Most people have heard the terms somewhere in the background almost drowned in the white noise of the daily information overload which we all suffer from. Yet few can clearly state what exactly 5G is in any greater depth than saying that it has something to do with cell phone technology.
The 5G landscape
The first fact which needs to be stated concerning 5G is the fact that how it appears currently is not to be confused with how the 5G scene will look in two to three years from now. 5G or new radio technology is set out to be disruptive. Yet, it is also going to enable a load of applications across a wide variety of industries and will most likely also inspire more new apps along the way.
Different Kinds of 5G
Various carriers will be deploying many different types of 5G technology, but the term can be summarized as the ability to have much more and much higher capacity. 5G can be categorized into four groups, Low-band, Mid-band of Sub-6, mmWave and the Unlicensed spectrum. These all operate on different frequencies. Most carriers will provide a variety of three licensed kinds. To sum it all up, 5G can deliver much higher capacity at much lower throughput and latency.
Advantages of 5G for Your Business
5G is synonymous with much faster speeds. Still stuck sometimes waiting for a download to be completed on 3G or 4G? This is not what is to be expected from 5G. Because 5G is bringing a larger bandwidth, more and more people can be included without cutting down on the speed at which it is operating. Users are expected not to have to wait any longer for videos to buffer, and even your smart devices will be able to produce much quicker while on the go. All the increased speed and great possibilities will most likely inspire technological advancement, not even considered yet. Creators will have access to rates that were unbeknown before, and it is bound to open new doors of development.
Disadvantages of 5G for Your Business and Beyond
The much-improved technology won’t be as widely available as what 3G and 4G currently are. Hence the increased bandwidth will have less coverage. 3G cell towers are known to be able to cover a larger area. When 4G entered the scene, their cells were producing much higher bandwidth, and they required fewer cells, which, as a result, impacted the coverage of the area negatively. 5G will cover even less. Another challenge that 5G brought on is the frequency at which it operates. Other devices like satellites already use this frequency. Currently, the concern does exist that this frequency might become over-crowded.
5G is still under development, but it might be in your advantage to acquaint yourself with the term, the pros and the cons. Deciding upon switching your mobile devices and office space over to 5G might very beneficial, but also brings along a number of its challenges.