Speed race: the 5G network
The fifth generation of mobile telecommunications gives new dimensions to connectivity. Not just in terms of speed: the wireless mobile networks of the future will be able to support a much larger quantity of data as well as more users. Translated into practice, this means your devices will no longer be competing with others when receiving or transmitting data.
5G networks are just starting to be established; they will enable faster data downloads and provide more access to users anywhere, anytime. They will connect several billions of devices and shorten the reaction time called lower latency. Latency is the time interval between a sent information request and the received answer: the lower it is, the easier it is to remotely operate (complex) devices. New 5G technology capabilities will undoubtedly facilitate the development of self-driving cars, which require constant communication for optimal performance, as well as other smart devices in our surroundings: from home appliances to machines in the manufacturing industry. This interconnected communication between things, devices and people is well-known today as “the internet of things”. This trend of the future will take over our individual and societal environments, then transform and upgrade them into a global environment that is a connected online network, whose ultimate aim is to optimize and alleviate our everyday processes. And 5G technology is the key to get there.
In this by far the fastest network to date, high-definition videos will be downloaded within seconds: a hundred times faster than the current 4G network and as many as 25,000 times faster than 3G networks that were in place over a decade ago. 5G networks will be able to process more links, more data; for users, they will open the door to more complex formats of contents, such as virtual and augmented reality. They will also be progressively more energy efficient, as they mean to decrease the energy needed to connect to broadband internet. This will also positively impact the life expectancy of batteries in smart devices, including smart phones.
Many tech companies are entering or are already part of the speed race that is determined to introduce a more advanced and perfected 5G technology to the market. Regardless of the positive prospects, many continue to lower the high expectations of the coming 5G network, at least of its initial phase. Others warn of the high costs this upgrade will mean for the economic, public as well as private spheres. It is true that the technology of the future is good for the environment and people. But not for our wallets.