The fourth-generation of wireless networks, most commonly called 4G, has been pretty useful to the users in meeting the needs that they wanted on the Internet.
The speed that the 4G network has been providing since it was introduced is unmatched. It also offered a better signal, wider coverage, and that too at a reasonable price.
But with the advancement of technology and the increased need for Internet speed, the demand for a wireless network that would provide greater speed than 4G evolved.
This worked as a catalyst to the creation of the fifth-generation wireless network which is more commonly known as the 5G network.
The Initiation of 5G Network
This wireless network put its very first steps in the world economy towards the end of the year 2018. Now, it has made a very prominent place in a bunch of big industrial sectors, especially the ones that deal with web development, digital marketing and other business applications of the Internet.
But, it has not become very common for the common people as the speed it provides is much more than we usually need and so, obviously, it is more costly than 4g networks.
5G network is about to bring a great revolution in the realm of networking as it will not provide you a greater speed but also is expected to unbridle a huge IoT (Internet of Things) environment. Here, the networks will be able to serve communication needs for millions and millions of connected gadgets.
A Short Note on the Basic Characteristics of 5G
This generation of network is going to address the growth beyond the mobile Internet to massive IoT from late 2019.
Its low latency wil provide real-time interactivity for services by the use of the cloud. This is a very good thing for the success of self-driving cars.
It will also encourage very little power consumption that will help the connected devices to work for a long period of time without any need for human assistance.
What are the Basic Requirements to Use 5G Technology?
- A latency of 1-millisecond
- A data rate of 10-Gigabyte per second
- Bandwidth per unit area of 1000x
- Per unit area should cover up to 100x number of connected pieces of equipment
- 99.999 percent availability
- 100% network coverage is very necessary
- A great reduction in network energy usage, about 90%
- The IoT devices with low power should have a battery life of a minimum of 10 years
This is how 5G Network System does Operate
The main pillar that holds the 5G network is constituted of low, mid, and high-band spectrum. Sub-6 GHz and millimeter-wave (20-60 GHz) are the two frequencies that 5G networks can function on.
Carriers were already making the use of the sub-6 spectrum for the LTE connections that are still existing. There was no use of millimeter-wave frequency before but after the introduction of the 5G networking system, the carriers got a gateway to make an entrance to the spectrum that will be enabling the more speeds the users are expecting with a new quality.
Millimeter-wave has a very high frequency. Its frequency is so high that it cannot travel a long distance and even they cannot pass through buildings or windows.
This reveals one very important fact about the 5G network technology. Any device that is making direct use of the 5G network will need to very near to the 5G node to capture the 5G signal.
5G Phones that have Come Out or will be Coming Out this Year
At the present time, there are a total of three smartphones launched that support 5G network connections.
Samsung has launched the brand new Galaxy S10 5G that came out in the month of February this year.
LG will be launching its latest model which is known as V50 ThinQ 5G on the 13th of October, 2019 (expected).
Lastly, the other 5G mobile phone is Moto Z3 expected to be launched in the month of September 2019.
A Detailed Account on the Various Features of 5G Network that set itself Apart from 4G Network Connections
With the increased upload and download speed and other important and amazing factors, the 5G network will soon be engulfing 4G network or if not so, it will surely augment it.
But, what you need to know is how does 5G set itself apart from the very present 4G network system.
The following points will let you know how 5G is so different in so many ways than 4G.
- 5G is smarter, faster, and much more efficient than 4G.
- 4G LTE has the ability to accommodate multiple technologies under itself its banner. For example, LWA (LTE-WLAN) collection that assists to hold up connections in murky places. What 5G does is refining these steps and helps in building on prior generations to improve spectral efficiency and connection quality, especially in dense urban environments.
- 5G network promises the users to gain speed in mobile data that far surpasses the fastest home broadband system currently available to consumers.
- Besides giving the speed of 100 gigabits per second, 5G is all ready to be as much as 100 times faster than the 4G network system.
- 5G will be able to connect other devices like vehicles. It will even make them drive automatically without any interference from human beings.
- The latency time period in 4G network connections is 20 milliseconds to 30 milliseconds whereas the latency time period in 5G network systems is much less than 10 milliseconds.
- 5G is different than 4G in another way and that is it is designed to meet the requirements of MTC, which is short for Machine Type Communication. It is a needful factor for IoT devices as well as other M2M-type (Machine to machine) connected devices.
- 5G network connection is developed to take advantage of cloud-based or virtual Radio Access Networks (known as RANs). The RAN system helps the industrial sectors to enable them to set up a centralized network that they own.
- 5G technologies, unlike the 4G technologies, are able to distinguish between a mobile gadget and a fixed device. It uses cognitive radio technologies in detecting each and every device and to offer the most accurate delivery channel.
Winding Up with a Concluding Remark
This is what 5G is coming up to the world with. Basically, it is all the same just like 4G networks. But, it offers each and every feature in a better way.
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