3 Key Benefits of 5G

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5G networks, the next generation of mobile internet connectivity, are expected to officially launch across the world by 2020, offering unlimited potential to vastly improve our lives. This combination of cutting edge network technology and the very latest research will provide faster speeds and more reliable connections on smartphones and other mobile devices than ever before.

The three key benefits of 5G networks are:

  1. Much higher data rates (1-20 Gbit/s), enabling consumers to download content more quickly.
  2. Much lower latency (1 ms), allowing users to experience less delay/lag when requesting data from the network — a latency of milliseconds, imperceptible to humans.
  3. Increased capacity as the network expands.

Development of this new technology is well underway, with many companies busy making sure their devices and networks are 5G-ready in time for the global launch in 2020. Some networks may even launch before then.

Working alongside existing 3G and 4G technology, 5G networks will help power a huge rise of Internet of Things (IoT) innovations, providing the infrastructure needed to carry huge amounts of data and allowing for an even smarter, more connected world. Speedier connections that stay online no matter where you are and average download speeds of around 1 GBps are expected to be the norm.

5G will enable billions of new connections with speed and security. It will connect everything to everything (X2X), acting as a critical enabler for Massive IoT, Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs), remote critical control and more. Cars will be connected to the roads and cities they navigate, doctors connected to the medical devices of their patients, and physical infrastructure and assets connected to those tasked with maintaining and managing them.

The United States, China, and South Korea are expected to be among the first to install full 5G networks. Is your organization ready?

Embrace 5G

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Moore, Mike. (11 Dec 2018). What is 5G? Everything you need to know. TechRadar.

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