5G represents the fifth generation of this mobile technology development cycle.
5G was designed to provide:
1. Faster data rates
2. Ultra-low latency
3. Energy savings
4. Cost reductions
5. Higher system capacity
6. Massive device connectivity.
Compared with 3G or 4G networks, users on 5G networks will have no difficulty connecting to their mobile provider in crowded places, such as in a packed outdoor concert.
The ultra-low latency means that advanced applications, such as autonomous driving, can be supported by 5G networks with precision.
Such latency is also expected to help virtual and augmented reality applications take off.
5G’s capabilities are classified into three areas:
1) Enhanced Mobile Broadband, which enables faster data speeds as total capacity is expanded.
2) Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Connectivity, which is essential for autonomous driving, industrial automation, and remote medical assistance applications.
3) Massive Machine Type Control, which ensures 5G mobile networks are able to connect millions of devices per square kilometer – essential for the development of connected smart cities of the future.