Ever wondered what would be the future of wireless technology? Ever thought of a massive IoT ecosystem being unleashed in the market to service the requests and fulfill the communication needs of billions of connected users at a proper speed and latency?
Yes, this is 5G technology which will hit the market by 2020.
The upcoming fifth-generation wireless broadband technology will provide better speeds and coverage than the 4G generation. The expansion of networks up to hundreds of thousands of connections is given through the 5G technology. The future of telecom markets shall also improve the spectral and signaling efficiency.
5G connections must be based on ‘user experience, system performance, enhanced services, business models and management & operations’.
A 5G connection should meet most of these eight specifications:
- One to 10Gbps connections to endpoints in the field required.
- One millisecond end-to-end round-trip delay of chances.
- 1000x bandwidth per unit area expected.
- 10 to 100x number of connected devices required.
- (Perception of) 99.999 percent availability needed.
- (Perception of) 100 percent coverage expected.
- 90 percent reduction in network energy usage to be required.
- Up to ten-year battery life for low power, machine-type devices expected.
Advantages of 5G shall cover these important points:
1. It is expected to be remarkably faster than its predecessor 4G.
2. It shall allow for higher productivity with a theoretical download speed of 10,000 Mbps.
3. The ability to run more complex Internet applications with higher bandwidth.
However, 5G has not yet hit the markets, but many companies have started improving their standard specifications as per the demand of this wireless technology. Companies that include Nokia, Qualcomm, Samsung, Ericsson, and BT, with growing numbers of companies have started forming 5G partnerships and declaring investments to continue to research into 5G and its application.
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Both Nokia and Ericcson have generated 5G platforms aimed at mobile carriers rather than consumers.
Nokia launched “5G First”, a platform targeting to provide end-to-end 5G support for mobile carriers.
Chancellor Philip Hammond disclosed in the Budget 2017 that the government will pledge £16 million to build a huge 5G hub. However, it’s unknown what rate 5G will advance at in comparison to the 4G technology at its best.
Likewise, Newport in Wales did surprise us as it is set to house a technology hub to support robotics, 5G and driverless cars. The hub was granted £38 million to make compound semiconductors which sustain this technology.
Applications of the 5G network:
1. Faster and High-Speed mobile network.
The telecom industry shall be supercharged with this trending 5G technology with ultimate speed and low latency parameters. Low latency quality will impact the autonomous driving applications. 5G wireless technology will open greater opportunity for new device manufacturers and application developers. New VoIP devices and smart devices will be introduced to the current market giving youth an opportunity to think creatively.
Small cell concept used in 5G will have various advantages of better cell coverage, low power usage, and cloud computing network and so on.
2. Smarter homes.
Smart home appliances and products shall use this technology for better device connectivity and monitor various applications. These smart appliances can be remotely accessed and the closed circuit cameras will provide high-quality videos for security purposes.
3. Industrial IoT.
Smarter industries will flourish depending on these advanced technologies for better and efficient automation of equipment, safety, smart packing, shipping, and logistics. Sensor technology shall overtake with the 5G technology for faster, safe and magnanimous applications.
4. Security and Surveillance.
Who doesn’t expect the best ever security and surveillance systems? Yes, 5G technology is one of the best solutions due to its higher bandwidth and unlicensed spectrum.
5. Healthcare and its applications.
The advancements in medical procedures shall go hand in hand with the up gradation to telecom industry as many healthcare applications rely on reliable wireless technology to communicate with different parts of the globe.
People with chronic medical complications will benefit from smart devices and real-time monitoring. Doctors can connect with patients from anywhere anytime and advice them when necessary which shall reduce deaths if an emergency. Scientists are working on smart medical devices which can perform remote surgery which can be thought of through this wireless technology.
These are just a few applications to name for. While the list goes on and on. Such will be the power of this 5G wireless technology.
Thus, 5G technology shall come up with “connect from anywhere and anytime with the faster speeds making our lives much easier.”
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