5G technology is said to be a huge breakthrough. It is a new global wireless standard. This next generation of telecom network (fifth generation) has started hitting the market and will continue to expand worldwide.
What is 5G?
5G is next generation wireless network technology that is expected to change the way people live and work. It will be faster and able to handle more connected devices than the existing 4G LTE network, and will enable a wave of new kinds of tech products.
The future for industry is already racing towards this fifth generation (5G) of wireless communication technology. It promises lightning-fast speed, barely noticeable latency (or communication response time) and vastly increased capacity.
5G offers enormous potential for both consumers and industry,
as well as the prospect of being considerably faster than existing technologies. It holds the promise of applications with high social and economic value, leading to a ‘hyperconnected society’ in which mobile will play an ever more important role in people’s lives.
What Does 5G Mean For Nigeria?
Nigerian regulators have been quick to welcome the possibilities and promises of faster speed, enhanced capacity, and reduced latency that accompany the 5th generation of cellular technology. The Nigerian Communication Commission has high hopes that the tech will “improve the way Nigerians live and work” by advancing smart transportation, medicine, manufacturing, the internet of things, and more.
By being able to enjoy a higher speed we can access files, programs and remote applications in a totally direct way and without much waiting. By intensifying the use of our clouds, all devices (mobile phones, computers, etc.) will depend less on internal memory and on the accumulation of data and it won’t be necessary to install a large number of processors on some devices because computing can be done swiftly on the Cloud.
Just How Fast Will Download Speed Be?
5G networks are expected to be at least 10 times faster than 4G LTE, according to wireless industry trade group GSMA. Some experts say they could eventually be 100 times faster. That’s fast enough to download a two hour movie in fewer than 10 seconds, versus around 7 minutes with 4G. Actual download speeds will depend on a number of factors, including location and network traffic.
How Can I Access it?
In order to connect to and get the benefits of a 5G network, consumers have to have 5G-enabled devices. Samsung, Motorola, Huawei, LG, OnePlus, Apple and several other device makers have released 5G phones. In Nigeria, telecommunication Giant MTN is also working to install personal 5G networks so that users can reap the benefits without waiting for the global rollout.