As one generation of wireless communication technology continues to build on the previous one, new business opportunities and processes also begin to develop. The fifth generation of cellular data technology is here, how will it impact your business operations?
The Evolution of the 5G Network
Each generation of wireless mobile communication tends to focus on specific features or services to benefit the greatest number of users. Let’s take a closer look at each network generation to see how the 5G network came to be.
The first generation of mobile networks was introduced in Japan in 1979. The Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) in Tokyo launched the network, and it offered nationwide coverage by 1984. 1G networks were approved and implemented in the US in 1983. The first mobile network also appeared in Canada at that time, but was only in available in Alberta for use by the natural resource industry. The 1G network became available to the general public in Canada in 1986.
1G Focus: Implementation of mobile analogue voice services
The second generation of wireless communication was introduced in Finland in 1991. The launch of 2G saw the introduction of digital voice calls for higher quality and better security using data encryption. 2G networks also included the capability to send SMS text messages and even share images, sparking a worldwide revolution in digital communication.
2G Focus: Digital cellular voice services, SMS text messaging, very basic data services, roaming capabilities across networks
The third generation first emerged in 2001 in Japan, and sought to standardize vendor network protocols. 3G was all about improving and standardizing the transmission of data packets across the network. This led to the emergence of VoIP technology, enabling video conferencing and streaming capabilities.
3G Focus: Data transfer, international roaming, VoIP technology, video conferencing & streaming
Mobile network’s fourth generation was introduced in Sweden and Norway in 2009 as the Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G standard. 4G technology concentrated on delivering high quality video streams for a large number of users simultaneously connected to the network.
The capacity for better quality streaming was device dependent, so users needed a compatible device to access the network. Transitioning from 2G to 3G was as easy as switching out a SIM card; however changing to the 4G network required the purchase of a new device. This sparked the meteoric rise of industry giants like Apple and Samsung.
4G Focus: Faster and higher quality video and data streaming with unified standards and protocols
That brings us to the emergence of the 5G network. Attention is still being given to high quality data transmission for a high number of connected users. While this was the major focus of the 4G network, problems like overloaded networks and traffic bottlenecks were still a concern. In addition to improving user speed and capacity, the 5G network also aims to enhance operational efficiency for businesses with reduced latency and greater capability of the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT offers endless possibilities for businesses to automate repetitive processes, optimize efficiency, and perform high-function remote tasks with exceptional performance and security.
5G Focus: Higher speeds, enhanced network capacity, reduced latency, IoT functionality
What business benefits does TELUS 5G technology offer?
The business opportunities for business on the 5G network are more plentiful than any generation of wireless communication has previously provided. Each generation sees a considerable boost in technological advantages, but the jump to 5G may be the biggest improvement yet.
Some of the impressive business benefits include:
- Exceptional speeds
- Enormous connection capacity
- Enhanced reliability
- Low latency
- IoT possibilities
5G networks plan to deliver 100 times the speeds current 4G networks are capable of delivering. With a limit of 100 Mbps available on 4G, 5G experts to provide users with speeds up to 10Gbps. TELUS Smartphones, Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxy devices will support 5G speed.
Enormous Device Capacity
Traffic bottlenecks and network overloads will become a thing of the past as the 5G networks prepare to deliver the capacity for around 500 times more devices than the 4G network is capable of connecting simultaneously.
Due to the wide range of frequencies to connect to on 5G networks, they will offer tremendous reliability. This can minimize and even eliminate downtime for your business.
Businesses that rely on immediate response time for network processes will benefit immensely from the reduced latency of 5G networks. Latency refers to how long it takes to receive a response after a request is made on the network. 5G networks are expected to reduce lag time to virtually zero.
IoT has the capacity to be the next revolution in mobile data with the unlimited potential of billions of devices gathering and sharing data seamlessly over the network and around the world.