5G: The Future of Wireless Networks

Technology has continued to rapidly evolve during the early twenty first century, bringing about many new advancements. But few have had the same level of hype that surrounds 5G, which stands for 5th generation wireless network.

Some have promised that it will completely change our lives and bring us forth into a new technological age. This may sound like hyperbole, but more and more are starting to believe this kind of conjecture. Even though this technology may take several years to roll out, it is certainly worth looking into the future to examine. So, for the uninitiated, let’s take a look at how 5G has positioned itself to bring massive change to our constantly evolving technological landscape.

To examine the impact that 5G will have, we must first take a look at what 5G will actually do. To state it simply, 5G will deliver larger channel speeds which will pave the way for faster connections, allow connections to several devices at the same time, and bring faster responsiveness by way of lower latency. This all sounds great, but you may be wondering what kind of speed increase can we reasonably expect to be delivered? Astonishingly, the answer is between 10 to 100 times the speed of our current 4G connections. To put that into perspective, 5G speeds will allow users to download complete movies in only a matter of seconds.

The incredible speed increases will be achieved because the 5G system is completely different from 4G, and will require more signal towers in order for the highest potential speeds to be achieved. With this increased investment will likely come increased consumer cost, so companies can recoup up-front costs. It will certainly take time for this buildout to occur, but in this scenario the wait and increased costs certainly appear to be worth it, as the benefits could be immense. The increased speeds of 5G could very well usher in many technological advancements, including automation of industrial processes, more widespread use of autonomous vehicles that can communicate amongst each other, and greater usability of smart devices. With all that’s possible, there’s no reason not to be excited about 5G.