The ability to utilize time and effort to increase productivity today has been drastically decreased with our fast paced society. In ways to assist in our productivity, more work has been moved to the mobile sphere of technology. To accommodate an increased mobile presence, there has been the implementation of mobile networks readily available for mobile devices that are equipped to access the mobile networks. Original beginning with Zero Generation Technology (0G) which first appeared in the 1970s and currently with the most current generation, 4G. Yet now by 2020, 5G (fifth-generation technology) will be available in the US. What this means is an increased reaching up to 10 GB per second and utilizing frequencies of 24 GHz. With the increased power of the mobile network, many lawmakers are calling for an increased emphasis on the technology especially with the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission along with talks lingering through the European Union and Asian Nations. There is also the question of cost with the integration of 5G and the phasing out of 4G.
The main perks of switching to 5G from the current 4G LTE is in fact speed. With 5G offering speeds of up to 10 GB/sec, that means that we can have fiber optic speeds on our mobile devices. There is also the utilization of 24 GHz. “These include extremely high or ‘millimeter wave’ frequencies above 24 GHZ, considered until recently to be unusable for mobile applications.” (Downes, Par 5) There is also the fact that integration is done by using the already present cell towers and outfitting them with the software and hardware necessary for 5G to begin transmitting.
With the great speed and potential of 5G, there are a few items that linger and question the usability of the mobile network. First and foremost, there are many mobile devices that will be needed to be outfitted with the software and hardware that is need for the device to receive the 5G signal. This could cause an increase in the cost of the devices depending on the cost of production and whether the supplier costs are higher than expected. There is also the possibility that this cause a lack of security within the device. This could cause harm to the customer as it is a security issue for basic data. Also, there is the issue of funding. Whether or not the government will assist in the providing of funds or to leave it to the private sector, it is necessary that $2 trillion be garnered alone for the network upgrades necessary for 5G to become reality. It is time for the new mobile network and 5G is most definitely the most formidable choice coming from 4G LTE.
Downes, Larry. "What Is 5G and Why Should Lawmakers Care?"Washington Post. The Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2015. Web. 28 Oct. 2015.