Take your phone, well of course if it’s not already in your hand and take a glance at the top corner of it. What you will see is 4G LTE written on it. Very soon, you will see 5G written on it. The question here is do we really going to watch this 4G shift to 5G very soon or there is still a wait for it? Are the developers ready or are the devices supporting 5G ready? Is all the research and testing done? The quotient of curiosity kills, I know. When we can’t patiently wait for the new dress or jewelry to come, waiting for this massive revolution is excessively difficult. Let’s unveil the mystery wheel, months will pass or I would rather say years will pass for this massive revolution to step into the tech world and get going flawlessly. It is expected to hit the market by the year 2020.
5G: The Future of Data Connectivity
We have been through the journey from 1G to 4G, so why such a huge buzz about 5G? It’s just another G in the history of G’s, right? Well, no. There’s a lot more coming with this added G. We are stuck with the 4G where we face the fumble in the speed and not to forget the coverage issues. What 5G will do is eliminate all these speed and coverage grievances and entail a flawless data usage experience. Let’s explore some of the specification of 5G:
1) Agile broadband speed exterminating connectivity and speed issues.
2) Despite the fact how many devices are connected at a single point of time, you will not experience even a teeny weeny speed drop.
3) The focal point of 5G is the usage of high spectrum band which integrates a frequency signal that is higher than 4G.
4) Reduced latency compared to that with current LTE.
5) Entail 1GB per second to every employee working on the same floor.
6) For metropolitan areas, data rates of 100 megabits per second.
7) Tens of megabits data rates per second for 10,000 users.
8) IoT will be benefited the most with the application of 5G worldwide.
5G should be in the market in a way that, it’s not a luxury or an option, it should be mandatory. Manufacturers should be availed with ease and comfort to know that 5G is adapted everywhere and any new innovation can be brought to the market without having any 2nd thoughts of regionalization.
Drawbacks of 5G?
Need hyped number of access points nearby as signal won’t be able to travel at a far distance is one of the major drawbacks. The infrastructure and implementing cost of 5G is high and new devices will have to be made to support 5G. This means that the old devices will be outdated. There will also be mobile app development that only 5G enabled devices will be able to support. 4G enabled devices enables 100s of MBPS, whereas 5G will turn into multi-gigabits per second. This will evoke a new wave of innovation through gigabit devices.
5G and IoT (Internet of Things)
A single problem with IoT and current 4G which is nowhere related to that of bandwidth and speed but with Latency. The major focus of 4G was to resolve bandwidth focused issues like media consumption. The solution these days are not about bandwidth, they are about connecting all devices and managing through one single mobile app. Prediction says that by the end of the year 2020, each user would be using 27 internet connected devices. The IoT devices can be varied like smartphones, tablets, AR specs, cars, fridges, doors, clothes, smartwatch and many more. Certain devices are in need of shifting of the bulk of gigantic data whereas some of the devices will just need teeny weeny information to be shifted. 5G will recognize the data need by itself and assign bandwidth accordingly. Individual connection points are not put under pressure to do this.
5G will make use of cells or points. These cells are smart enough to stay connected with each of the devices and recognize the data required. Despite the fact where the user is, the cells will offer the most needed and efficient service to each of the connected devices. Larger cells will be used in the similar patterns as they are being used now while there will be multiple smaller cells installed in various parts of the home. Based on the traveling speed of the device, it will adapt to the cell to which it is connected. Say, for example, a tablet can connect to microcells at different places whereas a car cannot connect to microcells at different places giving the chance to lose and re-establish connection at several places. It needs a macro cell to get connected to for having continuous connection without interruption. Such kind of connectivity and speed cannot be established with 4G. The connection of IoT devices and its flawless working is only possible with 5G.
Based on the type of connected device, 5G will prioritize its connectivity and data flow. IoT and 5G both are designed for the billions of gadgets in need of 24*7 uninterrupted connectivity. Say for example if you are streaming any 4K video on your TV with the high-resolution big screen, having 5G connectivity will sheer the data throughout. If 5G is used for establishing the connection between drone and its controller, it will pay heed to the quick response.