5G and mobile Internet

Mobile Internet

In Australia, we use the term mobile phone whereas in other countries like the US, they call them cell phones. Cell phone is a more accurate representation of the technology. Cellular wireless technology, commonly referred to as “cellular technology,” is a pivotal part of modern telecommunications, enabling wireless voice and data communication across vast geographic areas. It relies on a network of cellular towers and base stations that are strategically placed to provide coverage to a specific geographic region, hence the term cell phone. Each cell tower communicates with mobile devices within its coverage area, creating a cellular network that allows users to make calls, send text messages, and access the internet on their mobile devices.

One of the key advantages of cellular technology is its mobility and coverage. Users can stay connected while on the move, seamlessly switching between different cell towers as they travel. The technology has evolved through multiple generations, with each generation offering improved data speeds and capabilities. The most recent generation, 5G, promises significantly faster data rates, lower latency, and support for a wide range of applications, from IoT devices to augmented reality. Cellular technology has not only revolutionized personal communication but also has profound implications for businesses, healthcare, transportation, and more, enabling a connected world where information can be accessed and shared anytime, anywhere.

5G Internet (Fifth Generation)

5G Internet is the latest generation of mobile network technology. It offers significantly faster data speeds, lower latency (delay), and greater capacity compared to its predecessors (3G and 4G). 5G enables faster downloads, smoother streaming, and improved support for emerging technologies like IoT (Internet of Things) devices and augmented reality. It’s primarily used for mobile communications but is also being deployed for fixed wireless access and enhanced connectivity in smart cities and industries.5G

5G Internet and 5G Wi-Fi rightfully confuses many

Internal Wi-fi was with us before cell tower networks and it’s a completely different technology. Wi-fi takes your internet connection and spreads it around the premises using radio signals, removing the need for cables. Wi-Fi radio transmits in two frequencies, 2.4 Gigahertz and 5 Gigahertz both with different advantages. When creating and naming a Wi-Fi network so it can be identified, technicians often denoted the two by abbreviating the frequency into the name, for example ACME 2.4G and ACME 5G. Hence some are confused by the two when they see a 5G network available.

4G and 3G (4th and 3rd generations)

4G, short for fourth generation, is the mobile network technology that preceded 5G. It provided faster data speeds and reduced latency compared to 3G, enabling the widespread adoption of mobile internet, video streaming, and app-based services. While not as fast as 5G, 4G remains widely used for mobile communication and data access and serves as a transitional technology as 5G networks continue to expand.
3G, introduced in the early 2000s, offered faster data speeds compared to 2G and enabled mobile internet access, video calling, and multimedia services. However, 3G’s data speeds are significantly slower than those of 4G or 5G, and it has become outdated for modern data-intensive applications.