Tech Tip Tuesday: What is 5G and What Do I Need To Know About It ?

Great Question! 5G is the 5th generation mobile network. It is a new global wireless standard after 1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G networks. 5G is set to deliver peak data rates up to 20 GB per second). It enables a new system to connect virtually everyone and everything, including machines, objects, and devices.
Of note, 5G wireless technology delivers higher multi-GB per second peak data speeds, ultra-low latency (Latency is the gap time or transmission time for a data packet. We look at this in two ways: one-way latency is when a packet is sent and received by the recipient, and roundtrip latency is the time between the transmission of a packet and the reception of acknowledgment). This allows for more reliability, massive network capacity, increased availability, and a more consistent user experience to more users. 5G is a unified, more capable air interface. It has been designed with an extended capacity to enable next-generation user experiences, empower new deployment models, and deliver new services.
5G is already here today, and global operators started launching new 5G networks in early 2019. In 2020, many countries expect nationwide 5G mobile networks. Also, all major Android phone manufacturers are commercializing 5G phones. And soon, even more, people may be able to access 5G. Depending on the carrier or current provider, pricing for 5G ranges from free to $10 additional per service line. Keep in mind, this is initial pricing, and as the market for 5G grows, there is the possibility of price increases across the board.
Considered “futureproof,” 5G will expand the mobile ecosystem into new realms. 5G will impact every industry, making safer transportation, remote healthcare, precision agriculture, digitized logistics — and more — a reality. Though the rollout has been gaining momentum, more devices are jumping on the 5G trend. Since 5G is a little more than a year old, manufacturers are quickly adapting to this new technology by implementing it on their latest flagships, though these devices are far and few at the moment. Most notably, the 2020 iPhone lineup and several Samsung and Android devices are updating their bands to be compatible with this new standard. Once this is achieved, download speeds and page refreshes will be blazing fast.
With that said, 5G can change home & business internet service by providing a wireless modem alternative to existing wires. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) can now serve customers using 5G infrastructure – making the coverage, performance, and deployment flexibility of 5G a compelling backhaul alternative to fiber, DSL, or cable solutions.
Overall, this technology is going to change many things in our lives for the better.
Hopefully this shed some light on this awesome new technology that will soon be taking the world by storm. For additional information or to have your question featured in a future column, please call us at: 818-501-2281 or email us at:
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