Information Systems Integration – Messina

The Race for 5g



As the world enters into the new era of 5g the race to implementing the first full scale 5g network will give a huge advantage over global competitors. The two emerging leaders, the United States and China are battling to implement a superior 5g network and capture these system-wide benefits.  The previous implementation of 3g & 4g showed that the first country to do so gave their economies a huge advantage to develop applications for the future. For example, the Ubers and Netflixes of the world were a result of having a capable network infrastructure. Now with a network that is 100 times faster than 4g, and can allow a million connected devices in a kilometer compared to 1000, the potential is enormous. The system wide implementation of the 5g network is going to stretch across all aspects of society that will create numerous opportunities and advancements to really take society into the 21st century. Autonomous cars, remote surgeries through connected healthcare devices, and the so called “Internet of Things” can all be implemented because of 5g. The greatest thing and unknown about 5g is the innovative applications that currently do not exist because of the limitations a 4g network has. No one really knows the true potential that the ultra-fast 5g network can bring into our society, but it will be a privilege to be apart of it.

2 Responses to The Race for 5g

  • Good news! On October 1st, Verizon launched the “first” 5G network in Houston, Sacramento, Indianapolis, and Los Angeles. It’s called 5G Home and is targeted at cable cutters. Starting at $70 a month for non-Verizon Wireless customers, it provides unlimited data at up to 800 Mbps down and 250 Mbps up. It is based on Verizon’s proprietary 5G standard, 5G TF (TF means Technical Forum). 5G TF is Verizon’s interim, quasi-5G network. 3GPP, the communications industry trade group, has yet to decide on specifications for the official 5G standard, called 3GPP 5G NR (NR means New Radio). Verizon intends to replace all 5G TF equipment with hardware that is 3GPP 5G NR compliant. This is likely to stay a small rollout for Verizon with no mobile phones on the 5G TF network, as Verizon must wait for a standard to be set and phone makers to release compatible phones. I think a small rollout is wise, as Verizon will gain experience with 5G technology before the rollout to the broad market of mobile devices.

  • When I think about 5g I dont think of it as so much about using the internet on your phone, laptops or tablets. I think it will work more as enabling entirely new types of services and open doors to many opportunities. 5g will abllow stable low latency connections with massive through put. with 5g it could be possible to fly drones through the mobile network and build network between the drones. This would be useful for millisecond quick response needy situations like cars sharing data hazards or that they are about to brake with nearby cars. It will bring much more meaningful value than just load your social media pictures faster or stream very high resolution videos. I think of 5g as an enabler to taking present connections next level and allowing newer connections that could work really fast all together. For example, a police helicopter can live stream from several cameras straight to a screen in a police car. 5g means that machines can effectively be controlled from a distance. Outside of major cities 5g is going to be less about phones and more about other types devices that could benefit from fast and reliable internet. 5g is what will allow IOT devices to finally leave home and indoors to using IOT outdoors, mobile and in extreme locations.

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