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Wondering what 5G means?
5G stands for "5th Generation". 5G is the name given to the fifth generation of mobile network technology and is the next milestone in the evolution of wireless, after 1G, 2G, 3G and 4G.
5G is the successor to 4G (fourth generation), offering much higher speeds and hardly any latency. On 5G, latency does not exceed 1 millisecond, in comparison to up to 50 milliseconds on 4G.
How does 5G work?
Like previous generations, 5G runs over radio waves sent from antennas. But 5G is transported much more efficiently, calculating the precise amount of radiation needed to be sent towards the desired user.
5G allows networks to carry large data volumes more efficiently than 4G.
These are the 5 advantages of 5G:
- Faster speeds for downloading files or for video meetings on the go.
- High responsiveness for data-intensive activities, such as automation and artificial intelligence.
- Reliable connections that allow you to stream content from virtually anywhere.
- More connected devices using a faster signal in the same geographical area, during large events, for example: 4G connects about 4,000 devices per square kilometer versus about 1 million devices with 5G.
- Low latency to enable drones and self-driving vehicles.
The Internet of Things, which comes down to connecting and adding intelligence to things like cars, sensors and robots, will also benefit from 5G. This technology will facilitate smart cities, connected agriculture, self-driving cars and transport...
What is the difference between fiber and 5G?
With 5G, you get to surf at fiber speed, but without the cable!
5G, as fiber, reaches unprecedented speeds of up to 1 Gbps (Gbps or GIGA stands for gigabit per second and a gigabit or 1 GIGA is 1,000 megabits exchanged per second), guarantees a stable and reliable connection even in the busiest of places as well as almost instantaneous response time.
What is the 5G coverage like in Belgium?
5G is already available in about 200 sites, across 95 cities. 5G is already available all along the Belgian Coast.
Proximus is gradually rolling out the 5G network in the rest of the country, in Flanders, Brussels and Wallonia.
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