Invest in 5G stocks

5G is here, giving us speedier access to Netflix alongside a whole new wave of technology. Find out how you can invest in 5G stocks.

5G is the fifth generation technology for mobile communication. Companies started to make use of 5G in 2019. The plan is for it to take over 4G, which, as you guessed, is fourth generation technology for mobile communication. Find out about the companies making movements in 5G and how you can invest in them.

What’s the difference between 5G and 4G?

5G is thought to be 100 times faster than 4G, offering up to 10 gigabytes (GB) per second. It will make streaming The Politician on Netflix faster (if you didn’t already binge both seasons in less than a week), allow you to upload photos of your cat to Instagram quicker than you already can, plus, it has some other pretty cool opportunities.

It’s believed that 5G will bring about a wave of new technology, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and automation. One of the main benefits of 5G is the opportunity for better latency, which is the speed that it takes between sending an instruction and it happening. So, children being asked to load the dishwasher have a relatively high latency, but when you tell them to come get dessert, suddenly it’s lower.

The latency has been reduced to less than one millisecond for 5G, compared with 50 milliseconds for 4G. This improvement can be used to create driverless cars, where 50 milliseconds is a huge amount of time when responding to incidents on the road.

5G stocks

As you’d expect, the top 5G stocks are mainly mobile companies. The UK’s four largest mobile network providers are some clear stocks to watch, especially given that they are the ones with the responsibility to roll it out.

These companies are:

  • BT Group. BT will also be responsible for providing faster broadband, as it owns Openreach.
  • Vodafone.
  • O2. Owned by Telefonica.
  • Three. Owned by CK Hutchinson.

Other companies to consider

As well as those actually rolling it out, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the companies that allow people to make use of the 5G technology. The main one being smartphone providers. You won’t necessarily get access to 5G with your current smartphone, you’ll need a 5G enabled device. Who better to turn to than the mobile phone providers for upgrades?

The top 5G stocks to watch are:

  • BT Group
  • Vodafone
  • O2
  • Three
  • Apple
  • Xiaomi
  • Qualcomm
  • Taiwan Semiconductor
  • Qorvo and Skyworks Solutions
  • Intel
  • T-Mobile
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • Ericsson
  • Nokia

5G ETFs

Defiance Next Gen Connectivity ETF – FIVG

Key holdings:

Company nameTicker
Qualcomm IncQCOM
NXP SemiconductorsNXPI
EricssonERIC
Analog Devices IncADI
Xilinx IncXLNX
Verizon Communications IncVZ
Skyworks Solutions IncSWKS
Marvell Technology Group Ltd OrdMRVL
Keysight Technologies IncKEYS
Maxim Integrated Prods IncMXIM

First Trust Index NextG ETF – NASDAQ:NXTG

Key holdings:

Company nameTicker
QNXP SemiconductorsNXPI
ASE Technology Holding Co LtdN/A
Nokia CorporationNOK
Xiaomi CorpN/A
CyrusOne IncCONE
Skyworks Solutions IncSWKS
NEC CorporationNIPNF
Equinix IncEQIX
Arista Networks IncANET
Fujitsu LtdFJTSF

VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF – NYSEARCA:SMH

Key holdings:

Company nameTicker
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co LtdTSM.TW
Intel CorporationINTC
NVIDIA CorporationNVDA
ASML HoldingASML
Broadcom IncAVGO
Qualcomm IncQCOM
Texas Instruments IncTXN
Lam Research CorporationLRCX
Applied Materials IncAMAT
Analog Devices IncADI

Global X Internet of Things ETF – NASDAQ:SNSR

Key holdings:

Company nameTicker
STMicroelectronics NVSTM FP
Skyworks Solutions IncSWKS
Advantech Co Ltd2395 TT
Garmin LtdGRMN
Sensata TechnologiesST
Dexcom IncDXCM
ams AGAMS SW
ADT IncADT
Silicon Laboratories IncSLAB
Xiaomi Corp-class B1810 HK

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