There’s a lot of excitement surrounding the expected introduction of 5G wireless. The rollout is anticipated as soon as 2020, promising improved connectivity and a host of innovations. There’s just one problem: some say the existing fiber can’t possibly support a 5G rollout.
First, it’s important to discuss what the buzz is all about with 5G wireless. It’s expected to open up possibilities for a variety of industries by offering a few important benefits:
Speed and power: One of the most important features of 5G is its ability to offer low-latency and millimeter frequencies, with latency rates at a single millisecond, compared with the current rate of 50 milliseconds on 4G LTE. The power available through 5G is impressive too, with a lower power consumption that could usher in an era of 10-year battery life.
Better security: A 5G wireless network could offer more watertight security, and some projected new innovations in security could mean a big leap in security technology. This would be particularly beneficial for those in healthcare, the financial industry, and other markets where security requires a robust approach.
Capacity: The capacity of 5G is forecasted to feature 10 to 100 times more than that available with the current 4G LTE.
It’s easy to see why the expectation of 5G wireless would have important implications for industries that stand to better streamline and innovate from these benefits. With all the anticipation, there are a few questions arising about whether 5G will be ready to take off in 2020.
For 5G to reach its expected heights, there needs to be availability of deep fiber. The shorter distance millimeter spectrum requires more cell sites, and those need to be connected. Without the increase in deep fiber, the existing network would be unable to carry the 5G network.
In fact, to get fiber ready to carry the load for 5G, it could require an investment of between $130 billion to $150 billion. This investment needs to happen in the next five to seven years to support a variety of deep fiber coverage areas, including rural coverage, wireless densification, and the increasing broadband competition in urban areas.
The potential for 5G wireless connection is exciting for those in the healthcare and financial services industries, and the speed and power alone excite anyone in a technology field. If you want to know more about the launch of 5G, talk with our specialists at Innovative Business Solutions.