The demand for faster speeds and instant connectivity is fuelling the rollout for 5G, and network providers are guaranteeing that 5G can offer users with a better experience; with better connection in busy places, faster speeds and better quality. However, 5G is not set to completely replace 4G, but to build on top of the overall network quality.
That being said, the planned technological advancements are sure to have a profound impact on businesses of every size and in every sector – some good, and some not so good.
The Evolution of the Mobile Network G (Generation)
5G is the fifth generation of mobile network technology. To gain a better understanding of what this means, it may be helpful to look at the history of the previous generations and the mechanics of how each generation has evolved the way we share and consume data.
The first 3 generations (0G, 1G and 2G) of mobile networks were all foundational of the mobile devices we use today on a global scale — going from wired connections to wireless systems enabling the sending and receiving of text messages around the world
3G and 4G followed, allowing devices to connect to the internet, which opened up the possibilities to exchange multi-media messages (MMS), video calls and transfer of data (such as downloading applications and data files) on smart devices.
5G will build on the speed capabilities of transferring and accessing data that has not yet been seen before. Meaning that mobile device users can have connectivity speeds faster than some broadband connections. This will surely improve technological applications within the workplace, but also in the world in general.
The applications for 5G and your business
Faster data transfers will allow communications between devices to happen almost instantaneously. This will develop technologies in networks for driverless cars, drones, artificial intelligence, robotics and virtual and augmented reality, paving the way for more realistic experiences in the future.
The potential peak download speed of 5G is estimated to be 20 Gb/s (gigabits per second), or 20,480 Mb/s (megabits per second) and with an upload speed of 10 Gb/s or 10,240 Mb/s. Obviously, these speeds don’t consider environmental interference, which will create drop speed.
To put that in perspective, a movie downloaded via 3G, which may have taken 1 hour 8 minutes, or 40 minutes to download via 4G, would take just 35 seconds to download via 5G. Bear in mind that these times are based on the averages. If somehow peak speeds were reached with 5G, the same movie would be saved in less than one second.
The risks of 5G
The rollout of the networks is going to be very slow and somewhat an expensive process, as the 4G networks aren’t capable of outputting 5G signals. This means that the big cities in the UK will be amongst the first to see the benefits of 5G, and then the surrounding areas. Additionally, the short range of the signals means that there will be more cellular towers to gain overall coverage within a city. This movement is to future-proof the next generations of mobile networks, which will see even faster speeds in the future.
With great speed comes great responsibility for many businesses. These unprecedented speeds will open up companies and device users to potentially greater breaches in security.
At the current rate, it is said that there is a cybercrime attack every 40 seconds. There are predictions that this may increase as more devices are accessing the virtual and local network. Instant remote access, for example, can create bottlenecks in the security protocols that are determining genuine access to cybercrime attacks.
Experts are warning that cybercriminals are focused on exploiting the weakest points of the networks to gain access to the information. Typically, these issues are within the weak passwords being generated by users. With the faster speeds, data can be stolen just as fast as it can be transferred.
However, this speed can also be used to help strengthen the current security protocols by creating more networks to distribute the information, which will increase the complicity of how to access the data.
At RDS Global, we understand the movement to 5G can be daunting and unfamiliar grounds for companies. We know the importance of understanding how it can affect your business, however, we also understand how it can be used to achieve more. To discuss how RDS Global can secure your networks with or without the move, an experienced team at RDS Global is always here to offer a helping hand.