Lower than three years after launch, extra 5G smartphones are available on the market than 4G ones on the similar time
The primary 5G telephone was launched in March 2020. Since then, the expertise appears to be steadily being adopted on a big scale. Right this moment, a brand new examine exhibits that 5G smartphones at the moment are extra marketed than their 4G counterparts.
Neil Shah, a associate at market analyst agency Counterpoint, tweeted a graph on Wednesday exhibiting that 49.9% of all smartphones shipped globally throughout the second quarter are outfitted with 5G expertise.
The consequence: 5G smartphones beat their predecessors for the primary time, 4G telephones, which nonetheless had a 49.7% market share throughout this similar interval, years earlier than. Attention-grabbing to notice: the remaining 0.4% is occupied by out of date 3G gadgets.
5G, brief for “fifth era cellular community”, is a telecommunications expertise normal characterised by increased knowledge switch charges and decrease community latency in comparison with its predecessor, 4G.
Finally, the community ought to theoretically be capable of handle speeds that may go as much as a number of gigabits per second (Gbps). However in apply we’re extra round 1 Gbps, which is already not dangerous. Compared: in 2019, based on Check-Achats in Belgium, 4G reached speeds of between 24.6 and 33.7 Mbps, as much as 40 instances slower than 5G.
However, there’s at present no basic 5G community in our nation. The suppliers provide protection in quite a lot of areas, such because the coast, elements of East Flanders, Leuven and the Antwerp area. However that would change as auctions for 5G licenses passed off in June and July, which may quickly speed up the rollout of 5G in our nation.
3G within the trash
Whereas 5G is rising, most gadgets are nonetheless utilizing the 4G community. Its predecessor, 3G, nonetheless exists, however solely a tiny quantity of smartphones would nonetheless use this community. On Thursday, Telenet subsequently introduced that it might change off its 3G sign from September 2024. Orange ought to do the identical in 2025.
However that is not all since there’s additionally an energetic 2G community in Belgium. Nonetheless, turning it off could be tougher than phasing out 3G. It’s because the community is used for emergency telephones and plenty of automobiles additionally use it for eCall, the obligatory 112 caller that’s put in in each new automobile. Telenet has already said that the 2G community will stay in service till not less than 2027 because of this.
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