The Spread of 5G: What to Expect

https://www.canalys.com/newsroom/5G-forecasts-five-year

The birth of 5G touts faster download speeds and improved latency, but how quickly will the world adopt this new tech?  It’s taken years for 4G networks to spread globally, with many rural areas continuing to rely on 3G networks today. However, 4G coverage speeds vary greatly depending on your location. We can expect the same trend to occur following the rollout of 5G with cities being the first to reap the benefits reliably. 

That in mind, Canalys Forecasts predicts that 1.9 million 5G enabled devices will hit the markets over the next 5 years, not overtaking 4G technology until 2023. As 5G continues to rise in popularity, we will see improvements in coverage and consistently quicker download speeds globally, but the technology must first continue to develop and spread before overtaking 4G. 

For more information on the creation and specifics of 5G, check out this article: https://spectrum.ieee.org/video/telecom/wireless/everything-you-need-to-know-about-5g.

Author: Michele Currenti

Michele is a creative content intern in Educational Activities at IEEE. She is currently pursing her masters in Voice & Opera at the University of Maryland, College Park. She also completed a Bachelor of Science in Brain & Cognitive Science at the University of Rochester and a Bachelor of Music at the Eastman School of Music. She is interested in finding the various intersections of science and the arts to better humanity.