Fifth-generation (5G) connectivity has generated a lot of debate over the last few years. It’s the topmost topic in tech circles and indeed other spheres of modern life. From IT specialists, politicians and health experts to consumers and gamers, everyone seems to have an opinion about this new technology. Amid all this hype and tons of information, the people who would supposedly benefit from 5G have become confused. So what is 5G, and how will it impact your life?
5G is simply the next generation mobile phone network after 4G. The new generation connectivity promises much higher connection speeds and response times (latency). It will also be more reliable than the frustrating 4G networks many consumers complain about.
With 5G, users will enjoy download speeds 5-10 times quicker than 4G, which has been its biggest selling point. Devices will still connect to networks through radio waves using antennas.
Another major difference is the fact that the new communication standard can handle much greater bandwidth. There’s a higher concentration of lower and higher frequencies to the spectrum compared to 4G networks. That means fifth-generation networks can handle more devices per square kilometre compared to the current 4G networks.
What Will 5G Mean to Your Life?
Away from the technicalities of the new connectivity standard, most consumers just want to know how 5G will affect their lives. Different areas will benefit from fifth-generation connectivity. Here are just a few:
The gaming industry has experienced explosive growth over the last two decades, driven by cutting-edge hardware and sophisticated software. Today, more people play online but there’s always the problem of creaky networks. To enjoy the best gaming experience, you need a seamless internet connection and this can be a problem in many areas.
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5G promises to revolutionise gaming by making online gaming experiences more immersive and boosting their excitement. Immersive gaming is already key in the gambling industry, where players enjoy streamed games on mobile devices, such as slots, table games and, in particular, live games from phone casino sites and apps. Better connectivity could improve that experience even further, by ensuring faster gaming experiences. There’s an argument that it will also help game developers in this area finally unlock technologies such as Augmented Reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).
The World of Work
The internet of things (IoT) is no longer a buzzword: its application now straddles different industries. 5G will have a big impact on the industrial and commercial sectors of the economy.
The world of logistics, for instance, has gone digital and it requires seamless connectivity for the best outcomes. Smart factories have started taking shape with 4G technology, and with 5G, a new industrial revolution is set to take off.
Driverless cars have become a major feature across tech forums over the last two decades. For autonomous driving to become a reality, there’s a need for powerful connectivity, which 5G delivers sufficiently. You might soon see driverless cars on the road as IT companies and automotive industries start leveraging 5G connectivity. Already the government has hinted at allowing self-drive cars on the roads.
With all the hype around 5G, it’s easy to lose the real significance of this innovative technology. As happens with any new technology, there are myths, misconceptions and conspiracies against 5G. If you have the facts right, you know it’s a technology whose time has come.