What Is 5G? Is It Better than 4G?


5G is the 5th generation of mobile networks, a significant evolution of todays 4G LTE networks.  5G has been designed to meet the very large growth in data and connectivity of today’s modern society, the internet of things with billions of connected devices, and tomorrow’s innovations. 5G will initially operate in conjunction with existing 4G networks before evolving to fully standalone networks in subsequent releases and coverage expansions.

In addition to delivering faster connections and greater capacity, a very important advantage of 5G is the fast response time referred to as latency. Latency is the time taken for devices to respond to each other over the wireless network. 3G networks had a typical response time of 100 milliseconds, 4G is around 30 milliseconds and 5G will be as low as  1 millisecond. This is virtually instantaneous opening up a new world of connected applications.

5G will enable instantaneous connectivity to billions of devices, the Internet of Things (IoT) and a truly connected world.

5G will provide the speed, low latency and connectivity to enable a new generation of applications, services and business opportunities that have not been seen before.

Where is the use of 5G?

5G is used by three major connected services categories, including increased wireless internet, mission-critical networking, and the huge IoT. A distinguishing ability of 5 G is that it is meant for forwarding compatibility, the ability to flexibly support today’s uncertain future networks.

There are three major categories of use case for 5G:

  1. Massive machine to machine communications – also called the Internet of Things (IoT) that involves connecting billions of devices without human intervention at a scale not seen before.   This has the potential to revolutionize modern industrial processes and applications including agriculture, manufacturing, and business communications.
  2. Ultra-reliable low latency communications – mission-critical including real-time control of devices, industrial robotics, vehicle to vehicle communications and safety systems, autonomous driving, and safer transport networks.   Low latency communications also open up a new world where remote medical care, procedures, and treatment are all possible.
  3. Enhanced mobile broadband – providing significantly faster data speeds and greater capacity keeping the world connected.  New applications will include fixed wireless internet access for homes, outdoor broadcast applications without the need for broadcast vans, and greater connectivity for people on the move.
  4. For communities, 5G will enable the connection of billions of devices for our smart cities, smart schools, and smart homes, smart and safer vehicles, enhance health care and education and provide a safer and more efficient place to live.
  5. In practically anything, 5G is expected to easily link a large range of embedded sensors with the ability to scale down data speeds, electricity, and mobility, offering incredibly slim and low-cost networking solutions.

For businesses and industry, 5G and IoT will provide a wealth of data allowing them to gain insights into their operations like never before. Businesses will operate and make key decisions driven by data, innovate in agriculture, smart farms and manufacturing, paving the way for cost savings, better customer experience and long term growth.

New and Emerging technologies such as virtual and augmented reality will be accessible by everyone.  Virtual reality provides connected experiences that were not possible before. With 5G and VR you will be able to travel to your favourite city, watch a live football match with the feeling of being at the ground, or even be able to inspect real estate and walk through a new home all from the comfort of your couch.

What is the speed of 5G?

For a more rapid response, 5 G can provide much lower latency and can have an overall more uniform customer interface such that the data speeds remain reliably high, even though people are roaming about. And a Gigabit LTE coverage base, which will offer ubiquitous Gigabit-class networking, is backing up the current 5 G NR mobile network.

5G will keep us connected in tomorrow’s smart cities, smart homes and smart schools, and enable opportunities that we haven’t even thought of yet.

In 35+ countries, this technology has been deployed. In contrast to 4G, we see a much quicker deployment and acceptance. The elevated speeds and low latencies are very exciting for customers. yet by also having the capability for mission critical networks, faster mobile broadband and huge IOT, 5G goes beyond these advantages.

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