Speculations are getting high day by day about the new marvels of transferring data to smartphones at 100 Mbps. The race between the companies has begun to acquire 5G networks. With the advent of each new generation, analogue to LTE, there has been a gap between the current generation and its predecessor. For example, the transition between 3.5 G to 4G services has given users considerable higher data rates and decreased the latency rates. The need of more data rates still exists which has created another gap for the 5G. The mobile operators are reporting that 4G consumer utilizes the double data contrary to the non-4G user. The primary reason behind the increase in utilization is video streaming by the user. The internet of things (IoT) has also been considered as the differentiator for 4G.
— Catherine Sugarbroad (@CathSugarbroad) May 11, 2017
5G technology is everything you would expect it to be: faster and better than 4G. It is expected to reach the download speed of Gigabits per second which is around 50 times faster than the current 4G network. The telecommunication companies all over the world are ready for this massive change which would have to bring new infrastructure and shift to the higher frequency band spectrum that lies in the range of 30GHz and 300 GHz. However, this shift which has been discussed extensively in the past few years and even with all the efforts that are being made to make it all real, it will still take a couple of years before the users would get to see “5G” written on their phones. Globally the companies are preparing themselves for this shift and to roll out 5G services as quickly as they can. Regions, where this technology is gaining the most popularity, are US, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific.
— Tamara McCleary (@TamaraMcCleary) May 22, 2017
AT&T and Verizon are trying to implement broadband internet with the help of fixed wireless networks. These networks can portray the scenario of 5G future. Verizon has done initial testing for 5G at 28 GHz. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has opened this high-frequency band in 2016. AT&T also initiates few test on millimeter waves at 15 GHz. These waves are shorter in terms of its wavelength than the current cellular networks which are operating below 6 GHz.
— Ericsson (@ericsson) May 22, 2017
Ericsson is all set to make the Middle East all ready for this new age of connectivity. As per Rafiah Ibrahim who is the Head of Ericsson in the Middle East region, the company will be all set to launch 5G by 2022. With an investment of 3 billion AED in the infrastructure and optic fiber in the year 2017, they country is expecting over 20 million 5G subscriptions in the next 5 years. Ericsson is not the only company working to create a strong impact of 5G in the region. Nokia, Qualcomm, and Huawei are part of the game too and ready to have the Middle East region on a global front for the launch of 5G services. The goal is to approach the goal with collaborative efforts.
This region has been extensively working on the launch of 5G technologies. All the big companies along with the local mobile companies are working hard to ensure that they are the first ones to launch this technology to their users. China will be launching a test service by the end of this year in 5 cities with over 10,000 base stations using a higher frequency. Japan is following the suit and will be testing the service in Tokyo with 100 cell sites using the equipment that would be provided by Huawei and ZTE. As per the latest survey, Asia Pacific will be the second region after North America with the fastest growing 5G market by 2022.
The speed with which major telecommunication companies are working to deploy the 5G networks in the world is fascinating. With many companies and regions getting over the initial problems and test-launching phase, they are now working to come up with solutions that would make their networks more data-efficient. Samsung is already working on home routers meant for 5G testing in the UK and US regions. With the launch of 5G, smartphone companies will also have to upgrade their systems and devices to accommodate this change as the current devices will no longer be compatible with the fast 5G network. With all things still being in the pipelines, we can only wait and anticipate the changes 5G will be bringing to the world of communication till it gets launched for the general public.