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5G speeds illustrated via Perth to London flight times

REviews.org 5G infographic
(Image credit: Reviews.org)

We’ve seen all manner of devices employed to get across the huge increase that 5G speed offers over 4G networks, but Australian comparison site Reviews.org has found a new way to get across just how big the difference is – by converting networking speeds to equivalent flight times from London to Perth.

"To help consumers understand the difference between current 4G internet speeds and 5G internet speeds, Reviews.org has crunched the numbers."

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“As you know, 5G has been at the forefront of next-gen tech and communications news lately,” a Reviews.org spokesperson explained. “But do consumers know how much faster these new internet speeds will actually be? To help consumers understand the difference between current 4G internet speeds and 5G internet speeds, Reviews.org has crunched the numbers to put these speeds into perspective.”

According to Review.org, switching from a 4G network to 5G is like taking a 17hr 20min long-haul flight in just 3hr 50mins. Which is a 4.5x increase in speed.

Click the image above to view the full-size infographic. (Image credit: Reviews.org)

“It can be difficult to visualise a concept like download speeds and after a while, the big numbers can seem meaningless,” said Joe Hanlon, managing editor at REviews.org. “So instead, how about we apply the speed improvements of 5G to something we all love to hate: long-haul flights.”

To compare flight durations to mobile network speeds, Reviews.org sourced average download speeds from 4G and 5G networks from Opensignal, and then converted the difference in speeds between networks to a non-stop flight from Perth to London (17:20 duration).

Dan Oliver

Dan is a British journalist with 20 years of experience in the design and tech sectors, producing content for the likes of Microsoft, Adobe, Dell and The Sunday Times. In 2012 he helped launch the world's number one design blog, Creative Bloq. Dan is now editor-in-chief at 5Gradar, where he oversees news, insight and reviews, providing an invaluable resource for anyone looking to stay up-to-date with the key issues facing 5G.