5G Wireless to reach businesses in 2020

5G Wireless to reach businesses in 2020

The internet is a necessity for personal and business use, and because of it information has become readily available anywhere. What was once developed and used strictly for the military, is now used for uploading a pictures yourself on Instagram.  Internet services has slowly evolved from a connection through your home/office phone lines, to having it available in your pocket through a wireless mobile connection. This technological advancement helps more businesses operate anywhere they choose to.

Now, a new form of wireless connection is entering it’s testing stages and is projected to hit the business market by 2020. This new wireless connection is called 5G, and it’s faster, better and has a shorter wait time then what you’re using now with 4G.

Even though experts say that businesses will most likely not use it until 2020, they’re wrong.  Many wireless firms are aggressively moving forward with the testing phase of the 5G wireless connection. Analysts and wireless companies have forecasted that a standard 5G wireless connection will be ready by 2018 and 2019. So by 2020 5G wireless will be a standard, and we’ll be looking at a faster connection.

Two mobile companies are in the testing phase this year. Both Ericsson and Nokia have agreed to do 5G trials in the 28GHz band. Fran Shammo, CFO of Verizon has mentioned plans in 2017 to perform a pilot 5G connection, which will focus on the fixed wireless applications (wireless connection in homes, offices, and business establishments). Looks like exciting times ahead of us.

CIO.com estimated that 5G wireless connections could reach speeds of up to 6 gigabits per second.  Now, we all know that setbacks will happen eventually. One of the main setbacks that Tim Burke, Vice President of Strategic Technology, sees is that since 5G wireless will operate on higher frequencies, it would have a tough time penetrating inside buildings. These high-frequency transmission settings have been proven to not penetrate walls or any building materials. Fortunately, Peter Jarich, Vice President, and Wireless Infrastructure Analyst said that 5G could run on low-band of 600MHz spectrum. As far as low bands, they have no problems penetrating building surfaces.

I did wonder which sector of our business world would greatly benefit from a 5G wireless connection, so I did more reading. Turns out, Peter Jarich also mentioned that, companies that deal with manufacturing, logistics, smart and connected transportations, and those that operate warehouses would be the ones that would grab the speed that the 5G wireless connection offers. He also states that any type of industry that harnesses the “internet of things” in their facility would surely benefit from a 5G network.

Storing everything on the cloud and not relying on local storage is where we’re headed, and this 5G network is a great opportunity to start that trend. 6 gigabits per second will definitely fill our appetites…  for now.


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