Ever-increasing usage of mobile data has led to greater congestion on existing spectrum bands. This is causing breakdowns in service, especially when many people in the same area are simultaneously trying to go online. 5G – the next generation of networking - will be much better at handling thousands of devices at the same time.
What is 5G?
5G is the fifth generation of mobile networking. A step up from 4G, 5G marks the next stage in the evolution of cellular wireless technology and taps into unused bands that lie at the top of the radio spectrum. Less used than other bands, these “millimeter waves” are far less congested.
What are the benefits of 5G?
5G differentiates itself from previous mobile networking standards in three ways:
- It allows for bigger channels and this has the effect of speeding up data.
- It has a lower latency which enhances responsiveness.
- It can connect a lot more devices at once, thereby enabling the use of sensors and smart devices.
The race for 5G
In 2019, 5G was launched in a few select locations and the coming year will see the release of more 5G-enabled phones. However, it’s expected that it’ll be a few years before this goes mainstream. Cisco predicts there will be over 422 million 5G connections (12% of all global mobile data traffic) by 2022.
Find out more about 5G networking
If you’re interested in learning more about 5G networking, take a look at this infographic from Cadoo. This useful guide outlines some of the potential ways in which 5G networking could be used in the future.