3 Widespread Myths About 5G
1. 5G Is Only for Cell Phones
While many of the 5G devices on the market today are personal phones, the technology impacts businesses in every field. For instance, delivery companies can track drivers in real time. At the same time, logistic providers can use the Internet of Things (IoT) technology to fully automate most of their processes or better monitor sites and devices.
The enhanced bandwidth and lower latency of 5G may also make driverless cars and other data-intensive technologies a reality in a shorter timeframe. In addition, homeowners and business owners can replace primary connectivity from traditional broadband carriers with fixed wireless access and improve their performance vs. conventional landline connectivity.
2. 5G Will Completely Replace 4G
5G is an entirely different technology that requires its infrastructure, so 4G LTE will likely be used for years to come. In fact, 3G is still valid in many areas without reliable 4G LTE coverage.
While adopting 5G will bring unparalleled speed and open the door for new technology, existing equipment won't suddenly stop working when the new networks roll out in a particular area. This allows business owners to integrate 5G technology into their operations gradually.
3. 5G Is Still Years Away
While the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed the rollout of 5G, carriers have still been steadily building new infrastructure. Today, 5G coverage is available in thousands of cities nationwide. While more remote areas may not receive coverage for a few years, businesses in most metropolitan areas will be able to take advantage of this technology soon.
Even if 5G isn't available, users on 4G may still enjoy a speed boost. As more users switch to 5G, more bandwidth will be available on 4G channels, resulting in a faster experience. Carriers are also merging throughout the industry, allowing them to pool their resources and dramatically increase speeds for users who rely on 4G remote connectivity.