5G is generally seen as the fifth generation cellular network technology that provides broadband access. 5G networks are the next generation of mobile internet connectivity, offering faster speeds and more reliable connections on smartphones and other devices than ever before.
Combining cutting-edge network technology and the very latest research, 5G should offer connections that are much faster than current connections, with average download speeds of around 1GBps.
Speed of 5G
Importance and Key Benefits of 5G
With 5G, businesses will have constant unbroken access to a fast, reliable internet connection. To all intents and purposes, it will be like having an extremely good Wi-Fi hotspot covering the entire developed world. AR, VR and seamless connectivity could make remote meetings feel as if you’re in the same room.
Automatic Driving Cars
While companies like Google and Uber are investing in self-driving cars now, many in the industry don’t believe a fully autonomous vehicle is possible without a 5G network.
Similarly, 5G will unlock the true capability of drones. The 5G network will allow for precise control of the drone, while sending back high-definition video.
The augmented and virtual reality applications that 5G is expected to support could have significant applications in various industries particularly retail, property, entertainment, gaming, manufacturing and tourism. ABI Research estimates that the AR and VR market will reach $292 billion (£221 billion) by 2025.
Boost in Productivity and Manufacturing
A key benefit of 5G could be helping businesses work more quickly and more efficiently in turn, saving costs and increasing revenue.5G will play significant role in increasing the productivity effectively and efficiently.
Manufacturing companies around the world are facing pressures to deliver products faster and more cheaply. On top of this, products are often becoming more complex too. At the same time, some industries have an ageing workforce and are concerned about a skills drain.
5G is expected to usher in automation like never before in manufacturing, creating smart factories that will make processes more efficient and cut costs. This also, of course, brings a risk of job losses and the jury is out on whether industrial automation will leave people out of work or free them up to do more creative tasks.
Boom in Healthcare Industry
Transforming the healthcare industry will also offer new business opportunities for various types of businesses, app developers, pharmaceutical companies, wearable device manufacturers, government health organizations, insurance companies and more.
Beyond high speed, the biggest benefit of 5G is its low latency. While not necessarily noticeable, there is a lag with 4G LTE. A 5G network virtually eliminates it, meaning a surgeon may not need to be in the same room as a patient in the future and a surgeon will be able to do successful surgery remotely.
key Features of 5G
5G is set to be much faster than previous generation networks some are saying as much as 100 times faster than existing 4G networks. To get more specific, 5G may offer speeds as fast as 10Gb/s. This would mean the ability to download a full HD movie in under 5 seconds on a 5G network, compared to 10 minutes on 4G. Some estimates see 5G being even faster than that.
5G is expected to be most reliable, meaning no dropped calls or connectivity, which will allow more ‘critical’ use cases such as those related to digital health and connected cars.
5G will have greater capacity, meaning the networks will be able to cope better with many high-demand applications all at once – from connected cars and IoT (Internet of Things) devices to virtual reality experiences and simultaneous HD video streaming.
5G will also have much lower latency. We’ll see much less delay or lag when we’re using our phones and other devices. With 4G networks, latency is typically around 40-50 milliseconds. With 5G it should be 1 millisecond or less, which is undetectable to the user.