It’s true that 5G will be approximately 100 times faster than 4G, but that’s not what this new technological advancement is all about. In this article, Aran Davies, Developer and Writer will try to bust the five most common myths of 5G that revolve around its business value.
It’s not uncommon for new and advanced technologies to be met with several myths.
This is usually the result of the fact that wider audiences are still not acquainted with how these technologies work.
5G is no exception, as there are many misconceptions about this new, much-hyped technology. Apart from numerous conspiracy theories that fuel the idea that switching to this massive upgrade in mobile networks will have several dangerous side effects to human health, there are other more reasonable speculations which concern the potential of this upgrade.
1. 5G Basically Means Faster Phones
It’s true that 5G will be approximately 100 times faster than 4G, but that’s not what this new technological advancement is all about.
First of all, we should say that 5G isn’t meant to be used only in the telecommunication industry. Numerous other fields will see some vast and groundbreaking benefits from it. For example, IoT, which is already in use, driverless cars, and similar autonomous machines, will be much more productive with the help of 5G.
However, it should be stated 4G phones will see a significant boost in speed thanks to two factors that will be ushered by 5G technology â€“ dynamic spectrum sharing and carrier aggregation.
DSS technology, which is expected to roll out in 2020 in the US, will make it possible for carriers to employ the same spectrum band for both 4 and 5G. As users start to switch to the faster, 5G technology, the capacity of 4G will increase together with its speed.
As for carrier aggregation, it refers to the capability of carriers to combine multiple 4G signals, which will result in a tremendous increase in performance.
2. 5G Will Render 4G Phones Useless
You don’t have to worry about buying a new phone.
While having a 5G phone is a requirement for accessing a 5G network, the thing is that 4G won’t be replaced. As we’ve mentioned, 5G is an incremental upgrade, and not an entirely new technology, meaning that it will enhance the existing 4G technology by building upon it.
In other words, your old 4G phone won’t become obsolete just yet. Moreover, you’ll benefit from the rollout of 5G technology by experiencing increased speeds.
Finally, it’s worth mentioning that a majority of carriers are still a long way from a network-wide rollout â€“ only 15% of global mobile usageOpens a new window will come from 5G by 2025.
Similarly, if you’re wondering how 5G will affect your Android and iOS appsOpens a new window , you can rest assured that it will allow for much faster streaming speeds, better gaming experiences, and broader use of AR and VR technologies.
3. 5G Will Mainly Impact Bandwidth
Again, 5G will have a significant impact on bandwidth, that is how much data you can transfer at a time, but it’s low zero latency and quick responsiveness that will enable disruption and innovation in many industries.
Medicine is one of them, and in February 2019, the first live surgery over 5G took place. This game-changing procedure was carried out with the help of a doctor who assisted the surgeon from a remote location.
We’re headed to a future in which entire telesurgeries will be performed, but 5G has yet to develop to ensure the consistency of near-zero latency, quick responsiveness, and high bandwidth. That way, it will be possible for surgeons to operate on patients remotely.
The same applies to autonomous, driverless vehicles, which are still in their infancy.
4. 5G Will Allow Users to Always Stream the Best-Quality Video
Let’s not forget that other factors come into play when it comes to this â€“ your streaming service provider, as well as your plan.
Not every provider has the same rules when it comes to high and ultra-high-definition streaming. Usually, you need to have a more expensive plan to be able to access 4K Ultra HD content when available.
So, don’t expect that merely by switching to 5G, you’ll automatically stream movies and TV shows in crystal clear quality.
5. 5G Will Finally Close the Digital Divide
Even though the US has advanced significantly when it comes to its 5G deployment when compared to China, Russia, or Japan, switching from 4G to 5G will still be pretty challenging.
Despite the fact that certain areas will have 5G coverage, some larger cities will be â€œstuckâ€ with 4G for a while. Not to mention that in some rural parts of the country, people don’t even have a proper internet connection.
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that the upcoming 5G era might even expand this digital divide both in the US and globally.
As you can see, 5G will revolutionize numerous industries and change our way of life. However, we’re still not that close to the moment in which this technology will be fully deployed and operational.