5G Networks + 4G Networks: Their Differences, and the Transition


Consumers eagerly awaited the arrival of fifth-generation (5G) wireless network technology, which promises a slew of new benefits for their everyday lives.

Some, on the other hand, have doubts and questions about the obstacles they might face. Will 4G phones be compatible with 5G networks? When is 5G going to be available? We’ll answer these questions and clarify how its arrival would impact current 4G networks in this post.

What is a 5G Network?

The fifth-generation mobile network is called 5G. Multi-gigabit per second peak data speeds, ultra-low latency, enhanced reliability, massive network capacity, expanded coverage, and a more reliable user experience for a greater number of users are all features of 5G wireless technology. New user experiences and business partnerships are made possible by increased efficiency and productivity.

It is being hailed as a game-changing technology with the potential to increase cellular network speed and coverage greatly. It has the potential to be 10 to 100 times faster than today’s 4G cellular connections. It’s significantly faster than using a physical fiber-optic cable in your home. In addition, latency (the time between when your phone pings the network and when it responds) is faster than Wi-Fi.

Will My 4G Phone be Obsolete?

The answer is no. Unlike previous network improvements, the transition from 4G to 5G is unique. It is not replacing 4G in the same way as 4G did not replace 3G. Instead, it builds on 4G LTE by employing new radios and applications. If you have an early 5G phone and want to upload videos to Google Photos, you’re actually uploading them over a 4G LTE connection right now.

In the United States, 5G networks are currently classified as “non-standalone.” They’ll need 4G as a backbone to establish the initial handshake between a phone and the network before passing the device to a 5G link. Carriers will phase it out faster with non-standalone technology than if they were to upgrade their networks with new hardware fully.

Its expansion does not imply that 4G networks are being phased out. Mobile operators will continue to offer mobile coverage to their subscribers using existing 4G LTE networks well into the next decade. 5G would complement 4G rather than completely replacing it. As a result, 5G-capable phones will continue to use 4G technology.

The new 4G LTE networks can be easily upgraded to 5G with a software update. Dual compatibility, which is already available, allows phones to run on both 4G and 5G, ensuring that you never lose a signal even if you travel out of 5G coverage. It also blends the two for faster performance.

Upgrades are unavoidable with the emergence of 5G networks. However, due to technological advancements, they will be able to coexist. As a result, we will continue to use 4G proxy servers. On both 4G and 5G phones, the Social Proxy’s 4G proxy servers will still provide reliable service.