Up to speed with 5G

While mobile operators in the Netherlands only recently have started with the introduction of 4G, the first promises of successor 5G get more clear. The new standard is expected to be a 100 times faster than 4G. The maximum capacity of the 5G network will even be a thousands times larger.

Both the Japanese telecom provider NTT Docomo and Samsung have done their first tests  and managed to reach speeds up to 1Gbps (1 Gigabit per second). The introduction of a new standard for mobile internet generally takes up to a decade, but it is expected that consumers can surf the mobile web with these enormous speed around 2020. Both NTT Docomo, but also European commissioner Neelie Kroes have set this date as the goal for the introduction of 5G.

There is still a big difference between theoretical speed and real world speed. The last one is much lower as you can see in the table below. But 5G will still be a huge step forward.

mobile internet speeds

Source: Nu.nl, table: Techspot


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