What is 5G? Everything You Need to Know

What is 5G? 5G is the term used to describe the next-generation of mobile networks beyond the 4G LTE mobile networks of today. 5G networks will offer faster speeds and more reliable connections on smartphones and other devices than ever before.


Leveraging various technologies such as directional antennas, millimeter wave RF, and edge computing solutions, 5G network provides much higher data rates (in a range of several gigabits per second) as compared to 4G/LTE. Equally important, 5G will provide ultra-low latency (less than 1 millisecond delay) required for certain portable or mobile apps and services such as industrial automation, robotics, haptic Internet, and virtual reality.

Unlike LTE /4G, 5G will represent a purpose-built technology, designed and engineered to facilitate connected devices as well as automation systems. In many ways, 5G will be a facilitator and an accelerator of the next industrial revolution, often referred to as Industry 4.0. There is a need to look beyond smart factories, intelligent products and services towards enterprise as a whole and the unique benefits of high capacity urban wireless applications.
5G is also being standardized to provide improvements to the Internet of Things (IoT). This will be especially important for legacy for Communication Service Providers (CSP) as they will have an arguably much more robust alternative for IoT Wide Area Networks (WAN) than the current non-cellular IoT WAN networks in operation today. While some wireless carriers are investing in Low-power WAN (LPWAN) for IoT, they are also aggressively planning to provide their own IoT LPWAN as well as offering higher bandwidth for IoT. This is important as IoT is anticipated to be very widespread in scope, impacting virtually every industry vertical. This is why the future of IoT is often referred to as “Massive IoT,” because it will be highly pervasive and impact all sectors. While many IoT apps require only very low bandwidth (and hence LPWAN is good enough and cheap enough for them), there will be a need longer term for more capacity overall as well as band-width on-demand, with strict Quality of Service (QoS) requirements, for many IoT enabled Value-added Services (VAS).


5G also represents a game changing wireless infrastructure transformation for Communication Service Providers (CSP). Next generation equipment will support millimeter wave length radio frequency as well as evolution of LTE, which will be considered by many to be part of 5G heterogeneous networks. In addition, CSPs will deploy next generation equipment at Base Transceiver Stations (BTS) for Mobile Edge Computing (MEC), which will provide distributed computing and effectively transform BTS into distributed datacenters. It is anticipated that the combination of 5G and MEC will transform wireless carrier operations and facilitate enhanced services, new VAS applications, and completely new business models for mobile network operators.

The 5G standard, is to be ready by 2020, not only about new radio technologies, but also network architecture revolutions providing a full convergence of mobile network and Internet industries. It is single end-to-end protocol standard for the future mobile Internet!

Viscar offers an Introduction to 5G course which reviews the 5G cutting-edge technologies and architecture like heterogeneous networks, device-to-device communications and others, as well as looks at 5G Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and virtualization methods like SDN and NFV. Trainees of this course will also review some of the key concepts that will shape the next generation of mobile systems – 5G. The course also deals with the 5G major challenge of integrating technologies and concepts that were separately developed, into one network. For enquiries about this course email us: enquiries@viscarcapacity.com or Call +254 727 407 925

References: MarketResearch.com

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