Mobile Carriers – Race towards 5G

By | December 17, 2017

In order to feed the insatiable need of people today to have access to videos and movies online, many of the world’s largest carriers, like AT&T, NTT DoCoMo of Japan and AirG of Canada, are all part of a race to get their hands on the latest 5G technology.

The main aim is to trump their competitors with a network so fast, that it can download a movie in around 5 seconds, compared to the 8 minutes minimum through the current 4G network (which isn’t that bad either).

5G Research

A significant amount of technology is present within research laboratories and work perfectly within lab conditions. What remains is to make it work in real life. Expected time before 5G is avialable to the public is definitely after 2018, which is not that far from now. Through this, companies can connect millions of devices to a cellular network, and even smaller devices like smart watches or smart TVs.

5G Speed

Billions for 5G

Some of the world’s biggest technology companies are investing millions into research. The work is reportedly done in the University of Surrey where they are evidently claiming to offer a mobile network that will be 100 times faster than what we have today.

It seems quiet promising, and highlights why it has been made into such a race. Billions of dollars have been raised by companies like Samsung, Ericsson, and Huawei in order conduct research, which really outlines the strength of the competition that exists and will soon land in the market.

According to researchers, some companies are offering astonishingly high amounts of investments including the use of high-speed computer servers as well as costly radio antennas. Google is rumored to be planning their own version of the fastest internet that the world has seen. Basically, everyone around the world is trying their best to demonstrate that they are the front runners for 5G.

Being outside the box, telecom manufacturers have also showcased demonstrations such as remote controlled drones, autonomous robots, as well as driverless cars instead of the plain old tablets and smartphones to highlight their 5G capabilities. The amount of money spent on research has made it ever more important for the mobile carriers to buy the service, otherwise it will be a disastrous global economic downturn.

What will 5G look like?

Now people around the world are asking what this multi-billion dollar network will look like, and till today this question remains unanswered. The major issue lies on the complicated global agreements which would determine important things, like what kind of radio waves to use for the new technology, and in what way will the networks will interact with each other so that there is no disturbance between the connections.

5G Network

Many US mobile carriers have begun announcing their 5G testing in order to attract customers and offer them new services that are way better than the current mobile speeds. Verizon Wireless in 2015 announced that it would start testing new wireless technology next year, which would positively include an ultrafast mobile internet.

In the start of 2016, AT&T claimed to start tests in Austin by the end of this year, highlighting its future credibility to provide an almost 100 times faster internet compared to what it provides today. AT&T officials outline their statements about rivals such as Google and Verizon that they cannot afford to miss out on R&D, or any opportunity for that matter, because everyone is ready to jump in this race.

5G Benefits

From a user point of view, the difference between 4G and 5G is more than its speed, considering the amount of companies rivaling against each other for it. This new generation of network allows a higher number of devices that can be connected to the network at one time, lower battery consumption, lower costs of infrastructure, higher reliability of communication.

Additionally, it seems to support a higher number of devices compared to the current 4G networks. Conclusively, this race isn’t for 5G, it is solely for something that is different than what we have, which brings forth the point that this grab for power isn’t ending any time soon (6G, maybe?).

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