There is a lot of hype about the potential of 5G - but what will it actually offer to businesses and consumers? How does it differ from previous communications networks?
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5G: short for ‘fifth generation mobile networks’ and much faster than previous generations. With speeds of up to 100 gigabits per second, 5G is set to be as much as 1,000 times faster than 4G.
The 2G (GSM) network was originally designed for voice. SMS was added later on. Data was added seperately as part of GPRS network. 3G continued the voice and data network with evolution of the data part to support higher data rates. 4G on the other hand moved to an All-IP network with no native support for voice but support for even higher data rates. In 5G, while still being an All-IP network like 4G, there are three areas of focus. Higher data rates as part of Evolved Mobile Broadband (eMBB) network, higher reliability and lower latency as part of Ultra Reliable and Low Latency Communications (URLLC) and finally, supporting very high number of low data rate devices or massive machine type communications (mMTC).
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