5G Or Not 5G? That Is The Question.

Last month, the BBC reported a Finnish firm claimed to have broken the current mobile Internet speed record by achieving a 1.9 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) speed on a test network.  This compares to an independent feat of 1 terabit-per-second (Tbps) on a 5G network. Why is this important, you ask? Everyone wants Internet; however, we’re all obsessed with always wanting better, faster-than-what-we-have Internet. Companies constantly dive headfirst into research and development to win over consumers with their newest and best inventions.

Will 5G meet needs and expectations? For now, it’s still the early stages for the technology’s development so only time will tell.

The Internet’s Newest Underwater Highway

Last month, Facebook and Google announced their newest endeavor in the Pacific: building the longest and highest capacity undersea fiber-optic fiber cable between two continents, the Pacific Light Cable Network — PLCN for short. Upon completion, the cable will run from Los Angeles to Hong Kong and stretch over 8,000 miles.  The PLCN will have an estimated capacity of 120 terabits-per-second, twice the capacity of Google’s recently launched, Oregon-to-Japan “Faster” cable.

Construction will begin this year and the cable is expected to go online in 2018.