Is your internet connection sluggish? Do you stare at a screen waiting for minutes for photos or videos to download?
You’re not alone. As you can imagine, as more and more people spend lots more time online, from watching live videos on Facebook to paying bills and so much more, the internet is simply getting too crowded.
The result is a slowdown. But, great news! By the end of this year, if all goes to plan, your smartphone will have speeds about 10 times faster than current connections.
In fact, it’s very likely you’ll have faster speeds on your smartphone than you do at home. It’s all due to something called mobile gigabit, and there’s a very good chance you’ll have it on your phone by year’s end.
Here’s how it works. Currently, mobile internet speeds are roughly 30 megabits per second. That’s pretty fast and they’re getting faster.
Cellphone providers have been adding space to speed things up. You can think of it as a highway that is adding more lanes. Newer technology uses 4×4 MIMO (multiple input, multiple output), which stacks more lanes on top of one another.
Mobile gigabit, which will likely result in speeds of up to 300 Mbps, uses technology called 256 QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation). Simply put, it allows more data to be jammed into each connection.
The best news here is that you won’t have to do much to get mobile gigabit. The technology is already available on Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and will be on Sony’s Xperia XZ. Plus, cellphone providers AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon plan to offer mobile gigabit later this year.