News 29/01/2020 by "Andy Mansoori"

3G, 4G and 5G in Australia | What Does It Mean?

3G, 4G and 5G in Australia | What Does It Mean?

There has been a lot of coverage on 5G and what possibilities could be open to us on a 5G network. Touted as the missing link to driverless technology and the efficacy of smart cities, a lot is riding on the launch of 5G, and it seems that we are finally ready to see it launch. 

Whatever your opinion on who the infrastructure should be built by, there is no denying that 5G technology is going to be a game-changer. 

But “what’s the difference?” you may wonder. “Why do we even need 5G?” 

While we’ve already highlighted many of the perks, it can often be difficult to comprehend it when the benefits are measured by not yet realised opportunities. So how about we put it in the context of speeds. Below is how quickly you could download an app on the previous, current and soon to be network generations.  

Network Generation

Time to Download

2G 35-40 minutes
3G 45 seconds-1 minute
4G 5-8 seconds
5G <1 second


The reason Uber, Ola or other ride-sharing apps, could not have been possible on 3G is that it simply wasn’t fast enough. The systems could not speak to one another fast enough to ensure that your driver knew where you are, and you could track their movements as they were on route to pick you up. 

5G is the next step in speed. Downloads will be near to instant, and every person on the bus or train will be gleefully streaming videos in uninterrupted 4K. 

Beyond cool 4K streaming, though, 5G has the power to bring into existence the tools which can perform remote surgery, get self-driving cars on the market, connect emergency services to power smart cities, provide smooth, truly immersive virtual reality (VR) experiences, and glitch-free interactive technology with endless applications. 

Why Should You Care?

Well, aside from gaining instant downloads and the ability to stream the highest quality video in existence, without interruption, all from your tiny mobile device, 5G means jobs. It has the potential to bring jobs to people across all sectors and all areas of Australia. 

Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone all want to implement 5G in Australia. Telstra and Optus have already begun selling 5G compatible products, and Vodafone is not far off. As this competition heats — each itching to introduce infrastructure and be the leader of the new technology in the Australian market — more people get to enjoy the benefit of coming online. 

With more people online, our industries can flourish. Even giving connectivity to a craftsman (or woman) in a remote town allows them to promote themselves through digital marketing, expand their business online and take payments online. This translates to more prosperity for them and their community. This seemingly small change can be the catalyst for significant transformation and job opportunities.  

5G opens remote areas up to commerce. 

Tech Needs More People 

Right now, as 5G is in the early stages, we are going to need Field Engineers, SAED Consultants, Design Engineers, Build Engineers, Town Planners, Rollout Managers, Project Managers, Program Managers, Technicians, Riggers, NPO Project Managers, HSE Managers, Field Supervisors, and many more who will be a key contributor to ensuring that 5G goes live in Australia. 

Unsurprisingly, 5G also means more jobs in tech. As phones and modems are now being released that are 5G compatible, the people that design and develop this technology will be in high demand, as will those designing, developing and selling apps and other technology that will work on the 5G network.

These roles may not explode with high demand overnight, but we can say with confidence that these are the roles that are going to steadily increase in demand over the next five years as we work to get 5G rolled out and adopted across homes and mobiles across the country.

If you’re in the tech or telco field and want to get in on the latest 5G related roles, get in touch with the team at Launch Recruitment today.