The successor to 4G LTE (Long-Term Evolution) is right around the corner. It is called 5G or Fifth Generation. Fifth Generation will be a new technology that will complement and expand upon existing mobile infrastructure and technology.
The ITU or the International Telecommunication Union oversees much of the development and standardization to push for deployment of 5G via IMT-2020. IMT stands for International Mobile Telecommunications Systems. This will be a full-scale project that is slated to be fully honed around 2020 thanks to the research of many major wireless players. The list of companies contributing to LTE includes but isn’t limited to Verizon, Samsung, NEC, Alcatel-Lucent, Fujitsu, Nokia, and Ericsson.
Three Prongs of 5G Improvement
The IMT-2020 has many ambitions and metrics for improving and implementing 5G through three various prongs:
- Enhanced Mobile Broadband or eMBB is the first prong of 5G improvement. This includes ensuring smoother movement of multimedia content and mobility.
- The second prong of improvement is mMTC or Massive Machine Type Communications. This ensures that future 5G technology will improve the relay of low-volume sensitive data. This prong of 5G development will ensure that sensitive data moves more freely in a cost effective way. This improvement also includes better battery and energy management throughout 5G devices.
- The last prong of 5G development includes uMTC or Ultra Reliable and Low Latency Communications. This includes strict and stringent requirements for improving latency, throughput, and data availability of 4G. This prong of development hopes to improve and develop Mobile technology in the realm of industrial manufacturing, transportation safety, and remote medical surgery.
What does 5G mean for me as the Mobile Consumer
Verizon is currently one of the largest drivers of 5G technology. Under ideal and low congestion conditions, 5G speeds are slated to be over 100 times faster than current 4G LTE technologies. Users will be able to stream 8K video in 3D or download 3D movies while on the go in about six seconds, as opposed to the six minutes it would currently take for 4G LTE to download the same amount of data.
The other advantage to 5G technology is improved latency times. 5G data will take less time to for the network to communicate back to your device. This means that on average, videos, web pages and apps and will load a lot faster than current 4G LTE technology.
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