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5G: The Future of Mobile Connectivity

Nicholas Jones | January 4, 2018

What is 5G?

5G is the fifth generation of cellular network, the next specification of mobile technology beyond the current 4G LTE standard. The 5G specification defines how the mobile network will meet the demands and deliver service to the needs of a mobile network that’s growing exponentially with more users, more and more connected devices, the Internet of Things, and higher data speeds required for content delivery – primarily streaming video. Lots and lots of streaming video.

There’s a good reason for people to be excited about 5G service. It will be much faster and allow much greater network capacity than the current 4G LTE mobile standard.

5G will deliver:

up to 1,000 times more data than 4G LTE

at speeds up to 100 times faster

to as many as 100 times more devices

But 5G will not replace 4G LTE, at least not right away. Our current 4G LTE network will be around for years yet providing services and delivering applications right along side the newer and faster 5G network.

How fast will 5G be?

How much faster will 5G be? Let’s add some context to those mind-boggling numbers. Back in the 3G days of nine or 10 years ago, downloading a 2-hour movie took about 26 hours. With the arrival of the 4G LTE standard in 2009 that download time was reduced to about six minutes.

Using the 5G spec for comparision, the same download on a 5G network would take just over 3.5 seconds! Now that’s a reason to be excited about the arrival of 5G.

Here’s the other huge advantage of 5G. As the demand for cellular service grows, so does the number of users and number of connected devices. A 5G network will be able to support up to one hundred times the number of connections the current network can handle.

That means virtually everyone and everything can be connected to the network. 5G will provide the network capacity to make connectivity ubiquitous.

There’s another 5G benefit that doesn’t get as much attention, but is no less important and impressive – extended battery life. 5G service will support up to 10 times longer battery life than the 4G LTE network.

When will 5G be available?

So all that stuff is the good news about 5G. The bad news? We’re going to have to wait for at least a couple of years.

While the cellular carriers have begun 5G trials and have test deployments scheduled for this year (2018), the full 5G specification won’t be finished before 2019 and the network rollout to consumers won’t begin before about 2020. And to build out a complete mobile 5G network with the breadth of service we now enjoy with 4G LTE will likely take years longer.

What does 5G mean for Wilson Electronics?

More opportunity! 5G frequencies will even more susceptible to signal attenuation, or blockage, than current 4G LTE frequencies. That means more demand for signal boosting solutions, and Wilson Electronics will be here to meet that demand with 5G-network-compatible boosters.

Be sure to check out the video above. And if you want a more in-depth, more technical explanation of 5G presented by the Chief Product Officer here at Wilson Electronics, watch this YouTube video


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