WHAT IS 5G FOR YOU AND YOUR CELL PHONE AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
Next year, the Mobile Internet “superfast 5 G 5th century” will hit many countries. This expects 10 to 20 times higher loading rates than what we currently have.
But what differences in our lives will that really make? Will we need new devices to take advantage of that? And does it address problems of communication for those who reside in remote areas?
- EXACTLY WHAT IS 5G?
It is the fifth generation of mobile internet connectivity which promises much faster downloads wide coverage and more reliable connections.
This is about encouraging greater use of the radio spectrum and enabling multiple users to communicate concurrently.
- WHAT IS IT THAT WILL ENCOURAGE US TO DO?
“We can do something easier and quicker on our devices today,” says Open Signal’s Ian Fogg, a firm that analyzes mobile results, to the BBC.
“Think about smart glasses for mixed reality, handheld virtual reality, even higher-quality images, the internet with stuff that allows communities smarter.”
“But what is most interesting is all the innovative programs that are going to be developed and those we can’t predict yet.”
Imagine drone swarms working together to carry out search and rescue operations, safety surveys and traffic control, and interact wirelessly via 5 G networks. Communicating with each other would also be important for the automated vehicles.
Facebook games can be faster, and images would be almost instantaneous. Audio messages,but more interruptions and less. And the fitness or physical exercise equipment will be able to monitor your health in real time.
- HOW’S IT WORKING OUT?
There are a range of emerging innovations that may be implemented but with these 5 G applications there are also no established requirements.
High frequency bands have a lot of power, but their limited wavelengths make it easy for artifacts to obstruct them.
We will probably see small telephone antennas near the ground transmitting what is known as “millimeter waves.” Yet it’s costly, and the telephone providers have not yet made a pledge.
- WAS IT A LOT DIFFERENT FROM 4 G?
Yes, it’s a completely new technology, but at first you may not notice it much faster because some operators may use 5 G to increase the capacity of existing 4 G networks in the start.
Speed depends on the band spectrum of the operator, and how much it has invested in new antennas and transmitters.
- HOW FAST WILL THIS BE?
Today’s best broadband networks deliver an average of 45Mbps (megabits per second), but the industry also expects to hit 1Gbps (gigabit per second = 1000Mbps).
Chipmaker Qualcomm predicts that in real-world environments (not just the laboratory) 5 G will reach 10-20 times higher access and navigation rates.
Imagine you can access an HD movie in only one minute.
And that would be the networks that were built alongside the existing 4G. Operating at very high frequencies, autonomous 5Gs can easily exceed gigabit per second, but are expected to arrive a few years later.
- WHAT DO WE NEED THIS ONE?
The planet is becoming more interactive and each year we ingest more info.
While we have improved by leaps and bounds since the introduction of the first commercial automatic mobile service (1 G) network in still analog 1979 (2 G cell technology reflected the move from analog to digital mobile phone protocols), our own appetite for greater storage ability, quicker transfer speed and better networking has caused us trouble.
There are congested gangs which trigger service drops, particularly when there are several people trying to connect at the same time in the same place.
5 G is better for handling thousands of devices at the same time.
- HOW DOES IT COME TO PASS?
It will not launch before 2020 in most countries, but South Korea hopes to do so next year. China wants to offer that in 2019 as well.
The United States, Mexico, Chile or Argentina is also trying to have it operational by then.
- WANT A NEW TELEPHONE?
And this is it.
But as 4 G was launched-between 2009 and 2010-compliant phones entered the market before complete introduction of the network, creating some anger among users who thought they were charging more for unreliable networks.
Manufacturers will not make the same mistake, says Ian Fogg: they will only launch 5 G when new networks are ready most possibly in late 2019.
- WILL THAT SPELL THE END OF PROGRAMS ON THE LANDLINE?
No Telecommunication’s firms have spent extensively in fixed-line fiber cables and copper wires to effectively avoid utilizing them.
Home and office services will continue to be primarily broadband for years to come, though there will also be so-called “wireless landlines.” The 5 G service will be complementary.
- WILL IT ACTUALLY WORK IN RURAL AREAS?
This issue would not actually be addressed by 5 G as it would run in high frequency bands (which have a lot of bandwidth but span shorter distances).
This would be mainly a heavily populated commercial operation.