How we communicate has changed drastically over the past 100 years. Communication systems like the internet and telephones were invented, changing our modes of communication rapidly. However, out of all the revolutionary changes and invention, cell phone trumps over all the others.
Haruki Murakami once said, ‘Cell phones are so convenient that they’re an inconvenience.’
We use our phones from making calls to instant access to text messages, emails, social media, games and practically everything else that we could want.
The overall running of our smart phones depend on several factors, however, cell phone networks largely determine the speed, connectivity and battery life of our phones. While the overall structure of the cell phone networks has changed only a couple of times, each reform brings considerable changes to the table. 5G is the next significant advancement in communication technologies and it is set to change how we communicate yet again.
What is 5G?
According to SearchNetworking.com, ‘Fifth-generation wireless, or 5G, is the latest iteration of cellular technology, engineered to greatly increase the speed and responsiveness of wireless networks. With 5G, data transmitted over wireless broadband connections could travel at rates as high as 20 Gbps by some estimates.’ Telecommunication giant, Qualcomm, has recently begun mass producing their new 5G enabled chips with deals settled among about 18 major companies including LG and Sony. AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon have announced its roster of the first few cities that will enable the service.
Perks of the 5G network:
- Instant Communication
As devices and networks are getting faster, there is still a massive drawback concerning the time it takes to send and receive a simple text message. However, with the 5G network, the speed at which we can send information will exceedingly surpass its predecessors. One of the appreciable advantages of this network is sending information at faster rates with low latency rate. Latency is a measure of responsiveness, and lower latency rates mean that we will be able to receive information and their responses sooner. A better and faster network means less call and text drops and the ability to connect with people from any part of the world. Call waiting and ringing hours shorten while receiving large amounts of information will become easier.
- More Connectivity
While verbal and textual communications are the most common ways to go by, in many cases the devices that can communicate over a network are limited. However, the 5G network plans to change that. People can take advantage of the 5G network to stay connected wherever and whenever. While Wi-Fi is a commonly available thing, it is not found everywhere and can have limited performance in most places. Similarly, many Wi-Fi networks are protected and have restricted access. Having a 5G network means that any device with a phone service transmitter can connect on a secure connection. Most devices like smart phones, tablets, and laptops can be equipped with these transmitters, providing people with the tools needed to connect anywhere.
- Fast Downloads and No Buffering
If you prefer to watch Netflix during daily travel or download your playlists from Soundcloud or Spotify so that you can listen to it off-line, your life is about to change. Once your smart phones begin to carry 5G enabled chips, you are going to see delays reduced and downloads will be carried out nearly right away. At 1Gb per second or more, you’ll be downloading ‘Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machine’ quite literally before you can finish saying ‘Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machine’. Video buffering will be a thing of the past! Less interim time means devices can retrieve data faster and more often while enhancing the accuracy of their readings. Devices in the health care and automotive industry can use this accuracy to advance their services.
- Long Battery Life
For battery life, the network uses a near fraction of the recess and this means your devices use less power. Some claims even say that 5G devices might only need charging once every four weeks! Though a bold claim, it is indeed something that everyone will look forward to. Other devices will see similar benefits. This comes as an excellent advantage to technology which is estimated to be almost 30 billion connected devices by the year 2020.
- A.I. Advancement
Continuing our shift to the cloud, the 5G network will provide artificial intelligence services with an increase in productivity. We will start to see more practical uses for AI to improve our interactions with services like Google Now or Alexa. Scenario computing and calculating odds will be quick, which will improve the predictability of future events. The potential to change our lives by improving A.I. shows promise and it is ultimately up to the experts of this industry to apply 5G to their programmes and yield profitable results.
As 5G networks come on-line, our entire system of communication will shift. Fortunately, there are a lot of companies working to make this transition as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Once on a 5G network, you are likely to see compelling improvements in the speed and quality of your communications. It may start in 2018, but we can expect more significant moves in 2019. However, the widespread of this network isn’t happening until 2020.