4G vs 5G – How Do The Speeds Actually Compare?


Much has been said about 5g and how it will
transform the way we use computers. Not only will the increased speeds make ordinary
consumers happy when using their devices, but it will help usher in new technologies
that change the world we live in. There’s also the fact that a lot of people
are saying it could be dangerous, but we’ve covered that topic in another show. Today we’ll focus more on the positives. First of all, when we talk about fifth generation
technology and how fast it will be, well, that depends on where you’ll be using it;
what network you are connecting to and how busy that network is. You can look at maximum speeds and average
speeds of 4g and there is a huge difference. The maximum speed for a 4g connection might
be 150 megabits per second, but it’s not likely you’ll get that. We looked at cities in the USA and the highs
and lows the people were getting, and the speed range was from around 13 megabits per
second and 42 megabits per second. That is still a vast improvement on 3g and
anything that came before that. It’s said that when the USA fully embraces
5g the speeds will be much higher, but how much higher is anyone’s guess because again
it depends on a lot of factors. Some experts believe the average speed in
most cities might be somewhere between 130 and 240Mbps, which is still far higher than
folks were getting with their 4g. Again, the maximum potential speed is much
higher, but that’s in theory. People won’t get the maximum. One pundit we read said people at the very
lowest will get 50 Mbps, so whatever happens 5g will work better for them than 4g. You might be wondering, how will any of this
affect me. How will my life change? One person asked that same question, and she
went over to Germany to check out 5g in an area of one city. She got a very fast connection and it measured
923 Mbps. What that means of course is that if you want
to download a high-definition movie to watch later on, at that speed it should be finished
in one minute and 20 seconds. That makes downloading easy. Moreover, if you are sending files over the
internet it will get much faster. That’s it really, for the average consumer,
your downloading and uploading will be less of a pain. But there’s much more to 5g than you downloading
movies. For businesses and not average consumers,
it will mean if they use advanced tech things will run smoother for them. One person gave the example of sensors on
machines that feed information back to people running those machines remotely from a device. With 5g it will mean much more information
can be sent at faster speeds, and so those machines function better. The experts say that 4g shouldn’t be compared
to 5g, because the latter was developed mainly for mobile and the average consumer. 5g on the other hand, has been developed with
bigger things in mind. Such as the Internet of Things, when people
will control many things from one device. Emerging technologies such as more advanced
artificial intelligence will improve since more data will be able to move faster, with
one tech pundit saying, “It will transform industry.” It will help create what are called “Smart
Cities”, cities which more than ever rely on the movement of massive amounts of data. Another person gave the example of agricultural
practices improving. Smart farming might employ sensors to do things
such as measure the health of cattle or send images of crops to computers where that data
will be analyzed among other large amounts of data. Researchers in the UK wrote that 5g will offer
the potential for more artificial intelligence in the home. This could improve healthcare given that sensors
in the home of people that are unwell can send data to a machine. If there are signs of something going wrong
someone can be notified. Bloomberg wrote in 2019 that when 5g is fully
up and running emerging technologies such as self-driving cars will finally be able
to come to fruition, meaning we will start seeing more of them on our streets. This great leap forward, said Bloomberg, will
transform many industries. So, for you as a consumer, perhaps it will
mean better transportation, or improved healthcare, or safer cities. Much has been said about automation in the
office, meaning machines doing the jobs people used to do. On the positive side, some people say office
workers with 5g tech might be able to finally not do boring repetitive tasks, such as inputting
data. They say people will collaborate with those
machines and so have more time to focus on more meaningful work. On the negative side, some people are saying
more people will become unemployed when the robots get better. The same goes for in the factory. 5g will help connected machines to run faster,
so something that used to be watched over by a technician will be observed by sensors
which provides feedback to a computer. The bright way to look at this is that technician
can do a lot of other things. There are some fears of course about when
machines get this clever. People have said that when weapons are fully
autonomous, what if they get hacked. Or is it unethical to let a machine decide
to fire on a target. Also, in a world full of sensors and cameras,
will the public feel like they are continually under the eyes of Big Brother. Will surveillance technology start to feel
oppressive? It’s going to get better, that’s for certain. 5 g will make it possible. But a lot of people do think it will improve
our lives. One analyst wrote, “The profound effects
arising from these innovations range widely — from the positive impacts for human and
machine productivity to ultimately elevating the living standards for people around the
world.” Right now some experts says that by the time
we reach 2025, 5g will cover two thirds of the world. This prediction was made by Swedish telecoms
firm Ericsson. It’s reported that China is now even working
on a 6g network. There’s been a lot said about China, because
one of its companies called Huawei is developing 5g networks in other countries. The USA has said asking this company to develop
the networks could spell trouble, stating that there’s a potential for national security
risks. Nonetheless, from what we can see, the company
has signed many contracts to develop 5g infrastructure. As we write this there are reports stating
that the USA and China are both fighting in this competition to have dominance in the
5g market. Some people feel that while China seems to
be moving faster in terms of developing these networks, the U.S. is ahead in terms of creating
the applications that will run on them. We might look at virtual reality, or autonomous
vehicles, which are areas the U.S. seems to have dominance over China. CNBC talked to one analyst who said there
is no doubt China is ahead in laying down 5g infrastructure, but the U.S. can concentrate
on developing software that will run on it. Saying that, while we are writing this show,
Reuters cited a study that the USA will be among the fastest countries to build super-fast
5G mobile networks. The other countries were China, Japan and
Korea, with the article saying Europe was moving at a slower pace. How do you think 5g will change your life? What’s the first thing you’ll stream on
the blazing fast network? Tell us in the comments. Now go watch “How Dangerous is 5G?” Thanks for watching, and as always, don’t
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100 thoughts on “4G vs 5G – How Do The Speeds Actually Compare?

