5G is a new faster network that has the potential to transform the internet. 5G is a software-defined network; it means that while it won’t replace cables entirely, it could replace the need for them by mainly operating on the cloud instead. This means it will have 100 times better capacity than 4G, which will dramatically improve internet speeds.
For example, to download a two hour film on 3G would take about 26 hours, on 4G you’d be waiting six minutes, and of 5G you’ll be ready to watch your movie in just over three and a half seconds, but it’s not only internet capacity that will be upgraded response times will also be much faster. The 4G network responds to our commands in just under 50 milliseconds. With 5G, it will take around one millisecond 400 times faster than a blink of the eye; smartphone users will enjoy a more streamlined experience.
But for a world that is increasingly dependent on the internet, just a function of reduction in time delay is critical. Self-driving cars, for example, require a continuous stream of data, the quicker that information is delivered to autonomous vehicles, the better and safer they can run.
For many analysts, this is just one example of how 5G could become the connective tissue for the Internet of Things, an industry that’s set to grow three-fold by 2025, linking and controlling not just robots, but also medical devices, industrial equipment, and agricultural machinery.
5G will also provide a much more personalized web experience using a technique called network slicing. It’s a way of creating separate wireless networks on the cloud, allowing users to create their bespoke system. For instance, an online gamer needs faster response times and higher data capacity than a user that wants to check their social media.
Being able to personalize the internet will also benefit businesses. At big events like Mobile World Congress, for example, there was a mass influx of people in one particular area using data-heavy applications. But with 5G, organizers could pay for an increased slice of the network, boosting its internet capacity, and thus improving its visitor’s online experience.
So when can we start using 5G? Well, not yet, and according to some analysts not until 2020, 5G was created years ago, and has been talked up ever since. Get It’s estimated that even by 2025, the network will still lag behind both 4G and 3G in terms of global mobile connections.
Its mainstream existence faces multiple hurdles; the most significant of these, of course, is cost. According to sound Experts, 5G could cause network operators to tear up their current business models for it to make business sense.
In the UK, for example, 3G and 4G networks were relatively cheap to set up because they were able to roll out on existing frequencies on the country’s radio spectrum for 5G to work properly. However, it needs a frequency with a much bigger bandwidth, which would require a brand new infrastructure. Some analysts believe that extensive building and running costs will force operators to share the use and management of the mobile network.
This has been less of an obstacle for countries like China, who are taking a more coherent approach. The government operators and local companies such as Huawei and ZTE are about to launch significant 5G trials that will put them at the forefront of equipment production for the new technology, that may be at the expense of the West where there is concern regarding Asians 5G progress.
Some experts predict that by 2025, nearly half of all mobile connections in the US will be 5G, a greater percentage than any other country or region. It’s still likely, however, the much the West will have a more gradual approach to 5G driven by competition but with a patchy style of development.
For example, AT&T pledges to start rolling out 5G later this year, but in just a handful of cities, for key industrial zones, however, it’s predicted the technology will be adopted quickly. Well, for many rural areas, 5G may be a long way off. Still, when 5G does establish itself and fulfill its supposed potential, it could even change how we get the internet at home and at work with the wireless network replacing the current system of phone lines and cables.
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