This year we will have the opportunity to witness a revolutionary technological innovation. It's about improving the wireless system as it happens once in a decade, and it will be available to mobile phone users in just a few months.
And no, it's not about faster smartphones. The transition to the 5G mobile wireless network, known as 5G, will affect phones as well as other devices such as industrial robots, security cameras, and drones.
The new era will take the place of the already existing 4G network and will allow the phones a faster speed for downloading and loading data, and the changes will be felt in the field of video games, sports, and trade. Experts from the United States and China say this technology will contribute to the wider use of artificial intelligence, but also in several other fields.
Samsung recently presented the prototype phones with 5G technology. Many companies are already on the 5G crossing train but it is not expected that Apple will be in the first wave of switching to this technology. Analysts predict that the new technology will be available on iPhone models only after 2020.
As for smartphone users in the US, the 5G network will be available to them in the second quarter of 2019. However, the smartphones currently on the market are not equipped to support the 5G network, and Samsung's first 5G devices will arrive somewhere at the end of the first half of this year. Immediately after the United States, the 5G network will reach Britain, Germany, Switzerland, China, South Korea, and Australia.
5G is actually a set of technical rules that define the way cellular networks operate, including radio frequencies, but also how different components like computer chips and antennas exchange messages. In order to be able to use this network, users will have to buy new phones.
It depends on where you live and what wireless service you use. Qualcomm, a wireless chipmaker, said the tests showed a speed of 4.5 gigabits per second, but that the initial speed was 1.4 gigabytes - 20 times faster than the 4G network.