What is 5G mobile and what does it mean to you?

As the world’s leading mobile companies race to invest in 5G, we break down what it means for you and your business…

As smartphones, computers and other digital devices grow more intelligent, and the applications they run continue to evolve, our networking strategies are changing.

Today’s companies need better connectivity, stronger networks, and faster speeds to keep achieving incredible things at a record pace. That’s why some of the leading mobile companies in the world are racing to invest in the next generation of wireless network technology: 5G.

Although 5G mobile has it’s downsides; most people agree that this emerging solution will deliver stronger, faster and more reliable connections for users. The applications of 5G could also pave the way for additional opportunities in things like IoT (the Internet of Things), and intelligent devices.

With access to 5G, governments and pioneers may even be able to create the intelligent cities that we’ve been dreaming of for years – with connected cars, sensor-equipped streets, and ever-evolving energy grids.

So, what does 5G mean to you?

Introducing the 5G network architecture

The term “5G” refers to the fifth generation of mobile wireless connectivity.

Most people today rely on 4G internet connections (or 3G in some rural areas), which were introduced at least a decade ago. Although 4G and similar connectivity options get the job done, they’re nowhere near reliable enough for the disruptive technology that’s rolling out into the world today.

We’re living in an environment empowered by mobile workers, artificial intelligence and connected devices. If we want to keep moving upwards and forwards, then we need more reliable connections – we need 5G.

To put the advantages of 5G into perspective, a 5G connection should allow you to download an entire movie (in HD) in 10 seconds. At launch, 5G mobile is already five times faster than the best 4G networks in the world. However, eventually, we’ll be able to reach speeds that are up to 20 times faster than anything available form 4G.

Whether you’re working online, streaming movies, or gaming, 5G will make it easier to stay connected to coworkers, access 4K content, and even link machines together. 5G could eliminate the latency between Internet of Things devices so that your computers and machines can communicate in real-time.

The advantages of 5G and the new network generation

Every new generation of wireless technology has brought with it new opportunities for IT services, companies and consumers. When first-generation wireless rolled out in the 1980s, it made communication via mobile phone possible. When 2G emerged, it meant we could make more secure and efficient phone calls. Plus, we discovered text messaging for the first time.

3G ushered in the era of smartphones and internet connectivity, and 4G made it possible to stream high-definition video on your phone. The applications of 5G are sure to be just as incredible.

Just some of the most significant advantages of 5G include:

  • Faster connectivity speeds: Data transfer speeds are significantly higher with 5G than 4G. This means significantly quicker transmissions for videos and images. With 4G/LTE, downloading a high-def movie can take about 10 minutes. With 5G, it will take less than a second as networks evolve.
  • Shorter delays: There’s usually a lag between the moment when data is received, and the time it’s sent. 5G will reduce this latency significantly, improving opportunities for the Internet of Things community, smart cities, and more.
  • Increased connectivity: Cell towers and connectivity networks equipped with the 5G Network architecture has a tremendous capacity compared to 4G. This means more devices and people can communicate at the same time.

Entering the world of 5G mobile

As with all emerging new technology, 5G will have a few challenges to overcome. Unlike the move from 3G to 4G, it’s worth noting that 5G requires an entirely new infrastructure to be built. This is a process that’s going to take time.

Additionally, 5G mobile uses a range of frequency bands to strike balances between coverage and capacity to carry information more quickly. You may need different phones and devices just so that you can access 5G tech.

All the advantages of 5G are obvious; it’s not without its challenges too. Today’s leading companies will need to figure out how to find space for more data in an already saturated wireless spectrum. Additionally, we’ll need to discover ways to efficiently manage a large number of different packages of information. 5G also means reducing the power consumption and size of network devices to meet the demands of an increasing number of applications.

Some people are even concerned that 5G may bring with it health risks, because of the shorter wavelength and higher frequency that it uses compared to traditional communications. However, the International Society of Doctors for the Environment has argued against this idea.

Where is your business headed in the new age of connectivity?

Contact Nice Network today to find out how we can help you evolve.