The 5G-Technology seems to be the next big thing in mobile technology – but how fast is it really? Is it a completely new standard that will revolutionize the mobile phone industry, or is it just a hype that will disappear as quickly as it came up?
The most important thing to know about 5G is that there is no official “5G” yet. It is still in development, but it will be the next big step in mobile Internet and an essential building block of the Internet of Things. In the simplest definition, 5G is the fifth generation of cellular networking and thus the next step in mobile technology. It is intended to replace the current LTE networks and increase data speed by worlds.
What is 5G? (Source: Techquickie)
Fields of application of 5G technology
5G technology has a variety of potential applications. Anything that requires a large amount of data can be optimized. Examples of this would be Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, which directly retrieve the content from the net. The industry 4.0, with which the transfer of the linked machines functions even faster and more efficiently. But applications benefit from the new 5G technology not only in industry. Improvements can be made in all areas of the Internet of Things thanks to the new standard.
This video gives a good overview:
Uses for 5G Explained in 101 Seconds (Source: Qualcomm)
5G will be a huge improvement over our current network standards. It is estimated to be four to eight times as good. However, these improvements will not just be in speed alone; there will be less congestion and latency. What we perceive as a standard today will then be a thing of the past.
But no matter how great the 5G technology sounds, it’s still a vision that should be kept in mind for 2018.