Are you ready for the 5G future? If you’re still baffled by 5G, you’re not alone.

The newest generation wireless standard has just started to hit the market. Gartner Research says that $4.2 billion are currently being spent on 5G wireless network infrastructures worldwide. In 2019, there were 10 million 5G connections, and by 2023, you may be one of the 1.1 billion 5G connections.

Whether you want it or not, 5G is here. So, what is it?

5G stands for the fifth generation of cellular networks. The major difference? Speed.

Recent speed tests put 5G ultra-wideband downloads at 988 megabits per second. That’s an 820 percent increase over LTE. This means faster download speeds for videos and streaming, 50 times lower latency, and way less buffering.

So, what does 5G mean for you? Right now, not that much. 5G is limited to areas with 5G towers and to devices that are capable of interpreting the signal.

To use 5G, you need a 5G capable phone. Top players in the 5G game are Apple, Samsung, Google, T-Mobile, And Verizon. All phones and cell towers emit electromagnetic energy, but the FDA has limits in place for 5G radiation. The FCC reports that there is no evidence of harm.

While the switch to 5G isn’t a pressing task for everyone, getting a 5G capable phone now, to prepare for the future, is what tech experts call “future-proofing."