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In telecommunications, 5G is the fifth-generation technology standard for broadband cellular networks, which cellular phone companies began deploying worldwide in 2019, and is the planned successor to the 4G networks which provide connectivity to most current cellphones.

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3GPP's 5G logo
Developed by3GPP
IntroducedJuly 2016 (July 2016)
An Android phone, showing that it's connected to a 5G connection

Like its predecessors, 5G networks are cellular networks, in which the service area is divided into small geographical areas called cells. All 5G wireless devices in a cell are connected to the Internet and telephone network by radio waves through a local antenna in the cell. The new networks have higher download speeds, peak speed of 10 gigabits per second (Gbit/s) when there is only user in the network.[1] 5G has higher bandwidth to deliver faster speeds than 4G and can thus connect more different devices, improving the quality of Internet services in crowded areas.[2] Due to the increased bandwidth, it is expected the 5G networks will increasingly be used as general internet service providers (ISPs), competing with existing ISPs such as cable internet, and also will make possible new applications in internet-of-things (IoT) and machine-to-machine areas. Cellphones with 4G capability alone are not able to use the 5G networks.