As much as 80 per cent of all Australian businesses say they are prepared to adopt 5G services by 2022. The new network is being hyped for its connection speeds which is said to be up to 100 times faster than the current 4G network. 5G also promises to deliver greater network availability and device capability. In Australia some Telcos have rolled out 5G services in select cities across the country.
Lots of Buzz
Despite all the buzz surrounding the new technology a number of concerns have been raised primarily health related as well as safety, security and environmental concerns. There is also the potential problem of the technology not being able to work indoors. Experts says that every ten years an international standards organisation develops protocols for mobile communication networks. These protocols are developed in collaboration with telco vendors, operators and research communities.
5G as its name suggests it’s the fifth generation of mobile technology and represents inevitable progress that is not simply about data rates. As the number of mobile devices globally increases beyond the number of humans, the obvious next step is to connect things and machines. Experts say there will be three services associated with 5G. Faster mobile internet connections for smart phones. New services such as virtual and augmented reality. Internet of Things or IoT. These are applications for connecting large numbers of low-cost low-energy devices across a wide area.
IoT is considered to be mission critical and will be used in everything from logistics, power transmission, water distribution, and environmental monitoring. Any function that throws off meta data that would be useful to collect. Healthcare, manufacturing and energy grids as well as applications such as remote driving and surgery. The reason they are called mission critical is because these applications cannot fail under any circumstance and have different uses than smartphones.
Wireless delivery of internet is obviously easier and cheaper than digging expensive cabling trenches. Engineers will continue to be important in the process of transitioning to 5G smoothly. This is because it is their job to ensure high speeds and reliabilities. This makes engineers critical for designing the network and implementing, deploying and maintaining the network.