5G is going to be the hot topic of the year 2020 and in the years to come. It is the year in which the rollout of this new generation mobile network will begin. It brings with it several technological changes, but also new practices. Here is our complete guide on 5G to know and understand everything about its deployment.
The 5G will arrive in 2020 and promises to revolutionize our mobility habits. It is a crucial subject for a good understanding of the technological changes to come. With this complete guide, you will have all the answers to your questions about 5G: frequencies, deployment, use, etc.
5G or 5G NR (New Radio) is, as its name indicates, the 5th generation of mobile communications, which will, therefore, succeed 4G LTE, and before it 3G and 2G. Among the critical promises of 5G is a 10-fold increase in speed, but also significantly reduced latency, which would be divided by 10.
Above all, 5G should make it possible to manage the ever-increasing number of connected devices. We’re no longer just talking about smartphones, but also computers, cars, and a whole ecosystem of related objects, especially in the business world. Behind this last notion lies the idea that more and more autonomous machines will connect to the mobile network: smart city, security, connected home, etc.
The deployment of 5G has already started in some countries but should become more popular from 2020 and in the following years.
HOW DOES 5G WORK?
The 5G is based on the technologies already used with the 4G LTE but differs on several vital points. Firstly, 5G is a technological upgrade of 4G LTE and can reuse the same frequency bands as 4G LTE. Thanks to this update, a 5G smartphone can benefit from a better speed than a 4G smartphone connected to the same antenna and using the same frequency.
5G also makes use of new frequency bands divided into two groups. The first is the 5G Sub-6 frequency bands. The second, the millimeter-wave group, allows a significant increase in speed at the expense of range.
THE DEPLOYMENT OF THE 5G
Like previous generations, the deployment of 5G will be very gradual. Several countries, such as the United States, South Korea, China, and the United Kingdom, have already started the implementation of 5G with 5G NSA sub-6 networks.
WHICH SMARTPHONES ARE 5G COMPATIBLE
As 5G networks began to deploy in some countries, several brands already offer 5G-compatible devices. These include the Samsung Galaxy S20 range, or the Oppo Find X2 Pro and the Sony Xperia 1 II for the year 2020. To drive the adoption of 5G, Qualcomm announced that all smartphones equipped with the Snapdragon 865 or 765 would be required to offer 5G. We have a portfolio of 5G-enabled smartphones that we mention some of them in the upcoming list.
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Galaxy S10 5g
Samsung W20 5G (Galaxy Fold 5G)
Xiaomi MI MIX 3 5G
Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G
Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha
HUAWEI MATE 20 X 5G
HUAWEI MATE XS: 5G FOLDABLE
OnePlus 7 Pro 5G
ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G
Vivo Nex 3
WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM SPEED THAT CAN BE REACHED IN 5G?
The promoters of 5G make a lot of promises around the flow of this new standard. We are talking about speeds that could reach 20 Gbit/s thanks to millimeter waves. Of course, we will have to see what the actual rates proposed to subscribers will be. We are betting that they will be between 100 Mbps and a few Gbps. Moreover, the very gradual deployment of 5G will not make it possible to reach these speeds very soon.