5G: An Introduction

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5G: An Introduction

Tatiana A. Dias
August 10th, 2017
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This series will be a trilogy that will bring up some general concepts about 5G and what you need to know. This article will introduce 5G technology, what is, and what it can enable. The next post in this series will focus on the advantages and potential issues that may arise with the launch of this technology. In the final post, we will examine some of the companies that are already ahead of the game in regards to 5G and their broad applications of the technology.

 

What is 5G?

Look at the top corner of your phone screen. Right now it probably reads 4G, and you are most likely fine with that. But soon your phone will display 5G  instead. In line with this, the global race is on to develop 5G!

 

5G is actually the fifth generation of mobile network. This will follow in the strides of 4G, which many parts of the world have still yet to experience. Governments, industry associations, mobile operators, and equipment sellers worldwide are working to develop and support the 5G revolution.

 

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What will 5G enable?

If you are thinking, “Awesome, no more apps stalling, video faltering, and that everlasting loading sign”, then you are correct! However, that is only a small part of the story, as 5G has the potential to change the world as we know it!

 

5G will be insanely fast, stable, and versatile, capable of producing velocities of up to 10Gbps! As end-users, we tend to think about faster data transfer and lower latency in terms of our own usage. We think about downloading movies more quickly, at any time or anywhere. In terms of entertainment, lower latency will improve multiplayer gaming, combining with virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR) to help give a more immersive experience for users. A further example could be a spectator at a football stadium watching a live stream of an alternative camera angle at the same time it is happening on the pitch, giving them a more holistic view of game events.

 

When is 5G coming?

In the IoT age, phones, fridges, lights, and essentially whatever else electric will all be connected to the internet. Connected cars and wearables are already in business, whilst drones are ‘taking off’. 5G will take these initiatives to the next level.

 

Regardless of increasing interest, 5G development is still in very early stage. By 2020 it is predicted that 50-100 billion devices will be connected worldwide, many of which will need continuous data access. That seems like a long wait, yet in all honesty, this is an ambitious timeline.

 

The 5G revolution will pave the way for a large number of innovative technologies and services. The questions this raises, however, is quite simply –  what does that mean? Read more in the next post –  5G: Advantages and Limitations.

 

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“ 5G will be insanely fast, stable, and versatile, capable of producing velocities of up to 10Gbps! ”

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