CNET News Video
What the heck is a 5G network?The hype about this important phone network standard is about to become deafening. CNET's Stephen Shankland explains what you need to know.
[MUSIC] 5G is the next generation mobile network. About every eight or ten years the mobile technology that connects your phone to the network changes. And this is the next big step up. It should be faster and it should be more reliable. [MUSIC] The industry is excited about 5G because it gives them a lot more capacity in the network. Which means that when you're in a crowded area like a stadium or a crowded city. Your phone is actually going to work instead of having that spinner spinning that says you're not getting your data. 5G also lets the network operators talk to a lot of different types of devices. Internet of things. That's going to be farm silos, drones, cars, factory robots, there are going to be a lot of new things that can attach to the network that don't use the network today. Part of the reason they're excited about that is because 5G is going to have very low communication delays. So for example, one self driving car can talk to another and get an answer fast enough that it can be useful. Another reason is because it's going to use less power. So something like a network temperature sensor Is economically viable. It's something you can use to run your business. [MUSIC] We should see 5G arriving in 2019 for the networks and the phones. We have tests going on right now in lots of different parts of the world. In fact, there are a lot of people bragging about how they already have 5G running now, but those are preliminary versions Of the technology. So we'll first see it in 2019, and broader availability showing up in 2020 and beyond.