How 5G will change our (internet) world.
5G, the new generation of mobile internet connectivity will start to roll-out from next year in many countries, in Qatar a commercial service has already been launched and China and South Korea hope to be among the first. With faster speeds and more reliable connections on the smartphones and other mobile devices that are part of our daily lives, 5G will offer a massive improvement on our current connections, enabling anything from gaming to business users a faster, more streamlined experience. Typically offering average download speeds of around 1GBps, these new networks will power a massive rise in the technology associated with the ‘Internet of Things’ by providing the infrastructure it will need to carry the huge amounts of data that will be needed for this more intelligent and connected world.
So how will it make a difference to each of us?
Well, all the things that we currently do now on smartphones and other devices will become faster and better and will lead to future innovations. From the way driverless vehicles or drones will communicate to gaming being faster, we will see a difference as it is rolled out. But 5G could even improve our day-to-day lives in more prosaic ways with products such as smart fridges saving on food waste or energy or if councils use smart technology to monitor refuse collections. But even if it just means our experience of scrolling down an internet page is improved we will feel the benefit.
When will it arrive in the UK?
As it is a brand-new radio technology, the protocols haven’t been set and the technology for it is expensive, so many of the telecoms providers are not yet committed. It’s expected that it might be used at first to boost the existing 4G capacity and the speed you receive will be dependent on the spectrum band and the investment made by the carrier. Tests are already happening as some of the leading providers prepare to roll-out the technology in 2020, but it could be some time before there is anything like the full coverage for business and personal use in the UK.
So just how fast will it be?
The fastest current 4G mobile networks offer about 45Mbps and it is reckoned that 5G could be 10 to 20 times faster than this, meaning that you might be able to download a high definition film in around a minute. With standalone 5G networks able to achieve gigabit-plus browsing speeds a few years on from the initial roll-out it could revolutionise how we use our devices to do business or pleasure.
Why will we need it?
With congestion on existing networks and changes in what we want to do with our devices, existing technology won’t cope. We are streaming and consuming more and more data each year and capacity needs to be found to meet that demand and future demands. With the increasing use of smart technology in our daily lives processes, we’ve previously done manually will be automated and 5G will handle this better.
Will I need new devices?
Yes, new phones and tablet technology is being released as the networks are being rolled out with Chinese companies saying that a 5G smartphone could be available as early as next year with phones that will be able to switch between 4G and 5G to take advantage of a more stable service.
5G and Managed Services.
Managed service providers will, of course, be following the roll-out of 5G closely to provide customers with the best possible access to the new technology as it comes online. From looking at how their business customers can update existing hardware and software to security issues and providing effective helpdesk support, they will be updating their services to support into the future.
Tecsenza will be providing the very best support for customers to take advantage of the new technology as it comes online with assistance to access the networks and upgrade their infrastructure…