Not just high speeds, but 5G boasts low latency, too
Latency is how long the network takes to respond to a request. A request is anything from trying to load a video or interact with a webpage. These things need to ‘respond’ before they can load and make itself interactive for us. If you’ve ever noticed a slight delay between opening a web browser and being able to use it, that delay is latency, or lag, in action.
Latency generally goes unnoticed when using your mobile, but for gamers, latency can make it difficult to play as they need an instantaneous connection to react to whatever’s happening in-game. Games like Fortnite or Apex Legends need those low latencies to deliver a fun user experience and keep people playing.
But beyond your mobile phone or tablet, 5G enables a whole new way of using networks, such as self-driving cars (which need the finest of response times) and the bandwidth to get more and more devices connected to the same network breathing new life into the Internet of Things (IoT). 5G’s lower latency is bringing the real-time experience necessary for.