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By now, you’ve seen 5G on television ads, across social media, and probably even read blog posts that explain the technology and intricacies of the new technology. While everyone is talking about it, we took a look at what it is and what it could do for you and your company.

To be sure, 5G is arguably going to be the most significant innovation in the history of mobile phones. If done successfully, it will completely rebuild the communications infrastructure in place.

At its core, 5G is a solution to the unsustainability created by the need to launch new technology every ten years. Releasing successive “generations” of technology is both expensive and labor-intensive, as operators need to pay a number of license fees as well as ensure that previous generations are still operable.

One of the goals of 5G, as Scott Fulton III from ZDNet puts it, “…is to dramatically improve quality of service, and extend that quality over a broader geographic area, in order for the wireless industry to remain competitive against the onset of gigabit fiber service coupled with Wi-Fi.

With the onset of 5G, operators will be able to provide better coverage and higher capacity, allowing them to offer better services to different groups all over the same network.

“This future-proofs the infrastructure,” explains Nigel Linge, Professor of Computer Networking and Telecommunications at the University of Salford, “by creating a service orientated network which can evolve rather than having to be continually replaced with a new one, eliminating the need for a 6G and allowing previous network generations to be decommissioned.”

On the consumer side, 5G will mean improved capacity, coverage, responsiveness, and speed – a thousand times the speed of 4G, in fact.

“This won’t mean much to most people,” says Linge, “but it could be critical for the useful development of specialist applications such as virtual reality and connected and self-driving vehicles, where even small delays can make a big difference.”

However, unlike 4G, 5G will allow for three service grades that are adaptable to the needs of customers’ business models. These service grades include Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), Massive Machine Type Communications (mMTC), and Ultra Reliable and Low Latency Communications (URLLC) – all of which aim to improve the speed and quality of communication.

Expected to be released in 2020, 5G will alter the face of the industry, and we’re ready to walk your business through this transition to its ultimate success.

For now, keep up to date on the release of 5G and check our blog regularly for information, tips, and recommendations!