By: Dylan Chen
With the advancement of wireless technology, 5G is creeping closer among us. Here are some things that you should know before 5G takes the world by storm. The integration of 5G brings along an even faster network, very low latency, and the ability to carry many connections as the same time. Some potential new uses coming from this enhanced mobile broadband includes ultra HD video while moving and virtual reality. 5G works by using a system of cell sites that divide their territory into sectors and send encoded data through radio waves.
With a faster network, 5G will allow more connections at a time while also using less power. This will provide additional monthly revenue for carriers. Like other cellular networks, 5G networks use a system of cell sites that divide their territory into sectors and send encoded data through radio waves. Each cell site must be connected to a network backbone, whether it’s through a wired or wireless backhaul connection.
With lower latency there will be very minimal delay for when the transfer of data begins, following an instruction for its transfer. In fact, downloads speeds are expected to be 1GB as a norm. 5G will run primarily through two different types of airwaves – below 6GHz and above 6GHz. The lower frequency 5G networks will use existing cellular and Wifi bands to utilize more flexible encoding and large channel sizes to reach speeds that will be 25-50% faster than 4G. In addition, new sites won’t be needed because these new networks will cover the same distance as existing ones.
Some drawbacks, however, is that wireless data prices are falling and growth in demand can be in different ways, such as denser LTE networks and Wi-Fi off-loading. Other obstacles, including constant connectivity, will be limited for high-band 5G due to propagation losses at higher frequencies. However, the revenues for the average internet of things will only be a fraction of those for mobile broadband because of low usage.
When 5G takes the world by storm it will be able to connect many more devices together. Smaller, cheaper, and low-powered devices will be able to utilize 5G along with high-powered devices so many different kinds of sensors will be connected to the internet. In addition, phones will finally be able to incorporate virtual reality into its daily functions, as low latency and consistent 5G speeds will ensure that VR headsets run smoothly with devices. The ability to connect several devices together, lower latency and a faster connection shows that 5G is a monumental step for technological innovation.