5G speed defined by ITU as 20Gbps


5G speed
The International Telecommunication Union has defined initial definitions for the upcoming 5G network. A 12 member team of ITU sat in a conference held in San Diego from 10-18th June to decide the specifications. And as a conclusion was the 5G speed defined by ITU as 20Gbps (Gigabits per second ).

4G provides a data speed of 1Gbps. So 5G would be 20 times faster than 4G. However,  the user actually will be able to get 100 to 1000Mbps in 5G as compared to 10Mbps in 4G. This will depend on no of factors like no of users per square km, quality of signal and environmental factors. However, a 10 to 100 fold increase can still be expected in speed.

3G was formally called as IMT-2000 and 4G as IMT-Advanced. 5G would formally be called as IMT-2020.


One thing worth mentioning is that final standards for 5G will be confirmed in October. An approval from 193 member council of ITU would be required. While countries are still implementing 3G and 4G, commercial use of the 5G can be expected in 2020. However, an early demo can be expected in 2018 Pyeongchang  winter Olympics.

This amount of bandwidth will surely open opportunities for 4k videos and holographic content using the mobile networks.

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