2019 is shaping up to be the Year of 5G, the fifth generation of mobile networks. The nearly unimaginable high-tech future is upon us. Carriers have already begun activating their 5G networks. Within the next few months, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile all will have begun to turn on or expand their networks. Widespread availability is expected by 2025.
The magic of 5G is much larger than individual usage, though. It spans across industries in ways that will transform the way we work and communicate. With 5G’s response time faster than a millisecond, and its power to instantly connect networks of devices, the federal government could see innovative changes across agencies. Emergency response, transportation, agriculture--all could be transformed in fundamental ways.
But...how? What aspects of 5G allow it to create such impact? What benefits about the technology do government leaders need to know?
3 Benefits of 5G
1. 5G has low latency
Latency is the term to describe the length of time between command and response. Low latency means that a computer network can process a high volume of data very quickly. This increase in responsiveness means real-time interactivity for services using the cloud. With 5G, data will be collected, sorted and distributed to the necessary channels at speeds that have never been seen before. The improvements this will make for emergency responders, public safety professionals and health care systems is immeasurable.
2. 5G enables connection density
How much data can be transmitted within a certain time, in a specific geographical space? Connection density refers to the ability to support a large amount of concurrent connections to the network. 4G’s typical connection density is 2,000 connections per square km. 5G is expected to support a much higher connection density - up to one million connections per .38 square miles. This means that networks will be able to handle massive amounts of devices operating at fast speeds. For urban, densely populated areas, the result is a safer, more secure and connected environment.
3. 5G delivers amplified throughput
Throughput is a measurable processing rate. In the communications world, it equates to the rate a message is delivered through a channel. 5G is expected to deliver 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps) throughput. This capability is expanding the way that we use the cloud. There are endless possibilities for large scale public projects like never before. With a throughput rate this fast, the challenges of rural broadband would no longer hinder progress in emergency response management, public safety and healthcare.
5G is coming, whether we’re ready or not. With such powerful benefits, the technology has the potential to bring incredible change across industries. Lightning fast data processing, endless networked devices, lightning fast throughput--all of these benefits promise to revolutionize the way we work and we play. From emergency response to healthcare to transportation, 5G capabilities will be the catalyst for change and improvement.
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