What is a 5G Network?
The next evolution of wireless networks is coming soon to a phone near you.
What is 5G technology? Replacing 4G LTE, it offers incredibly fast wireless connectivity and data transmission.
Representing fifth-generation wireless broadband capability, it has the potential to replace cable internet providers and the capacity to handle advancements in technology with IoT, such as a continuous stream of data for automated homes, wearables, and self-driving cars.
How much faster is it than 4G? According to Hubert Da Costa at Cradlepoint, a leading provider of cloud-based wired and wireless WAN networking solutions:
“5G Wi-Fi connections are set to be about three times faster than 4G, starting with 450Mbps in single-stream, 900 Mbps (dual- stream) and 1.3G bps (three-stream). So, whilst we are already starting to see a huge growth in IoT and smart devices, 5G’s speed and capacity will enable an even more rapid arrival of this connected future.”
Like all the previous generations, 5G will be significantly faster than its predecessor 4G.
This should allow for higher productivity across all capable devices with a theoretical download speed of 10,000 Mbps.
See the full post here: What is 5G? Everything you need to know about 5G
5G Wireless Is Coming
It seems like 4G LTE just came out as the new and improved network. Considering that 1G was developed in 1980, 2G in 1990, 3G in 2003, and 4G in 2009, in the big picture, the advancements have happened rather quickly.
Most networks are shooting for 2020 to have 5G in place, but there are a couple of big names that are going to roll it out later this year. Verizon and AT&T have both announced that 5G will be available sometime in 2018.
Lower latency is also a critical factor in managing all the connected devices in our world. Latency refers to the delay before the transfer of data begins, and with certain situations, such as with a self-driving car, it could spell disaster.
This video provides an overview of what to expect with 5G speed:
One of the terms used in the above video about 5G networks is beamforming. What this means is that the signals can be focused on areas where there is more data traffic, resulting in much more efficient data delivery.
By directing the traffic where it is needed, the cellular base stations are also able to reduce interference for other users in the vicinity. The next post offers a more technical explanation of beamforming:
Beamforming can help massive MIMO arrays, which are base stations arrayed with dozens or hundreds of individual antennas, to make more efficient use of the spectrum around them. The primary challenge for massive MIMO is to reduce interference while transmitting more information from many more antennas at once. At massive MIMO base stations, signal-processing algorithms plot the best transmission route through the air to each user. Then they can send individual data packets in many different directions, bouncing them off buildings and other objects in a precisely coordinated pattern. By choreographing the packets’ movements and arrival time, beamforming allows many users and antennas on a massive MIMO array to exchange much more information at once.
Read more here: 5G Bytes: Beamforming Explained
With 5G technologies, the strategy is to build a wireless network that can handle future smartphone users, self-driving cars, and smart homes will rely on every day.
What will happen to satellite dish and cable companies? 5G will definitely put pressure on their earnings, so they’ll either have to adjust to that model or become extinct.
Companies that study trends and immerse themselves in the newest technologies will be the survivors of the new world.