Is 5G Home Internet powerful enough for your home?

5G strives to be a reliable connection, but struggles to power the Internet needs of many households


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(NAPSI)—5G Home Internet is making waves when it comes to connectivity. And while the technology behind 5G is an excellent choice for mobile data and serving remote areas with limited connectivity, the same might not be said for powering most home Internet needs.

What is 5G Home Internet?

Simply put, 5G networks are mobile. Because 5G Home Internet relies on the same cell towers as 5G mobile devices, they compete for capacity. When many mobile users utilize the 5G network at once, the 5G Home Internet users must wait in line behind them for connectivity. Think of it as a congested interstate highway, with everyone headed for the same exit.

Additionally, signal obstructions such as weather, buildings, and trees must be considered. Such interferences can lead to unwanted speed fluctuations and lag during video calls or gaming — what insiders call latency.

This means wireless 5G networks are often less reliable and secure than wired networks.

According to Speedtest Intelligence® results from Ookla®, the global leader in fixed broadband and mobile network testing applications, 5G Home Internet consistently struggles to maintain broadband speeds over 25 Mbps during peak times.

This has led to online forums filling up with users lamenting about being unable to keep up with binge-worthy streaming shows and homes, with multiple users competing for quality connections for online work, school, or play.

The truth is 5G can be great for those without options such as cable broadband or other fiber-based services. Otherwise, it results in slower speeds and lags as it shares limited space with mobile user traffic.

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–With Jay Domingo/PDM

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