The average person would tell you that 5G is a faster and improved technology compared to the 4G LTE. But what else does 5G offers, and how would it change the whole landscape in information technology?
From all indications, different network careers have informed the public on the general capabilities of the technology.
But we still don’t know what the 5G landscape would look like in 3-4 years. All we can bank on are promises the telecom companies have made.
With the current indices and evidence, we can draw some incites to make some 5G predictions, and ultimately find out what the 5G technology holds for everyone in the future.
Multiple 5G spectrums to be deployed by different carriers
Do you know that the 5G spectrum can be implemented in different ways? Actually, there are about four different spectrums the network carriers will deploy
The four primary bands include an unlicensed spectrum, frequencies above 24GHz (also referred to as mmWave or millimeter wave), the sub-6 (known as mid-band between 2.5GHz-4.2GHz), as well as the low-band spectrum between 600-900MHz.
When it comes to the licensed spectrum, the mmWave, mid, and low bands can be deployed by different carriers.
Currently, Verizon and AT&T are taking the larger share for higher frequencies and higher speeds, while Spring and T-Mobile are taking a majority of the low and mid-bands for broader reach.
What this means is that some carriers would be able to provide longer and broader reach, while others will offer higher speeds and frequencies.
Availability of the 5G network
Some providers began rolling out their plans for 5G 2 years ago. Right now, mobile 5G is available in major cities in the U.S. and some other developed nations.
This year, the carriers are promising a more robust rollout and availability of the network and compatible devices.
However, no clear indication exists regarding which carrier will offer the best 5G service, as they are still rolling out their services.
5G growth is better than 4G when it got launched
Although the 5G coverage is still relatively limited in many parts of the United States, its expansion is a bit faster than the experience when 4G started ten years ago.
VP of Samsung’s strategic business development unit, Alok Shah, reiterated that the 5G growth is moving as fast as it can.
According to him, 5G technology is experiencing what other old technologies experienced when they were initially launched. It would take time for massive adoption, but the current growth is a progressive one.
Qualcomm also said that about 40 mobile network carriers rolled out their 5G services last year. The massive number is higher than the four mobile operators that launched when 4G was unveiled.
When it comes to massive awareness of the technology, we at 5Gist have not seen any new technology that has received such an enormous appreciation than 5G technology. All the 5G carriers are competing seriously for a more significant share of the market.
Where 5G can have the highest impact
I always love to hear the discussion on the various industries the 5G technology will help to improve and make better. Actually, with faster speed, many people and organizations that rely on high data transfer would become more effective. There will be enhanced broadband for sure. 5G will change the way we use broadband daily.
The 4G LTE capacity has proven not to be enough again for carriers. Some cities are experiencing slowdowns during busy periods. But with the 5G capability, there would be enough for commercial broadband traffic.
Also, you should be expecting more autonomous vehicles on the road. With the 5G service available, cars can be able to communicate with each other, which will ultimately reduce the number of traffic on the road. And when this happens, it can eventually save thousands of lives.
Other areas the 5G technology would touch include remote control devices. With the low latency of 5G technology, it would now become possible to control heavy pieces of equipment compared to before.
Also, municipalities and cities will operate more efficiently with the 5G technology. It will be more comfortable and faster to use sensors to know when streetlights go out or when drains to flood. Utility companies would track usage more efficiently.
Even crime investigators and law enforcement agencies can use technology to get real-time updates and track law offenders easily. The business and healthcare sector is not left out from the list of benefiting industries. Overall, the capabilities of 5G technology in various sectors are overwhelming.
What to expect in your neighborhood
With the 5G craze everywhere, what changes would you be expecting in your community? Well, that will depend mainly on the area you live in.
Right now, some areas in the U.S. already have the 5G network. That means you only need a 5G enabled smartphone to start enjoying its blazingly fast speeds and connection.
All the leading 5G network carriers are working hard to deploy the services in different parts of the U.S.
However, it would take them a few years before they can achieve complete coverage, going by the high cost of rolling out these services.
So, if you don’t have 5G coverage in your neighborhood yet, be expecting to have it pretty soon.
Bonus: Some quick 5G Future FAQs:
How fast is the 5G network?
The 5G network and technology offer faster data transfer and improved speed. It is 100 times faster than the 4GLTE. So, the future outlook of the technology is looking good.
Will the 5G network be affordable?
Initially, the network and its devices will not be as affordable as the 4G LTE or other generation networks. But as companies roll out more services and competition intensifies, the technology would become more affordable.
Will 5G network work in rural areas?
Yes, the sub-6 5G or the “low-band” will be majorly deployed in the rural areas. Although the spectrum has a lesser capacity, it still has low latency. Both T-Mobile and AT&T plan to offer services to rural areas when the network is rolled out.
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