Get ready to be startled by the amazing speeds of data transferring in the upcoming year. No more waiting for that video streaming in the crowded markets, for you will experience the fastest browsing so far in the history of mankind. Obviously I’m not referring to the local 4G LTE; this is something even greater and revolutionary!
The next generation networks would be able to accommodate a lot more data carriers and people. Carriers like Verizon, AT&T and T- Mobile, will be accommodated and above all the tech giants, Nokia and Ericsson are already working towards improving the total capacity of the networks. Hence say good bye to the relentless waiting and fighting to get your data transferred in the highly crowded market and say hello to 5G!!(not now, next year).
5G is the term used to describe the next-generation of mobile networks beyond the 4G LTE mobile networks of today. And previously it was predicted that the 5G network would be commercially available by 2020. However, Qualcomm, the chipset manufacturer, has demonstrated mobile internet speeds of 1Gbps using a 5G smartphone chip.
The 5th Generation of mobile network does not exist as of yet, but the demonstration is a major step towards first working 5G data connection on a mobile device. By demonstration here it is meant that this is not would the final form of 5G would be like; it is only a premature version, as put by Professor William Webb in his talk with BBC.
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5G is bound to bring a profound shift in the digital lives, being more reliably fast, meaning you would be able to carry out several tasks in a flick of time and that too in the crowded city centers, where the current 4G struggles to fulfil the tasks.
While there is no present concrete definition for 5G, it is believed that it would be either a transformed form of the current 4G, by making the transit data more efficient, or a much better approach is to make use of the millimeter spectrum.
What the millimeter band wave spectrum does is that it provides greater bandwidth than the sub-6GHz frequencies, since these are found between the microwaves and infrared. However, a little complication here is the inability of the wave to traverse greater distances, for the radio signal deteriorates if the data is transferred over more than a few kilometers.
Nevertheless Qualcomm is determined to give the users, millimeter spectrum 5G by 2019, when it believes it would reach 5Gbps speed. How they will approach this is not clear yet. It used its first dedicated 5G chip, the Snapdragon X50 NR modem chipset, on the 28GHz millimeter wave spectrum band for the current demonstration. At the same time few other companies are working to make 5G a possibility; Nokia and Ericsson being among them.
Another point to focus on is the price for the network. I would be quite expensive to install. Major upgrades would be needed at the base stations of the network operators and to the central radio towers. They’ll also have to install more base stations for closer spacing and upgrade stations’ connections back to the main network. It’s worth it to the network operators, though, because 5G will let them satisfy our data demands.
We can only imagine how the data transfer and the digital world in general would be transformed with the arrival of this network. Where there are predictions that it would not only impact the cell phones rather be quite useful in accelerating tech like augmented reality and perhaps help out in the health sector too.