The Need For Speed
HWM Singapore|February 2019

5G is almost here, but after years of hype, will it be worth the wait?

James Lu

At CES last month, Qualcomm declared 2019 as “The year of 5G” and promised that more than 30 devices, mostly smartphones, will be released this year equipped with 5G capabilities. Closer to home, Singtel and Ericsson are on the verge of rolling out Singapore’s first 5G pilot network. But what can we really expect from 5G?

WHAT IS 5G?

5G is the fifth generation of mobile broadband that will eventually replace your existing 4G LTE connection. With 5G, you’ll see greatly enhanced speed, coverage and responsiveness of your mobile network, with some estimates putting 5G at around ten times faster than current 4G speeds. It’s not just about speed though; latency, the amount of time it takes a device to communicate with other wireless networks, will also drastically decrease. Right now, latency on current 4G networks is about 20 to 30ms, but with 5G, that lag time is reduced to as little as 1ms, faster than the amount of time it takes for your average camera flash to go off .

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