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5G Networks: An Intro

The next frontier in mobile connectivity on a global scale is 5G connectivity. Just like we hear the sound of rain before it arrives, the buzz about 5G networks is getting louder as the months and years progress. It is expected that by the year 2025, more than two thirds of the world’s hand held mobile devices will have the capability to access 5G networks. Currently there are some parts of the word where 5G capability is already a reality, such as China, South Korea and Germany.
What is 5G?

5G basically means the 5th Generation of network capability. We are still currently at the 4th Generation, hence 4G. To put this into perspective, 1G was the first analogue cellular system that was introduced in the 1980’s. After this it progressed to 2G then 3G…you get the drift. As expected there have been significant improvements that are fueling the buzz around 5G connectivity.
Capabilities of 5G connectivity.

These include 10x faster speeds than the current 4G networks. This means that online video calls will be much clearer and there will be no buffering. Additionally the bandwidth on 5G networks is much higher, meaning that more people can collaborate virtually without experiencing any latency. This is especially beneficial to organizations that depend on internet connections to manage their workflows and operations. They will experience no internet latency or downtime, therefore there will be no work interruptions due to the same. However, this will only be possible for organizations that are prepared to take advantage of such advancements, in terms of already having digitized and automated their workflows and processes.
On a broader scale, 5G connectivity is expected to usher in the age of self-driving cars. Because of virtually no latency in the signal, cars will not stop abruptly, or start and stop and continue, much as the buffering experience while watching a YouTube video with a slower connection. Cars will have the capacity to move seamlessly upon set co-ordinates.
Another interesting possibility that may be ushered in by 5G connectivity is remote surgical procedures, in real time. This means that it may be possible for surgeons to perform medical procedures even continents away, and there will be surgical theaters that will be technologically equipped to facilitate this.
The investment required to actualize 5G connectivity is very heavy, because the boosters required will be much more numerous than the current boosters supporting the 4G networks. That means that telcos that wish to take advantage of this must invest very heavily both in installation and maintenance of the boosters.
How can your organization take advantage of this?

One sector that is ready for this upgrade in connectivity is the banking sector, whereby some banks have gone completely paperless and every document is stored digitally and can be retrieved over the internet, aiding mobile banking. Additionally, bank processes have now gone digital with the emergence of secure online banking.
Organizations in other sectors, both public and private, large and small, can also benefit from this by being early adopters in document digitization and automation of workflow processes.

Concerns about 5G Connectivity.

Consumers have two main concerns surrounding 5G connectivity. One is the cost and the second and more important one is its impact on our health. One may have noticed that it is cheaper to access the internet on a 3G network than it is on a 4G network, and this cost is expected to rise with the 5G networks. But is it really cheaper to use a 3G network? Arguably, it is not and this is because it buffers a lot therefore more time is spent to get a particular result. 4G connectivity seems more expensive but it actually is not. The cost is calculated faster, but the end result is always the same in terms of cost. I terms of time it is definitely cheaper because less time is spent due to the elimination of buffering.
Bio-effects of 5G connectivity.

There are various views, opinions and even conspiracies about the effects of 5G connectivity on nature, more specifically, on our health. The radio waves that are used to facilitate the 5G network have caused a fair deal of concern in regards to how they affect the bodies of people who are frequently exposed to it, at a cellular level. The concern is that it may cause cancer or deformities.
However, according to research published by the BBC and the World Health Organization WHO, there is no reason to be wary about the bio-effects of 5G connectivity. According to the research, the rays from the sun are even more harmful than the waves used for 5G connectivity, therefore we are safe from any harm, and we should be more excited about the benefits and possibilities of the 5G networks.

5G connectivity is the future, and it is coming at us with greater promise than doom.

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