5G Means More Equipment
The new 5G technology could be a game-changer for users around the world who don’t currently have access to the internet. Touted as a better package, 5G has the potential to connect everyone — as long as the equipment is in place to support it.
For example, you need the actual wires and infrastructure to support 5G, which portends to offer much faster data exchange, lower latency, and energy and cost savings. While most know the advantages of 5G, the task of rolling it out will require more antennas placed in areas to help boost a much shorter signal.
Beyond more antennas and the need for additional data centers, 5G requires new smartphones to take advantage of the bigger pipeline offered. In other words, cell phone manufacturers are working like crazy to create new smartphones that take advantage of the new 5G network. Several phone companies have announced their soon-to-be-released 5G-ready smartphones, like Samsung, LG, Motorola, Huawei, just to name a few.
A few companies are taking their time to design and release 5G smartphones. For example, Apple seems in no rush to release a 5G iPhone, with some news reports claiming they probably won’t release a new phone until 2020. Also, Google hasn’t offered information on a new Pixel 5G smartphone, but you might see something in late 2019.
As carriers work to roll out 5G and its necessary infrastructure, rumors are rampant about when it will be available for those who need it most — particularly consumers in rural areas who don’t currently have reliable internet access. While 5G will eventually mean a faster, bigger, more expansive wireless network, it will take time to build the infrastructure to support it and the smartphones to take advantage of it.