Are We Moving to 5G?

Whenever a new form of wireless technology comes out, it’s referred to in generations. For example, the very first generation of wireless technology was called 1G. The second generation, known as 2G, occurred in the early 1990s when wireless texting became possible. We are currently in the 4G generation, but 5G networks are already planned for launch this year by major carriers, such as Verizon and AT&T. The following are what you can expect from the upcoming 5G network:

  • 5G will use OFDM encoding, which is similar to 4G LTE.
  • Experts predict that 5G will offer speeds hundreds of times faster than what 4G LTE is able to provide. Depending on how the network is set up, 5G could offer connection speeds at estimates ranging from 1 gigabyte per second to 10 gigabytes per second.
  • 5G will offer greater coverage in addition to spectral and signaling efficiency as a result of improved signal technology, which will help improve performance for the Internet of Things (IoT) and pervasive computing.
  • Instead of using huge towers that radiate great distances, 5G is more likely to make use of networks of small cells. These cells may even be as small as a typical residential router. Part of this is due to the type of frequencies used, but smaller cells also allow for a bigger network capacity.
  • The use of improved antenna technology and wider bandwidths will allow 5G to increase capacity by as much as four times over current 4G systems.
  • 5G Internet will be easier to implement since installing cell sites every few blocks will be easier than laying down fiber optics.

5G is expected to be an improvement in every way, but some sources say it won’t begin to be fully implemented until 2020. Americom is “the right choice” for communication, utility, fiber optic, underground, and structured cable construction, including wireless services. Contact Americom today at 801-892-0500 and find out how technology can change how you do business.