I know you are familiar with the 4G network and have tested its speed. Now, a 5G network is launching, with a high rate that will empower customers with even faster data connections, open up avenues to new industrial applications, and also help to build widely connected “smart cities.” 5G is the next significant evolution of mobile wireless technology.
Both the public and private sectors in the whole world are working together to come up with to bring 5G mobile communication to the masses.
What is 5G?
Since the full specifications of the 5G network are yet to be decided but we already have the clue of about what the first specification is going to look like. But it should offer connections that are multitudes faster than current connections, with average download speeds of around 1GBps expected to be the norm soon.
In the second half of 2017, the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) launched its preliminary Release 15. Based on the IMT-2020 specification, Release 15 encompasses the 5G Non-Standalone (NSA) and New Radio (NR) technology for carriers to begin deploying.
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU)’s IMT-2020 specification is set to be the global network standard for upcoming 5G networks. So far, the agreed-upon specifications include technological and user experience data rates, latency, spectral efficiency, and bandwidth requirements. The 3GPP’s Non-Standalone and New Radio specifications show how carriers aspire to attain these goals by incorporating existing networks and spectrum into 5G, as well as using new technologies like high-speed millimeter wave frequencies. The yet to be finalized 5G Standalone (SA) specification (Release 16) will divulge more detail on the back-end technologies which will power next-gen networks.
What will 5G networks mean?
- Faster download and upload speeds
- Smoother streaming of online content
- Higher-quality voice and video calls
- More reliable mobile connections
- Many IoT devices connected
- Expansion of advanced technologies – including smart cities and self-driving cars traveling up to 500km/h, so your data connection hopefully won’t drop out on the train in the future.
How fast will 5G be?
So far, the exact speed of the 5G network is not precise. Since the development is still ongoing, it is known how much faster 5G will be than 4G.
5G will be more excellent with additional spectrum at both lower and higher frequencies than existing LTE bands and variable bandwidths ranging up to 100MHz. Smaller range hubs operating in the 3.5 to 6GHz spectrum will be vital to boosting short range coverage, in addition to opening up sub-1GHz low frequencies for more extended range and cell edge improvements. In a nutshell, expect 5G smartphones to pull in data from numerous network sources all at once.
It means that consumers could download a full-length HD quality film in a matter of seconds and that downloading and installing software upgrades would be completed much faster than the previous networks.
Will your phone get 5G network?
Existing smartphones, tablet or other devices that were released when 4G networks were the standard may not be able to connect to 5G.