What “5G” is? What can it exactly do?

5G tower

Now what kind of mobile technology you have in your pocket will soon become yesterday. That may not be more evident than right now as telecommunication providers all over the world are working on 5G, which might be just as a big of a deal when we marvel to look full site webpage’s at tiny screen. Well it’s bit tricky to keep up with the freaking different wireless standards.

The industry is hoping that 5G would be enough to end up the constant talk of what the next “G” is, and hopefully would need just few incremental improvements only, just like windows 10 does that. So what is so special about 5g? Well, it’s being developed with the concept of internet of things like connected devices which will control our cars, homes, swimming pool and much more as they would become very much important in the near future. The mobile data needs to be very robust to handle it all. As some devices, which will need a speed of multiple gigabits per second.

We will not only require faster overall speed but also lower latency. Just of the disastrous result if you’re smart car would take half a second more to take a critical turn. 5G however is not only aiming to reduce latency to as one millisecond, it also boasts a theoretical maximum data transfer speed of 20 gigabits per second way faster than the quickest LTE networks today(even faster that Google fiber). Though it’s theoretical speed but still the bare minimum speed is estimated at 100mbps. This is only possible as 5G would be using higher frequency waves which also give it much greater capacity for beam forming. Means signals can be focused on areas where there is more data traffic, comparison to present technology which is unidirectional. Combining that with MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) which will allow multiple users share the same connection simultaneously with multiple antennas on a transmitter. The industry is hoping to have a million devices supported per square kilometer. Current projection says that 5G would hit the market in 2019 and become widespread around 2025 as it is a very ambitious project.  

So don’t junk your LTE phones now but don’t be surprised in few years whatever you are carrying eds up putting your home internet connection to shame.