SOUTH KOREA TO LAUNCH 5G INTERNET SERVICE – South Korea is now investing some £900 million in 5G services that once online could allow an internet user to download an entire 90 minute movie in just one second.
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When I tell people that I run a website they automatically assume I’m some kind of web guru; you know a geek that can unravel the mysteries of web based operations.
Whilst I have a fair amount of knowledge, I do however rely on technical help from a friend in order to keep things running smoothly and our concern here has always been speed; that is being able to provide our readers with the fastest page load possible.
For those of you who don’t know much about running a website then it might come as a surprise to learn that Google will actually penalise a website in their index rankings for websites that load too slowly. There is evidence to suggest that if people have to wait for a page to load for more than 5 seconds then they will go elsewhere.
According to Google this all comes down to ‘user experience’ that is if the user’s experience is good, then Google will reward you with higher rankings therefore delivering more traffic.
I can remember the 14.4kb connection. Yes, those were the days when you had to wait 10 minutes or so just to get a dial-up connection and then browsing the web was akin to watching paint dry.
As things progressed and we witnessed increasing speeds with the 56.6kb and then the128kb things didn’t improve that much and downloading even a one megabyte file could take hours if not days.
That all changed with the introduction of broadband and then the G services; today browsing the web is a pretty fast affair but obviously not enough for mainstream users, for according to Google over 78% of users will abandon a webpage if it takes more than 5 seconds to load.
It appears evident that our lives are moving at a much faster pace and we are demanding more and more speed from the internet. I can tell you from firsthand experience that getting a webpage to load in less than 3 seconds (which is apparently optimal) is a complete and utter nightmare but regardless, that’s what people want.
According to news coming out of South Korea they intend to start trials with a 5G service in 2017 and if their service holds up to expectations an 800Mb movie could be downloaded in just one second and would deliver speeds of up to 1Gb per second; that’s currently 1,000 times faster than 4G.
It is obvious that Google’s current algorithm for Page Load won’t hold much sway in the rankings in the near future for with these types of speeds even a page loaded to the ninth will display in less than a second; we’re probably talking milliseconds which would certainly relieve me from having to worry about page load speeds – no doubt Google will think of something else to make my life a misery but that’s life on the web.
There is no doubt that users want faster speeds and I’m wondering how fast the internet needs to be before users are completely satisfied.