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A Crash-Course in 5G Technology3 min read

Anyone who has used a smartphone has become familiar with 3G and 4G technology. After all, it’s what your phone is connected to. But do you understand what they actually mean? It should be no surprise that 5G is on its way, so let’s take a look at what improvements to expect in the next step of wireless technology.

Even though 5G is still a few years away, with the tentative release being in 2020, it’s never too early to see what’s on the horizon, and how it will affect your personal and professional mobile communication.

What Does 5G Stand For?

Since it’s tech related, you might assume 5G is short for something rather intricate. Nope. It’s just a fancy way to say “fifth generation” of mobile connection. The naming is defined according to the IEEE 802.11ac standard of broadband technology.
Simplistic naming aside, 5G is expected to take many features of connectivity to the next level. Some features include user experience, enhanced services, system performance, and business management solutions.
Just because it will be new, doesn’t mean it’s automatically the next generation. According to TechWorld, for it to earn the title of 5G, it must achieve the following specs:

  • One to 10Gbps connections to end points in the field
  • One millisecond end-to-end round-trip delay
  • 1000x bandwidth per unit area
  • 10 to 100x number of connected devices
  • (Perception of) 99.999 percent availability
  • (Perception of) 100 percent coverage
  • 90 percent reduction in network energy usage
  • Up to ten-year battery life for low power, machine-type devices

To put this in perspective, 3G and 4G both reached specific milestones that highlighted the evolution of mobile technology at the time. 3G highlighted the improvements in connectivity, while 4G made the speed a priority. 5G will make those speeds even faster. Faster speeds make it even more exciting for businesses and consumers alike.

The Downside

For every positive advancement in mobile technology 5G makes, there are sure to be a few disadvantages that will need to be considered. As with any new piece of technology, implementation of 5G could be expensive, but as it becomes more widely used, the price will surely decrease.
Costs aren’t just associated with the installation of the new technology. New devices that are manufactured for 5G will be costlier to purchase. The upside is that these devices will be future-proof as older connections become obsolete.
While we prepare for the introduction of 5G, there are still parts of the world without reliable connections to 3G or 4G technologies. This makes the jump to 5G even more daunting and would make the technology gap even wider.
Major tech companies, like Samsung, Nokia, and Qualcomm, are throwing their support behind the implementation of 5G. So, when it’s finally released, we should expect some pretty impressive technology to take advantage of all the features 5G will give us.
Just like any piece of technology, you’ll need to consider how 5G will change how you do business. Make sure you’re prepared with planning and support from IT Support Guys. Learn more and speak with a specialist today at 855-4IT-GUYS (855-448-4897).

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Ben Jones

Ben Jones

Technical writer Living in Tampa, FL. Originally from Indiana. In my free time, I cook, play golf, stay active (either outside or at the gym) and patiently waiting for the next Star Wars movie.

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