5G wireless technology is meant to deliver higher multi-Gbps peak data speeds, ultra-low latency, more reliability, massive network capacity, increased availability, and a more uniform user experience to more users. Higher performance and improved efficiency empower new user experiences and connect new industries.
The future of mobile data
We’re already experiencing the benefits of 5G today with faster, more efficient wireless networks. The 5G standards are being finalized and should be implemented in 2020 for fixed and mobile services worldwide. Already, we’re seeing 5G technology in action. There is plenty of hype, but a true 5G standard is almost here. Just as 4G introduced a new wireless networking paradigm with higher speeds and capacities for the average consumer, 5G will introduce a new wireless networking paradigm with higher performance, more capacity, and new use cases. But 5G is more than faster speeds. 5G redefines the Internet, fundamentally changing how users interact with the Internet, by creating an enhanced user experience, more flexible, and more personalized.
What is 5G?
5G wireless technology is coming to a service provider near you. Today’s wireless networks deliver high-speed connections between devices, between smartphones and other wireless devices. According to the GSMA (GSMA) 2025 wireless networks roadmap, the average global mobile data traffic is expected to be 20 times higher than in 2018. It is expected to increase fivefold by 2025. 5G is being designed to provide higher bandwidths to users. The mobile industry recognizes the urgency to adapt to these needs. What is the definition of 5G technology? The 5G specification calls for users to have the possibility to watch live streaming content at up to 1 Gbps. A single 5G device, once connected to the 5G network, can transmit and receive multiple streams of data.
What are the advantages of 5G?
5G is poised to change the world in the next few years. 5G technology connects everything and everyone as users will be able to access content faster than ever. 5G technology is an essential catalyst for the explosion of the IoT, smart cities, and connected and autonomous vehicles. How is 5G different from 4G and LTE? 4G is the successor of 3G and uses the same 2G, 3G, and 4G technologies. While 4G is making great progress, 4G networks are reaching limited amounts of the globe and are not suitable for all networks. 5G uses an enhanced version of the 4G LTE technology and combines it with other technologies. It will deliver mobile data speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second. According to Qualcomm, 5G technology offers 8X more capacity than 4G.
What are the challenges facing 5G?
As the 5G technology evolves, some early roadblocks can make it difficult for mobile and fixed operators to ensure all users can benefit from this 5G technology. The 5G technology needs advanced radio technologies, which means different types of radio for different applications. The mobile radio will be more like mobile broadband as per the recommendations of 3GPP in Release 15 from November 2018. The fixed wireless access (FWA) network needs even newer RF technology and infrastructure to support it. Also, the 5G FWA requires lower latency and improved end-to-end communications between the cell tower and the terminal. As a result, fixed operators need to use the same radio for both FWA and mobile wireless access and create a more efficient network.
This may be a learning curve for other markets, but this time the demand is shifting to technical capabilities. Smartphones are not just mobile devices anymore, they are also mobile broadband platforms. Mobile broadband is a priority for this market. However, a lot of components must be developed and tested in advance of having a mobile broadband device, which includes components for 4G and 5G. For further information on 5G please read: 5G Is Now A Reality Join Us IoT Evolution Summit April 15-16, 2018 Las Vegas, NV, USA Join us in Las Vegas, NV on April 15-16, 2018 as we showcase all of the action and excitement in the global IoT market.