The buzz around 5G
In the world of telecommunications, there is a lot of buzz surrounding the upcoming mass adoption of 5G. After much speculation, the highly anticipated 5G technology is coming this year. Currently, it’s touted as the key to unreal breakthroughs like super-fast Internet speeds, self-driven cars, and Smart Homes that are actually smart.
According to analyst firm Cascading Style Sheets (CCS) insights, by 2023 there will be 1 billion 5G users across the globe. This predicted shift from 4G to 5G is a hot and trendy topic because it’s a once-in-a-decade wireless systems upgrade. However, the transition is not meant for smartphones alone. The fifth generation wireless network is poised to bring radical changes to cars, Smart applications, Virtual Reality, and many other devices and applications.
With speeds dwarfing that of 4G networks, the fifth generation mobile network will be beneficial to a number of entities, not just end users. As organizations, public and private, build their online presence and become more Internet-dependent, faster connection speeds and a reduction in errors will be well received. 5G is expected to bring these improvements, which is why there is so much anticipation around its rollout.
What we know for a fact, is that the wait is nearly over — 5G will make its arrival felt in 2019. Here’s what you need to know about the technology and some of its applications.
The miracle word ‘5G’
5G, the fifth generation wireless network, is all set to replace 4G connections. Where 4G allows you to stream videos in full HD (High Definition), 5G allows streaming in 4K HDR (High Dynamic Range).
The fifth generation technology is also likely to lower latency – the time taken by the network to respond to a particular request. Latency is critical in many applications, including automotive.
The expectation from 5G
With this once-in-a-decade event, the expectation from 5G is high. Only time will tell if the technology will live up to expectations or not. Here’s what we expect from 5G.
- Super-fast internet speed
One of the primary goals of 5G is providing super-fast Internet speeds to customers. Telecommunication companies are targeting speeds 20 to 40 times faster than 4G. This will enable customers to browse and download videos, music and other large files at much higher speeds. 5G promises to be the solution to the common complaint of slow download and streaming speeds, sure to be warmly welcomed.
- Self-driven cars
Imagine a scenario wherein Car X is traveling to the airport, and suddenly another vehicle, Car Y, pulls out in front of Car X from a crossing street. To avoid a possible collision, the sensors of both cars need to communicate so that Car X can slow down while Car Y speeds up. And, the latency time needs to be as low as possible. The sooner the message reaches the sensors of the cars, the lower the chances of an accident.
Also, when a car suddenly stops in front of another, the car behind will preemptively learn about it and apply its brakes. To achieve this, car companies require 5G because one of the promises of the fifth generation network is ultra-low latency, which helps in delivering uninterrupted communication between self-driven cars. 5G will not only reduce motor accidents, and improve road safety, it will also help to clear congestion off the roads.
- Internet of things (IoT)
IoT or the Internet of Things is a concept that is eagerly awaiting the launch of 5G. Simply put, IoT is an innovative concept that will see every device with an on button, connected to the internet, and/or other devices. This could include everything from phones, lights, coffee machines, refrigerators, wearable gadgets, and virtually everything else you can imagine. Every IoT application collects a huge amount of data from millions of devices, and only an efficient and super-fast network can process, transmit and control the data in real-time. In the coming years, the Smart Home concept will make use of a 5G network for monitoring applications and connecting devices. Also, Smart City applications like water resources, weather updates, traffic management, and emergency responses will need a reliable 5G network for proper functioning.
Virtual Reality, or VR, is the practice of embedding a user in a fully immersive three-dimensional computer-simulated world, typically through the use of a specially constructed headset.
- Virtual reality
Virtual Reality (VR) uses computer technology to immerse a user in a simulated environment, allowing the user to be fully transported into an artificial world. VR stimulates your senses and allows you can interact with others or play games while sitting in the comfort of your home. However, with 5G, VR will take on a leap forward, allowing you to collaborate with virtual people as if both of you are in the same physical location.
According to a Qualcomm report VR requires a network offering low latency, more capacity, and consistency, while maintaining affordability. In other words, VR needs 5G. A laggy connection is ruinous and will result in a jerky VR experience.
Final words – 5G, a game changer
From IoT to self-driven cars and beyond, 5G is bringing a new era of technology to the telecommunications world. In Australia, the government is leaving no stone unturned in allowing mobile carriers to quickly deploy the necessary infrastructure. This, perhaps, shows the benefits of the technology goes beyond fast Internet speeds for customers. Businesses and government-run establishments will also benefit. With most bureaucratic processes entering the online space, most businesses having an online presence, most future technological advancements dependent on fast Internet transfers and connectivity, we can all be sure that 5G will be a game changer.