A great example to demonstrate 5G technology is your toothbrush. Today your toothbrush isn’t connected. Tomorrow, it will tell you whether you have a cold.
You may not believe your toothbrush, because you feel fine. So, you ask your toothbrush questions about its 6am Friday diagnosis. You ask your toothbrush whether you have a temperature. And whether there are any fruit stores open near the client you’re seeing that morning. Loading up on vitamin C may save you from a sore throat while reading the weekend papers.
5G is the connectivity of all things.
1G was voice.
2G was texting.
3G was the introduction of social media and minor music streaming.
4G created the mobile economy as we know it. Uber, AirBnb, Podcasts, etc.
You’re on 3G or 4G now with your current phone
5G is the next step.
5G will bring unprecedented speed. It will introduce massive connectivity of devices (outside of phones). From a reliability and latency perspective, it is incredibly responsive. The data insights possible because of all these elements will allow us to do really interesting things. 5G will reshape society.
Let’s take a step back
All the way back to Wi-Fi’s origin story. Dr John O’Sullivan, an Australian radio-astronomer and his colleagues developed a key patent used in Wi-Fi. It was a by-product of a CSIRO research project, “a failed experiment to detect exploding mini black holes the size of an atomic particle”.
Dr O’Sullivan and his colleagues are credited with inventing Wi-Fi. The first version of the 802.11 protocol was released in 1997, and provided up to 2 megabits per second (Mbps) link speeds. This was updated in 1999 with 802.11b to permit 11 Mbps link speeds.
Next gen speed
While 4G tops out at a theoretical 100Mbps, 5G tops out at 10 gigabits per second (Gbps). That means 5G is a hundred times faster than the current 4G technology—at its theoretical maximum speed, anyway. We don’t know anyone who achieved 100Mbps with 4G. In the real world, Telstra and other ISPs have data caps. Still, it will be much faster. Downloading a season of “Upper Middle Bogan” will go from 5+ minutes, to under 30 seconds.
Wi-Fi access points are now in most offices. Each access points can connect around 250 things. With 5G, you will get millions of things being able to connect to one access point.
This is why you will be talking to your toothbrush. Literally everything can join the digital revolution.
How to get 5G
For 5G, you need three things.
- 5G coverage (click on your location for coverage details: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Canberra, Perth, Hobart)
- A 5G enabled device (you don’t need to buy all new devices. Check if your laptop supports 5G Wi-Fi). If your laptop adapters don’t support it, buy a 5G USB Wi-Fi dongle.
- An eligible mobile plan