For a while now, the buzz about 5G network has been floating around. We’re talking about gigabyte speeds that’ll allow you to download full movies in mere seconds. Most users have already written it off as the technology we won’t be seeing anytime soon. However, it seems that the world will be getting its first taste of 5G network near the end of 2018.

5G network is the fifth-generation (hence 5G) of wireless broadband technology, and it is ready for prime time. The software has been tested, the hardware is being developed, and carriers are preparing their plans to implement 5G in selected markets by the end of 2018.

5G connectivity will bring a vast increase in data speeds that’ll transform how people use and interact with the internet. For example, the download speed for an HD movie could drop from an hour to a couple of seconds. It could also be used to power up remote surgery.

Some experts even believe that truly autonomous vehicles won’t be possible without it. 5G hopes to connect a higher density of people, devices, and things in small areas at a much faster rate, and with lower latency than before.

It also promises to inspire all sorts of astounding new services and innovations. It’s no wonder everyone is so excited about it. Here are a few facts about 5G to prepare you for the rollout this year.

Five Fast Facts about 5G

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  • The 5G standard was completed in June
  • Qualcomm just completed its mmWave antenna modules, and it’ll be available to its smartphone partners. This means that 5G-capable smartphones with Qualcomm’s antennas can connect to millimeter-wave frequencies for much faster speeds.  
  • The first 5G devices are going to be mobile hotspots, and they’ll be rolling out at the end of 2018. The first 5G-capable smartphones are expected to appear in the first quarter of 2019.
  • Motorola has its eyes set on being the first handset maker with a 5G-capable smartphone. They announced the Moto Z3 together with a 5G Moto Mod. The Moto Z3, which costs about $480 is exclusives to Verizon and was released on the 16th of August. However, the Moto Mod won’t be launched until 2019 when Verizon has a fully functional 5G network.
  • On the 14th of August, LG announced that it plans to make the first genuine 5G phone, complete with fully integrated 5G connectivity, and not an add-on accessory (seems they’re talking to Motorola here). The device will be released in the first half of 2019 as a sprint exclusive.

Should You Wait for 5G?

While 5G speeds are blazing fast and will reinvent how you know data transfers, it will take a while before you can use it. Most mobile networks today are just switching to 4g networks, and to have a network capacity to handle 5g will need them to overhaul their existing infrastructure significantly.  So, we will be able to see 5g on our phones, but it will take a few years. How soon do you think it’s going to be possible?