Wireless technology has been evolving rapidly for the last ten years. No longer are we used to slow buffering speeds and long download times. We are living in a time where our access to streaming high-quality videos and movies is almost universal. We have moved from 3G technology, operating at speeds of 144Kb/s to 4G which is now reaching speeds of 25M/s. But recent advances in technology suggest that we could get even better and even faster than we already are. 5G technology is rapidly approaching and promising speeds of 300Mb/s!
This fifth-generation wireless technology is already popping up in urban areas around the world and it is estimated that by 2024, 40% of the global wireless coverage will be serviced by a 5G network. So is this new generation of wireless technology all it promises to be, or will we still be waiting for faster wireless technology.
5G technology has already begun to be implemented in countries such as the USA, UK, Switzerland, Kuwait, and South Korea. It is also expected to pop up in Canada, Brazil, and Kazakhstan.
Benefits of 5G:
Limitations of 5G:
Overall, 5G is a promising advancement in wireless technology and many users are advocating for its installation worldwide. It may more of a challenge because it is not fully compatible with current wireless networks and will require a large cost in hardware upgrades. Additionally, users may have to front up some of the costs themselves, including upgrading to smartphones with a large battery-life capacity.
It is likely that the upgrade to 5G will be very slow and gradual, as the upgrade requires massive costs and time in terms of infrastructure. For the time being it is likely that 4G will continue to dominate our mobile wireless network usage and will gradually be phased out in the next 5-10 years. Even more shockingly, companies like Huawei in China are already beginning to Research 6G technology before 5G has been fully rolled out!