What Is 5G and Why You Should Care About It

5G Mobile network

If one considers the fact that the 4G mobile data service is still in the process of development when it comes to speed capabilities and coverage, he might wonder why he would need 5G at all. But the 5G standard is already here, with Internet providers such as Verizon and AT&T already planning to introduce 5G infrastructure and phones in the upcoming months.

What are the main characteristics of this brand new technology? What are its benefits, and why should you care about it? To find answers to these questions, keep reading – we’ll take an in-depth look at this innovative standard and analyze its advantages. Many Internet news portals reported on this last week and we even saw Motorola announcing a mod for one of their phones that will help the device utilize the new mobile standard. Here’s our breakdown of everything we learned so far.


The Key Features

Here is a list of characteristics that may turn 5G into a real game-changer:

  • Faster Speeds

As you probably already know, 5G will be a lot faster than all of the previous generation networks. Some experts even claim that it will be as much as 100 times faster than 4G, which is very impressive.

Network speeds

Specifically, 5G technology offers speeds of up to 10 GB/s, making it possible to download a full HD movie under just 10 seconds. That’s a huge increase in speed when compared to 10 minutes on the fastest 4G networks.

  • Greater Capacity

The brand new 5G standard also introduces greater capacity. In other words, it will allow the networks to cope better with all those high-demand applications, such as simultaneous HD streaming or virtual reality experiences.

  • Lower Latency

Another benefit that comes with 5G is the lower latency. This means less lag or delay while you’re using your smartphone or other devices. Latency stands at around 50 milliseconds with 4G, and this number will decrease to the impressive one millisecond with 5G – the lag becomes undetectable to the user.

  • Flexibility

The 5G networks will also be far more flexible. The technology of “network slicing” leads to a physical network being divided into a number of virtual networks, letting the operator use the correct “slice” depending on the needs of a particular situation.

  • Reliability

Experts say that 5G will be “ultra-reliable”, which, in other words, means that you can forget about weak connectivity or dropped calls. This will allow more “critical” use situations, especially when it comes to things like connected cards and digital health.

  • Better Battery Life

Even though all of this sounds like something that could take a serious toll on your battery, the 5G technology is actually expected to extend the battery life of many modern devices by up to ten or more times.


Who is Launching it and When?

AT&T will probably be the first company with mobile 5G – they plan to launch this network in 12 cities before 2019. Even though they didn’t give any particular details, this will probably be the so-called ‘millimeter wave 5G”, which requires dense networks of cells but delivers impressive speeds. However, it is important to mention that the company’s rollout will almost certainly be slowed down by the lack of compatible phones – Qualcomm says that they won’t introduce 5G devices before 2019.

Verizon, on the other hand, will start out by introducing a 5G home internet service, which will use home routers with fixed antennas. Even though you won’t be able to tote these things around, you’ll be able to enjoy gigabit internet in the comfort of your own home. The most significant benefit of the 5G home internet is a huge capacity – most homes now expect at least 200 GB of monthly usage, and that’s something that carriers simply can’t competitively offer with 4G as there is not enough capacity on this network’s cell sites.

T-Mobile decided to take a different approach – they are making a nationwide 5G network that will start out in 2019 and have a full nationwide coverage by 2020. Sprint plans to launch 5G smartphones early in the next year. The company’s CTO hints at Mobile World Congress in February.


Even though the change won’t happen overnight, 5G will undoubtedly bring a myriad of advantages to users and businesses. Many expect the 5G to be the leading force in the “fourth industrial revolution”, where everything is digitized and connected. Pretty exciting, wouldn’t you say?

Hitachi Com And Alvarion To Cooperate In Developing Mobile WIMAX System


Hitachi Com and Alvarion have agreed to develop Broadband Mobile Wireless Access System using Mobile WiMAX technology jointly in Japan and overseas market.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has developed the license policy of 2.5 GHz band. WiMAX is considered as the most likely candidate for Broadband Mobile Wireless Access Systems. To establish WiMAX technology, the base station, which can transmit broadband data stably, and the mobile management technology, which can realize seamless handover between base stations, are needed.

The main goal of this agreement is that Hitachi Com and Alvarion will develop total system solutions, combined with the base station technology of Alvarion, which is globally a leading company in WiMAX and broadband wireless systems, with the mobile gateway technology, construction and maintenance technology of Hitachi Com, which has the rich experience of 3G Mobile Radio Network System.

Hitachi Com is in charge of developing ASN-GW, while Alvarion is in charge of developing high performance macro/micro base stations.

Ultimately Hitachi Com, which has proven itself in the 3G mobile communication market, and Alvarion, hope to realize a new WiMAX system in Japan, that has high quality of career grade signal while still maintaining WiFi systems and deployment.

WiMax System

WiMAX system could bring the revolution to the table of all consumers when it comes to the mobile networks and services. There were some mentions that this new mobile WiMAX network will be able to provide the consumers with much better services and products. All areas will be provided with wireless Internet access so this means rural, suburbia and urban areas. The consumers will be able to expect a lot of good benefits from this cooperation and the entire network system will get greatly improved in every sense of that word. It remains to be seen what will come next.

