What is 5G?
5G is the upgraded mobile network that will connect your phone or smart device to the internet. So far, there have been 4 generations of mobile network since the 1980’s, with 5G being the latest addition.
How will it improve on 4G?
5G will offer much quicker speeds than even high-end 4G can begin to rival. So far, the quickest speed you can get using 4G amounts to around 300 MB/s, that is completely blown out of the water by 5G which is expected to excess speeds of 1GB/s - some even placing speeds closer to 10GB/s.
To put this into context, 5G.co.uk say using 5G, a full-length HD film can be downloaded - not streamed, DOWNLOADED - in less than 10 seconds.
Not only will the speed of internet usage drastically improve, the end-to-end response, or latency, will also get an upgrade. This means you will spend less time waiting for your websites to load and more time scrolling, making the 5G network experience much similar to that of your broadband.
Why do we need 5G?
A move towards smart initiatives requires a strong network. Quick access to data is essential AI-powered systems that control autonomous cars or smart infrastructure. These systems require real-time data to operate safely and efficiently.
- Autonomous cars
Autonomous cars will be connected to a centralised computer system that send traffic information and updates all through a strong network. It is essential that autonomous cars can access real-time traffic data to react quickly. A 5G network will be stronger, quicker and more reliable than the current 4G network we use today.
- Smart cities
Much like autonomous cars, smart cities will rely on a centralised computer analysing masses of data, collected through smart infrastructure and technologies like autonomous cars, to create insights and make decisions to improve the city’s efficiency based on these.
- Supporting emerging technologies movement to mainstream (AR/VR)
A quicker network will support emerging technology-based marketing campaigns, like Augmented Reality (AR) or Virtual Reality (VR). In today’s digital age, it is hard to grab people’s attention and loading times or a laggy internet connection can really lose people attention. Due to the reduction of loading times, campaigns using emerging tech, like AR, will grab people’s attention a lot quicker.
Not only this but, our understanding on how we can use AR will evolve. Our car screens could display directions virtually instead of being restricted to a small screen, the way we visit new places could change by interactive apps showing you the best places to visit or eat, with pop up reviews users can view to help users make an informed decision. The amount of information we could have access to is endless.
When will we see 5G?
5G technology is expected to launch across the world by 2020, but given the speed of investment and development, it may arrive even sooner. Existing infrastructure will either need to be replaced or upgraded which may delay the widespread usage, but the technology is here, it’s just a case of when we will see it.
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