Skip to comments.5G Will Make Your Phone Super Fast In A Few Years, But What Is It?
Posted on 02/17/2017 10:54:13 AM PST by Red Badger
No more waiting and waiting for downloads or streaming
Wireless connectivity has evolved much since it was first introduced in the 1980s, and itll keep evolving over the next three years in order to keep up with the proliferation of devices that require a faster, stronger Internet connection. Although it will roll out slowly, the next generation of cellular data is already being implemented and was recently officially named 5G.
So what does 5G mean? In simplest terms, it means the fifth generation of mobile connectivity thats destined to replace 4G, which is the common connectivity standard currently throughout the world. Wireless networks have been evolving approximately every 10 years since 1G was implemented in 1982.
Recently, 3GPP the cellular standards group responsible for the development and maintenance of the Global System for Mobile Communications officially set out goals and a logo for the next technologies to replace 4G, even though it has not settled on a standard or definition of exactly what 5G is yet.
However, experts and tech companies have already started providing examples of things 5G will be able to do. Compared to the current network speed, which is 4G LTE (long term evolution), 5G is expected to be 30 to 50 times faster. To put things into perspective, it would take an hour to download an HD movie over a 4G LTE network, for which speeds top out at about one gigabit per second. With 5G, and its expected download speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second, the same HD movie would download in mere seconds.
In a way, getting 5G will be like upgrading from a garden hose to a fire hose. Data may not only stream and download faster, but itll do so in higher capacities. Ideally, networks would no longer crash when millions of people are trying to watch the season premiere of Game of Thrones, as theyve done in the past. Streaming higher quality video like Ultra HD and 3D video would also be faster and easier.
Of course, all these promises should be taken with a grain of salt. Advertised network speeds are usually heavily marketed but dont live up to the expectation. For example, 4G LTE is advertised as being capable of running up to 10 times faster than 3G, but it all depends on the device youre using and other conditions. So its safe to say that, for consumers, 5G should be welcomed but with a bit of skepticism.
One major goal for 5G is that itll be more responsive and reduce latency, which means that when it says 1-minute left of downloading data, it actually means theres only one-minute left. It wont suddenly turn into 5 minutes once that minute is over. Device are also expected to last longer on a charge with a 5G connection since itll supposedly be very power-efficient. Experts say that batteries will last 10 times longer than when fetching data from a 4G connection.
Smartphones have become our personal computers on the go and are required to do it all, but theyre no longer the only device in our life that require Internet; we also have smart watches, refrigerators, TVs, speakers and light bulbs. Therefore, 5G is being introduced at a perfect time in which the amount of devices connected to the Internet of Things is increasing at a rapid pace.
Gartner, a technology research firm, predicts that therell be about 20.8 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020. Thats quite a jump from the estimated 6.4 billion devices that are currently Internet-connected today.
Based on the 3GPPs rollout timeline for 5G, those 20.8 billion devices will all be operating over a 5G network. The 3GPP said 5G will start rolling out in 2018 and be fully implemented by 2020. However, companies such as Verizon already started making plans for consumer deployment starting this year in selected cities across Texas, Oregon and New York/New Jersey. Dont expect to see a 5G smartphone this year, though.
Since no one is actually using 5G at the moment its still hard to know what it can and cant do, but theres no doubt that itll be faster. Its also unclear as to how accurate the roll out timeline is. Regardless its good to know that new speeds are on the horizon.
I’m going to guess that it’s some advanced, ‘Big Brother Tracking Device.’
How close am I? ;)
Probably closer than you intended...............
Sounds like another marketing scam like 4G.
When are they going to roll out the true 4G?
It's a device you make calls with, but that's not important right now.
The paragraph on “latency” proves the author doesn’t understand the subject.
When everyone has bought a 5G device.................
Sure he does! He probably watch Cagney & Latency on TV when he was a child!.................
What you did there, I SEE it!.................
I expect this is a push toward eliminating wired Internet service entirely. Why spend the money installing/upgrading thousands of miles of old wire/fiber in an area, when a fast-swap cargo container + 100’ antenna can service the same area?
There’s a reason Google stopped rolling out its much-lauded gigabit fiber networks - likely that wireless is poised to overtake in speed and be profoundly cheaper to upgrade.
Kids will be able to blow through their monthly data limit before they leave home in the morning on the first of the month, rather than having it happen on the bus ride home from school.
This will be used in the next gen Vehicle-2-Vehicle or Vehicle-2-Infrastructure communications. This new standard allows for ad-hoc networking that doesn’t require infrastructure. ...and no, these standards don’t compromise anonymity and leak personal data. They *will* reduce deaths on the road and greatly improve traffic flow.
It will change everything.
What is it?
5G = 4G + G
As it happens, I’m a cellular engineer with the company that’s probably the closest to 5G.
It’s no more big-brothery than any other cellular technology, but it is a very different concept. Rather than relying on macro-cells (towers) exclusively, the 5G network will use many microcells on things like streetlights and telephone poles that allow for low power very short range communication at very high speeds.
The important thing to understand is that the 5G standard is still under heavy development, and it’s further than a year or two away before being realized. Once it’s ready to deploy, however, most users are looking at gigabit speeds with many possible options for connecting to the cellular network. It will probably also replace any cable or fiber internet most people have to their house as well.
“Theres a reason Google stopped rolling out its much-lauded gigabit fiber networks - likely that wireless is poised to overtake in speed and be profoundly cheaper to upgrade.”
Many years ago. My friend had bought a really cool large mountain house. He is a techie geek, so he installed Ethernet ports in all the rooms and he had an Ethernet patch panel in the utility room. Really nice. Just over one year later, Wi-Fi came out. Totally obsoleted all the work he had done throughout that beautiful large house.
Nice to know, but I was just razzin’ Red Badger, which I do once in a while. ;)
I still have a flip phone, and am LUCKY for days when I get more than one bar. I have a 2’ square area in my kitchen where I have to stand to make phone calls. We have no land line as the wiring is so old to, and in, the house it’s not worth the expense.
Country Livin’ at it’s finest!
(And please don’t fix THAT, Mr. Engineer.) :)
Does this mean that I will now have to have a 5G phone? Or does it matter.
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