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What is the 5g Network?

Mobile phones are so commonplace nowadays, as they are highly affordable in the most simplest forms, while boasting a whole range of great features for the high-paying users. However, what makes mobile phones truly important devices is their connection to the internet. Mobile phones can access the internet by connecting to the nearby mobile phone towers or base stations. In Australia, the current network of mobile data is 4g, the fourth generation of the network technology.

5g is the term used to describe the next generational upgrade for mobile phone data services. Expected to be rolled out in 2020, 5g has promised to bring with it a range of new possibilities, while improving on most aspects of the data network in order to enhance your data-using experience. Telstra is looking to be the first out of the gates, with their eyes set on a mid-2019 date for their 5g network in most major metropolitan cities around the nation.

What We Know

• The 5g Network is expected to begin rolling out in mid-2019.

• Telstra is aiming to have their 5g Network launched by mid-2019. 

Optus is also aiming to have their 5g Network out in 2019.

• Vodafone have not publicly said when they are aiming to launch their 5g Network.

• It will have 10x more bandwidth than 4g, according to spokespeople for Telstra and Intel, among others.

• It will have better latency; as shown by Telstra during the Gold Coast Summit when they ran Counter-Strike through the 5g Network.

• It will operate on a higher frequency. There will be an auction held by the Federal Government later this year to auction off MHz to retailers.

• It won’t be able to transmit the higher frequencies as far as the current 4g Network. This means that in the interim, more mobile base stations and smaller cells will have to be created to improve connectivity.

• Having more base stations will result in a denser network; thus improving on supporting increased traffic and mobile connections.

• Vodafone recently launched their 4.9g network in NSW, though they are adamant that their 5g network is still on schedule.

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