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.
“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 (opens in new tab) 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.
“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 (opens in new tab), and then converted the difference in speeds between networks to a non-stop flight from Perth to London (17:20 duration).