With Vodafone on its way to trialing 5G technologies, it’s hard not to see why many of us in the tech world are really excited about the shape of future technology. “This will be the first opportunity to see and experience what a customer will get with a 5G offering,” said Kevin Millroy, Chief Technology Officer at Vodafone.
The technology sector is moving at such a fast pace that it’s difficult to figure out which industry is leading with exciting new innovations. But one industry to definitely keep an eye out for is telecommunications, with its latest exciting hi-tech leap into the future, 5G. Technology makes things a whole lot simpler and improves the quality of our lives, along with benefits for the way we do business, especially with the internet. So you can understand why there is so much interest in 5G.
The telecommunication industry is gearing up for 5G and it’s on its way. Chinese vendor Huawei has promised £5 million to the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre, the US government has pledged $400 million for research into 5G technology, and all the major brands including Samsung, Sony, Google, Apple and Intel also investing in research. The world is awaiting clearer, crisper sound with quicker latency and an overall richer experience.
As business models change and the pace of business increases, technology will need to keep up with the demands of the rapidly evolving business world. Average 4G latency across all networks was 55.0 milliseconds, compared with 66.7 milliseconds on 3G. In contrast, the requirement for 5G is 1ms latency for its performance to yield an advantage over existing technologies. A number of major companies are aiming to reach the speeds necessary for the forthcoming business generation.
With telecommunications technology being driven by the requirements of a changing world, and considering the vast improvements in video streams on 4G networks compared to 3G, we can expect further advances with 5G technology - faster internet, quicker programs and more features for telecommunication services - providing a richer and simpler experience for mobile users.
The industry has set the requirements to ensure that the technological demands of the future are met, though not all the requirements of the promised technology will be met simultaneously. The proposal by the sector is to produce 1-10Gbps connections to endpoints in the field, along with 1000x bandwidth per unit area, 10-100x connected devices and a 90% reduction in network energy usage. We can deduce that 5G will be a monster of a technology. But we need to remember that these goals will be met progressively as the technology improves, so setting requirements is one thing, delivering them in a timely fashion is another.
We wonder what the next generation of technology will provide us that the previous one didn’t. “5G is the next generation of radio systems and network architecture that will enable significant new use cases, new business opportunities and new ways for people to benefit from communications,” said Mr. Ray Owen, Nokia’s Managing Director Oceania. 5G technology has many applications and, with its ability to provide quicker latency times, wireless cloud-based office and multi-person video conferencing could be just a few around the corner.
It appears that 5G is on its way, but it is difficult to say exactly when. Based on some estimates, 2018 will mark the introduction of the first networks, with the major starter being by 2022. 5G architecture is highly advanced and network improvements from the upgrade will allow telecommunication providers to add richer services to their products. With the remarkable capabilities of 5G, its lifespan is projected to last into the 2040s, with the industry deciding where to head next.