What is Wireless 5G?
Wireless 5G is the cellular network technology of the fifth-generation, following the 4G technology. In late 2018, the industry association stated that any system which is using “5G New Radio” will fall under the category of a 5G network. Somewhat similar to other generations before it, 5G also aims at providing faster and more reliable mobile communication and much more.
Fifth-generation wireless (5G) is a wireless networking technology based on the 802.11ac IEEE wireless networking standard, which aims to increase data communication speeds by up to three times compared to its predecessor (that is, 4G).
Need for Wireless 5G –
Earlier, mobile networks were only required to perform tasks like making calls, browsing the internet and text messaging, but today, we have all sorts of bandwidth-demanding devices like smartphones, smartwatches with all sorts of data plans, always-on security cameras, self-driving cars, internet of things (IoT), and other futuristic devices like wiFi-connected washing machines, untethered AR and VR hardware, wiFi-connected water purifiers, and so on.
As per the latest report (2019), 26.66 billion devices are already connected to the web, and therefore, entire infrastructure of internet needs to be as such that it can accommodate the traffic to support faster connections and also, handle in a better manner, all the current devices and broader coverage for all these devices.
Benefits of Wireless 5G –
- Some of the benefits offered by the wireless 5G technology are as follows-
- Very less time lag required for streaming videos, movies, playing video games, etc.
- Increased security on the roads, with vehicles interconnected (internet of things).
- Anytime, anywhere access to any files online.
- High-speed network coverage in remote areas like villages.
- Devices which are smaller in size, and thus eliminate the need for carrying hardware, especially to the remote regions.
- The introduction of any kind of device in this world of technology requires very high speeds which can only be provided with wireless 5G.
What sets Wireless 5G apart from other “Gs” –
5G is a successor of 4G and thus, takes forward, all the kinds of technologies that were introduced with every “G”. For example, it takes forward and improves the analog voice of 1G, the digital voice of 2G, the mobile data service of 3G and heavy internet of 4G. All these services are optimized with the introduction of wireless 5G
When will Wireless 5G be available in different parts of the world?
The time of 5G availability depends heavily on the area where a person lives.
For example, currently, 5G is only available at a few locations. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile are some of the major companies that provide 5G services to its customers in the United States (that too only in the big cities). Apart from the US, there are only a few more regions which provide 5G service around the world.
However, it is believed that the availability of 5G technology will be increased to many more regions until late 2019.
Deployment of Wireless 5G-
It is considered that the 5G network technology and services will be deployed greatly over the next few years to accommodate the increasing traffic and reliance over the smartphones and internet-based devices. 5G is expected to create many new kinds of applications and uses for the business because it cannot be denied that technology is certainly the currency of the present and investment for the future.
The launch of Wireless 5G in different regions of the world-
The United States-
Verizon was the first major country of the world in launching its 5G network at the start of April 2019. In Chicago, the internet has been able to obtain the speed of up to 1.4Gbps, which is faster than 4G’s top speed of 300Mbps. In London also, the internet speed has increased from 200mbps to 550mbps, however, it is still far behind Chicago in the US. Company AT&T has also offered a 5G network but it doesn’t offer any smartphones for this 5G network with the only option remaining is to go with 5G NetgearNitehawk mobile hotspot. Furthermore, company T-Mobile is yet to launch a 5G network in the US. It also claims to bring 5G to 30 cities namely New York City, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas.
The United Kingdom-
The first company to launch 5G in the UK was EE, Starting from six cities on May 30, 2019. It has further promised to bring 5G to 10 other cities by late 2019.
This was followed by Vodafone Network on July 3, 2019, where they launched 5G in seven cities and has further promised to cover 19 locations by the end of 2019. Company Three has also claimed to launch 5G home broadband in this August and its mobile proposition later in 2019. By the end of this year, it has planned to have 5G in 25 towns and cities.
Which 5G phones are currently available?
In the US-
a) Motorola’s 5G Moto Mod provides 5G connectivity to a select few Moto Z models.
b) Samsung Galaxy S10
In the UK-
a) Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
b) Oppo Reno 5G
c)OnePlus 7 Pro 5G
d) Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G
e) LG V50 ThinQ 5G
More information about the wireless 5G broadband service-
It aims at delivering internet access to all homes and businesses without a wired connection to the premises. To do that, network operators deploy New Radios in small cell sites near buildings to beam a signal to a receiver, generally placed on a rooftop or a windowsill, which is strengthened within the premises. Fixed broadband services are considered to be less expensive for operators to deliver broadband services to homes and businesses because, in this way, the operators eliminate the need to roll out fiber-optic lines to every residence or business premises individually. Instead, operators only need to install fiber optics to cell sites, and the customers will receive broadband services through a wireless modem.