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New 5G networks to roll out by 2020
September 2, 2018, 12:32 pm

Mobile communication networks using 5G technology are expected to be rolled out across the world by 2020. Offering far faster speeds and more reliable connectivity than existing 4G networks, 5 G is expected to usher in the next generation of mobile internet.

Combining cutting-edge network technology and the very latest research, 5G should offer connections that are multitudes faster than current connections, with average download speeds of around 1GBps expected to soon be the norm.

The capacity to carry huge amounts of data at high speeds on the 5G infrastructure is expected to drive a huge rise in the Internet of Things (IoT) and allow for a smarter and more connected world. In addition to faster download and upload speeds that will allow for smoother streaming of online content and higher-quality voice and video calls, the launch of 5G networks is predicted to ensure an expansion of advanced technologies, including self-driving cars, smart cities and a huge surge in the use of IoT devices.

Though the speed of 5G networks effectively available to consumers has not been fixed, telecommunication operators of talking about tentative download speeds that range from 1Gb/s to 10Gb/s. This could result in users being able to download a full-length HD quality film in a matter of seconds, and that downloading and installing software upgrades would be completed much faster than today.

While existing smartphones, tablet or other devices that were released when 4G networks were the standard may not be able to connect to 5G to begin with, more devices with 5G connection as default are expected to arrive soon. But there is no need to throw out your 4G devices as even after the arrival of 5G, the older standard will continue to be operable for the immediate future. In the meantime, a hybrid 4.5G network is slowly being rolled out to make the transition to full 5G a much smoother process.

Even when implemented, the uptake of 5G could be a slow process similar to the slow changeover to 4G from the 3G infrastructure.  Existing network infrastructure may need to be upgraded or even replaced in order to deal with the new technology, and homes and businesses may also need to get new services installed.

The GSM Association representing mobile network operators worldwide has outlined eight criteria, most of which will need to be fulfilled before operators can qualify to retail 5G services to consumers. These include actual connection speeds of 1-10Gbps, not theoretical maximum speeds, to end points in the field; a latency or delay of less than 1 millisecond in an end-to-end roundtrip; 1000x bandwidth per unit area; 10-100x number of connected devices and a perception of 99.999 percent availability and 100 percent coverage, as well as a 90 percent reduction in network energy usage.

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