Male Rep 1

 

 "The customer is the hero of the Story"

Have IT Questions?
Call us now (888) 894-6411

Blog

5G is Still Going to Take A While

5G is Still Going to Take A While

As technology has improved in function and convenience, we seem to demand more and more of it at an increasing pace. Take mobile data as an example: 4G was introduced in 2009, and less than a decade later, there is high demand for 5G. Unfortunately, while 5G has been worked on for some time already, it isn’t likely that it will be commonly available anytime soon.

The technology being touted as the driving force behind 5G has quite a few practical issues, many of which may prove to be too much for the anticipated improvements to offset. Many of these issues are rooted in the proposed use of enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) via millimeter wave (mmWave) and the inherent issues with this plan.

Range
A big problem comes from the range of mmWave. Currently, 4G signals can reach anywhere between three and thirty miles, while mmWave can only reach a third of a mile - one ninth of its range now, under ideal circumstances. In order for 5G through mmWave to be successful, there would need to be some major infrastructure updates.

This has been addressed in the planning processes, as it is likely that the cell towers we are accustomed to today would instead be replaced by shorter-range femtocells. These femtocells would be approximately the size of a microwave oven, and could be added to existing pieces of infrastructure, like light poles, traffic signs, and even public transportation vehicles like buses. However, these open up the idea of implementing 5G to more complications.

Connectivity
For example, mmWave signals are incredibly easy to block, which is why there would need to be so many femtocells added to the existing infrastructure. When something as simple as an unfortunately positioned traffic sign can block a signal, signals need to be coming from more than one direction.

There is also the matter of bandwidth that needs to be addressed. Consider how much usage each femtocell would see - they just wouldn’t be able to network as efficiently as necessary for proper use. This would mean that the entire network of femtocells would also need to be connected via costly high-speed fiber cabling, which would be an expensive and time-consuming endeavor.

Cloud Confusion
With cloud computing having become such a widely utilized tool, it only makes sense that the femtocell network would be managed via the cloud. By creating a virtual network in the cloud, software-defined networks (SDNs) and network function virtualization (NFV) could be leveraged to manage the 5G network. Trouble is, there are various kinds of SDNs and NFV, with no one standard. The Linux Foundation is working to change this, but this still isn’t an issue that will likely be resolved in the near future.

Regardless, 5G is going to happen - femtocells are inexpensive and, for all their faults, a potentially beneficial way to make it possible. Furthermore, people want better mobile bandwidth. The technology is just going to take some time to develop.

However, if you want to improve your business’ connectivity now, we can help. Give TWINTEL Solutions a call at (888) 894-6411.

The Internet of Things Gives Great Power to Our Ph...
Know Your Tech: Safe Mode

Related Posts

 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Friday, September 21 2018
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code

Our 10 Benefits

Our 10 Benefits Whitepaper

This whitepaper will evaluate the differences between traditional technical support practices and modern managed IT practices and the pros and cons of both in regards to small and medium-sized businesses.

Download Now!   Need A Consultation?

Tag Cloud

Security Tip of the Week Best Practices Cloud Privacy Technology Business Computing Hackers Network Security Backup Malware Hosted Solutions Mobile Devices Google VoIP Microsoft Data nonprofit Software bgc Disaster Recovery Email roundup Managed IT Services Alert Innovation Internet Outsourced IT Business Business Continuity Smartphones communications Windows 10 Hardware Tech Term IT Services Ransomware Saving Money Browser Server Managed IT Services Android Data Backup Cybercrime Computers Efficiency Internet of Things IT Support Computer Small Business Cloud Computing Smartphone Quick Tips Save Money Business Management Productivity Office Network Data Recovery User Tips Windows BDR Passwords Managed IT Artificial Intelligence Recovery Cybersecurity IT Support Money Social Engineering Mobile Device Management Telephone Systems BYOD Applications Miscellaneous Communication Facebook Firewall Mobility Gadgets Work/Life Balance Phishing Virtualization Workplace Tips Social Media Collaboration Vulnerability Productivity Hacking Upgrade Law Enforcement Flexibility Budget Proactive IT Router How To Private Cloud Office Tips Bandwidth Compliance Avoiding Downtime Bring Your Own Device App Chrome Wi-Fi Password Health Automation Holiday Data Protection Windows 10 Office 365 Microsoft Office Two-factor Authentication Remote Monitoring Managed Service Provider VPN History Value Identity Theft Remote Computing Black Market Mobile Device Business Intelligence Apps Operating System Connectivity Word Sports Redundancy Mobile Computing Data Breach Safety HaaS Google Drive Information Technology Data Security Servers Infrastructure Paperless Office IT Plan Automobile The Internet of Things Electronic Medical Records Update Physical Security Worker Information Credit Cards Data Management Employer-Employee Relationship USB Keyboard Unified Threat Management Spam Blocking CES End of Support Entertainment Battery Content Filtering Data storage SaaS Encryption Managed Service Windows 7 Hiring/Firing Business Owner Cleaning Content Management Spam Training Workers Unsupported Software Emergency Wireless Technology Data Storage Website Big Data Virtual Assistant Document Management YouTube Computer Care Blockchain Patch Management PDF Government Computing Infrastructure OneNote Legal Solid State Drive IT Management Save Time Marketing HIPAA Samsung Scam Risk Management Charger Settings Comparison Hacker Television CrashOverride Practices Augmented Reality Online Shopping Best Practice Content Humor Bluetooth Netflix Multi-Factor Security Hosted Solution Audit Staff Regulation Tip of the week Leadership Addiction Data loss Search Virtual Reality Transportation Current Events Smart Tech Tools Theft Politics Apple Criminal NIST HBO Specifications Laptop Internet Exlporer Public Computer Hosted Computing Remote Worker Flash Evernote Audiobook Chromecast Password Manager Machine Learning Trending Loyalty Computer Fan Digital Signature Windows Server 2008 Cache Screen Mirroring WiFi How to Worker Commute Benefits Knowledge iPhone Cryptocurrency Outlook Millennials Touchpad Inventory Wiring Sync Wireless Charging Video Games Rootkit Business Mangement HVAC Data Warehousing Lifestyle User Error FENG Fraud NarrowBand Wireless Internet Cast Google Docs Troubleshooting Workforce Smart Technology Wireless Network Congestion Devices Mobile Scalability Experience Downtime Windows 10s Safe Mode Reputation Advertising Access Control Telephony Fiber-Optic Gmail Networking Education Monitor Colocation Accountants MSP Regulations Amazon Employer Employee Relationship Hard Drives webinar Cortana Wire Going Green Frequently Asked Questions Telecommuting Techology Two Factor Authentication Thought Leadership Professional Services Robot Public Cloud Customers IBM Authentication Skype Cables Vendor Management Recycling Enterprise Content Management Software Tips Assessment File Sharing Amazon Web Services Relocation Computer Accessories Conferencing Google Apps Smart Office Voice over Internet Protocol Shadow IT Books Human Resources Telephone System Excel Remote Work IT Consultant Twitter Meetings Software as a Service Instant Messaging Files Users Supercomputer Nanotechnology Camera Start Menu Unified Communications eWaste Password Management Congratulations Printers GDPR E-Commerce nonprofits Thank You