Top 10 questions about 5G answered

In the next few days we will cover the basics about 5G, quote examples to help you understand in the context of consumers, service providers with spectrum information

1. What is 5G?

5G is a ground-breaking leap forward to the future! This 5th generation of the evolving mobile networks standard which is a significant evolution of todays 4G LTE networks bringing new capabilities that will create opportunities for people, businesses and society to enable a fully connected world. With global mobile data traffic doubling every 18 months, 5G has been designed to meet this demand of today’s modern society, the internet of things with billions of connected devices, and tomorrow’s innovations. 5G will initially operate in conjunction with existing 4G networks before evolving to fully standalone networks in subsequent staged releases and coverage expansions. In addition to delivering faster connections and greater capacity, a very important advantage of 5G is the fast response time referred to as latency. Latency is the time taken for devices to respond to each other over the wireless network. 3G networks had a typical response time of 100 milliseconds, 4G is around 30 milliseconds and 5G will be as low as 1 millisecond. This is virtually instantaneous opening up a new world of connected applications.

2. How fast is 5G?

5G is significantly faster than 4G, delivering up to 20 Gigabits-per-second (Gbps) of peak data rates and 100+ Megabits-per-second (Mbps) of average data rates. 5G has more capacity than 4G, designed to support a 100x increase in traffic capacity and network efficiency.

3. What is 5G latency and what low latency is achieved?

5G technology differentiates itself in the way network latency is handled. A network with high latency can be inefficient for some usersas they result in lag, for exapmple gamers who see an obvious delay between the action of the players and the actual responses in the game. Network latency is caused by a variety of factors, including the speed of the network as well as the bandwidth availability and the size of the data being handled. Generally speaking, the latency of 5G is faster than the blink of an eye. 5G will enable users to send and download huge amounts of data in near real time. Low latency is one of the necessary conditions for the fulfillment of massive IoT, which is expected to help heavy industry and big data enterprises to expand, innovate and globally scale their operations. The low latency could enable huge technological innovations. For instance, the near real time ability for connecting people to data should lead to improved 3D imagery, holograms, virtual reality and augmented reality. 5G’s low latency could also benefit public safety and security: First responders should have faster access to critical information necessary to perform their life saving efforts. 5G latency is just one of the many important aspects of the new generation of cellular technology.

4. 5G vs. 4G - What are the differences?

5. What are the practical 5G uses cases?

6. What is the current 5G rollout plan across the world?

7. What are the Current and future 5G phones in the market?

8. What is the Impact to mobile operators?

9. What does it means to the consumers?

10. What is the Impact to environment?

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