If you have ever asked yourself, what the hell is 5G? Then this is the perfect article for you.
If you have any experience with your home wifi router, you are familiar with the 5GHz network. Right? You see it in the news, countries all around the world are rushing to deploy 5G. It is easy to put two and two together. So 5G is the worldwide implementation of speedy 5GHz wifi connection right? No.
Before we start explaining what 5G is, we need to be precise. 5G infrastructure and 5Ghz wifi networks are not the same. It is not lousy marketing, nor was it meant to confuse anyone. Call it a terrible coincidence.
2G, 3G, and 4G. The 'G' stands for 'generation.' If you know anything about fighter jets, they are a little clearer in calling their new range of flying weapons as fifth-generation or sixth generation. Similar thing here, 5G is the next level of telecommunication infrastructure, designed to improve the quality and quantity of communication. 5G can support a million connections within a square kilometre, whereas 4G can only manage a hundred thousand instead. Which would explain why your reception is not very good at an extremely crowded event.
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What is 5G and how will it affect us?
Each generation of telecommunication or mobile communication technology is not standalone. Think of your brand new car; it still has headlights, seatbelts, window wipers. On top of that, there is GPS, Bluetooth, camera, sensors, seat warmers, and even auto-cruising. Think of 5G as an upgrade; it still uses the infrastructure of the 4G network. The protocol, however, is very much different. Protocols that operate in a similar way to algorithms, same, but different.
Think of it this way; you are trying to get to work in the 90s. What are your options if you take public transport? No direct bus, not train stations nearby. It is 2019 now, and the possibilities have opened up. There are direct buses, a train station nearby and ride-sharing applications. What does this have to do with 5G? Let us explain.
Think of you trying to get to work in the 90s as 4G. You have to figure out the best con