Sprint Nextel And Clearwire To Partner On The First Nationwide WiMAX Network

Sprint Nextel And Clearwire To Partner On The First Nationwide WiMAX Network

Clearwire and Sprint Nextel plan their partnership and one of their main goals will be the building of the first national mobile broadband network that will be completely based on the WiMAX mobile technology. All of this is because of the promotion of the global expansion of the entire WiMAX technology and the development of its services.

This partnership was meant to create multiple broad benefits for public safety users, the Federal government, educators, businesses of all sorts but most of all, the consumers. In order to do so, they will need to foster more efficient deployment of a mobile WiMAX broadband network, which is broad and quicker. And this is much more than any of the aforementioned companies could ever accomplish on their own for sure.

Designed to deliver mobile broadband services in rural, suburban and urban markets, the WiMAX network aims to enable significantly better and greater breadth and depth of their services. Each company will, therefore, reduce their operating costs as well as the network development while increasing capital efficiency. As a part of their agreement is the roaming between the respected territories and both Clearwire and Sprint Nextel are working on this as a part of their nationwide network building plan.

NextelOne of their main goals is the overall improvement of their products and services and they will put their joint effort on distribution, marketing, branding and shared infrastructure. With this in mind, it is important to mention that the companies plan to exchange carefully selected 2,5 GHz spectrum with the aim and the very best intention to optimize the operation and development as well as the build-out of the network.

Upon the execution of their definite agreement, all of this should take place in the next two months where the officials expect that the entire process will be completely finalized while entering the mature stage of the overall global negotiations. After the conclusion of the agreement chapter, both companies plan to surprise their consumers as well as the distributors and businesses all across the country with the open Internet access.

This is how they will test their wireless broadband network that designed with the thought to deliver comparable speeds while offering maximum customer flexibility. It’s safe to say that all consumers of their services will greatly benefit from this useful agreement and merging.

ABI Research Tracks US Mobile WiMAX Market As It Moves From Uncertain To Vibrant

ABI Research Tracks US Mobile WiMAX Market As It Moves From Uncertain To Vibrant

There are numerous and divided opinions throughout the United States when it comes to WiMAX. It was not longer than a year ago that people thought they would only see fixed WiMAX deployed in rural areas. Of course, this would imply that there are no cable modem or DSL services. Since the switching to mobile WiMAX instead of using their ordinary proprietary network, Sprint Nextel became one of the pioneers as the first major mobile operator that is officially committed to WiMAX.

Clearwire and Sprint will immediately work on forming a full roaming arrangement and the final goal would be to merge completely. The main goal is to attract as more mergers, partnerships and major strategic alliances as possible. NextWave is also into WiMAX spectrum and their NextWave Broadband subsidiary has but one main aim and that is to make sure to enable more WiMAX devices as soon as possible.

The only way how they can do this is by selling, even more, mobile WiMAX chipsets because that is the only way how they can completely ensure that the value of the entire spectrum will be greatly increased. In this digital era, it is a normal thing that there will be a lot of wireless ISPs that are all looking to deploy mobile WiMAX.

VerizonOne of the ISPs that would serve as a perfect example would be Horizon Wi-Com. It is a known fact that they hold their 2,3 GHz Northeast spectrum after acquiring it from Verizon. With this in mind, EchoStar and DirecTV decided to make their partnership with Clearwire official by announcing that they will allow Clearwire to bundle broadcast video, shortly after they manage to deploy their network.

This will provide the DSB companies with a low-latency and utterly fast pipe. All of this along with much more about similar moves and market trends in the world is discussed in the latest ABI Research Brief. This research was named Mobile WiMAX in the United States and its main aim and goal were to provide a detailed analysis.

Vodafone Takes A Cautious View Of Mobile WiMAX

Vodafone Takes A Cautious View Of Mobile WiMAX

Vodafone, the world’s largest wireless service provider by revenue, provides new insight into the carrier’s current assessment and future direction for next generation wireless technologies. In a talk at the April 20th IEEE East Bay ComSoc meeting, entitled, “Visions from a Global Carrier’s Crystal Ball,” Dr. Stanley Chia, Senior Director of Vodafone’s US R&D Group, made several observations about Mobile WiMAX and how it might be positioned against 3G data technologies like HSDPA (WCDMA) and EVDO (CDMA).

The theme of the talk was how 3G might co-exist with all the rapidly developing technologies (mobile WiMAX, mesh WiFi, VoIP, mobile broadcast).

Since their recent reorganization, they decided to make it clear that they must join their forces with FMC in a race where the main goal is sustainability. Their margins need to be sustained over time as they are trying really hard to avoid getting sidelined into becoming just a mere mobile operator. That is why they will take it easy on the main idea to combine their technology with a wireless network such as WiMAX. It can deliver the most effective way of getting wireless connection. It is not yet completely sure as to what will be their final decision.

