It's taken a while, but 4G LTE cellular is just about everywhere, and most people have 4G smartphones that can take advantage of the speed. Unfortunately, that speed isn't as impressive as it once sounded.
The mobile market is not only growing faster, but people are using their smartphones for streaming videos, music and other high-bandwidth applications that carriers didn't plan on. So, naturally, it's time to start looking for the next big thing that can handle how people are using their phones.
That's why Verizon has revealed it's starting work on 5G cellular, and plans to do some testing next year. Even better, it plans to start rolling out 5G in 2017 with widespread adoption within five years after that. So, what benefit does 5G bring?
According to Verizon, 5G will be 50 times faster than 4G, much quicker to connect and it will handle more gadgets per cell tower without bogging down. Given past experience with new cellular rollouts, those predictions are probably a bit optimistic, but we'll see what happens.
At this stage, the hardware for 5G doesn't even really exist, and Verizon is working with the usual smartphone and chip makers to figure out how it's going to work. Stay tuned for more as it develops.