You must be aware of the hype regarding 5G. But what is exactly 5G technology? Why people are so excited about it? The following blog will be providing you all the essential information:
What is 5G?
It is the fifth generation of cellular technology and it is promising to provide enhanced speed, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks. You might be wondering, how fast it can be? Verizon’s network has displayed a speed passing 1 gigabit per second.
This is the 10 to 100 times faster than your typical cellular connection and it is even faster than anything you can get with a physical fiber-optic cable going directly into your house.
Is It All About Speed?
Definitely No! One of the best benefits is something called low latency. You will be hearing these terms a lot. Note that the latency is the response time between the click on a link or start streaming a video on your phone. This sends the request up to the network and when the network responds that delivers you the website or playing your video.
The lag time will last around 20 milliseconds with the current networks. This may not seem much but with 5G that latency will be reduced to little as 1 millisecond or the time taken for a flash on a normal camera.
The responsiveness is important for things that include playing intense video games in virtual reality or for a surgeon in New York for controlling a pair of robotic arms that are performing a procedure in San Francisco.
The latency will still be affected by the ultimate range of the connection. The virtually lag-free connection means that the self-driving cars are having a way to communicate with each other in real-time. You can assume that there is enough 5G coverage to connect those vehicles.
How Does It Work?
5G is initially using a super-high-frequency spectrum that is having a shorter range but high capacity for delivering a massive pipe for online access. You can think about it as a glorified Wi-Fi hotspot.
With the given range and interference issues, the carriers will be using a lower-frequency spectrum of the type used in today’s networks. To help ferry 5G across the greater distances through walls and other obstructions.
Sprint is claiming that the biggest 5G network because it is using the 2.5 gigahertz band of spectrum that offers wider coverage. T-Mobile is planning a bigger rollout of its 5G network in the second half due to the use of an even lower-band spectrum. On the other hand, AT&T says that it is planning to offer 5G coverage nationwide over the lower-band Sub-6 spectrum in early 2020.
Any Other Benefits?
The 5G network is designed for connecting a far greater number of devices as compared to the traditional cellular network does. 5G can power multiple devices near you whether it is a dog collar or a refrigerator.
The 5G network will be specifically built for handling equipment used by businesses like farm equipment or ATMs. Other than the speed, it is also designed to work differently on the connected products that do not need any constant connection such as the sensor for fertilizer. These kinds of low-power scanners are intended to work with the same battery for 10 years and will be able to periodically send data.
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