We are just barely learning how to make the most out of the 4G mobile technology; well, then get ready now because the fifth generation is coming. In the area of telecommunications, 5G stands for the fifth generation of mobile network telephony, which will be the successor of the nowadays used 4G. Although this new technology is still a prototype, it is expected that by 2020, 90% of the world population will be using this generation.
The Samsung company is one of the many that are working in the development of this wireless, high-speed connection technology that will allow the transmission of data from more than 10 Gbts, according to what the South Korean giant has stated.
While in some parts of the world the 4G or LTE networks are just being introduced, and there are even many still using 3G, neither technological progress nor the companies that developed them have rest. For this reason, the competition has already started to find out who will be the first to offer this service.
When will 5G be available?
The Swedish company, Ericsson, is one that has already accomplished reaching the speed of 5Gbts. While, on the other hand, the Chinese manufacturer Huawei announced in November 2014 they will be standardizing and developing 5G networks tests that will be available for the World Cup in Russia, 2018.
This data transfer speed will drastically change the experience we’ve had so far with our Android mobile devices, as the world of Android apps and Android games will be especially, greatly benefited by it; the limit will be now very different, especially in some online game’s modalities.
The 5G will make a lot of buzz on all of Mobile World Congress’s booths in Barcelona, epicenter of the world of technology, engaging dozens of brands in the race to being the first to what seems like a true revolution that will transform dozens of industries and, at the same time, our own way of understanding the Internet although in practice this 5G technology will reach the consumer on 2020.
5G The future of mobile networks tecnology
This technology is still in early development stage, seated the main actors of the sector – manufacturers, operators, regulators – in a base in order to try to reach an agreement on the 5G standard, which will detail exactly how future mobile networks will be like.
It is necessary to achieve the next technological revolution with the 5G, because what is now on the sights of the world in terms of progress regarding is virtual reality, 360° degrees video, that have also been becoming increasingly more popular and the 4k resolutions; all these can be confined within an even more comfortable reach with the 5G teaching coming on its way within a few years.
5G Internet Speed
Nowadays, the average speed offered by 4G LTE operators is around the 21 Mbps or a little more, according to the latest study of OpenSignal data, number that has shot up to 40 Mbps in some Asian countries, enough to play streaming songs via Spotify, watch videos on YouTube or Neflix and to constantly keep in touch with all of your contacts from all around the world through social media.
However, the 5G speed will break all barriers imaginable until now, offering connections superior to 10 Gbps. Mobile networks will be between 100 and 1,000 times faster than they currently are, and at the same time, will be a major improvement in terms of energy efficiency for mobile devices.
The aim of this new generation of mobile network is to multiply and increase the connection speed, but behind the 5G, there is more than that. Now it is not only about delivering breakneck speeds, but also about making connections gain in quality, on the one hand, improving the number of terminals each antenna can simultaneously give services to and also reduce latency.
4G vs 5G: 5G will be much faster than 4G LTE
The first big difference between the current 4G and the idea of 5G there currently is, is the frequency that is uses. While with the 4G the most commonly used are low frequencies between 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz, in the case of recent 5G tests that have been carried out so far, they have been using between 26 and 38 GHz bands.
But besides from speed, latency is one of the most important points in future 5G networks. We would be saying this new technology would be able to reduce it to values close to the millisecond. What is it sought with this? The improvement in online games would be one obvious thing, but even more importantly would be to maintain videoconferences, in which having the lowest possible delay is of vital importance for communication that allows us to work with someone who is far from us.
The greatest enemy of the 5G techonoly: walls
The biggest problem the 5G faces, besides from reducing costs of use so that users can access to it without having to pay too much a difference with respect to the 4G LTE that is already implemented, are walls.
Since the use of frequencies as high as those that are being planned to use in the 5G will have many problems when it comes to going through the walls of buildings and other different structures, we’ll have to see what’s Samsung’s plan and what other telecommunications companies are planning to do about it in order to deal with this problem, which by the way quite big.