Barely a few months ago, Intel announced that it was ready to go to trials with its 5G mobile platform. Now, in concert with Huawei and Deutsche Telecom, the chip giant has done so successfully. The successful trials were was based on Huawei’s 5G commercial base station and Intel’s third-generation 5G NR Mobile Trial Platform.
With that trial being successful, Intel now has the means to help equipment designers and network operators speed up their game by developing 5G network designs for the specifications of the NSA New Radio (NR) standard more quickly. This would include spectrum, band, capacity and handover solutions that are fully compliant with the new standard.
What is 5G and why should you care?
5G is the next generation of wireless technology that is intended to succeed 4G/LTE. Each generation of wireless technology has increased the transfer speeds possible between devices. So far, 4G has allowed us to make calls, send texts and most importantly, give us access to the internet and the rich pool of multimedia content that is increasing by the day.
However, even with LTE technology delivering 4G at near maximum speeds, it still takes time to download larger content files. Add to this the complication of the urban jungle. The wireless transfer is affected by many things around us, such as buildings and other radio signals.
5G hopes to remove us from these limitations and problems by making use of a new solution called small cell technology.
How fast is fast?
While 4G/LTE clocks in at a maximum of 100 megabits per second (Mbps), experts believe 5G will hit 10 gigabits per second (Gbps). That’s one hundred (100) times faster than what we currently have. Providing it does achieve that speed.
That means you’ll be able to download a standard 120-minute format movie on a matter of seconds!
But speed is not the only thing that 5G will improve. 5G is also looking to reduce latency, which mean that almost anything online will load faster. Now, they’re expecting a maximum latency of 4ms on 5G versus 20ms on 4G LTE today.
What will happen next?
Although in the US some telcos have promise 5G access late this year, most of those will be non-standard 5G rollouts. Realistically we’re looking at standard widespread use of 5G sometime in 2019. In fact, just a few days ago, Qualcomm signed a deal with a couple of Chinese phone manufacturers including Xiaomi and OPPO. Together, they will be working to build 5G phones as early as 2019.
We all know that it’s not really been long since the mobile boom, but boom it has and by early 2020 analysts predict that roughly 20.8 billion devices will be connected to the internet. 5G will have to cope with that capacity as well as offering the blazing fast speeds it promises.