What is 5G and What Does the G mean?

I’ve been reading about 5G coming to the US in late 2018 starting with 10 to 11 cities. Sacramento will be the first installation by Verizon and Waco will be the first location by AT&T. I’m told that people who invested in 1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G made fortunes. Now we have the opportunity to get in on 5G.

What is 5G and what does the G mean? 

The G stands for Generation. So 5G is the fifth generation. Why should we be interested in 5G? The average user on the internet either uses 3G or 4G, and download speeds average 17.2 mbps download speed. 5G offers speeds of 1gbps or 1000mbps. That is 50 to 60 times faster and may even reach 3+gbps or gigabits per second. That is a huge difference and may put cable out of business. I’ve come across several companies that will be big in 5G?

Reuters writes, “Before the new technology becomes a reality for consumers, two transitions need to take place.”

“Mobile operators have to upgrade their networks with 5G gear made by the likes of Huawei [HWT.UL] and ZTE 0000630.SZ of China, Sweden’s Ericsson (ERICb.ST) and Finland’s Nokia (NOKIA.HE). And phone makers need to make handsets with built-in 5G radios ready to hook up to networks.”

Kiplinger writes, “5G is the fifth generation of mobile wireless technology and a major step up from previous versions. 5G will greatly accelerate download speeds, improve response times and enable networks to connect to many more types of devices.  “Wide-ranging applications for 5G in new markets such as video streaming, smart manufacturing and driverless cars will fuel revenue gains for companies providing 5G service and technology. Networking giant Ericsson (ERIC) predicts a 5G market surpassing $1.2 trillion within 10 years. Facebook (FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg envisions “killer applications” for 5G in virtual reality games, and other techies think 5G will drive major advances in telemedicine and robotics.”

Kiplinger says there are six companies that will be big in 5G: AT&T, Verizon, Qualcomm, Nokia, Cisco Systems, and Vodaphone.

I’ve come across phrases that mean little to me now, but will in the near future:

Small Cell or Metrocell

Metrocells or small cell are compact and discrete mobile phone basestations, unobtrusively located in urban or rural areas. They can be mounted on lampposts, positioned on the sides of buildings or found indoors in stadiums, transport hubs, and other public areas.

Small Cell Backhaul

Small Cell Backhaul. Small Cell backhaul is the transmission link between the small cell and the mobile network operator’s core network.

Femtocell

In telecommunications, a femtocell is a small, low-power cellular base station, typically designed for use in a home or small business. A broader term which is more widespread in the industry is small cell, with femtocell as a subset. It is also called femto AccessPoint (AP).

I’m excited by the prospects of 5G. It seems computers are never fast enough or downloading a movie takes too long. That’s about to change with 5G

Mike Landfair (landfair3554@gmail(dot)com

 


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