5 Ways 5G will transform your mobile internet experience

The fifth generation of mobile network technology is here! With affordable, mainstream 5G smartphones hitting the market and the network operators speeding up deployment of 5G in South African cities, now is the perfect time to board the 5G train.

5G is better than 4G in three key ways: it’s dozens of times faster, it offers much lower latency (perhaps more than 60X better than 4G), and it allows for more devices to be connected in a smaller area without interference or reduced speeds.

Below, TCL considers five ways 5G will change your life:

  1. Faster download speeds

The speed of 5G means less time waiting around for large apps—like games—to download. Your patches, updates, apps and ultrahigh definition videos will download in a blink of an eye. No more hunting for Wi-Fi when you need to update a game.

  1. Smoother media streaming and videocalls

At last, we’ll see an end to jerky video streams when we need to be on a mobile network. 5G should offer plenty of bandwidth for 4K—and perhaps in the future—even 8K video streaming and videocalls.

  1. Awesome gaming experiences 

Remember what we said about latency? High latency what causes lag when you’re playing an online game. It’s the delay between sending a packet of data from your device, it arriving at a server or another device, and the response coming back to you.

With 5G, you can play a game like Fortnite or PUBG, knowing that you’re not disadvantaged compared to a player on a fibre network. Plus, you’ll also be able to stream games via platforms like Xbox Cloud Gaming. Wherever you are, you’ll be able to play console-quality games on your phone.

  1. Unlocking virtual and augmented reality experiences

Augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) have been around for years, but 5G will help make the technology more practical and accessible. You’ll be able to stream VR and AR experiences, thanks to 5G’s speed and low latency.

For example, you’ll be able to meet family or colleagues in the metaverse for a 3D experience that feels more immersive than a flat 2D videocall. Touring the Grand Canyon or the Louvre, participating in rich training simulations—the sky’s the limit.

  1. Powering the Internet of Things

Nearly everything is getting connected to the Internet—cars, light bulbs, thermostats, home security systems, smart watches, and much more. With the low latency and high speed of 5G, it could help boost the performance of many of these devices as well as connect devices that are outside a Wi-Fi network’s reach to the Internet. From automating your home to making easy payments, the Internet of Things will become a bigger part of our lives in years to come.

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