As I mentioned last month, the telecommunications world is getting prepared for the new wave of 5G technology. Technology is evolving so rapidly, that falling behind the technological curve could quite literally destroy a business, and companies, specifically carriers, are fighting to stay in the race with the new 5G technology. It’s actually moving so quickly, that mobile technology is actually being built around 4G and 5G technology simultaneously.
All of this news is creating quite the buzz in the tech world. With buzz, there comes many questions; the most important being “What’s the real difference between 4G and 5G”?
As of right now, there is no individual “disruptor” technology that is spearheading the fifth generation of mobile technology. The major differentiator between the two generations is actually the speed at which the fifth generation is expected to perform.
The Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance defined the fifth generation as:
“An end-to-end ecosystem to enable a fully mobile and connected society. It empowers value creation toward customers and partners, through existing and emerging use cases delivered with consistent experience and enabled by sustainable business models.”
With the research and pilot programs that have been building and testing so far, it looks like as though 5G will be exactly that. EE Limited, a mobile carrier based out of the UK, provides 4G network speeds of 300mbit per second. Field tests run by Huawei and NTT Docomo were able to reach speeds of 3.6Gbps per second; the field tests alone were able to reach speeds 10 times the available 4G speeds.
The speed is not the only difference between 4G and 5G that we’ll be experiencing though.
- 5G technology is also going to be more slowly deployed. As those in the industry know, the development and deployment of 4G technology was rapidfire; everyone was just trying to keep up with each new discovery. 5G on the other hand, isn’t predicted to truly be available until 2020.
- 5G networks are being built to support cloud RAN and virtual RAN to facilitate the creation of more localized data centers
- The fifth generation of technology is going to be focused on connectivity for internet users everywhere. 4G was focused on just bandwith; 5G technologies are being designed with accessibility in mind.
5G technology will undoubtedly be another giant leap forward in the realm of technology. Keep an eye out for updates and breakthroughs over the next few years; there’s a great deal we have yet to see.