How 5G Changes your life in future: The fifth generation of wireless technology, i.e., 5G, is now almost in our midst. Telecom giants like Jio have confirmed their plans to roll out 5G in India in the second half of 2021. Airtel has demonstrated its 5G network in Hyderabad ahead of the commercial rollout. So, before you upgrade your data plan to 5G, let’s take a look at how 5G will benefit you.
What will be the benefits of 5G?
5G, like 4G, promises faster data transmission and higher bandwidth – the amount of data that can be transferred in a given amount of time. Theoretically, users can get speeds of up to 20Gbps which is totally a unique thing in itself, especially when compared to 3G which can only provide speeds up to 40Mbps, but remember that this is all theoretical. . In the business world, 5G carriers are expected to support speeds of up to 1Gbps which is 10 times the speed offered by 4G LTE.
This faster transmission is accompanied by extremely low latency – the delay caused by your phone connecting to the server, usually measured in milliseconds (ms). In simple words, if bandwidth is the width of a highway then latency is the roughness of the road that causes the delay. Latency is much less for 5G as compared to 4G. While 4G was limited to a latency of 50ms, 5G could theoretically be as low as 1ms, which is almost instantaneous. Commercially, one might expect latency to be around 10ms, which is still unreliable.
What does 5G technology mean to me?
In general, faster data speeds mean better everything in technology, especially streaming. On 5G, you can download a full episode of the Netflix show, Stranger Things, in seconds! Your YouTube videos will start immediately without any buffering. The time taken to download your favorite games like Fortnite and Call of Duty Mobile will be greatly reduced. This low latency will not only help you download these games faster but will also help you play them better. If you are a gamer then you probably already know the importance of ping, so there is no need for me to convince you.
Remote processing and cloud gaming
With High Speed, you can quickly access files, programs, and other applications without having to download them to your phone. It is cloud technology which means all your processing will be done remotely from servers in some other corner of the world. For example, you will be able to access some mobile applications on your smartphone without having to install it.
Gaming is a huge application of cloud processing. This will allow users to play AAA titles like Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto on your mobile phone or tablet without breaking a sweat as all the rendering and processing will be done remotely and not on your smartphone. You will never need to download games to your device, think of it like Netflix but for gaming. That’s exactly what companies like Google and Microsoft are trying to do with Stadia and xCloud respectively.
Augmented and Virtual Reality
Apart from better streaming quality and faster downloads, 5G also promises immersive experiences including virtual and augmented reality and 3D content. Both AR and VR, which require strong network requirements like low latency, high reliability and high bandwidth, will be improved with the help of 5G. For example, one problem currently with virtual reality headsets is that high ping leads to lag between action and response that can lead to motion sickness. With the help of 5G, this problem will be eliminated and users will get a more refined experience with more detailed graphics.
There are many other applications of virtual reality that will benefit from 5G, one of the most important of which is the ability to realize things. Wearing your virtual reality headset and special gloves you will be able to feel everything you see in front of you. An example of this technology would be the ability to drive a car from afar.
The introduction of 5G in our lives is a big step towards our science-fiction dreams like augmented glasses. AR glasses have the potential to be a leader in consumer technology, which is why companies like Apple are working on their own pair of glasses. This technology can transform our smartphones and overlay information like text messages, emails, etc. on the real world. A perfect example of this situation would be AR Navigation which overlays directions by showing arrows on the road in front of you.
Smart home and smart city
Faster data connections mean that the adoption of smart devices will be faster. A wider bandwidth will help Internet of Things (IoT) devices to communicate with each other, creating not only smart homes but smart cities as well. This also means that more self-driving vehicles will be deployed on the streets of your city. Everything including lampposts, traffic signals and cameras will be able to communicate with each other which will help to monitor and make your city safer. This also means that on your way to work, your car will be able to exchange information with other vehicles. Being self-propelled, it will take the fastest possible route and park itself in the available parking slots.
When can I use 5G?
Like any technology, 5G will take time to develop, it is still in its early stages. Most of these applications already exist but are not yet mainstream. 5G will give them the boost they need for widespread adoption, but that’s still a long way off. Countries such as the United States and China are still setting up 5G networks, while India is still lagging in its testing and planning phase.