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Is 5G All It’s Actually Cracked Up To Be?



In 2019 5G or “fifth generation 5G” mobile internet began its roll-out. It promised download speeds 10 to 20 times faster was in place at that time.  These unprecedented speeds (slated to be 20 times faster than traditional uptake) will help us to download movies and TV shows in just a matter of milliseconds, enable self-driving cars as well as much, much more. This will change the stakes for companies in every single sector.

In a nutshell, 5G will bring us more of everything. 5G will enable businesses to elevate and differentiate what they deliver in terms of customer experience. This is whether it is through:

  • E-commerce platforms,
  • Interactive conversational AI (chatbots), and
  • Other technology in order to keep them competitive.

Particularly in the face of Covid-19, where the bulk of the workforce is home-based, it’s never been more essential to keep productivity high with fast speed and low latency.

How Does 5G Work?

With the growing number of wireless devices that are in use at the moment, the bottom end of the radio frequency range is becoming congested. 4G technology is taking strain in order to handle signal throughput. It is pretty much at the snapping point.

5G networks provide a solution.

5G reaches greater speed and bandwidth capacity (as we’ve mentioned previously) largely by operating in the higher frequency spectrum above 3GHz. This is fairly uncluttered. However, radio waves at these increased frequencies don’t travel very far and are very easily obstructed by buildings and walls.

5G engineers provide a solution to this problem by increasing the number of macrocell towers and small cell antennas within the 5G network. 5G has the speed and bandwidth capacity in order to meet the rising needs of cellular customers, plus it is able to handle the torrents of data which will be generated by IoT-monitoring and -control equipment.

5 Things You Probably Haven’t Heard Aby 5G

  1. It costs an awful lot to put up 5G masts and you need a great deal of them as their maximum range is 500m. In addition, you need to have a line of sight from the mast to the device. This means that installing 5G is expensive.
  2. This means that it’s reasonable to assume that the costs of running 5G on your phone or device could be expensive – significantly more than prior mobile network upgrades.
  3. High frequency prevents usage indoors. This means that many devices will auto-switch to 4G when you’re inside.
  4. A fibre broadband connection is vital for 5G masts to work. This means that areas which already have a strong fibre broadband infrastructure will probably be the first to offer 5G availability.
  5. 5G will probably only going to be available in city centres in the near future owing to the need for a fibre connection to the mast.

So, before you start planning how you’re going to use all of that newfound 5G connectivity to play at the lucky creek bonus sites you love, you might need to readjust your expectations for when 5G networks are going to be a reality for most people.