With 5G, ultra-fast connectivity and near-zero latency will transform the way we live, work and connect to the world.
What we’ll see in this article
What is 5G?
5G is the new version of wireless broadband, i.e. the networks we use without cables on our cell phones, computers and other devices.
As it is an evolution of 4G, it promises high speed and greater power than the model we are used to.
This ensures greater stability and efficiency in internet access. As simple as it sounds, it’s a major revolution.
The 5G revolution
Since certain technologies will be able to be created and already are thanks to 5G and thus modernize many areas.
Roughly speaking, think of 5G like smartphones and older cell phones.
Older cell phones like the Blackberry models already had access to the internet, applications and it was possible to communicate.
However, with the arrival of smartphones, everything has become more efficient and more technologies have been created.
For example, nowadays you don’t send SMS, you send a message on WhatsApp, don’t you?
In the following topics, we’ll talk about where this technology can be used so that you can see the possibilities of this new technological leap.
How does 5G work?
Knowing how 5G works will make the technology clearer and we won’t use very technical terms, so don’t worry.
This technology works via radio waves like 4G, but the coverage of the new technology is much greater.
But when you hear about it you already think of speed, don’t you? But how much faster is it?
It is estimated that the speed of 4G networks is 33 Mbps, but 5G networks could reach up to 10 Gbps.
This means that on 5G networks you could upload a video of a five-hour lecture instantly.
While on 4G networks there would be some “choking” in the video. This response time in technology is called latency.
In short, it’s how quickly you get the answer to the action you’ve taken. For example, dragging the screen of your cell phone to continue reading the article.
Latency is very important because with more speed, you can create certain technologies that were impossible before.
This technology networks are going to be installed on the basis of existing ones, just going through a process of adapting the structure.
These changes will ensure that the antennas optimize their capacity according to the number of devices.
For comparison’s sake, the ones before today direct the radio signal everywhere, making the connection less effective.
Where can the 5G network be used?
Now let’s move on to the most interesting part of our content, which technologies can be created:
Which areas will be affected by 5G?
We need to understand which areas will be affected by technology, then we’ll talk about the specific revolutions, the main ones being:
It’s important to say that these industries are just the main ones, but other areas can benefit from the new technology.
Main technologies that will emerge
Now let’s take a look at some of the main technologies that will benefit from it:
- Autonomous cars
- Smart homes
- Motorization of agriculture
- Advanced monitoring in logistics
- IoT for the manufacturing industry.
Autonomous cars are cars that have an advanced navigation system, so they don’t need a driver.
Today the technology is in its infancy, but in the future they will be better than ordinary cars.
This is because autonomous cars reduce accidents, traffic jams, pollution and costs.
With 5G, autonomous cars will have more precision and this will guarantee a leap forward in this technology.
Smart homes, as we see in movies, seem fanciful, but we are moving towards this level of convenience.
Today’s smart homes are mainly capable of turning lights on and off, preparing drinks such as coffee at set times, setting digital locks and generating reminders.
However, all this convenience is very expensive and depends on the devices “talking to each other” to perform these tasks.
However, with 5G every connection between devices will be cheaper and more efficient.
In this way, smart homes will become increasingly accessible and more functional, in the future bordering on utopia.
Motorization of agriculture
Agriculture will also benefit from 5G for the same reasons as smart homes.
Agriculture will also have technologies with more functions, more efficiency and greater accessibility.
This way, different devices will connect and ensure efficient processes over long distances, even with just one base handling all the processes.
This will ensure even greater modernization in the countryside, also influencing the economy.
Because it removes human error, making processes meticulously precise and ensuring greater success in activities.
This in turn guarantees more food for people and reduces costs, as well as guaranteeing better quality.
Telemedicine is not only clinical care but also remote surgery, positively impacting the world’s health.
Since you can be seen by the specialist remotely, without the need to travel and thus reduce costs.
Telemedicine today was very limited, so it was impossible to perform surgeries remotely, but with 5G everything has changed.
Precisely because it is faster and more stable, latency is almost non-existent, making it safe to see patients remotely.
Advanced monitoring in logistics
Logistics will benefit greatly by ensuring advanced monitoring and helping to plan deliveries.
With 5G it will be possible to monitor loads in real time, guaranteeing the integrity of products and processes.
In addition, 5G together with A.I. will enable more assertive route planning based on information and data.
IoT for the manufacturing industry.
IoT for those who don’t know is the internet of things, a network that transfers data between devices and they all communicate with each other.
This technology is present in all the industries we mentioned earlier.
Since practically all devices can have this technology, such as household appliances, machinery and many others.
The manufacturing industry will benefit when 5G increases the speed of the IoT and reduces latency to milliseconds.
Making all production more assertive, faster and cheaper in the future. After all, it depends on the products being produced.
What are the advantages of 5G?
In this penultimate topic, we’ll list the main advantages of 5G so you can check out the other benefits you can enjoy.
- Faster download and upload speeds, almost instantaneous in some cases.
- Lower latency to improve your games, meetings, use of virtual environments and many other features.
- Greater capacity for simultaneous devices
- Support for emerging technologies such as augmented reality or autonomous cars.
- Improved video transmission with high quality and almost instant loading
- Rapid advances in medicine and health
- Increased energy efficiency as 5G is more efficient at reducing energy use
- Support for smart cities in the future by creating the necessary infrastructure for managing traffic, energy, etc.
- Improved education and access to high-quality materials.
- Increased business productivity when using these technologies and communicating with remote employees
- Better streaming quality
What are the disadvantages of 5G?
Obviously, as with all technology, there are advantages and disadvantages. So we also need to list them for you to know and be aware of.
However, it is always important to point out that many problems can be corrected in the future.
- Dependence on infrastructure makes 5G expensive to implement as it is a new technology, and it can be difficult to implement in some areas
- Privacy and security can be compromised as more devices have access to your data, but you must always agree for them to have access,
- Limited availability for rural areas or in places where 5G coverage is not yet available.
- Limited coverage, after all the 5G network is still expanding
- The technology can be affected by the weather, such as rain and fog, which can affect the quality of the connection.
- Need for new devices to use the 5G network
- The 5G signal can interfere with other nearby networks, such as Wi-Fi.