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Future of Optical Link (5G)

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May 12, 2020

In the context of telecommunication, 5G is the fifth generation mobile network. In the present, 4G is the dominant network model. The main feature of 5G is that the network connects virtually everything together in a single unified network, including machines, objects and devices. 5G, like its predecessors, are cellular networks, meaning their service area will be divided into small geographical areas known as cells. These small cells work in unison to form a large network which is connected to the internet. 5G will initially work alongside the existing 4G networks before developing to fully independent networks in ensuring discharges and inclusion extensions.

The advent of 5G began in 2019 and is being continuously developed further and perfected. In the current context, it has not yet been widely available, but 5G supporting devices are already hitting the market. Upgrading to a 5G from its predecessor 4G will definitely be a huge leap. There are a lot of advantages that one can reap from using 5G. 5G is a progressively competent air interface as compared to its previous, inferior versions. It has been designed with an all-encompassing ability to empower next-generation client experiences, enable new organization models and convey new services. With high speeds, better reliability and feeble latency, 5G is sure to dominate. The advantages of 5G over its predecessors is astronomical. With real time data transfer, greater bandwidth, less network congestion, 5G promises amazing internet speed and more reliability. In the current time, 4G has a minimum latency of around 20-30 ms (millisecond). 5G promises latency of under 10 ms at its worst. This is a significant improvement in data transfer and internet surfing. 

Apart from the godly internet speed it promises, perhaps another amazing benefit that 5G will have is its improved usage and interaction with the Internet of Things (IoT). Internet of Things in simple terms is a system of interrelated devices connected to a single network and coordinating together by sending and receiving data from each other. Smart home systems, security systems, smart city can be considered uses of IoT. The reason 5G will be big for IoT is because of its low latency and high connectivity. 5G will be 10 times faster than the current highest internet speed we are getting. This means instantaneous data transfer, greater reliability and an overall greater coverage of IOT in general. The setbacks that IoT is suffering now will all be eliminated with the implementation of 5G.  

Although 5G promises new realms of internet speed and reliability, there have been some concerns regarding the drawbacks that it invites along. These drawbacks, although mostly are short term, is concerning and should be addressed seriously.

5G technology is still under development and research is going on.

5G smartphones are very expensive. As a result, it will take time for the general public to fully comprehend the benefits and start using 5G.

Security and protection issues are very concerning in the new network and are still under development. 

Recent turn of events have led to some people speculating that 5G can be harmful for people. Although this has not been confirmed, some people tend to lean on the fact that the radio frequency that 5G utilizes is actually harmful for the human body.

Despite these pressing concerns, the future of 5G could not be any brighter. Various major cities around the world have already started using 5G networks and smartphone companies have already started to produce and sell 5G enabled smartphone devices. With high speed connectivity, low latency and increased reliability, we will see increased implementation of 5G in various sectors like IOT, Autonomous vehicles, Home security, remote control, etc. 

The use of 5G will completely revolutionize mobile technology. 5G networks utilize different radio frequency ranges at the same time.In other terms, they make use of two different higher bandwidths frequencies for faster speed and superior data transfer.  

5G will also allow cities and other municipalities to operate more efficiently. With the development of 5G, we will also potentially see a vast improvement in the current smart city technology as well as the development of new technology. 

One of the most significant parts of 5G is the impact it will have on the Internet of Things (IoT). Despite the fact that we have sensors or gadgets that are equipped for communicating and functioning in accordance to one another, they are unreliable and take up a lot of resources to power and function. As 5G gives magnificent speeds and low-latency networks , these devices connected to the now faster and more reliable network will function more efficiently and overall enhance the very prospect of IoT.

All in all, the prospect of 5G and its limitless applications promises a very bright future in most of the technological and even service sectors. A new dawn towards a faster and more reliable connectivity, and utter domination in terms of application in multiple fields. 5G is the future!


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