5G is the technological revolution everyone is waiting for. It promises a real disruption of our technological habits and opportunities that we can hardly even imagine.
For e-commerce in particular, 5G will necessarily open up new possibilities.
We enlighten you on this upcoming revolution. You will know everything about the network of the future.
1. What is 5G internet?
The 5th generation of cell phone standards is a new technology that should enable mobile internet speeds of several gigabits per second. If this is the case, we will be propelled forward compared to current networks.
With 5G, we are promised:
- Latency reduced to a minimum
- Technologies to get a better signal, even in ultra-saturated areas
4G and 3G had been deployed to respond quickly to a growing need for speed on the mobile internet. The 5G is part of a larger project.
Everything will be able to connect: beyond smartphones, tablets, PCs, you will also be able to connect your objects and connected cars, as well as all your home automation. 5G is also the technical revolution that will accompany the development of an increasingly connected world.
2. 5G internet speed
Performance is expected to reach new heights. 5G is expected to deliver a 10-fold increase in throughput, a 10-fold decrease in transmission delay, and a reduction in latency to 1 millisecond.
The throughput could therefore be 10 to 100 times faster than on the 4G network.
3. Operators are already testing the network
In France, some operators, like Orange or Bouygues Telecom, are ahead of the game. They announce to have already reached speeds of 10 to 25Gb/s.
4. Who regulates 5G?
The French regulatory authority for electronic communications and posts (Arcep) has the role of regulator. This independent authority ensures the proper deployment of 5G.
Authorizations for the use of frequency, to carry out experiments were issued as early as 2017 and pilot tests have taken place since 2018.
5. Who are going to be the major 5G equipment manufacturers?
Huawei, has become the world’s leading telecom equipment manufacturer in a few years. It is now considered the global leader in 5G. This is what earned him the wrath of the United States, but also of France, which intends to deploy an anti-Huawei law. Its main current competitors are Nokia and Ericson.
Although 5G will go beyond cell phones, here’s the list of announced 5G-enabled smartphones:
- Huawei Mate X
- Galaxy Fold
- Galaxy S10 5G
- LG V50TinQ
- Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G
- Oppo Reno 5G
- OnePlus 5G
6. Less power consumption
Much of the development research effort is focused on creating modems that consume little power.
To do this, they need components that don’t get too hot. The two modems currently being developed, the Qualcomm X50 and the Balong 5000, have not yet achieved the desired results.
Because it will connect everything, 5G will handle many low-power but still connected objects. This is why it requires autonomous modules that will have little impact on the battery. All current research is moving in this direction.
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7. A launch in 2020
After an announcement of the launch of 5G auctions for the fall of 2019, by the Secretary of State for Telecommunications, we can hope for a deployment of 5G for the beginning of 2020.
8. A revolutionary internet protocol
Finally, and this is a major final point, 5G will sound the death knell for the neutral network.
Today, if you connect from a smartphone, connected watch or tablet for example, all applications are handled identically by the network.
5G will open up the area of prioritization depending on the application. In other words, this means that there will be several 5Gs. Each application will have to use the most suitable frequencies and radio protocols. So a very light application will not need to connect to the fastest frequencies and vice versa.
Eventually, all of these elements will allow for even faster browsing, smoother mobile use, and access to more content anywhere in the world.
This should also impact marketing strategies to use resources that are currently too greedy on many mobile networks. To be continued…