What is 5G?

5G is the next generation of wireless network technology that will fuel innovation and transform the way we live, work, and play.

What does 5G mean for me?

The fifth generation (5G) of network technology has the potential to benefit everything from entertainment and gaming to education and public safety. Over time, 5G is expected to deliver faster download speeds, real-time responses, and enhanced connectivity, giving businesses and consumers the potential to experience new, innovative technologies.

5G vs 4G

What’s the difference between 5G and 4G LTE?

With 5G, high amounts of data can be transmitted more efficiently than 4G LTE. That means stronger network reliability, faster downloads, and support for more connected devices than ever before.

Greater reliability

Enhanced capacity

Faster speeds

How does 5G work?

5G networks can be built in different ways from multiple bands of wavelength spectrum: low-band, mid-band, and high-band.

High-band millimeter wave frequencies have greater bandwidth available to carry more data in dense urban areas but require cell sites to be in close proximity and have limited penetration in buildings. Mid-band balances speed and range, providing broader coverage than high-band. And it’s less impacted by buildings. However, much of its bandwidth is already in use, so there’s not a lot available for 5G growth. Low-band, like our powerful 600MHz spectrum, travels farther than other bands—over hundreds of square miles—and can pass through more obstacles, providing a better, more reliable signal both indoors and out.

5G spectrum: High band, mid band, and low band spectrum provide different levels of 5G coverage, quality and latency

What does 5G mean for the future?

How will 5G change everything?

Building a truly connected world.

Engineering a safer world.

Creating an immersive world.

See what’s coming:

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