5G network refers to 5th generation of mobile internet connectivity. It is characterized by very high speeds and reliability in its connections on smartphones, as well as on other devices.
5G network has for a long time been mentioned as one that will completely change the digital life, for instance, through lightning-fast download speed.
The 5G that has been ‘foretold’ for many years, having some even fake its arrival is now here. It’s no longer awaited, but a reality.
Among the key elements of the 5G network are, vastly increased capacity, faster speeds and lower latency.
With 5G, mobile devices will be able to send and receive information in less than one-thousandth of a second, appearing instantaneously to the user.
5G networks will operate in a high-frequency band of the wireless spectrum, between 28 GHz and 60 GHz. This range is known as the millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum.
An important fact to note is that the high frequencies of 5G networks come with a wrinkle. That means that they use smaller cells than their predecessors, for instance LTE network.
Instead of the huge, geographically dispersed cell towers that characterize LTE network and its predecessors, many of the 5G networks will be composed of small cells.
5G antennas will be placed at a closer range as the further one moves from the antenna, the weaker the network gets. Consumers can therefore expect to see them all over their cities, not to mention, they will probably have a place even in homes.
From the research and tests already done, it has been realized that the average speed of 5G will be around 1Gbps. Such a speed is multitudes higher than the best consumers have experienced before.
5G is seen as the key enabler of the Internet of Things concept.
The network is expected to be fully launched globally by 2020; testbeds are already live for the same across the world.
Interestingly, Verizon in U.S already launched its 5G in April, becoming the first to offer the connectivity. However, the network availability is limited- it’s only accessible in some parts of Chicago. Again, only two handsets are available to use with 5G.
So far, the team testing this network has obtained a speed of up to 1.4Gbps in Chicago and about 500Mbps in other places. The lowest of the speed so far is 200Mbps which is way better than what 4G is offering.
5G will operate alongside 3G and 4G which are already existing to offer high speed network that keeps you online regardless of your location