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5G Vs. 5GE Vs. 4G LTE: Quick Compare – Forbes

5G Vs. 5GE Vs. 4G LTE: Quick Compare – Forbes

You’ll need a new phone like the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G with new chips to tap into 5G.

Credit: Samsung

The next generation of mobile wireless broadband is here. Well, actually, not yet.

First things first: one of the most important things to remember is that you will need a new 5G-capable device (with new chips) to tap into the speed of 5G.

5G: think 2020

Verizon has limited 5G service in select cities now. Sprint will very soon (May). AT&T  has begun offering 5G+ (a steppingstone to real 5G via its Nighthawk “Mobile 5G device” ) and AT&T and T-Mobile and others are offering advanced 4G LTE (what AT&T calls 5GE).

When widely available, full-bore 5G is expected to offer peak speeds that are 10 to to 20 times faster* than 4G. And with very low latency, lag times will be “nearly impossible to detect,” according to Verizon.

With gigabit speeds and extremely low latency, 5G has the potential to radically change the experience on your phone, mobile device or car. For example, 5G could bring a quantum leap in AI and augmented reality, a new level of telemedicine, better gaming on mobile devices, and true self-driving cars, to mention a few.

It should also allow some consumers to switch to 5G in the home from standard TV cable service.

Verizon 5g moto mod.

Credit: Verizon

5G Price:

Excluding the steep cost of a new 5G-capable device or necessary add-ons (like the 5G Moto Mod or AT&T Nighthawk), pricing plans range from no added cost (T-mobile) to $10/month for customers who have Verizon’s unlimited data plan. But expect pricing updates from carriers later this year as 5G service ramps up.

5G Evolution** (5GE):

This is what AT&T calls its “first step on the road to 5G.” In the real world, it’s actually similar to advanced 4G LTE (see this study from Opensignal). That said, AT&T’s goal is to provide 2X faster speeds than existing the LTE network.

AT&T explains here how it’s trying to make 5GE faster, including carrier aggregation, which combines two or more carriers into one data channel.  But note that other carriers offer these technologies too. Here’s an explanation from Sprint, which also offers advanced 4G LTE tech such as carrier aggregation, 4X4 MIMO, and 256-QAM.

4G LTE: this is what most users in the U.S. connect to and will continue to use through much of 2019. Upgraded/advanced 4G LTE is more or less what AT&T calls 5GE.

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NOTES:

*Verizon told me that in Minneapolis and Chicago, early 5G mobility speeds are an average of 450 megabits per second with peak speeds around 1 gigabit per second (gbps). Peak (theoretical) speeds for 5G in the future range from 10gbps to 20gbps.

**If you upgrade to iOS 12.2 and you are an AT&T user, you may see a “5GE” icon in place of the usual “LTE” for the phone’s cellular connection.

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