What to expect when 5G finally becomes available in 2020?
5G is the next generation mobile network.
20:09 03 May 2018
5G is the next generation mobile network. According to the International Telecommunication Union, a wing of the UN dedicated to the oversight of telecommunications technology across the world, 5G is designed to deliver a minimum peak data rate for downloads of 21GB/sec and an uplink peak data rate of 10GB/sec. Maximum latency is 4ms.
This new technology is expected to be deployed in major markets starting 2020 and it will expand across the world in a five-year period. During this time, 4G will still be in high demand.
Tata Communications COO John Hayduk, said: "While 5G demand is still gathering momentum, 4G will remain an important part of the wireless ecosystem. But it’s expected that by 2025 investment and innovation in 4G will slow down as 5G takes prominence. In tandem, older 2G and 3G systems will begin to disappear from some markets altogether."
5G will have many different applications and is expected to play a crucial role in the field of Internet of Things (IoT), which refers to connected technologies and appliances.
Mark Skilton, a professor of practice at Warwick Business School, said: “This is the new competitive level of performance for the 21st-century economy. It enables real-time mission, critical rapid response - such as connected self-driving cars, Internet of things sensors, mobile devices that will drive connected buildings, smart cities, savings energy, and new skills and services.”