There has been a recent upsurge in conversations around the 5G controversy. Some people are for the advancement in technology while others are against it due to a lot of false information on social media platforms.
5G simply means fifth-generation mobile network technology, and is an improvement on the 2G, 3G and 4G technologies. With each generation comes a lot of advancements. We at www.beinthetechknow.com are always looking for trending technology and keeping our readers informed. When 5G-enabled gadgets begin to rollout, the possibilities will leave you mind-blown. Let’s check out a few of these:
What Are These Possibilities?
- Unbelievable Network Speed
- Unlimited Internet Access
- Retention of Multimedia Quality
- Improved Performance of Software Applications
- Cloud-Based Gaming
- Advancements in Immersive Technologies
- Increased Adoption of Remote Learning and Education
- Unlocking the Full Scale Capacity of the Health Sector
Unbelievable Network Speed
Compared to 4G which may max out at 100 megabits per second (Mbps), 5G has the potential to max out at 10 gigabits per second (Gbps). Such a feat is quite amazing. What this implies is that 5G is about a hundred times as fast as 4G, and with faster network speed, you get better download and streaming speed.
You could literally download movies that are gigabytes in size within the space of seconds. If you stream audio and video a lot, you never have to suffer the agony of buffering any more. It also brings forth the opportunity of latency reduction, i.e. faster and more effective load times with better responsiveness while surfing or carrying out any other activity on the internet.
Unlimited Internet Access
Despite its fast speed and lower latency, if 5G does not become unlimited then there are a whole lot of problems that may come with its large scale use and adaptation. One of such problems is the data plan subscription methods in place.
A lot of people subscribe to data plans in fragments. Take for example a person that downloads fifteen different movies that are 1GB each at a speed of 5GB-10GB per second. With 5G, people will experience data exhaustion in a matter of seconds.
To solve this problem, the plan by most mobile companies is to make internet access unlimited. Most mobile companies like AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon are still in the 5G race, so there are a lot of discussions on the possibility of unlimited 5G enabled phones. Bringing this to reality will be an absolutely fantastic package.
Retention of Multimedia Quality
When files are sent through a lot of social media platforms, they are mostly compressed and delivered at lesser quality than the initial files. Audios, pictures and videos are often compressed into lower qualities, which is usually not reversible.
With 5G, you will no longer need to worry about the quality of your files or breakage of large files as the speed and lower latency is an immense advantage. It will be a major game-changer. One of its effects will be an increase in media consumption, better quality and speed brings forth more consumer base.
From the most urban of towns to the most remote rural villages, 5G will bring about greater connectivity between people of different tribes, races or ethnicities. This technology will bring about more efficient innovations aimed at bridging the gaps between various people all over the world. The best part is that it does so at a reasonably amazing speed, signal strength, connectivity and enhanced multimedia.
Interconnectivity will eventually get to a point where there will be 5G technology in every nook and crannies of the world.
Improved Performance of Software Applications
Lots of software apps are dependent on internet connectivity. Slow internet affects their performance and in turn ruins user experience. So when you begin to run multiple apps and functions on some 3G and 4G enabled devices, the slow response time can be terrible and altogether result in a hanging device.
5G is about to change all that with excellent network speed and cloud-based computing and storage.
As a result of the high speed and low latency time, there have been a lot of assertions about 5G being the next best thing that may happen to cloud-based gaming.
The most important things gamers and the developers look out for when considering how good a game is or how good a game will be is the transmission speed, network speed and quality of multimedia which are all properly developed to give the user optimal experience.
All that is about to become more interesting and advanced as 5G comes with seamless transmission due to its minimal latency, transmission speed and quality.
Companies like Microsoft,Sony and Nintendo are looking into the possibilities of its adaptation to cloud-based gaming.
Advancements in Immersive Technologies
One of the aspects of tech that will benefit most from this new generation, the 5G, is the immersive tech such as virtual, augmented and mixed reality. The latency property of 5G is a game-changer for streaming and transmission which will increase the lifelike capabilities of the immersive environment.
The massive amounts of data coming from multiple sources will not get delayed. This makes the immersive experience better, almost without lag. More interesting will be the use of immersive tech in the entertainment and video gaming industry. Get ready for more responsive haptic clothing, vibrations and sensations.
Increased Adoption of Remote Learning and Education
In an era where online classes are becoming the norm and people are looking to maximize learning time, it is sad that poor internet ruins the learning experience. It is not uncommon to encounter poor networks, connectivity, hanging apps, slow transmission, poor quality of video and buffering issues.
The next generation students are lucky as they are just in time to be able to adopt the next-generation network for use in education. 5G will bring about the adoption of Immersive Lessons with AR and VR and smart classroom IoT. These advancements save the students’ and teachers’ time and bring about flexible learning schedules from the comfort of your gadgets and devices.
Unlocking the Full Scale Capacity of the Health Sector
From entertainment to education and now health, 5G devices can be found to be immensely useful. With 5G, health workers can now quickly transmit large imaging files from MRIs and other image machines.
It also offers reliable, real-time remote monitoring for those who make use of apps and gadgets that remotely monitor their healths or health parameters. This will result in better response time in case of any incident or accident that could be potentially life-threatening.
Aside from the endless possibilities listed in this article, there are many more use cases in Agriculture, Banking, Software development, Engineering, Sports industries. 5G can literally be applied in every other aspect of life.
A lot has been said about 5G by a lot of non-experts and even those that go as far as linking it to the Coronavirus. There is no evidence of that, it’s all based on perpetuated myths.
The benefit of 5G outweighs any form of future innovation for now as it is a classic gamechanger, and with each great innovation comes a whole lot of fear and uncertainty. Do not panic, there are little to no harmful effects, but the benefits, on the other hand, are highly enormous.