We’ve heard the term “5G” being the center of discussion and scrutiny everywhere recently. It’s been mentioned by major companies like Apple, Verizon, Qualcomm, etc. But what is 5G, and why is it so significant in the modern technology industry?
5G stands for the 5th generation mobile network, a global wireless network technology expected to revolutionize connectivity. 5G networks have been in the making for a while now, being introduced globally since 2018. And although this service’s development is technically still in its “early days,” experts state that this type of technology has immense potential. 5G makes various promising claims, including higher data speeds (multi-gigabit), low latency, more reliability, better availability, greater network capacity, and overall better performance and efficiency for all its users. The 5G network is supposed to overthrow the existing 4G LTE network and incentivize the development of new and more advanced technology products and services.
On October 13th, Apple announced that the new iPhone 12 model was specially designed to be compatible with 5G. Tim Cook, the company’s CEO, stated that “5G will bring a new level of performance for downloads and uploads, higher quality video streaming, more responsive gaming”. In a nutshell, the user will have higher speeds and greater bandwidth (more connected devices at once). More and more devices are joining the bandwagon, but the two main smartphone tech giants Apple and Samsung, now include 5G compatibility. However, this will not only benefit the average user. Companies are investing in the network’s development as it is expected to benefit business, infrastructure, and even security applications. Qualcomm, a multinational technology corporation, revealed in an economic study that “5G’s full economic effect will likely be realized across the globe by 2035—supporting a wide range of industries and potentially enabling up to $13.2 trillion worth of goods and services.”
Although the advantages of 5G networks are not readily perceivable at the moment, and we might not see them until a few years, experts are optimistic about future benefits this will bring, especially in the development of new technologies. According to Hans Vestberg, CEO of Verizon, the company’s 5G nationwide network is currently “reaching more than 200 million people across more than 1,867 towns” in the United States. On a global scale, the network service has now become available in more than 35 countries. Overall, it is evident that continuing to install this type of technology will take a while. There are still a couple of years left until 5G certainly extends worldwide; it’s until then that we will experience if it genuinely revolutionizes the way we communicate and stay connected. In the meanwhile, the future of technological innovation seems bright.
Apple Event Transcript October 13: IPhone 12 Release. 13 Oct. 2020, www.rev.com/blog/transcripts/apple-event-transcript-october-13-iphone-12-release.
Duffy, Clare. “5G Explained: What It Is, Who Has 5G, and How Much Faster Is It Really?” CNN, Cable News Network, 6 Mar. 2020, edition.cnn.com/interactive/2020/03/business/what-is-5g/index.html.
“What Is 5G: Everything You Need to Know About 5G.” Qualcomm, 25 Aug. 2020, www.qualcomm.com/invention/5g/what-is-5g.
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