The fifth-generation network will allow for downloads and upload speed of up to 20 gigabytes per second! This is like delivery broadband over a smartphone device. The kind of delivery speeds expected over mobile devices will be revolutionary. The fifth-generation network is expected to play a significant role in a machine to machine learning and positively disrupt the telecommunications industry as we know it.
Machine to machine learning or M2M includes traffic lights, self-driving cars, interconnected sensors and so forth. The 5G network has been hailed as a step in the right direction to future smart cities. Where machines run the metropolitan and people interact with smart devices to facilitate, elevate and enhance standards of living. Achieving a higher rate of data with low latency has been a challenge.
Low latency refers to the time interval between stimulation and response. It can also be described as the time delay between the cause and effect of some physical change in the system being involved. Low latency describes a computer network that is optimized to process a high amount of data messages with minimal delays.
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Low latency is designed to support near real-time access to rapidly changing data. It is desirable in online gaming for example. This is because it contributes to a more realistic gaming environment.
New technology development on the receiver/transmitter mechanism allows 5G networks to deliver data using very high and very low-frequency waves. This was not possible with the 4G network. As of now, there are no 5G phones available yet. However, the likes of Sony, Huawei, and LG among 19 other companies are developing devices for release in 2019. Currently, 5G is not running on any networks commercially.
For consistency and efficiency, 5G bases need to be located within every 250meters. While 4G bases are distanced one to four kilometers away. However, Verizon is running an upcoming 5G experiment based in Sacramento, California.Verizon plans to release three to five commercial networks across the US within the next two years. Together with AT&T, Verizon plans to build a fully-fledged 5G network by the end of 2018.