The 5th Generation is Near

Don’t get too comfortable with the 4th generation mobile system. Efforts to create the new and improved mobile system, called 5G, is happening right now. Though 5G is in the early stages of development, you can expect it to be on the market by 2020. Cnet.com explains how the CEO of Ericsson is working toward his vision to create “a network that will not only be significantly faster, but much smarter.” The new generation will be interactive and cater to the continuously growing “internet of things”.

How will 5G influence consumer’s day to day life? The 5th generation is predicted to make a seven-minute download take six seconds. Besides the speed of mobile devices increasing, the 5th generation will also increase bandwidth capacity and battery life. If this doesn’t spark your interest, the new and improved 5G is also supposed to create “ultra low” latency. Latency is how long it takes data to transfer from one device to another. According to recode.net “currently with 4G, the latency rate is around 50 milliseconds, but 5G will reduce that to about one millisecond.”

When there are so many ways for individuals to connect, society will need a system that has the capabilities to support the wide array of devices. Within the next ten years the “internet of things” will continue to grow and 5G will be the network to keep up with this increase in technology. 5G is the key to the “smart cities” companies have been working toward developing since 2009. “A smart city is an urban development vision to integrate multiple information and communication technology (ICT) solutions in a secure fashion to manage a city’s assets.” Using technology to increase the efficiency of services will improve quality of life of city’s populations.

We have a highly progressive society that has high expectations for the future. From the first generation of mobile systems to the upcoming fifth generation, we have gone from flip phones to Fitbits and self-driving cars. Watch as technology drives our world to a smart city reality and the efficiency of our lives goes from 4G to 5G before our eyes.


About the Author: Jeff Poirior

Jeff brings 25 years of telecommunications and information technology management experience in voice and data networking, server support, and telephony and security; with a significant emphasis on customer service. Prior to joining Valicom, he was chief of the infrastructure support section for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Jeff was the vice president of operations for CC&N, overseeing telecommunications, help desk, data and desk side support services. Prior to that, he served as the associate director of technical resources for Covance, responsible for managing systems and network operations supporting 1700 users in Wisconsin and Virginia. He has also led data center operations at Magnetek Electric, supporting mainframe systems, client/server applications, telephony systems, and computer-aided design. Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Cardinal Stritch University and a master’s degree in business administration from University of Phoenix. In addition, Jeff is a past board member of the Wisconsin Telecommunication Association.