So far not many people have actually tested 5G network, but this will soon change. Verizon and AT&T are teaming up with Qualcomm, in order to present the newest cellular network technology. The rumours are that the network is going able to reach internet speeds over 1Gb/s, some say even up to 20Gb/s (while Poland averages at 27.57 Mb/s, that means 5G will be 31 times faster in the worst scenario). There are other benefits of 5G finally coming live. People predict unlimited cloud storage will become a standard, and so will on demand processing power. This might also revive smartbooks, which were laptops with built in cellular network. Additionally 5G is going to provide better (smaller) latency and most importantly for average internet users, some of the 4G (LTE) traffic will move over to 5G, which will allow LTE speeds to be faster. Industry specialists say, that 5G for video streaming will be what 4G was for music streaming. The technology is expected to be widely available in 2020.
Although 5G network has been deployed in many places all over the world (famously in Gliwice), these were small and medium city releases, and not many devices can use this network. So far there is one smartphone available, and it’s exclusive to Verizon (US carrier). Although many android phones which are expected to launch in the first quarter of 2019, are also expected to come with 5G technology “on board”. In the second quarter most of the phones are expected to have this technology as a standard. There are rumours that Apple isn’t going to launch 5G compatible device until 2020, but that nothing weird as they did the same thing with 3G (the original iPhone) and 4G (iPhone 4s) network releases.
5G technology seems very promising but it faces some challenges. First of all new network launches never match the expectations, so don’t bee too hyped when you first will be able to use this technology. Secondly the technology used actually limits the network. 5G radios aren’t compatible with 4G radios, so there is need for completely new infrastructure to be build. Additionally the technology utilises milimeter radio waves. The main problems are that they are very bad at penetrating obstacles, such as walls, windows, your car roof and additionally they can be weakened by bad weather and they cover areas much smaller than 4G can. So to set up a 5G network, cellular providers need to buy radios and a ton of amplifiers, in order to maintain signal over a larger area.
5G is very promising, but also futuristic. It probably will allow for driverless cars seamless communication, and already allows for better smart home services. Bigger and faster data transfers can only be a good thing and also 5G network can allegedly handle four times the capacity of 4G network, so internet traffic shouldn’t be an issue in the future.
For me personally LTE is working very good, but I can’t complain about the development and can’t wait for what it will bring to our world.
Are you excited for 5G network, or 4G is just fine for you?
5G logo – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5G
network speeds – http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/535659/SAUDI-ARABIA/Al-Khobar-becomes-first-city-in-MENA-to-get-5G-network
Motorola Moto Z3 – https://blog.motorola.com/2018/08/02/motorola-connects-you-to-5g-first/
5G network – https://www.pcmag.com/article/345387/what-is-5g