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Is 5G Really Necessary?

Is 5G Really Necessary
Written by Louise Vee

The 5th generation of mobile phone connectivity has been a long time coming. This year, the world will be seeing its first models of 5G phones and true 5G services.

This technology is a promise of never-seen-before high speed, low latency connections and massive bandwidth.

With faster mobile devices and quicker access to the internet, here’s why the world is celebrating and dreading the advent of 5G.

Why We’re Celebrating: Increased Bandwidth Volume

Remember disconnecting a few devices because your laptop could fully buffer a movie? Well, with 5G coming soon, there’s no need of that anymore.

Bandwidth is the space available on a server for individuals connected to it. It helps to determine the speed at which downloads and uploads can take place. With 5G, there will be faster access to video-on-demand, quicker downloads of heavier files, and the ability to connect innumerable devices at one time.

Why We’re Celebrating: Faster Speed

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As more people connect to a 3G network, the slower the network becomes. With 5G, all worries of the internet will fade away. People will be able to use the internet in all its glory at blistering speeds and without crowding others out of their bandwidth space.

With more space allotted to each user, the speed of 5G internet will be incomparable. With 1 gigabit per seconds versus the national average of 20 Mbps, you’ll have access to the online world in just mere seconds.

What We’re Dreading: Low Range of Radio Frequency

Unfortunately, unlike its predecessors, the 4G and 3G, 5G will be running on high frequency and low range waves. This technical issue is still perplexing researchers who are currently suggesting the use of small cells in 5G carriers instead of antennas.

To benefit from the real power of 5G, these femtocells have to be fitted near the users’ locations.

What We’re Dreading: No Uniformity

Every 5G carrier will be using a different 5G spectrum. This means your phone will be restricted to a certain carrier and 5G users will be carrier locked.

According to AT&T’s Vice President, no one has figured out how to amalgamate the different gigahertz by Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T into a singular component. So for a while, this lack of uniformity is going to be a hurdle.

What We’re Dreading: Lack of Durability

Turns out, 5G signals are really easy to block. The short millimeter wave bands have short wavelengths that can be easily lost in thin air and can even be blocked by tree leaves and your body.

In other words, the wavelengths won’t travel more than a kilometer before fading out. And placing a femtocells tower every kilometer sounds like a very ridiculous idea.

With previous advancements in the internet world, we think it’s too early  to rule out 5G, considering user demands nowadays!

About the author

Louise Vee

Tech Geek and Traveler by heart. Loves Wildlife, Nature and Street photography. Cancer survivor.

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