So what is 5G, exactly, anyway?

Well, if you’re asking about “exactly,” it doesn’t exist yet.

Oh, that helps me a lot.

Sorry. But the best answer to your question is probably that 5G is sort of a catch-all name to describe the next generation of carrier wireless technology that’s going to be slinging tweets and videos and connected home signals from the internet to your smartphone or your smartwatch or, really, any smart object you’ve got handy. The target speed for 5G connectivity is anywhere from 100Mbps to 1Gbps, depending on context and who you’re asking. Even at the lower bound, that’s roughly 10 times faster than the U.S. average 4G connection, according to a February report from OpenSignal.

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