Wednesday, 25 August 2021
It has been the talk of telecoms and connectivity for the past few years, dominating the news and capturing our attention – but what actually is it and how can it benefit us?
5G is the next generation of wireless internet connection and the successor of the life-changing 4G, which has reigned supreme in the world of mobile technology since 2009.
This revolutionary 5th generation network has increased bandwidth as well as higher capacity than 4G, therefore leading to faster speeds - the main thing we all want out of our tech! It is even said to be 100x faster than its predecessor, with tasks averaging a 7 minute completion beforehand now taking just 6 seconds in lightning-quick speed.
In the past, crowded events struggled to maintain a steady flow of connection for each user but with this technology continuing to improve bandwidth between devices these days are long gone. It is fundamentally built different and allows for greater optimisation of network traffic.
Allowing more devices to connect to the same network offers an abundance of benefits, particularly for businesses that require the transference of data between multiple devices to analyse and create insights for business development.
Nowadays, many people use their mobile devices to do the small but important things on the go; answer emails, send out a tweet or create an inspiring post on LinkedIn, sit in on a Zoom meeting, etc. With 5G technology this will only become easier, increasing productivity wherever you may be.
For businesses who need information shared in real-time (perhaps retail, delivery and haulage, hospitality), 5G will be the answer to all prayers as orders, delivery times, capacity, and availability of products and services can be tracked even more accurately, in turn optimising your customers' experience.
5G will be transformative for a number of industries, as well as greatly benefitting our personal lives and keeping us all connected in the best of ways.
The diagram below just shows how far we have come in the last few decades in terms of our mobile network and the progress towards innovation, and it is almost surreal to think back to these times where video calling, Artificial Intelligence, etc were things we only saw in movies.
The future will be full of some very exciting things as the journey to technological revolution continues - we very much look forward to seeing what the next few decades have in store...