One, two, three and to the four… From the first mobile phone to 4G LTE, the telecommunications industry has changed plenty in just a few decades. We've jumped four G's, or generations, in about as long as it took for Snoop Dogg to become Snoop Lion. Now the market is poised to break into the fifth generation, which promises 100 to 1,000 times the speed of 4G LTE. That means you might be able to download a full-length movie in a matter of seconds. More important, 5G will enable a new wave of ultra-efficient, Internet-connected devices.
But what is 5G really, what kind of benefits will it provide, and how long will we have to wait for its high-speed arrival?
First, know that 5G is in the very early stages right now -- networking regulatory bodies haven't even settled on a standard yet. The Federal Communications Commission has only just begun to look into opening up the high frequencies that will be used in the next-generation technologies. But after interviews with numerous experts in the field and representatives of device and component makers, we have a good idea of what to expect, and when. Here's everything you need to know about 5G.