If you’ve been following technology news, you’ve definitely heard of 5G internet, the next generation of wireless technology for mobile networks, but you may not know about 10G broadband, which was advertised at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
Below, I’ll cover everything you need to know about 10G – what it is, who developed it and when you can expect this 10G network to launch. Even though it is far from wishful thinking, because currently we are still enjoying 4G network, let’s know about this 10G first.
Internet Basics 10G
10G is a new piece of broadband networking technology that, in theory, enables speeds in excess of 10-gigabits-per-second (Gbps) over a wired internet network. Ten Gbps is up to 10 times faster than 5G and more than 700 times faster than the average US internet speed of around 18 Mbps.
Leading the way for 10G charging is CableLabs, whose new DOCSIS 4.0 standard allows internet providers to offer 10 Gbps network speeds over their existing cable systems.
10G is unrelated to 5G, the latest generation of wireless cellular network technology that has been slowly rolling out across America since last year. You shouldn’t confuse 10G with 10GE, or 10Gb Ethernet, which is an Ethernet cable standard that provides speeds of up to 10 Gbps.
Indeed the naming is a little confusing and has drawn a fair amount of protest from tech writers, some of whom believe the 10G branding is largely a response to the rumors surrounding 5G.
However, the 10G field trials should begin for trials this year. If the technology succeeds in enabling cable providers to increase the maximum internet speed they can offer through their existing high-quality fiber cable network, you will likely be hearing more about this technology throughout the rest of 2020.
What is Wi-Fi 6?
Wi-Fi 6 Also showcased at CES 2020, the next-generation Wi-Fi protocol that industry analysts expect will soon be widely used.
Wi-Fi 6 is interesting because of its potential to solve one of the most significant problems today with Wi-Fi – how it can struggle to support multiple devices connected to the same signal. This issue has become more important in recent years as smartphones and smart devices become more popular and the number of devices connected to them router or the same hotspot has multiplied.
Some big names in the making router debuted with a Wi-Fi 6-enabled router at CES. The price point of this router is, in general, comparable to or somewhat higher than current routers that work with Wi-Fi 5. For example, Netgear is launching two Wi-Fi 6 router packages which will sell for around $ 230. Most of the quality routers available today range in price from $ 100 to $ 200.
These changes may not happen immediately, but chances are, until 2020, we will see Wi-Fi 6 adoption gradually. However, for Indonesia itself, of course it is still impossible to find this year because our network still does not support it.
Launch of 10G and Wi-Fi 6
Both 10G and Wi-Fi 6 receive broad coverage at CES 2020. Wi-Fi 6 is a more standard upgrade to the previous version of the Wi-Fi standard, while the new 10G connection will allow cable providers to increase the maximum internet speed they can offer.
We’ll probably continue to hear a lot about the two during this year as Wi-Fi 6 compatible routers become more and more common and wired networks start testing 10G technology.