of 2018.*

Now, before many of us even make the move to 4G, and before it’s even fully integrated, enter 5G.

What is 5G?

Although still under development, 5G could be over 100 times faster than current 4G. Offering the very best in digital connectivity, it would be fast enough to download an 800 megabyte film in one second.

It is estimated that 5G will offer over 1,000 times the capacity of 4G, will reduce latency still further so that streaming should start as soon as you hit the button, and be able to reach areas current networks can’t.

But if you’re asking yourself whether you should wait for 5G and by-pass 4G, you might want to have a rethink. Here’s why.

1. Not expected until 2020

Although we may be hearing the term 5G bandied about, the reality of it is still a good few years away. As yet, no standard of technology has been agreed upon and technologies are still emerging.

2. 4G is more than sufficient

5G will certainly enhance our digital connectivity still further, but, for all intents and purposes, 4G is more than adequate for the average user – and even for high data users.

4G already offers speeds around 5 times faster than 3G with standard and up to 10 times faster with double-speed, meaning speedier streaming, faster downloads and uploads and smoother usability. Response times on 4G have almost halved. Whether you’re watching movies, sharing photos or playing online, multiplayer games, you can feel the benefit.

3. 4G is becoming more affordable

When it was introduced, 4G was the expensive option and the same will go for 5G when it’s introduced. Currently, 4G plans are now falling more in line with 3G. As well as cheaper handsets, many providers are now offering some great pre-paid no contract 4G deals, with reduced monthly fees and higher included data limits – including providers such as Lyca Mobile.

4. 4G coverage is ever-improving

It has been suggested that 5G will offer improved network coverage and, given the teething problems of 4G, you might be keen to wait. But 4G coverage has come a long way. US carriers have been busy ‘expanding their networks into new spectrum and implementing new technologies that squeeze more capacity, speed and range out of existing towers’*.

5. You’ll be missing out

Sure, you could wait for 5G, sticking with your tried and trusted 3G and by-passing 4G along the way. But not only will you be waiting a while, you’ll also be missing out on the many benefits already offered by 4G.

See our others posts on 4G below:

* Informa via http://mobithinking.com/blog/4g-3g-top-countries-worldwide-informa

** http://gigaom.com/2014/01/30/4g-vs-4g-comparing-lte-networks-in-the-us/

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