The Next Generation Technology – 5G

The Next Generation Technology – 5G

Technology is very rapidly changing, evolving, and actualizing the unforeseen and unbelievable. The changes vary from quantum computing, artificial intelligence, and humanoid robots to virtual reality. A crucial aspect is networking. A large chunk of our futures depend on high-speed internet. 5G is the fifth generation technology for cellular networks that companies across the globe are launching or have launched. 

The first generation of these cellular networks came along in the 1970s and 80s. Radio signals used by the 1G network were analog, while 2G networks were digital. The third generation gave communication networks a bandwidth boost, web browsing, email, video downloading, and picture sharing, and other smartphone technologies. 4G provided high speed, high quality, and high capacity to users while improving security and lowering the cost of voice and data services, multimedia, and internet over IP. 

Yes, compared to its predecessor 4G, 5G will have a higher download speed, less latency, an increase in maximum bandwidth, capacity for more carriers, and better efficiency. However, its applications are a significant stepping stone for the latest technologies.

Mobile gaming and virtual reality (VR) apps that embed goggle-wearing users in 3D images will be one of the first to get 5G upgrades. These require prompt responses to user inputs and will benefit from the lower latency. Moreover, augmented reality – that superimposes computer-generated images on real-world objects will also become more in demand with the help of 5G. These technologies can change everyone’s lifestyle once widespread.

5G will also benefit those live streaming from their phones as it provides 8K image resolution. VR goggles can also be made sleeker and lighter as they will no longer need much of the processing power that converts raw data into actual images. 5G networks allow a lot of processing to move to the cloud. Thus 5G is also benefiting the designing of such models.

These are some of the current benefits of this new wireless networking technology. Although it will still take a few years for 5G to be used everywhere and transform networking, it has promising future applications and benefits.

– Tishya Kasliwal

Sources

https://www.wired.com/story/wired-guide-5g/

https://www.scientificamerican.com/custom-media/pictet/the-transformative-power-of-5g/?mvt=i&mvn=460d0e46340546ac9a10437721b50d3a&mvp=NA-SCIEAMERLIVE-11237933&mvl=HomePopular

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