Faster speeds. Higher bandwidth. Lower latency. The next era of wireless technology is coming – and it will open the door to life-changing innovations
Canadian LTE (4G) networks already support fast downloads and easy streaming of content. But standard speeds and bandwidth capacity need to be much higher, while latency – the time it takes to send a signal from one point to the next – must be virtually nonexistent.
To help make this possible, 5G technology will use new frequencies of the spectrum, the radio waves that are used to carry cellular signals.
- Greater speed(enough to download a movie in a few seconds)
- Greater capacity(1,000 times capacity of 4G)
- Reduced Latency(stop delays)
- Provide high resolution and larger bandwidth
- It will gather networks on one platform
- Lower battery consumption
- Simultaneous connections can work together
- Provide uninterrupted and consistent connectivity.
- Allow access to parallel multiple services
- Remote place access grant
Current networks use low- and medium-band spectrum, with wavelengths in the range of up to half a meter. Low-band radio waves can travel long distances and penetrate buildings, making them highly prized by carriers looking to offer reliable coverage.
But low-band spectrum can’t carry as much data as higher-frequency waves. That’s why 5G networks will also use so-called millimeter-wave spectrum, which has wavelengths so small they are measured in millimeters.
These radio waves can carry huge amounts of data but don’t travel far, which means network builders need to place many small cells close together to use this spectrum.
To make the best use of different types of spectrum, networks will include a mix of traditional cell-phone towers and antennas on rooftops (carrying signals over long distances), plus a web of small cells at lower heights (supporting huge bandwidth use over shorter distances).
That combination of wireless infrastructure, along with advances in radio technology, will help carriers reduce latency and support billions of devices using more data than ever.