SOLVED: 2020 Real Life Comparison & Simple Explanation of 5G Low Medium & High Cellular Technologies

There is soooo much talk of 5G cellular technology today we decided to put together a simple infographic and chart explaining the differences.

Click to Expand Graphic3G 4G 5G Low Medium and High Band Infographic

This information was gathered from many different sources and people will argue over the details presented here.  For instance AT&T has what they claim is a new “5G Evolution” service which is really just 4G LTE Pro. AT&T relates it to 5G because, on the one hand, they are behind the other big players in deploying real 5G while on the other hand 5G Evo is about as fast as many real 5G ‘low band’ deployments.

Generation Technology / Branding Year Popularized Real Max Download in 2020 Real Lag/Latency in 2020 Distance from Towers Frequency
3G HSPA 2005 25-100Mb/second 60 milliseconds 75 Kilometers .8 1.4 2.1 & 3.4Ghz
4G  LTE 2009 50-150Mb/second 50 milliseconds 75 Kilometers .85 and 1.9Ghz
4G  LTE Pro (AT&T calls this “5G Evolution”) 2015 100-300Mb/second 30 milliseconds 50 kilometers Many
5G Low Band  2020 100-300Mb/second 15 milliseconds 25 Kilometers .6 to .7Ghz
5G Medium Band 2020 300-900Mb/second 10 milliseconds 5 kilometers 2 to 6Ghz
5G  High Band (aka “Millimeter Wave”) 2019 1000-3000Mb/second 5 milliseconds Short – Need many more towers 28 to 38Ghz



Questions or Comments?