What Exactly Is 5G?

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By now, you’ve probably heard a lot about the new concept of 5G mobile data phone companies are rolling out. With promises of changing the world forever, this new technology has been hyped up for quite a while now. Between the marketing ads put out by phone service companies and the rumors circulating online, however, it can be difficult to discern the truth behind what 5G is and what implications the technology might have.

Before getting into the specifics of 5G, it can be helpful to understand the difference between it and previous versions of mobile data technology such as 2G and 4G. We found a great article discussing this very topic, so we won’t go too in-depth here. Give it a read to get yourself caught up on what mobile data technology is and the difference between the various generations of this technology.