Introduction: What Is 5G?
The world’s connectivity needs are changing. Global mobile data traffic is expected to multiply 5 times before the end of 2024. Particularly in dense urban areas, the current 4G networks simply won’t be able to keep up. That’s where a new G comes into play-5G. It is the 5th generation mobile network, a new global wireless standard after 1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G networks. 5G enables a new kind of network that is designed to connect virtually everyone and everything including machines, objects, and devices.
Let’s have a quick recap of how we got here.
The First generation – 1G in the 1980s allowed mobile voice calls.
The Second generation -2G in the 1990s allowed mobile voice calls and SMS.
The Third generation -3G brought mobile data in the 2000s.
The Fourth generation – 4G LTE ushered in the era of mobile broadband in the 2010s.
Now, Why Is 5G A Game Changer?
The short answer to why 5G is a game-changer is that it will improve your network connection dramatically. You won’t have to deal with disruptions when sharing videos from crowded arenas, nor will high-quality videos on your newsfeed cause frustration from all the buffering. Instead, you’ll get a faster, more stable, more secure connection – along with new services and experiences, just around the corner. More efficient capabilities and vastly increased capacity mean you’ll enjoy better performance than ever before. Data rates are 100 times faster and Network latency is significantly reduced to 1-10ms.
With high speeds, superior reliability and negligible latency, 5G will expand the mobile ecosystem into new realms. 5G will impact every industry, making safer transportation, remote healthcare, precision agriculture, digitized logistics and much more, a reality.
5G is enabling a new wave of innovation. It has the potential for changing the world, further powering the hottest trends in tech today: IoT (Internet of Things), AI (Artificial Intelligence) and AR (Augmented Reality) – among many more.
A defining capability of 5G is that it is designed for forwarding compatibility—the ability to flexibly support future services that are unknown today.
Yes, 5G is already here today, and global operators started launching new 5G networks in early 2019. As of April 2020, 5G is available in many countries and 5G smartphones have already hit the market. This new era of advancement is just getting started.