It seems like no matter how fast technology advances, it doesn’t ever seem to be fast enough. But fifth-generation (5G) mobile technology is now on the horizon, promising ultra fast internet speeds without the need for a fixed-line connection.
The Magical Power of 5G
A 5G network can offer data rates of up to 10 Gbps and serve up to one million devices per square kilometer. This means you can download a high-definition feature film in under 40 seconds, as opposed to waiting more than seven minutes with 4G.
A 5G data connection will also allow you to easily play multiple HD videos, create 3D hologram phone calls, control unmanned aerial vehicles, and access virtual reality apps. In addition, 5G will enable communication between driverless cars and traffic infrastructure.
Roadblocks to Widespread 5G Adoption
Upgrading cable speeds to 5G requires connecting every house to the network and installing transmitters. However, the practical data rate of 5G could be as slow as 200 Mbps — even if it has the potential to reach up to 10 Gbps. For heavy internet users, this isn’t fast enough.
Another challenge is reliability. A 5G signal can be negatively affected by distance from the transmitter, obstacles and interference from other devices. For home-based business owners, this is a serious concern.
Another serious roadblock is security concerns. The US government is hesitant to use 5G telecom equipment from China’s Huawei due to fears of spying. Huawei is the market leader and doesn’t have any US competition. The challenge is investing in US companies to develop the equipment necessary to build a 5G network.
The Death of Cable?
Though 5G may significantly enhance the digital experience, the reality is that the two dominant wireless operators in the US, AT&T and Verizon, are also the ones developing 5G networks. This makes it highly unlikely that other companies will be able to build a 5G network at a faster pace.
The bottom line is, cable is still the most economic way to deliver high-quality broadband and it will be a while until 5G becomes a reliable network.
The Internet Cabling Experts
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