LTE Was Yesterday: The New Mobile Standard of 5G Is Coming
LTE Was Yesterday: The New Mobile Standard of 5G Is Coming
Learn about the improved security and other benefits of 5G networks, new applications, and challenges.
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5G will be the successor to the current 4G or LTE mobile technology in Germany. There are still many questions left. What makes both standards different? WHen does it come? Do you need that? Here you can get all the information about the mobile Internet of the future.
The Current Standard: LTE
LTE (Long Term Evolution) is the 4th generation of mobile technology. That's why the name 4G. This now offers various levels of expansion. LTE also serves as a DSL replacement in rural areas and has been standard in mobile phone contracts since 2015. For example, Vodafone offers LTE speeds of up to 500 Mbps in the latest mobile and cable offerings.
The Successor: What Is 5G?
Numerous research data and visions already paint a fairly accurate picture of the new standard. Meanwhile, the official 5G logo and the name "5G" were officially presented. Responsible for this is the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) - a cooperation for the standardization of mobile communications.
Huawei, the leading 5G developer, speaks of higher data rates, higher capacity, lower latency and significantly increased energy efficiency. In keeping with this, the Chinese presented the Balong5G01 - the world's first 5G chip - as part of the MWC 2018 . With this little marvel of technology, up to 2.3 Gbps are possible. However, when the chip is installed in the first Huawei smartphones is open.
Fast Downloads With 10 GB/s Save Time
The data transfer rate will be up to 100 times higher than at 4G. Thus, downloads with up to 10 GBit / s are easily possible. Perfect because the consumed content is getting bigger and bigger. Be it virtual reality or augmented reality applications, high-resolution videos or apps. A stable and fast connection is a prerequisite for a pleasant user experience. It also saves a lot of time: The content of a DVD would be completely downloaded in just 3.6 seconds .
1,000 Times Higher Capacity for More Security
Thanks to 5G, the network capacity is increased by a factor of 1000. Means: The often observed at city festivals or festivals effect of completely overloaded network cells is a thing of the past. Significantly more people - and machines - can use the 5G network for telephoning, surfing, streaming, downloading and uploading. Without loss, in the same place. Worldwide, up to 100 billion (!) mobile devices should be accessible at the same time. This improves accessibility and security as well as (again) your user experience.
Fun Fact: So far, it often helps to change the network reception of LTE on the much slower, but less used UMTS network. So you can surf slower, but at least you can call at the crucial moment.
Improved Network Reliability: Latency of Less Than 1 Millisecond Achievable
Also, the waiting for a response from the server, the so-called ping or the latency , is significantly reduced. Especially in online games annoying a high ping by stuttering or delays that cause frustration very quickly (and the screen death). Much more important in reality, for example, is the communication between self-driving cars. If car A says "I brake", then car B behind it must also go nuts - and do it as quickly as possible. Extremely tight latencies are crucial for this, which are made possible by 5G.
The same applies to a delayed page build during streaming. 5G achieves a ping of less than 1 millisecond . The footballer would fall over in the moment the slap. Delays or network terminations: No indication.
Low Energy: 90% Less Power Than 4G
The energy efficiency is also significantly increased compared to 4G : So 5G requires only 1/1000 of the energy consumption per transmitted bit in contrast to 4G. In addition, the power consumption per mobile service can be reduced by 90%. This protects the environment and ultimately your wallet.
What New Applications Does 5G Offer?
Huawei has already thought about this. Right at the forefront: applications for networking a wide variety of devices, such as smart TVs and refrigerators. This development of the " Internet of Things " ( IOT ) will increase significantly in the coming years. In addition, there are industrial aspects, such as the partially automated driving on highways. Later, of course, the already mentioned autonomous driving. This ensures improved traffic safety and increased ride comfort. The industry can also look forward to a drastic expansion of wirelessly networked systems .
Use virtual realities (VR) even more comprehensively. Even expanded realities (AR) will be further expanded. Especially handy when shopping: In the future, you will check whether the (virtual) cabinet looks good in the corner of the living room. Only then will you buy it. Of course, 360 ° video content will be used more often, if not exclusively.
In short: You expect a comprehensive digitization of Germany in all areas of life. This " everyday revolution " is synonymous with the invention of the smartphone . Even the little helpers have changed our approach to technology and thus our entire life lasting.
What Are the Challenges?
Unfortunately, there are many. 5G is above all the mobile operators with great demands. Above all, new frequency bands are needed. The network must be removed - and new cables laid - be. Finally, the number of users is constantly increasing. New networks additionally promote this circumstance (see "The Internet of Things"). Legal framework conditions, such as for autonomous driving, must be created. In addition, contracts and licenses. So enormous costs will be on the providers. Therefore, the mobile rates could be more expensive. In addition, new smartphones are needed, which support 5G. According to Huawei, the first devices are expected in 2019 .
5G Is Already a Reality in South Korea
In other countries, there are already extensive test runs. The perfect example here is South Korea and the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. These finally represent a perfect stage for so-called demonstration networks.
These demonstration networks include the "5G Village" (5G Village). There, the athletes, as well as the audience can enjoy unbelievable transmission speeds. South Korea's Telekom KT has set up a test network for speeds of up to 10 Gbit / s (up to 100x faster than 4G) for Pyeongchang 2018, laying over 1,300 kilometers of fiber-optic cable. Of course, the right hardware is missing, but in a hall fitting 5G tablets from Samsung and over 100 360-degree cameras were set up. This allows the athletes to be viewed from all angles. There are also simulators showing the future of Virtual Reality. Thus, the skills of 5G are presented to the public at an early stage. 4G also led South Korea's dynamic mobile market.
5G Will Sustainably Improve the Digital World
The previous findings make it clear: 5G will revolutionize your everyday life . Now it is the policy and the mobile operators to ensure a nationwide network expansion to drive development. Currently, even the 4G expansion is not yet completed.
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