As communication technologies continue to advance, the world has experienced the emergence of several generations of data technology. From 2G, 3G, 4G, 4G LTE, and now 5G is in its early stages of rollout. While the 5G is not yet the mainstream network, it is the future of communication. Here are some pros and cons that you can expect with 5G networks.
Advantages of 5G Technology
The advantages of 5G technology include;
5G will deliver speeds a hundred times faster than 4G LTE. With speeds of more than 10Gbps, downloads will occur in seconds, not minutes. This will mean exciting possibilities for users like faster downloads and streaming of high-resolution videos.
Enhanced Mobile broadband
5G provides faster data speeds and greater capacity to connect the world. The technology will support fixed wireless home internet access, improve connectivity for those on the move and outdoor broadcast applications (no need for broadcast vans), and the internet of things (IoT).
5G delivers high speed for a massive number of users and connected devices all connected simultaneously. The technology allows users to switch between Wi-Fi and wireless strategies for enhanced performance xxx. This will facilitate seamless connectivity despite spikes in network usage.
5G technology will allow for the transmission of large amounts of data than is possible with 4G LTE technology. This translates to less network congestion, which means users will seamlessly download files, watch videos, and view internet pages at faster speeds.
Latency measures the duration for a signal to travel from the source to the destination and back. 5G networks have lower latency compared to 4G networks. Minimal lags will make it possible to control remote devices in almost real-time and provide a seamless experience for virtual gaming, virtual reality, and augmented reality application and business.
Disadvantages of 5G Technology
The possible downsides to 5G technology include;
5G cybersecurity requires some significant enhancements to shun the risks of hacking. Some security concerns emanate from within the network, while others involve the gadgets linking to the network. The two may expose consumers, enterprises, organizations, and governments to cybersecurity risks.
Limited coverage and availability
While consumers are yearning to experience its benefits, 5G has limited global coverage. It is available mainly in large cities and not in remote areas. The high cost of setting 5G towers contributes to a slow rollout of the technology.
Reduced Broadcast Distance
5G waves can only travel for a short distance. Moreover, tall trees, buildings, and other obstructions may block the transmission of 5G networks. There are fears that rain may interfere with the 5G signal. The technology requires more towers to overcome this challenge, which adds to the cost of its implementation.
High cost of Implementation
The cost of developing 5G infrastructure and adaptation to current cellular infrastructure is relatively high. Cellular operators will are likely to transfer the cost to consumers. Another cost implication to consumers is the high price of 5 G-enabled devices.
Phones running on 5G tend to exhibit rapid battery drain, likely to reduce the battery’s life span. There is also the risk of the battery heating up. Battery Manufacturers are working on technologies that will power 5G cells running an entire day on a single charge. Such will likely raise the price tag for 5G cell phones.