When Can We Expect To See 5G?
As of right now, if you look at the top of your phone, you will see something along the lines of LTE or 4G LTE. That will not be there much longer as 5G is scheduled to make its debut soon, but not too soon. The new speed for networks will be available beginning in 2020. The leap to 5G is not solely for mobile phones, even though that will be one of the major uses. Other uses included self-driving cars, virtual reality, interconnected devices for the home and delivery drones.
Many believe that 5G will be so fast that it might even replace traditional in-home WiFi networks. It is expected that 5G will provide up to 10Gbps speeds that offer better coverage and reliability compared to traditional in-home WiFi networks. Lower network communication latency will be expected with 5G, which will also reach speeds that will be 10 times as fast as those at 4G now.
The 5G networks that companies are working on creating right now will operate using a millimeter wave spectrum. The spectrum will offer high frequencies between 30 GHz and 300 GHz. The waves are designed to transmit an incredible amount of data at high rates of speed. The downside here is that the waves don’t travel as far as those on 4G networks. Waves on 4G networks are low-frequency waves, which is why they can travel further. The waves on 5G networks will struggle with moving around buildings, towers and other obstacles.
A 5G network will require quite a bit of antennas compared to the ones already in place with 4G networks. Because of this, mobile carriers will need to install an incredible amount of antennas, which you will find almost everywhere when 5G launches in 2020. You will also have to buy a new phone if you want it to be 5G capable and it likely will need to have an antenna attached to it. But, the antenna won’t be much of an issue once you experience the blazing speeds associated with it.
“Where you saw a growth in 4G was around data-centric, smartphone-centric use cases,” said Rob Topol, a general manager for the 5G business at Intel. “We’re looking beyond the smartphone for 5G.”
Looking beyond smartphones for 5G means that companies will look to use 5G in various industries such as automotive, drones, virtual reality and more. These industries will likely experience the rewards of a 5G network earlier than smartphone or mobile networks.
One of the biggest benefits outside of speed that a 5G network will provide users is latency. Even though speed is a big factor, latency is also very important. Right now, 4G networks provide latency of 40ms and 60ms. This is considered low latency, but not low enough to provide people with a real-time response. 5G networks are expected to have even lower latency.
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