5G Network Information

5G Network Information

We receive many questions on 5G concerning what it is and how it affects future signal booster systems. We have put this post together with information from the Chief Product Officer at Wilson Electronics. We hope it clarifies the coming 5G networks for you.

Introduction To 5G

"5G" stands for Fifth Generation and it is the next evolution in cellular networks beyond today's 4G LTE. In a lot of ways it's really a specification. And it's a specification that defines how the network will deliver to the demands and needs of a cellular network that's growing exponentially. The wireless cellular network is growing with more connected devices, more users, The Internet of Things, machine-to-machine applications. 

The Future Of 5G - Internet Of Things

Future of 5g networks will be able to support, not just the increased demand for data speeds, but also the greater number of connected "things". This means not just smartphones and people but also in Machine-To-Machine (M2M) applications. More smart home appliances will be able communicate with each other as well as homeowners. That means more connected devices With "The Internet of Things", connected devices will need a network that is capable of delivering up to a thousand times more data than what is supplied by today's current 4G LTE network. 

The Future Of 5G - Faster Data Speeds & Rates

The data speeds and data rates for people to download applications will be improved by up to 10 times faster than what today's 4G LTE network can deliver. Also connected devices will see extended battery life. A lot of remote applications will require onboard battery power and so the 5G network will be able to to support up to 10 times the battery life for some of those low-power applications. Lastly, for things like autonomous driving or low latency real time gaming and video the speed and the latency of the 5G network will be five times faster than what today's network. 

Faster data rates is something that people can easily relate to. The improvements in 5G vs 4G for example can be illustrated by the time it takes to download a two hour movie. If you look back at a 3G network, a two hour movie for would take roughly 26 hours which is incredibly long. The 4G network improved greatly over that. The same two hour movie would be able to be downloaded in about six minutes. The promise of 5G network will download that same 2 hour movie in as little as 3.6 seconds. So you can imagine as you're sitting on an airplane and the doors ready to close, you can download several movies to watch while you're on your flight. 

Example Download Times For A 2 Hour Movie

  • 3G: About 26 Hours
  • 4G: About 6 Minutes
  • 5G: About 3.6 Seconds

Reduced Latency

Another positive aspect of 5G is in the increased speed or what's called a reduction in latency. This is the amount of time it takes a cellular signal to travel from a base station to a device (like a smartphone) and then back to that base station again. This time will be greatly improved over today's 4G LTE network.

This reduction in latency will positively impact applications such as autonomous vehicles where data communication response time is critical. The same with connected things and machines. For example factories with high rpm conveyors reduced latency is going to be able to control those machines at a much better rate.

Another example is video. When streaming 4k video, you may see pixelation or your screen. It gets granular as you're watching a sporting event, for example, and with the reduction in latency time is going to mean better video quality. Gaming online and virtual reality applications will see a better reaction time with 5G as well. 

Where 5G Stands Today

This is taken from Surecall's Blog Post by HONGTAO ZHAN on OCTOBER 30, 2018

It’s 2018 and 5G infrastructure is being tested and, although it still awaits the approval of the FCC, the infrastructure has been installed in 5G trial host cities. Ann Arbor, Atlanta, New Jersey, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Sacramento, Seattle, Washington, D.C. and others currently have 5G base stations installed and running.

All of the carriers, FCC spokesmen, and politicians agree that 5G is likely to be approved for use in 2019. Thereafter – likely in Q2 of 2019 – carriers will be quick to activate and expand the 5G infrastructure on base stations across many of the remaining parts of the country. The infrastructure is up and running, Qualcomm has developed 5G compatible chipsets, and these two elements will join in a beautiful union to deliver 5G to the public in 2019 for fixed applications like homes and offices. Mobile applications for 5G are ear-marked for 2020 delivery, though some indications show this could arrive in 2019 as well.

To make a long story short; 5G testing and 2019 availability is looking very good.

Impacts On The Future of Wilson Electronics

The future of Wilson Electronics as well as today's existing products will only even greater. If you examine what today's issues are, building coverage for example, to overcome path loss and signals that fade and attenuate (go through trees or travel a long distance) are even more so. Also going through steel and concrete and insulated windows and in a commercial buildings signal loss has only become more pronounced. So we see the need of in building wireless solutions for 5G even greater than than what exists today. We see the future for us as requiring even more indoor solutions. 

8th Nov 2018 WilsonPro

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