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5G or 5th generation wireless systems is the next generation of telecommunications technology, expected to go above and beyond current standards. It is designed to allow for the additional density of mobile broadband users being anticipated in the near future. Not only does it mean increased bandwidth, but it will also be an enabler of massive machine communications.

 

1G, 2G, 3G, 3.5G and 4G networks have lead us to the way we communicate today. Each generation brought unique features and valued additions; however, there was one thing that didn’t change – the demand to be able to access the network and connect to it in a faster, more accurate, secure and stable way than the previous network. If you’re thinking that the era of a ‘highly inter-connected digital society’ will just be another upgrade to the 3.5G or 4G network you are using, you are mistaken.

 

Let’s go on a trip down memory lane to see the evolution of mobile technology from 1G to the much anticipated 5G.

Evolution of mobile technology
Generations Primary services Key differentiator Weakness (addressed by subsequent generation)
 

1G

 

Analogue phone calls Mobility Poor network connectivity, major security issues.
 

2G

 

Digital phone calls & messaging Secure, mass adoption Limited data rates – difficult to support demand for internet/email
 

3G

 

Phone calls, messaging and data Better internet experience Real performance failed to match hype, failure of WAP for internet access.
 

3.5G

 

Phone calls, messaging
and broadband data
Broadband internet,
applications
Tied to legacy, mobile specific architecture and protocols
 

4G

 

All – IP services (including voice,
messaging and data)
Faster broadband internet,
lower latency

The increased latency potential that will come with 5G is said to be reduced to a mere 1ms from the now 10ms experience provided by 4G, which essentially means that the time that one machine takes to connect to another will come down considerably.

 

Growth of IoT (Internet of Things) is pitted as the best thing that 5G will bring. It will facilitate intuitive remote access in real-time and will also provide for an intelligent web of connected things or IoT. 5G will result in:

 

  1. better battery life
  2. improved network coverage range – for connecting more devices in remote areas
  3. extension of mobile data range – for efficient hotspot creation
  4. better support for interactive media such as voice, audio, internet and broadband services
  5. increased capacity and capability to support mass connectivity
  6. customer support for the ever-increasing use and making of diverse applications, services and users
  7. better cognitive software development radio
  8. improved security features
  9. improved virtual/immersive reality
  10. tactile internet
  11. wireless cloud
  12. improved machine to machine communication time and much more!

 

If all expectations are fulfilled, we will be introduced to a large array of tech savvy products and services for use in day to day life at affordable prices. The most recent development that the tech world can look up to is the rapid increase of internet speed; expected to hit and cross 1 Gbps.

 

However, the good news is, until then, you can make use of the best possible high-speed data on our 4G network by choosing a Plan of your choice. Don’t forget to check out offers on new SIM purchases, student offers, special call rates and more!