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The 5G Revolution Is Coming. Here’s What You Should Know

According to the US carrier Verizon, the 5g revolution has already taken place as it became the first telecom company in history to deploy 5g tests three years ago. 5g is touted as the next big thing to happen to wireless technology and they say it’s gonna change our lives. While 5g is around the corner, let’s talk on what it means to the industry and in what ways it’s gonna change it.

Simply put, 5g is the 5th generational cellular technology that promises higher speeds than the previous 4g. How fast are we talking? About 10 to 100 times faster than the one we have as of now. Not only a much higher speed, but 5g also means wider network coverage and responsive, reliable networks. Say if you were to download gigabytes of data, movies or music, it could virtually happen within seconds. In other words, it means data speeds are faster than say an actual personal optical fiber, if you may have one in your apartment.

Commonly 5g is described as a foundational technology that will impact areas like telemedicine, self-driving cars, virtual and augmented reality mostly. Like I mentioned earlier, Verizon deployed tests for 5g three years ago, thus giving it a major hype.

The next big thing in the world of 5g is the term “latency.” Again simply put, latency is the time period between when you send a request to the network by clicking on a link or streaming a video. The response time is taken by the network to fulfill the request is called Latency and 5g promises a low latency, it might take 1 millisecond for a network to respond to your request. The current latency time period is about 20 milliseconds.

What does this reduction of latency period from 20 milliseconds to 1 millisecond mean? It means a tonne in the world of gaming, telemedicine or self-driving cars.

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Not surprisingly, the 5g technology could outdate your previous phones because 5g requires a specific antenna that networks can respond to. Sprint is slated to release the first 5g smartphone next year which will be conducted by LG. Samsung is up for a 5g phone too as there rumors that it might build a 5g version in Galaxy S10.

AT&T will become the first mobile company to launch the first 5g service across the United States. It has plans to launch in 19 different cities across the US, with some of those being Los Angeles, San Francisco, and the USA. Verizon is all set to launch its 5g network next year too. Initially a limited rollout in on cards.

This kind of technology has its drawback too. For example, there ate glitches with the range if you have instructions such as too many buildings or dense forest, etc. But this is something that can be easily fixed. Mobile phone carries will have to use “small cells, ” meaning smaller cellular radios to get sharper signals. And such cellular radios possess a great number of health risks.

About the cost bit, there are carries that claim that 5g won’t cost more. When LTE came out, it didn’t cost anything more except your phone needed to be LTE enabled. Freshly appointed CEO of Sprint CEO Michel Combes, declined to comment on the pricing while earlier this year ex CEO of Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said pricing would remain the same. This is too early a stage to commenting on pricing, we can only wait at out end.

Written by Anhaar Ahmed

My name is Anhaar Ahmed. I'm a technology journalist at Techglen. Mostly I write about all things tech but you will often find me writing about entertainment news. You can get in touch with me at anhaar@techglen.com

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