The introduction of the 5th generation of wireless and communications technology caused a lot of controversies worldwide with people coming up with various theories of how 5G would affect us all positively and negatively,  but thankfully all that is behind us now and 5G phones have been launched towards the latter part of the year. The delay in the release of these phones and the inability of 5G networks to penetrate the market as they should, was due to the pandemic that halted everything. As the virus was contained, and Asia opened back up, millions of customers in places like China scooped up new 5G phones. Handset makers held virtual events and introduced a wave of 5G phones, and carriers rolled out their networks, 5G sales in 2020 ended up being nearly as strong as expected before the pandemic even began, partly thanks to Apple and the introduction of 5G iPhone 12 models.  Although a little difficulty for 5G users in 2020 is coverage inconsistency and lower numbers of 5G enabled devices making 2020 a tough year for telecom providers hoping to cash in on 5G investments.

Good news though!!

It is predicted that in 2021 and the years to come 5G devices, including mobile phones, virtual and augmented reality devices and connected Internet of Things (IoT) applications like smart home appliances, will make up the bulk of the devices that make up traffic on the 5G network and Coverage will get better and consistent. Speeds will get faster. Phones will get cheaper. It’ll be the year when consumers will actually want only 5G phones.

What 5G should offer:

  • 5G is expected to have much higher speeds and capacity, and much lower latency (the lag between initiating an action and getting a response), than 4G.
  • Because 5G can send and receive signals almost instantaneously, it is expected that 5G will offer mobile internet speeds of more than 10 gigabits per second (Gbps), approximately a hundred times faster than 4G. The latency will be less than a millisecond with 5G. As an example of its impressive speed, a 5G user could download a feature-length movie in High Definition in less than five seconds (Amazing).
  • In addition to faster download speeds, 5G is expected to facilitate the implementation and adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT). This could have huge implications for industries like manufacturing that increasingly rely on the IoT for digitally connecting their processes and factories.
  • Finally, the new technology could make wired internet connections a thing of the past.

According to Strategy Analytics “The number of 5G smartphones is expected to more than double to 600 million in 2021, and in 2022, nearly half of all phones will have 5G. It took one year longer for 4G LTE to reach the 50% mark”.

In my opinion, 2021 is kicking off with a good start and we are waiting for the cheaper 5G phones so everyone is able to experience all that  5G networks have to offer *winks*.