5G is the fifth-generation of mobile network, a major evolution of today’s 4G LTE network. 5G is designed to meet the huge growth of data and connectivity in modern society, IoT with billions of connected devices and future innovations.
5G will initially run alongside 4G networks, then evolve into completely separate networks in subsequent versions and coverage extensions. 5G USES radio waves, or radio frequency (RF) energy, to transmit and receive the voice and data that connect our communities. In addition to providing faster connections and more capacity, one very important advantage of 5G is fast response times called latency. Latency is the time it takes devices to respond to each other over the wireless network. Typical response times for 3G networks are 100 milliseconds, 4G is about 30 milliseconds, and 5G is as low as 1 millisecond. This opens up a new world of connected applications almost instantaneously.
What will 5G provide?
5G will provide instant connectivity to billions of devices. 5G will provide speed, low latency and connectivity to enable an unprecedented new generation of applications, services, and business opportunities.
5G has three applications:
M2M communication — also known as the Internet of things (IoT) — involves connecting billions of devices without human intervention on an unprecedented scale. This has the potential to revolutionize modern industrial processes and applications, including agriculture, manufacturing and business communications.
Ultra-reliable low-latency communications — mission-critical includes real-time control of equipment, industrial robots, vehicle-to-vehicle communications and safety systems, autonomous driving and safer transmission networks. Low-latency communication also opens up a new world in which telemedicine, procedures, and treatments are possible
Enhanced mobile broadband — provides faster data speeds and greater capacity to maintain global connectivity. The new applications will include fixed wireless Internet access for homes, outdoor radio applications, no need for broadcast cars, and larger connections for mobile people.
For communities, 5G will connect billions of devices to our smart cities, smart schools and smart homes, smart and safer vehicles, strengthen health care and education, and provide safer, more efficient living environments.
For companies and industries, 5G and IoT will provide data that will allow them to gain unprecedented insight into their operations.
Everyone has access to emerging technologies such as virtual reality and augmented reality. Virtual reality offers connected experiences that weren’t possible before.