You might be aware of how companies are clamoring to get their 4G networks all over the place to have everyone on board. Well, 3G was seemingly the hot new thing just the other day, so advancements in technology and technical standards aren’t that surprising. If you have yet to catch up on 4G, keep in mind that it might be a thing of the past very soon. Enter 5G.
For most companies, the rollout of 5G on their platforms isn’t expected until at least 2020. However, beta tests are already in place, which means it is only a matter of time. Given the way competition and the need to be ahead of the curve drive innovation in the world of tech, 2020 might be a tad bit too far.
5G Base Standards
5G is not necessarily the new mobile wireless standard, but it is the next big thing as far as mobile telephony is concerned. 5G refers to the fifth generation of mobile wireless standards, according to broadband technology IEEE 802.11ac.
One thing that would make 5G stand out is its capacity and potential to define interactions going forward. At this juncture, 5G is truly the future. That’s because the premise of 5G is built around enhanced services, system performance, management, operations, business models and, most importantly, user experience. Everything that currently runs live online is about user experience.
There are guidelines under which qualification for a 5G connection is considered, which are outlined below:
- There should be a perception of 100% coverage.
- Low-power devices should have a battery life of up to 10 years.
- There should be a perception of 99.999% availability.
- Connection to the field endpoints should be 1-10Gbps.
- The expected round-trip delay should be 1 millisecond.
- Network energy use should be reduced by 90%.
- The number of devices connected should be between 10-100x.
- Per unit area, the bandwidth should be 1000x.
How does 5G become pivotal in the future? There are different ways through which this futuristic network will come into play. We are already having fun with virtual reality through a variety of devices. However, things will reach another level through 5G.
Future prospects for 5G
Under 5G connectivity, we should be able to see intelligent cities, autonomous vehicles and experience incredible interaction with robots. In fact, a team of experts at Ericsson has been working on a futuristic way of transferring physical skills through networks. The project, dubbed the Internet of Talents, should make it easier to transfer motion. If this were to succeed, we would see scenarios where surgeons would operate on patients through a robot in a different part of the world.
Beyond surgical applications, this process would make it easier for students to learn — especially how to play instruments. The motion of an expert would be captured, and through networked gloves, the muscle movements made by the teacher would be passed on to the students so they can get a unique experience, a feel of the instrument and the correct motion.