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4G to 5G: Opportunities and Challenges
4G offers fast data transfer and better mobile web access which offered opportunities for video conference and cloud computing. Micromax has achieved a quarter of its sales of mobile devices which are 4G-enabled, the company claims. 5G wireless network technology is expected to make more advances in the bandwidth, capacity, and reliability of cellular connections.
The latest technology is expected to make massive improvements in both cellular and wireless data networks. The enterprises and individual consumers are expected to get more benefits from the 5G network in the coming days. Some of the big carriers have already developed their 5G strategies. In the U.S., the big four carriers AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon, are expected to launch their own 5G networks by 2019 and 2020.
The latest 5G technology is designed to enhance current 4G rather than replace it. The technology is believed to speed up current data transfer from 100 Mbps to 10 Gbps and beyond, the advancements will make a wireless next-generation competitive network with even the fastest wired fiber-optic networks.
The major mobile broadband has contributed significantly to economic growth and competitiveness, and policymakers see it as a means of driving economic growth.
Even though 4G lags in terms of speed, capability, and flexibility to support wholly for rapid expansion of innovative mobile and fixed devices, 5G promises to fulfill these shortcomings. It is capable of working seamlessly with wireless sensors, vehicle-to-vehicle communication technologies, smart traffic lights, mobile wearable’s, smart home devices, and other state-of-the-art technologies.
The 5G network is expected to increase the download speed up to 10 GB/S or probably more than that. Many experts estimate this speed at 1000 times faster than the present 4G network, which allows users stream and download videos in less than seconds.
The year 2019 is expected to be fully 5G; the network and device adaptation may be slow, but it will grow rapidly. Instead of using a Wi-Fi router, more 5G-enabled IoT devices will connect directly to the 5G network. All these ways in which 5G differs from 4G will help prepare the industry for new and increasingly complex applications. In the near future, new experiences such as 4K video streaming, more advanced superfast game features with virtual or augmented reality will have a high impact.
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