Would you like an internet network that’s 100 times faster than what your cellphone currently boasts? What about home internet that’s 10 times faster? We would all love that – and the benefits of that for business are exponential. That’s why 5G is the hottest topic in telecoms today.
The Covid-19 pandemic has slowed the establishment of infrastructure on a global scale, but 5G deployment is once more increasing around the world. This emerging technology is still in its infancy, but its potential to shape business and life holds life-altering possibilities.
With the likes of Samsung and Huawei introducing cellphones with 5G-capabilities and home modems, 5G might still be a few years away but governments, mobile carriers and manufacturers are excited for the next technological wave to be ushered in with this exciting technology.
While the roll-out of 5G infrastructure stuttered during the Covid-19 pandemic, governments are now working hard to move ahead of the curve to reap the benefits of 5G. This infrastructure development is catching up with demand – and it offers tantalising treats for users in the near future.
5G technology will bring incredible internet speeds to users. Network speeds will be in excess of 100 times the current speeds of cellular connections and ten times the speed of the fastest home broadband services currently available.
Experts equate the coming of 5G technology to revolutionising the Internet. It will bring in what is called the fourth industrial revolution and will also carry economic advances too. The potentials of 5G will increase greater levels of IoT (Internet of Things), AI (Artificial Intelligence), data analysis, cloud processing, VR (Virtual Reality), AR (Augmented Reality), 3D printing, drones and self-driving cars.
Apart from the enhancements to business and processes in productivity and efficiency, it will also benefit health, medicine and education, as well as entertainment for home uses. Driving this development is China. Not only through Huawei’s products, but through users: there are already some 150 million 5G users in China while the rest of the world can only add another 50 million to the number.
According to the experts, this is double the projected numbers from last year – and this despite Covid-19 effects on business and infrastructure. The world is waiting for more devices to be manufactured and wider roll-out of infrastructure.
Europe and America will most certainly catch up to China’s advantage, but it will take until 2025 for that to happen. Smartphone makers have been struck with Covid-19 ill-effects, but Koreans Samsung have fast-tracked a number of their products. In fact, a number of Android smartphone makers are bringing our new handsets on what is seemingly weekly launches.
In fact, 5G smartphones will number 225 million handsets by the end of 2020 and that number is set to grow by 75 percent in 2021 and 150 percent in 2022. Apple has yet to reveal their 5G iPhone and that handset should be the leader in the US in terms of sales and numbers in that market.
The carriers are ready and the majority of smartphone makers are prepared too. The ever-growing 5G network and the burgeoning number of handsets available, it is the excitement that this technology promises that is driving its adoption.