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5G- Why Five?

Posted by Melissa Huntley on Nov 8, 2016 10:04:20 AM
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We all remember when 3G came out and that changed the way phones were utilized.  Then, in 2009, 4G was all of the new hype, first rolling out in parts of Europe, and then across the globe.  Everyone loved the faster service that 4G provided, especially since consumers had migrated to smart phones and access to mobile internet was core. Like the next new available car model, 5G is now the next "big thing", so what's it all about? 


What is 5G?

The ITU (International Telecommunication Union Radio Sector ) set out the standards for research and requirements of 5G back in 2012, and called it "IMT- 2020". 5G (Generation) are generations of network systems and wireless technology. Just as we have gone from the Iphone 1 to now the Iphone 7, wireless systems are moving at higher speeds and carrying greater capacity.  On the positive side, equipment needed to support 5G is shrinking in size so the facilities needed are getting smaller or able to house more.  Big data is also at the main focus of our lives, and 5G will help transmit faster and larger amounts of data.  So how will we get our favorite Netflix show to stream even faster? Millimeter Wave Spectrum is being brought to the table and the bandwith is being researched. According to "Millimeter wave spectrum is the band of spectrum between 30 GHz and 300 GHz. Wedged between microwave and infrared waves, this spectrum can be used for high-speed wireless communications as seen with the latest 802.11ad Wi-Fi standard (operating at 60 GHz)."   Translating that in today‚Äôs current world of wireless we are at a maxium of 1 gbps transfer rate, with these new standards that moves to upwards of 7 to 10+ gbps for a single user. 

How Will 5G Benefit Me? 

As we migrated from desktops to smart phones, to tablets, and now mobile watches, 5G is expanding to accommodate other wireless devices. 5G mainly focuses on the Internet of things (iOT). With technology such as automated driving cars, and virtual reality, the consistent and faster speeds of 5G will be greatly needed. "5G, the next-generation of wireless, will connect nearly everything with high-speed networks 10 times faster than those today and capable of supporting 100 times the number of devices, including the Internet of Things", said Meredith Attwell Baker, the President and CEO of CTIA. "Our homes and our cities will become even more connected, reducing energy consumption and improving our community services."

Stay tuned for more updates on 5G news

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