4G vs 5G: Which is the Better Option?

  • What is the Difference Between 4G and 5G?
  • Will 5G Replace 4G?
  • What Are the Advantages of 5G over 4G?

5G is one of the exciting additions in today's technology driven generation. 5G also known as the fifth generation of wireless technology is one of the latest designed mobile technology that will expand the score of mobile technology beyond and above the capabilities of LTE, 4G, 3G and the earlier released wireless network technology.

4G on the other hand was the promise of a  faster browsing and internet connection experience over LTE. It is known to be 10 times faster than 3G. Data speeds that smartphones enjoy through 4G connectivity are also parallel to the speeds of personal computers. 4G gave mobile users the opportunity to enjoy better multimedia and gaming experiences.

Now that 5G is slowly being launched in different areas in Australia, there are many speculations that surround 5G and 4G, pitting one mobile technology to the other. With 5G widely believed to be the better version of 4G, with speed faster than home broadband networks, what does the future hold for 4G connectivity? Here are some of the things to learn about 4G  and 5G and what to expect from these two modern mobile technologies.

What is the Difference Between 4G and 5G?

5G, the fifth generation networking is already here and is slowly becoming available to more and more areas in Australia. The technology promises an end to congestion and latency, with superfast feeds that make mobile connectivity as fast, or even faster than what home broadband connectivity offers. 5G is expected to bring a new era in mobile connectivity and create new opportunities for different industries in the economy.

Compared to the fourth generation networking or 4G, 5G promises faster connectivity, without worries of lagging and brings gaming and streaming to a new exciting level. 4G, when launched after 3G promised the same thing. It offered better video streaming, made video calling on the go possible and allowed users to enjoy Live TV, even on their daily commute to work. However, congestion in the network increased together with the launch of 4G.

Compared to 5G, 4g had technical limitations that  made it hard to transfer data across blocks of spectrum. With 5G, congestion that is present in 4G will be eliminated. With 5G, a five bar of networking signal during a rush hour will still allow 5G users to access a web browser.

5G is also one of the promising factors that will make data-driven industries possible. These include smart cities, artificial intelligence, self-driving cars and advances in health technologies. 5G offers several other benefits that 4G currently lacks. Higher speeds, less lagging, better capacity to accommodate a large number of devices connected at the same time and better efficiency.

Bandwidth for 5G connectivity can go more than 1Gbps while 4G can only go as much as 200Mbps. Latency for 4G is anywhere from 20-30 milliseconds. 5G, on the other hand commits to a less than 10 millisecond latency. Average speeds for 4G can go up to 25Mbps while 5G boasts of speeds as fast as 200-400 Mbps.

Will 5G Replace 4G?

One of the worries of mobile users who currently own devices that are powered by 4G is the possibility of being obsolete once 5G has fully rolled out. Interestingly, 5G's rollout is making 4G actually better and will not replace the earlier mobile technology at all. In fact, even with the rollout of 4G and 5G, 3G devices are still functional and used in different parts of the country.

4G users do not have to worry about purchasing a new device to enjoy connecting to the internet. Although 4G devices are limited to 4G mobile connectivity, they do not have to rush into purchasing a 5G capable device to be able to connect to the internet thru mobile. They can still enjoy mobile gaming and internet browsing via the 4G mobile network.

5G is also currently rolling out in different parts of the world. A complete roll out will take time. Some areas do not have 5G services yet so rushing into buying a 5G capable device is really not required.

In the event that 5G completes its roll out in major cities and areas in Australia, 4G LTE networks will still be carried by telecommunication countries up until 2030. Interestingly, 5G networks are not designed to take over and replace 4G. They are designed to work in conjunction with 4G networks. The phase out of 4G is still unclear, and may not be possible yet, in the very near future. 5G capable devices, despite having no 5G services in their area can also use 4G technology to connect with the internet via their mobile devices.

What Are the Advantages of 5G over 4G?

The fifth generation technology is here and is starting to be available everywhere. It is introduced as a game-changing technology, with boosts speeds far from what 4G is capable of. Coverage of these wireless networks is also much better compared to 4G technology.

5G technology can run anywhere between 10 times to 100 times faster than your typical 4G cellular connection. It is even quicker than the experience you get from the physical fiber-optic cables that home broadband internet connectivity offers. 5G is also believed to be faster than the speed home Wi-Fi provides.

However, 5G has its limitations. Signals rolled  out by Verizon travels in shorter distances, due to the high-frequency bands that the telecommunication company rolled out. Trees and double-pane glass blocks are still challenges that block the millimeter wave signals of 5G. Lower frequency waves that 5G offers travels in longer distances but with speeds similar to LTE connections.

5G and 4G services can co-exist with each other. One is not replacing the other, like how 4G overtook 3G. 5G is building on 4G LTE and is bound to stay, while 5G rollouts and even more. With 5G working as a non standalone network, the mobile technology will still need 4G to anchor with to be able to create the initial connection between a phone and a network before actually passing through the device along with the 5G connection.