The launch of 5G technology looks set to revolutionise our networks, speeding up the next generation of mobile technology. The applications for 5G are far more expansive than 4G, offering up new opportunities for device OEMs, enterprise and operators.
5G launches around the world
As often happens with new generations of technology, countries around the world are competing to see who can launch 5G first. 5G will now be launched by carriers across the world in one year. The technology will be trialed in major cities first and will then take some time to be fully rolled out to other regions. According to TIRIAS Research the coverage rollout of 5G will be twice as fast as 4G, which took a decade to complete.
Pushed forward by mobile industry
The technology is being rolled out so quickly because the industry has come together to make sure it happens. Given the challenges that have come with 5G, including the difficulty of moving a worldwide industry that has been fragmented by competing industries, it is remarkable the rollout is taking place at all.
5G benefits over 4G
5G is based on the same OFDM technology (Orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing, in case you were wondering) as 4G LTE but the combination of even more licensed and unlicensed frequency bands increases the complexity of the technology. The potential number of frequency bands is over 10,000 10 times more than 4G. This means that 5G will offer faster internet for video, what would take a minute to download on 4G will be available in only a second.
Investing in 5G
For 5G’s fast rollout praise can be given to Qualcomm’s investment and focus on overcoming the challenges associated with wireless technology. In the first wave of 5G smartphones experts believe most of the OEMs will use a complete Qualcomm platform. This includes the Snapdragon SoCs, Snapdragon 5G modems and Qualcomm’s RF360 complete RF front-end solution. As the technology becomes more refined solutions from other vendors will come to market. This may take a year or longer to catch up with Qualcomm-based platforms. As a result, Apple’s iPhone may not get 5G in 2019. All Qualcomm smartphones will be Android.
A milestone for technology
5G will offer more wireless connectivity options, higher bandwidth, and lower latency. It is thought 5G technology will allow for more hybrid and cloud applications. These will range from machine learning to cloud-based graphics for virtual reality, augmented reality and gaming. Wires will no longer be needed with 5G technology even in the home as the increased gigabit speeds will render them redundant. 5G will be rolled out through 2019 and with it are bound to come new announcements, devices, products, applications and business models.