  1. Speeds are a lot faster if you are standing like 100 feet from the tower and nothing is blocking the line of sight lol

  2. China is ahead in infrastructure and US is ahead in application for a very simple reason: China does not aim to improve lives with 5G (therefore China won't care about auto cars and VR). For China, 5G is merely a tool to support authoritarian rule over the disenfranchised.

  3. China and USA fighting for 5G when it is normal here in South Korea… LOL besides that South Korea was the first country to lounch this network <3

  4. I'm already using 5G and my life has already been changed. I'm on the T-Mobile network and the 5G in my area offers almost 200MB down and 25MB up. My concern is the amount of data I am consuming. I started using over 60GB a month now 😩.. I get slowed down to 4G speeds after 50GB so what's the point of 5G if I can't truly have unlimited data.

  5. Well, either way, that lady in the background at 4:36 definitely needs a 5G network between her brain and her body to walk properly, her arms and legs move together, definitely lagging at 1kbps

  6. Wait what? I get avarage of 180mbps to 240mbps on my 4G+ home. And i can do speedtests or download stuff and its that speed. Also on best i get 290mbps (my one is capped at 300mbps) so idk wth?

  7. The fact that 5g exists it all depends on whether the country has advanced telecom systems take singapore for example they had an well foundation for 2g and 3g… when 4g arrived 2g signals was removed it will be the same with 5g arriving there

    It also depends with the provider with whether they are prepared or not

  8. "dominance in the 5G market", as though wireless internet in the US was somehow in competition with wireless internet in China or Russia ARE YOU PEOPLE HIGH?! or just desperately selling your snake oil?

  9. USA doesn't even have a company cabable of building 5g networks so the fact that USA will be the fastest country to 5g network is fake

  10. We are primarily electric being, chemical second. Mobile phones work on same to similar brainwave Hertz rates. Staring at a computer/TV screen will in time produce an affect like Kuru disease, rotten brain from over heating. Or go eat rotting brains like Hillary Clinton. Check out the Matrix deciphered by Robert Duncan get pdf free

  11. on my phone i legit dont need anything over 7mbps and i literally make all my money on my phone. But all im doing is loading webpages and refreshing stock tickers. Like I only need extreme speeds on my computer, and not even really extreme tbh. I have 120mbps down at my house and im fine with that. This is coming from someone who considers himself a tech enthusiast, ive repaired computers my whole life before I got into reselling and trading, I just dont have a use for anything over 120 lol. Id rather have more consistent coverage when Im out than raw speed.

  12. uh yeah i know how they compare one is real and offers you an ok service and the other one is run by china and constantly trackin you

  13. Im using 3G right now but im ok, it doesn't matter if you have the highest MBPS the real matter is how you use it
    Edit : And if you add 5G others like 3-4G will be slow

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