5G: Not Just a Faster Network

February 12, 2015

The race is on to deliver 5G network capabilities all over the globe. It will offer people faster streaming, greater connectivity between devices and more data traffic than ever before. But what is 5G really?

What Is 5G?

“5G” stands for fifth generation. It’s the next step after 3G and 4G / LTE; the networks we use now. The current trend is for a new generation of network to develop every 10 years. This means that people will likely start seeing 5G networks around 2020.

Great Speed

5G doesn’t have set requirements or parameters, because the technology is so new it isn’t clearly definable. We do know that it will significantly increase network speed. With the advent of 5G, data speed will no longer be measured in megabytes, but gigabytes. That means downloading HD movies in a matter of seconds, never having to buffer your downloads, and instant access to the Internet from anywhere. Think instant connection for devices, homes, stadiums and other buildings.

Great Connectivity

5G will also help connect the estimated 50 billion devices that 2020 is predicted to have. That means seamless connections between your smart device, smart home, smart car or the rapidly evolving “Internet of Things.” Essentially it means more data can be shared across more devices with more efficiency than ever before, no matter how big the pull on the network.

Harmonizing The Radio Spectrum

The International Telecommunications Union is working on cleaning up the bandwidth and radio frequency spectrum to make room for 5G, while still having space for both 3G and 4G networks. Cleaning up the bandwidth will mean faster speeds and better network reliability even in large-scale venues.

When is this happening?

5G should start showing up around the year 2020, but it could be seen in stadiums and office buildings by 2018.

How can we get ready for it?

Amplified Solutions plans, develops and build large-scale data networks for stadiums, hospitals and skyscrapers. We offer turnkey solutions and can guide you through the process of increasing data speed and strength for your venue.

The primary concern in 2015 in our opinion is in the contractual phase where legal documents should be reviewed to make certain that your venues need to keep current with emerging technology is addressed. Once engineering standards and equipment that that handle the flow of electronic signals it will be important to address it in the actual design and selection of equipment.