5G AND THE FUTURE
WHAT IS 5G?
5G is around the corner, and it promises to be the biggest step forward for the mobile network yet, not just faster speeds than 4G, but also loads of other benefits. So what exactly is 5G, and what benefits will it bring?
Phones, Refrigerators, Lights and almost everything else electric will all be connected to the internet. Connected cars and wearables like Smartwatches, fitness trackers and the latest wearable technology and smart devices. are already in business, while drones are really taking off. 5G will take these modern tools to the next level.
Not sure Driverless cars are the future, but they will be able to avoid an accident thanks to warnings from sensors on the road. Cities incorporating a Smart system that can guide motorists to a vacant parking spot, can also switch on street lighting when needed by emergency services or identify which roads to grit in bad weather. These things could all become reality with 5G.
WHEN IS 5G EXPECTED TO ARRIVE?
The first 5G networks are expected to roll out in the UK and elsewhere in the world in 2020, But the mobile 5G network usage is not expected to become widespread until 2022. The initial 2020 rollouts will probably be limited to the major cities in countries such as the UK, so really it will only cover a small part of the population for the early years.
WHAT DOES 5G MEAN?
As a user of a smartphone, you’ve probably noticed a 3G or 4G symbol at the top of your device’s screen. This denotes the type of mobile network that’s connecting your phone to the internet in the absence of a Wi-Fi hotspot.
There have been four main generations of mobile network connectivity since the 1980s, each made up of various technologies and standards. 3G literally means ‘ the third generation’ while 4G stands for ‘fourth generation’. The ‘fifth generation’ of mobile network, 5G, is up next.
Speed: Top-end 4G networks, known variously as 4G+, LTE-A or 4.5G, can deliver peak download speeds of 300Mbit/s. By comparison, 5G promises to offer speeds in excess of 1Gb/s estimates place it closer to 10Gb/s.
WILL I NEED A NEW PHONE FOR 5G?
Yes, you’ll need to buy a new phone to make the most of 5G when it arrives. This is because 5G will operate on different frequencies to both 3G and 4G, resulting in the need for a completely different modem chip in your phone.
I have just mentioned that your phone will need an all-new modem to access 5G, and 5G itself will utilise an all-new technology of its own.
There will not simply be an improvement of existing 4G network equipment, though there will be a transitional overlap with current networks taking some of the strain.
5G AND THE FUTURE
Excited yet? You should be! 5G might still be a way off yet, but dozens of organisations around the world are preparing the way for the next generation mobile network. Here in the UK, 5G network tests are well under way in cities like Basingstoke and Brighton
5G is the next generation of mobile technology that will see our phones and devices download music and videos hundreds of times faster than 4G. Potentially, a thousand times faster. There is talk of downloading a full HD film in one or two seconds.