5G, the essential link in digitalization

Thursday, 02 July 2020

5G, the essential link in digitalization

The fifth generation of standard mobile communication named 5G, is following 4G and 4G+. The technology improvement should meet the increasing demand in term of data speed due to the number of smartphones and connected items on the market.

From 4G to 5G, what improvements?

The biggest difference in comparison to 4G is the flow, it is 10 times faster than its actual best speed. This technology will allow downloads of gigabits per second, which would be equal to a home internet connexion.
Indeed, this will reduce lags and will allow phone apps to be more efficient. As an example, GPS will be way more accurate, they will be able to find your position within a meter.
The video games industry will also be improved by 5G, it will be more mobile and will include more data into “data clouds”, we will be able to use Virtual Really for example. The game will be available in the could without having to download it thanks to the data speed.
The vehicle industry (connected vehicle, autonomous vehicles) and telemedicine will be improved and generalized thanks to the performances of the 5G network.

How to get it?

It is as easy as getting a new phone. You can have it with new smartphones and with a special phone contract. Some phone manufacturers already have deployed 5G ready smartphones such as the Huawei Mate, or the brand-new Samsung S20. Apple announced its iPhone 12 for the 2nd semester of 2020.
Further than smartphones, connected items will gain more interest (drones for example). It is good to know that their commercial success is due to their communication performance and to their interactions with pilot items (Smartphones, Tablets, PCs). In the connected house field, 5G will allow people to reduce lags and to increase downloads and uploads between the connected items.

A compromise launch?

Since 2019, Asia has been  the 5G leader with a network available almost everywhere in Japan, China and South Korea. Some cities in the world have started their transition, but we still have to wait for this move in France. The ARCEP is announcing that they will finish giving the 5G frequencies to the main mobile providers around the end of June and that a public launch should be done by July 2020. Unfortunately, to COVID-19 it might be delayed. Regarding the “Outre-Mer” region, they will have to wait for an extra year for the launch. To conclude, to reach the maximum flow and coverage, we will have to wait until 2025.

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