The buzz about 5G technology has been very loud lately. 5G is the fifth generation of wireless broadband technology. However, the advent of 5G networks doesn’t mean 4G LTE will be gone for good, right away. It remains unclear as to how immediate 5G networks will impact our day-to-day lives in the next 10 years. Is our need for speed enough to justify 5G networks?
With full bars, 4G LTE delivers astonishing speeds to any connected device. 4K television shows will be streamed without too much buffering. However, cut the signal down to a bar or two and the results become dramatically slower. Music streaming is mostly seamless on 4G, where still entire albums will be played within a couple of minutes and with only one bar of 4G LTE.
As good as 4G LTE is when at full peak, should 5G network be built alongside 4G LTE network?
It’s safe to say, 4G LTE will serve as a fallback network in situations where users are not covered by the new 5G network. The next decade will be good for 4G LTE as an important cellular network. Recently, GSMA, which represents the interests of cellular operators around the world, reported that 43 percent of all global connections today are 4G, and that will grow to 60 percent by 2025. Hence why it’s a major key for the real estate industry to continue investing in the provision of 4G LTE connections at its properties.
5G users will be able to seamlessly use 5G, 4G, and Wi-Fi since 5G will interwork both with 4G and Wi-Fi, allowing a user to simultaneously be connected to 5G New Radio (NR), LTE or Wi-Fi. Similar to Wi-Fi, 5G NR will also be designed for an unlicensed spectrum without requiring access to licensed spectrum, which allows more entities to deploy 5G network and enjoy the benefits of 5G technology.
We’re already seeing carriers put 5G networks into place for testing and evaluation. Both “real” 5G networks by Verizon 5G and fake 5G networks like AT&T’s 5G Evolution network that’s really just 4G with extra bandwidth. Verizon pledged that it won’t falsely claim that 4G phones are really 5G, in response to AT&T changing phone network indicators from 4G to 5G E despite not providing any 5G smartphone service.
Because of how 4G LTE is going to be enhanced by and eventually replaced with 5G networks, it will be a while until everything is up and running and “real” 5G technology is everywhere.