5G revolution is the next big thing, just around the corner. Even if you are not aware of it, there is one thing that you would definitely agree to. This technology is sure to change our lives.
If you ask Verizon, 5G is already here…
Ever since Verizon revealed that it would be the first major telecom company to deploy 5G field tests, the hype for 5G technology has been multiplying, since then. It’s been three years now. Today, it is denoted to as a foundational tech that will supercharge areas like augmented & virtual reality, self-driving cars and even telemedicine.
But what is 5G.
Why do people look so excited?
Why 5G wireless technology is more than just a boost in speed? Let’s find out…
5G or fifth generation of cellular technology promises to greatly enhance the speed, responsiveness and coverage of wireless networks. This means 10 to 100 times much faster than your regular cellular network or fiber optic cables that run in your house.
Low Latency – The Keyword You Need to Know
Low latency. You will come across this word a lot.
When you stream a video on your phone, click on a link or send a request to the network, latency comes into the picture. It is actually the response time when you click a link and the network responds or plays your video. Right now, with regular cellular networks, this lag time lasts around 20 milliseconds. This doesn’t seem like much, but with 5G, the latency will reduce to as low as 1 millisecond. Isn’t that great.
This responsiveness might not matter to us, but to a surgeon in Bangalore doing a critical procedure in Delhi, latency matters a lot. A virtually lag free connection can help people connect with each other in real time.
But How Does It Work?
Initially, 5G used super high-frequency spectrum, which has a higher capacity but a shorter range for delivering a massive pipe for online access. But, over a period of time, the carriers are starting to explore lower frequency spectrum, seeing the range and interference issues. The low frequency spectrum helps transport 5G across greater distances and through walls and other obstructions. And the result is insane speeds and a massive boost to what we get today with 4G LTE.
When Exactly is 5G Coming to us?
Verizon launched the first “5G” service in October, this year. It is a fixed broadband replacement. It requires an installer with a special equipment to pick up the 5G signals and turn it into a Wi-Fi connection so that other devices can access it.
Verizon claims that the speeds (300 megabits per second – 1 gigabit per second) qualify the service for 5G designation. However, Qualcomm disputes this claim.
Verizon is most likely to launch its mobile 5G in 2019, but his competitor, AT&T is already set to release the true mobile 5G service. Last month, it successfully tested a mobile 5G connection in Waco and Texas. AT&T has also mentioned that the company has planned a launch in 19 cities, next year, including San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.