5G is becoming a popular term, particularly in the mobile and tech world. Most people know that it is coming, that it is the ‘new version of 4G’, and that it will transform the way we digitally connect and interact with each other, but very few people know what 5G actually is.

5G communications is the latest in cellular mobile communications. It is expected to save energy, work faster, have a higher system capacity and prove extremely beneficial for smart technology devices and artificial intelligence systems.

Below are the top 3 things you need to know about 5G cellular communications.

1. It will work extremely fast

The speed of 5G will make its predecessor’s 4G LTE’s connection and data download speed weak in comparison. 4G download speeds currently average 19.43Mbps per second, whereas 5G is promising to download entire gigabytes worth of data in mere seconds.

The speed of 5G communications is expected to be at least 57 times faster than 4G, and that is only a starting estimate upon its first release.

2. The capacity will be excellent

5G data will not only have extremely fast connection capabilities, but it will also support higher capacity. This means that the network will be able to sustain more device connections then what has been possible in previous times.

The network itself will be able to support almost one million devices within a square kilometre range, and when being compared to 4G, has a far higher latency. The capacity and supreme latency mean that it is less likely that people will experience the frustration that comes with having a slow connection, or when experiencing sluggish download speeds.

3. It is useful for more devices than just mobile phones

Every connected device is expected to benefit in some way from the release of 5G cellular networks. The technology will be beneficial to AI technologies such as self-driving cars, wearable technology devices, computers and smart systems.

5G isn’t totally available yet and various mobile networks and carriers are only just beginning to prepare for the integration. The network is expected to be part of everyday communications by 2020 and well beyond.