5G Australia is right around the corner. If you are a tech head you have probably been patiently awaiting the next generation cellular network and now it’s almost here! If you’ve only heard bits and pieces about 5G you might be wondering what all the fuss is about. Below is a quick rundown of everything you need to know about 5G in Australia.
What is 5G?
5G is the next major evolution in mobile network technology. Eventually, 5G will replace your 4G connection. This new generation will promise faster network speeds of up to 1GBps and more reliable internet connections on smartphones and other devices. The network will help power a huge rise in Internet of Things technology, providing the infrastructure needed to carry huge amounts of data, allowing for a smarter and more connected world. 5G will allow more people and devices to connect to their networks which will be particularly beneficial for businesses.
When will 5G go live in Australia?
Technically Australian 5G networks will be active from 2019. Telstra and Optus will lead the charge selling commercial 5G service starting in this year while Vodafone will follow in 2020. Early signs are that the carriers will launch with fixed wireless 5G services in metropolitan areas. Optus will be providing its partners such as 2SG with 5G access as soon as it is available which means 2SG will be able to offer their service providers with wholesale 5G access this year. Access to 5G will also depend on location. 5G is likely to only be accessible in busy metropolitan areas, to begin with. In fact, it might be a few years before 5G is part of the average Australian’s everyday life.
How Fast Is 5G?
5G networks will theoretically be able to reach speeds as fast as 20Gbps. However, the average person will more likely see average download speeds of 1GBps. The actual rate experienced by the individual will depend on the network. Some experts have predicted 5G will be as much as 20 times faster than 4G.
Will 5G be more expensive?
5G services will most likely be delivered as a premium high-speed service initially with costs and availability coming down as the network is expanded. Some experts are also predicting the 5G will be cheaper than 4G in the long run as it promises much faster data and download speeds.
What else will 5G impact beyond phones?
A lot of the hype surrounding 5G is not just about improved smartphone usage, 5G will be extremely beneficial to a number of other industries. This technology is essential to the development of self-driving cars. Consumer tech like wearables, virtual reality headsets, PCs and smart home devices will all be positively affected by the launch of 5G. Essentially everything that is exciting and happening in the world of tech can’t happen without 5G in Australia.
If you are excited about 5G and want to make sure you are going to have access when it hits Australian shores ask your service provider when they are expecting to receive 5G access. If you are a service provider get in contact with 2SG to learn about our latest wholesale data offer that will have 5G access when it reaches Australia.
Why choose Wireless Services?
More and more consumers are enjoying the portability, speed and value delivered by Wireless Broadband services and with 5G just around the corner, we expect this trend to gain momentum. Get in touch to help your customers cut the cord today!