While 4G network is still thriving to span major coordinates of the globe, at least in Asia, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has started to lay down tracks for the next generation of network and has said that Mobile 5G services will be in operation by 2020, providing you speeds upto a staggering 20 Gbps.
In a conference held in San Diego from June 10 to June 18, a 12 member delegation sat to draw up the specifications for future generation of network and to design a roadmap as to how the objective will be achieved.
As decided by ITU, 5G networks will have a peak speed of 20Gbps, or 20 times the peak speed specification of 4G LTE networks, which stands at 1Gbps.
To be noted, this is a theoretical figure that a network would achieve at its max capabilities and provided that a particular critirea is met. On general note, you will have access to much lower peak speeds and although the network speed states a 20 Gbps connection, you will not have the network access to its full potential.
At the moment, the fastest LTE standard is LTE Cat 9, which provides peak speeds of up to 300Mbps, well below the 1Gbps speed specification of 4G networks.
Houlin Zhou, secretary general at ITU said-
The buzz in the industry on future steps in mobile technology – 5G – has seen a sharp increase, with attention now focused on enabling a seamlessly connected society in the 2020 timeframe, and beyond that bringing together people along with things, data, applications, transport systems and cities in a smart networked communications.
5G is expected to radically alter the mobile landscape with huge speeds and greatly reduced latency. Interestingly, 5G networks will also be built with internet-of-things (IoT) devices in mind. 5G networks will have support for more than 1 million IoT devices inside a 1 square kilometre radius at an average speed of above 100Mbps.
This increase in data speeds and bandwidth will eventually open up access to higher resolution video content and holographic technology via mobile networks.
If everything goes by plans, the first commercial 5G networks will be set up for business by 2020.
Also, a demo unit is being prepared for the upcoming 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games. The final details for the 5G standard will be confirmed in October, following approval from the 193 ITU member countries.
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