The 4G mobile telecommunication standard is slowly gain in popularity, there are already talk of the fifth-generation or 5G standards that will further enhance communications on the move.
The development of any wireless or cellular system takes many years. Well there is no doubt that the wireless industry will eventually move to 5G, the next-generation, high-speed network. The 5G standard encompassing mobile telecommunication, remote surgery, real-time holographic video, blazing-fast data speed and connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
Well, this post will give you an insight on the 5G and everything you need to know about the next-generation wireless telecommunication and how it will help you. Read on to know more.
What is 5G?
5G is hard to define as there is no official standard to define. 5G can be said as the next-generation for the wireless telecommunication, in terms of what we currently have: the 4G wireless connectivity. This just means 5G will be significantly faster than what 4G is currently capable of.
However, major changes in the 5G revolves around multi-stream, multi-user, speed matching, and extremely low latency. 5G will also allow many more connection on the available bandwidths, which indirectly helps IoT to grow exponentially.
Present vs Future
4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) is the most common 4G mobile broadband internet at a peak data rates of 100 Mbit/s upload and 1Gbit/s download. LTE is the generic name for the type of 4G speeds, which we typically see in smartphones.
LTE-A or LTE Advanced is an enhancement to the existing 4G technology wit 500 Mbit/s upload and 1 Gbit/s download speed, but it is now where near the speed that 5G will eventually reach. Well 5G has not yet been officially defined, so it is hard to say what kind of minimum speed of it.
Where is 5G at right now?
Many OEMs said to have experiments with 5G. Samsung had some high-profile 5G speed tests last year, recording a max speed of 7.5 Gbit/s while stationary and 1.2 Gbit/s while moving. Ericsson has also managed to successfully perform 5G in mid-2014 with 5 Gbit/s.
Meanwhile, China-based OEM, Huawei has claimed the company would be releasing a commercial 5G network by 2020, which will be 1000 times faster than current 4G speeds. Huawei is also promoting something called 4.5G, which refers to a much better mobile internet speed than 4G.
When will we get 5G?
We can see the 5G network until 2020. But, military and government agencies may use 5G in the net few years.
When will we get 5G smartphones?
2020 will be bit early for anyone to expect smartphone to have 5G compatibility. The infrastructure requirements are huge, the initial price will be quite high and will take several years to get real communication standards.