5G Network All Set to Connect the World at a Faster Speed and Greater Bandwidth
Posted On June 5, 2019
The much anticipated 5G network has finally arrived and has been switched on in the U.S., Japan, China, South Korea, Sweden and Turkey. If you are not from any of these countries, no need to fret, as more are set to launch in other parts of the world in the later part of 2019. Much anticipated because they are faster than what the current 4G technology offers and have greater bandwidth that allows more processing with a promise of lower latencies during data communication.
In the U.S., vendors of networking and 5G hardware though, are still in the trial testing stage. Verizon for one, started carrying out friendly-user tests of their technologies early this year, while AT&T is using mobile hotspots to test its own network in 12 major cities. Both Verizon and AT&T started introducing their network in 2018.
Those in Asia are likely to enjoy the benefits of the 5G mobile Internet connectivity sooner, since China, Japan and South Korea had started investing heavily in building their respective 5G infrastructure at a faster pace. Deloitte reports that China for one, has already spent US$24 billion dollars in building more than 350,000 network sites since 2015.
The number of network sites is important in delivering the benefits of 5G technology because the networks carry out the processing via closely compacted small cell infrastructure serving as base stations. Computers at base stations will then continuously workout the routes by which radio waves can reach wireless communication devices, whilst organizing several antennas; all coordinating to produce beams of millimeter waves that will travel toward the receiving devices.
Needless to say, 5G network users have to have smartphones with 5G connectivity.
5G Smartphones Expected to Launch Soon
A number of handheld device providers are already set to launch their 5G smartphones any time soon. Actually, the first to launch and sell a sort of 5G handheld device but comes as a combination is that of the MOTO Z3 4G handset and 5G Moto Mod. The combo is available only in the U.S. and works only via Verizon’s 5G network, which at present are available only in some areas of Chicago and Minneapolis.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is expected to land the smartphone market any time soon, as the device is already available in South Korea. Be forewarned though that it will not come cheap, as it is selling at a value of 1.39 million South Korean won, which is roughly equivalent to about US$1,200, £930, AU$1,700.
OnePlus 7 Pro– This is the 5G version of the recently launched One Plus 7, with which it shares identical features, except for 5G connectivity.
LG V50 ThinQ – This 5G phone is already available in Eastern European countries, including the UK. Its launch in other countries may take place after May 30, 2019.
Oppo Reno 5 Oppo announced the arrival of this 5G handset, including in the UK market where the Oppo brand is not yet available,