When we think of 5G, we think of faster Internet speeds, but rarely do we think about how this is possible.
The thing is 5G is just a name to call the fifth-generation of wireless broadband technology based on the IEEE 802.11ac standard. According to the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA) a 5G a connection should meet most of these eight criteria:
1) One to 10 Gbps connections to end points in the field
2) One millisecond end-to-end round trip delay
3) 1000x bandwidth per unit area
4) 10 to 100x number of connected devices
5) (Perception of) 99.999 percent availability
6) (Perception of) 100 percent coverage
7) 90 percent reduction in network energy usage
8) Up to ten-year battery life for low power, machine-type devices
However, one important goal of 5G is to equate wireline and wireless networks in speed, in order to truly make wireless data a worthwhile expense for the average man. Particularly, 5G will provide better speeds and coverage than the current 4G, and operates with a 5Ghz signal and up to 1 Gb/s for tens of connections or tens of Mb/s for tens of thousands of connections.
So which companies are striving to bring 5G to India? Well that’s a fairly easy answer to provide.
With the first commercial 5G networks to go live in 2019, they’ll probably be supported by Qualcomm’s smartphone processors. The company’s systems on chip (SoCs) were in almost every device at MWC 2018, including the new Samsung Galaxy S9.
Just last year, the company released a 5G smartphone prototype that also retained backward compatibility with older networks upto 2G. In addition, the company has been working with its parent company Softbank, as well as carriers like Verizon and Sprint, to develop 5G.
Qualcomm, in fact, is largely the reason the launch data of 5G was accelerated from 2020 to 2019.
At this year’s MWC, Qualcomm also released its Snapdragon 5G Module solutions. These are products that merge the most important components of 5G into a few core modules. That way, manufacturers don’t have to configure many components for their devices and can instead use just a few modules that cover areas like memory, application processor, RF, antennas and battery optimisation. Basically, Qualcomm is making it easier for manufacturers to jump into making 5G devices.
Even Ericsson made an appearance at MWC 2018, showing off super low latency 5G. For demos at the event. Ericsson’s 5G had latency of just about 6 milliseconds. As you can see in the video below, there’s no jitter, stuttering, or call drops during the chat. And that’s basically the kind of video chats we’re being promised will be available all the time thanks to 5G! The company did even better on a live demo in India last year, with a 5.7 Gbps throughput and just 3 millisecond latency.