5G NETWORK EXPLAINED

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There is a current buzz about the 5G, the future replacement for the current 4G mobile network. The arrival of 5G will transform the internet forever.

WHY 5G

5G development is centred around the growth of IoT (Internet of Things) devices which are expected to reach 20.4 billion deployed IoT devices by 2020, that’s more than twice the set 8.4 billion connected things in 2017.

The number of active smartphones is also on the rise, with an estimate of 2.5 million active smartphones by 2019. These growths mean there is a need for a faster network capable of handling the growing traffic.

5G will bring almost 100x the speed and response time of 4G, putting that into perspective a 2-hour long FHD movie would be fully downloaded in a little over 3 secs. Its arrival will not only benefit smartphones and IoT devices but also driver-less cars.

5G network
5G network speed and throughput

HOW SOON WOULD 5G BE AVAILABLE

A 5G analyst has estimated that the new network may not be globally available until 2025, because ISPs may have o change their business model and build new network infrastructures which will support 5G. The Globally in the above sentence is relative for a lot of us in Africa who are still struggling to catch up with 4G. This means we may still have to a decade longer than 2025 before we get 5G.

 

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