What is 5G?

Understanding 5G Performance

With more than half of all Internet traffic in the UK coming from phones, mobile connectivity is a majorly important field. Right now, the standard for mobile networking is 4G, a high speed connection available across roughly two thirds of the UK, with a rollout continuing over time. While 4G is still rolling out, work is underway on developing 5G, the next generation of mobile connectivity.

5G will likely start rolling out in the 20s, bringing in an incredible level of networking performance to cities across the world. A number of international organisations are currently working to develop an overall standard for 5G networking, laying the ground for the upcoming rollout.

We’ve put together some of the latest information about 5G networking and the potential benefits it will be bringing to mobile users in the coming years. However, with some details yet to be worked out, the actual rollout might not quite match the information below - we’ll be updating you as more details are ironed out.

Discovering 5G Connectivity

The main point of 5G networking is to make high-speed Internet connectivity available absolutely everywhere. Specifically, as explained by Caroline Gorski, Digital Catapult’s Head of IoT, at a recent seminar, this means 50 Mpbs+ connectivity covering a full 99.999% of the country, giving users a completely reliable, high quality level of service at all times.

Once the 5G network is rolled out, users across the country should be able to receive an incredible level of Internet performance even in the most remote areas – a huge advantage for those currently held back by underperforming and unreliable connectivity.

With an estimated 1ms end-to end delay (roughly a 50 times decrease on that experienced on the 4G network), 5G will provide a significant improvement for packet speed. 5G networking should also significantly cut down on the amount of energy that connectivity requires, improving convenience for both users and manufacturers.

Applications of 5G Networking

There’s a significant number of benefits and possible applications for the 5G network. Immediately, the faster speeds and wider coverage provided by the network will give users an even faster and more reliable connection at all times, bringing in even more uses for smartphones, as on-the-go video streaming and conferencing become possible in far more areas.

The recent popularity of Internet-enabled devices across practically every market sector looks set to continue with the introduction of 5G. Caroline Gorski’s presentation estimated that the network would be able to smoothly handle between 10 and 100 times the amount of devices currently supported, giving designers some unprecedented opportunities for IoT creations. Of course, it’s worth mentioning the issues with DDoS attacks that are commonly associated with improperly secured IoT devices – manufacturers will absolutely need to work on a means of preventing their devices being used in these attacks in the near future.

While there’s a number of areas where the increased availability of IoT devices could be useful, iIt’s been suggested that 5G performance could be a particularly big game changer for medical manufacturers, with real-time data reporting allowing users and medical professionals to build up an unprecedented level of medical information, developing an all-new level of medical care.