Are you ready for 5G? If we were to ask this question a few years ago, then it might have taken a lot of you by surprise. However, as 5G got introduced at a similar speed that the new mobile network is supposed to offer in recent times, therefore, knowing what it really is, how it works, and why will 5G change the way you live is absolutely essential now for anyone.
Moreover, as you may have also heard how the most developing nations are already battling out for dominance in the 5G technology, it is you (the end consumer) who is going to be the key player. So, make sure that before you get your hands on the revolutionary mobile network, you must know how to make your life easier and safer with it.
What Is 5G?
To put it into simple words, 5G is the latest global wireless standard that is built to make higher multi-Gbps peak data speeds possible along with additional factors like ultra-low latency, more reliability, increased network capacity, and offering a much more uniform user experience to the concerned customers. With massive improvements in performance, 5G will finally virtually connect machines, devices, and humans in the best way possible.
How Does 5G Work?
As 5G is going to be 500 times faster than the current 4G cellular network, companies are going to make it accessible with the help of several components like the fiber-optic cable, small cells, and a massive scale radio wave spectrum holdings.
The most important spectrum holding is called millimeter wave spectrum, which basically relates to the high-frequency bands – especially the ones that fall in between the 28 GHz to 38 GHz range. In fact, these are the exact spectrum bands that will carry out the latency-sensitive and bandwidth-intensive innovations in the near future of Technology.
The latency piece cannot also be underestimated in the process as while the 4G network showcases a latency of 30-150 milliseconds, the users of 5G Ultra Wideband can expect it to go below 10 milliseconds.
Furthermore, the foundation of 5G is also set on small cells and the fiber-optic cable where the former are transmitters (equal to the size of a laptop computer) and are located at positions with high demands including the shopping centers or college campuses, etc.
Fiber-optic cables (which are usually dozen to hundreds in a single casing), on the other hand, transfer the data signals from the small cells to the base network and this happens at the speed of light to be exact!
This precisely also means that with it, you will be able to send massive amounts of data hundred of miles away without having to worry about the speed anymore.
Why 5G Is The Need of The Hour For Every Human Being?
There is no doubt in the fact that the future of humanity depends entirely on the movement of data. At the start of 2021, it is estimated that there are 20.4 billion devices online and that includes heavy data consumption units like VR goggles, cloud gaming systems, IoT sensors, or self-driving vehicles.
So, while 5G is going to cater to these demands mainly, you are going to see surprising changes in your life as well in the following ways.
1. Smart Cities
Have you ever wished to see your city transforming into an organized one in terms of traffic and resources management? Well, that can be a reality with 5G as new modes of public transport (like smart buses and flying drone taxis) are expected to emerge. We have already seen autonomous cars taking over, so hopefully, we are entering into an era of connected vehicle technology and also intelligent transportation systems.
Apart from that, the 5G-based infrastructure of cities will help authorities take full control over managing resources like electricity and water well according to the ratio of the population – after all, they will have access to data of everything. Smart buildings, in the end, can also assist businesses in managing energy consumption efficiently as well.
2. Internet of Things
Through the IoT devices, a diverse range of sectors are going to benefit from the 5G network and these include manufacturing, agriculture, retail, and also health care.
So starting off with the industrial automation space, the application of 5G will give rise to a much improved wireless flexibility, reduce costs of various operations that were done manually previously, and the viability of other applications that are entirely dependent on faster wireless technology.
Apart from that, 5G also holds the potential to introduce remote robotic surgeries in the field of health care and also personalized medicine consultation based on the data which the wearables already record on your behalf.
3. Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality
The low latency of the 5G network is going to make AR and VR applications more useful and interactive. To prove the point, let’s take the example of a technician wearing 5G AR Goggles. With it, he would be able to see an overlay of the machine in order to know its parts, get repair instructions, and also what goes in the working of it during every stage of manufacturing.
If we imagine its application in the business environment then AR meetings would mean that two people can virtually sit in the room to convert boring 2D conferences into a 3D gathering.
Last but not the least, with 5G goggles you can possibly become a part of games, shows, and much more like never before. You can also expect a personalized AI dance or gym partner to accompany you.
4. Communication & Collaboration
The COVID-19 pandemic introduced us to how remote working is the future. While it provides benefits to the companies, 5G will also eliminate the biggest challenge of speedy data transfers. Hence, with stronger connectivity in place, colleagues will finally find it easy to do cloud-based collaborations.
All of this is expected to become a norm by 2025 as more and more countries are getting serious about the 5G technology. But before we end, we want to ask again “Are you ready for 5G?”