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Masud Parker


5G is the next generation of mobile and it's not just about downloading your favourite Netflix series at faster speeds.

5G is the next generation of mobile networks, promising to enable self-driving cars and running entire smart cities! The whole Internet of things will be impacted as every machine will start talking to every other machine. So far, we don’t have any set standards, but we do have a rough idea of what 5G should look like.

So let’s get you ready and geared up with the top 5 things you need to know about 5G:

1. 5G will be exponentially faster than 4G. The average speed across 5G is estimated to clock in at around 1 Gigabit per second! Meaning, a Full HD movie could be downloaded in seconds rather than minutes with speeds 10 – 100 times faster than 4G – That is insanely fast.

2. 4G masts broadcast in all directions, whereas 5G antennas will send concentrated beams directly to your device.

3. 5G has super quick response times, which is essential for things like self-driving cars.

4. It’s literally a new wave. 5G will use the radio spectrum, but a part that was never used before. It will broadcast on shorter millimeter waves, which simply means more data for all your devices. There is a ‘but’ – these waves can’t travel through buildings. Even bad weather can affect it.

5. So what’s the solution – masts…and lots of them. The good news is they needn’t be large, so these mini-masts just have to be tightly packed to act like a relay team, transmitting around buildings and dense objects.

So what does this mean? Time lag will become something of the past. Dropouts will be a forgotten experience. The potential is incredibly exciting.

Lets explore some of the possibilities:
    1. Homes will become smarter where every other machine is sharing data.
    1. Transport will be well connected, sharing data at near instantaneous speeds.
    1. Entire cities will be well connected to respond to any challenges.
    1. And then there are the things we don’t know we don’t know. 5G could be the catalyst for more to come.
5G’s low latency is a game changer in nearly every realm where technology is being used. This means there's of a lag between you requesting the data you want, and you receive that data. For example, robotic surgery which is life and death by a split second, will most likely mean life rather than death by delay. This transmission of action and reaction with such speed means we would be able to transmit engineering, musical, medical and even football skills to machines. Just as the internet has opened up doors to knowledge, 5G will be the enabler to open up doors to skills. For most of us we just want a better connection to enjoy our smartphone experience. And with 5G network development taking place at a rapid rate, we can expect 5G networks to launch across the world by 2020, working alongside existing 3G and 4G technology to provide speedier connections that stay online wherever we find ourselves in the world. It's good to look ahead beyond the everyday usage and explore the applications that will revolutionise the way we work and play.


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