5G internet has speeds of about 50 Mbps up to 10Gbps (or 10,000 Mbps!). That’s a huge range because there are actually a bunch of different factors that go into determining 5G internet speeds.
First of all, there are two kinds of 5G. Many cell phone companies have rolled out a slower, less fancy version of 5G (some dub this “nationwide 5G”). It’s basically a glorified version of 4G LTE networks. With this kind of 5G, your speeds likely won’t top 100 Mbps, but it is widely available throughout North America.
The other kind of 5G is often called wide-band or millimeter wave because it actually utilizes the full potential of those higher frequencies we talked about earlier. With this kind of 5G you’ll get speeds of 100-500+ Mbps, which is very fast (probably faster than whatever home internet you have now). However, it’s less widely available than “nationwide 5G.”
Another factor that will determine your 5G speeds is the company that’s providing them. While T-Mobile has the fastest cellular data speeds, it’s actually Verizon that seems to offer the fastest 5G home internet. Here’s a quick comparison of the speeds of these two 5G home internet services.
Other factors that can determine your 5G speeds include signal obstructions, like trees and other barriers, and your distance from the tower. In short, 5G internet is more like a cell phone signal than a wired internet connection: it will change depending on your location.