One thing is clear. 5G will fundamentally change the way the world lives and works. Below we take a short look at what 5G (Fifth-generation) cellular wireless will offer.
What Is 5G?
5G stands for fifth-generation cellular wireless. The G in 5G means that it’s a generation of wireless technology. Every generation brings with it greater capabilities and uses for internet connectivity for cellular mobile devices. Here is short video clip from CNBC.
What are the advantages of 5G?
Right now the cellular network runs on 4G which is expensive and power-consuming. 5G brings 3 advantages to the table:
- Far greater speeds (100x) than current 4G (5G will offer speeds nearing 1Gbps).
- Lower latency (delays) as far as response time, and
- Hugh connection capacity – the ability to connect far more devices, such as sensors and smart devices to the internet.
What will 5G be used for?
5G millimeter-wave network is super fast and enable the following to now be possible.
- To connect smart cities
- To replace the cabling infrastructure needed to support current internet and phone service
- Provide faster and broader coverage for internet service
- Enables faster smartphones data transfer speeds for video, gaming, virtual reality and other applications
- Expands cell phone coverage even further, as it allows routers to become a cell sites
- Connects high-resolution wireless surveillance cameras
- Supports self-driving cars, smart roadways, traffic and infrastructure
- Will be used for industrial automation and robotics
What Carriers are Launching 5G and when?
The following carriers have promised 5G deployments in cities around the country. AT&T, Verizon, and other carriers started launching 5G networks this year.
- AT&T was the first to launched its network in 12 cities this year. Phones will come next year.
- Verizon has started with its fixed 5G home internet service, a nonstandard form of 5G and will be transitioned over to a mobile 5G network in 2019.
- T-Mobile is building a nationwide 5G network in 2019, with full national coverage by 2020.
- Sprint announced its first 5G phone back in August, saying a 4G/5G Android phone from LG will come to its network during the “first half of 2019.”
- So far, Apple and Samsung haven’t made any solid commitments to 5G phones.
The Downside of 5G
- Little is known about the health effects of wireless radiation with millimeter wave frequencies (30GHz-300GHz). Some people believe it may be unsafe and poses health concerns.
- These frequencies are poor at traveling long distances so they need many more transmitters to make 5G work.
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