While 5G phones have already started hitting the shelves of mobile stores, the question is, has the network truly arrived yet?

2020 has been harsh for many industries, but it has been fruitful for the makers of smartphones and gaming consoles. Consumers are eyeing this technology similar to the ways iPhone fans await their upcoming versions. And, why wouldn’t they! Each new ‘G’ results in a historic change that redefines the Internet on many levels. 

We are advancing into a new world. Automation, AI, IoT devices, self-driving cars, etc., are the few technologies that work best on higher bandwidth. 5G enables such technologies and ensures their early adaptation, thereby giving developers enough time to learn from trial and error. But, which developers will truly access the tech and how mature is it so far? Let’s explore.

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Which countries are leading in 5G

For developed countries, 5G has turned out to be a key differentiator. Instead of a technology, it has been a symbol of a country’s competitiveness. Currently, South Korea leads the world in building and deploying this technology. More than 85 cities of South Korea enjoy 5G deployment as of January 2020.

FCC or Federal Communications Commissions was the first to lay the groundwork of the tech in the United States. As of 2020, it has been deployed in almost 50 cities.  

China ranks second after South Korea in terms of deployment – 57 cities. 

Other smaller countries like Estonia, Sweden, Turkey, are also significantly advancing towards making the technology a possibility for its citizens. 

 

Which telecom operators are the leading providers 

Each of three major U.S. telecom carriers namely Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T have been testing the tech since 2016. Today, they are actively developing and deploying the high-band spectrum across 50 U.S. cities. 

Success of 5G in South Korea goes to operators like KT Corp, LG Uplus, and SK Telecom. 

 

Is the true-speed of 5G really here?

5G was tested across most of America’s states where it has been already launched. However, download speeds widely vary, and in most places clock the same speed you would usually witness with 4G LTE. That was a user feedback. AT&T, on the other hand, has arguably reported different test results where the top speed was 1.7Gbps. 4G offers a standard speed of 300Mbps and a theoretical maximum of 300Mbps. 

The ultimate 5G experience is in many ways incomplete.

 

Which are the latest 5th Generation phones 

Mostly led by Apple and Samsung, now almost all carriers have introduced 5G-compatible phones. From high-end models like Samsung Galaxy Z to low-end devices like LG Velvet , fifth generation phones are finding their way into the market. 

Some other popular ones include Moto Z4, Moto Edge+, OnePlus 8, Galaxy Note 10+, etc.

 

Endnotes

5G will be largely distinguishable from 4G, but clearly that experience is not here yet. Yes, there is a lot of coverage, but it is too soon to meet high-expectations. This is a future investment which might not change your world immediately, but will definitely make it better.