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What's happening? Standing for the fifth generation in mobile technology, 5G is the next step in the global wireless infrastructure.
And set to launch in 2020, 5G will surpass current technologies delivering a wireless service that will give you a connection speed of between 1 – 10 gigabytes per second over an increased geographical area.
5G will be used over many channels, way beyond smartphones, including the integration with the 'Internet of things', autonomous driving and future industry automation in industry. So, a 5G connection should meet most if not all of:
- 1-10 Gbps connections to endpoints in the field
- <1ms end-to-end round trip delay
- 1000 times bandwidth per unit area, when compared to 4G systems
- 10-100 times the number of connected device potential
- 99.999% availability (user perception)
- 100% coverage (user perception)
- Up to 10-year battery life for links on low-power, machine type devices
- 5G uses higher radio frequencies to deliver the higher bandwidth
So, 5G networks have been created with machines' needs in mind. It offers low-latency, high-efficiency data transfer by breaking data down into small packages, resulting in faster transmission times.
So, to put this in context 4G has a fifty-millisecond delay, 5G data transfer will have a one-millisecond delay.
While the user will not notice this, the machines will and will achieve seamless virtual communication.
The way 5G can do this is by using untapped bandwidth of the extremely high-frequency millimetre wave (MMW), between 30GHz and 300GHz, in addition to some lower and mid-range frequencies.
Also, these bandwidths still use 'line of sight' communications and buildings, people, rain and vegetation will absorb the radio waves. Those large 4G towers will be replaced by small wireless antennas everywhere.
Soon, every lamp post, as well as every building, will have a 5G aerial stuck on it. So, meaning more high-frequency signals carrying more energy all around us.
So, millions of devices around us, every second of every day from now on.
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