Here are the key points of Dr Chia’s presentation, as they relate to the mobile WiMAX market:

– CAPEX is a very large barrier to entry for new wireless service providers. Huge sums must be invested in base stations, access nodes, other wireless infrastructure, core network switches and routers, billing systems and operations software, land, and lease hold improvements.


– Wireless access technologies will include: 3G data evolution, mesh WiFi, and mobile WiMAX.

– Mainstream vendors supporting mobile WiMAX include: Samsung (WiBRO in Korea), Intel, Alcatel, Siemens, Nortel, and Motorola. Cautious vendors include: Lucent, Nokia, and Ericsson. [He did not mention Cisco, which is apparently on the fence with respect to WiMAX].

– Being committed to their proprietary version of 3G, China will not likely push mobile WiMAX. Hence, the worldwide market will exclude the country with the most market potential.

– An optimistic projection was for mobile WiMAX metro networks to be in place in 2008 along and the technology would be integrated into PCs (like WiFi today). Handsets might be available in 2009, but VoIP would need to be ubiquitous and roaming would be an issue (unless dual mode phones were commonplace).

An article from the February 1st, Financial Times was cited to support Vodafone’s cautious stance on WiMAX. Here is a quote from that article (with some editorial modifications):

Vodafone“Is mobile WiMAX a credible substitute for 3G? Probably not. Its practical speed should be 2-10Mb/sec. But most 3G networks are already upgrading to an adequate 2Mb/sec. Spectrum is also a problem: most of the world’s existing 700 odd licences are regional, and some currently permit only fixed services. WiMAX avoids expensive royalty payments to Qualcomm, which owns most of 3G’s intellectual property. Still, building a ubiquitous Wimax network would be far more expensive than buying wholesale access to 3G with a virtual operator agreement.

“That leaves mobile WiMAX’s main potential as giant hotspots. The concentrated nature of mobile usage – three quarters of most peoples’ activity occurs in three locations – means this threat cannot be totally ignored. Dual mode handsets, which permit switching between networks (mobile and WiFi), are being developed by Nokia (and Motorola), among others. Qualcomm seemed to concede 3G’s potential inadequacies by buying Flarion, which specializes in a rival but similar technology (Flash OFDMA) to WiMAX, last August. The basic strategy of most mobile operators of being married to 3G, but being open minded about flings with other technologies, thus looks correct.”

African WiMax And CDMA Forum Held In April


April 24-26th, 2006

Midrand, South Africa

“Beyond the Hype and the Technospeak” is the theme of the first African WiMAX & CDMA forum to be held in Midrand, South Africa from April 24-26 April.

Leading technology developers are combining forces to mount an intensive educational event for Africa’s telecom operators, ISPs, regulators, developers, resellers and solution providers. They include QUALCOMM, the leading developer of CDMA technology and the lead sponsor of the CDMA Focus at the forum.

CDMAIf you are interested in hearing the latest news and advancements in technology, then you should take a visit to this event because you will have the chance to listen to the leading developers of technology. Having this type of opportunity is something that you don’t get every day, in fact, you might never have this chance even in your life to see and hear in person some of the leading technology developers talking about issues and solutions. They expect to have a lot of people coming there and supporting this even, so make sure to get there on time.

Co-sponsors include Aperto Networks, Redline Communications, Huawei Technologies and Lucent Technologies.

The event is being supported by the international CDMA Development Group (CDG) and will include the launch of the African CDMA Forum, an industry body to represent users across the continent and facilitate knowledge-sharing.

Mobile Technology Strategy Outlined by Intel

Mobile Technology Strategy Outlined by Intel

At its developer forum being held this week in San Diego, California, Intel has offered a glimpse into its plans for mobile and wireless technologies, including an upgrade to the popular Centrino platform, several new dual-core chips, and a chipset that will support both Wi-Fi and WiMax connections.

SmartphoneThis type of improvement in mobile technology is not a small thing, we have to take this seriously, this can change a lot of things in the mobile world. Whenever it comes to a chipset upgrade, we have to be prepared because the next generation of chips can perform a lot faster and better than any previous one. A chipset that could support both Wi-Fi and Wimax connections is something that we haven’t been able to see before and we are very excited for that. Wi-Fi connections are very important in every mobile device nowadays because for some people that is the only way they can connect with the internet and browse the web. People have been putting more and more effort and dedication towards the mobile technology and because of that we are now having these types of improvements that can allow us to use these devices for much more than just talking.

The next generation of Intel’s Centrino platform is codenamed Santa Rosa and will feature a more powerful processor, an improved graphics chipset, and support for the forthcoming 802.11n Wi-Fi standard. In addition, the Santa Rosa platform will include a flash-memory-based accelerator, codenamed Robson, that Intel claims will help laptops boot more quickly and use less power.

“Emerging applications such as mashups, blogs, podcasts, and RSS make the Internet an even more personal and interactive experience, and people want to carry those experiences with them,” said Sean Maloney, Intel’s executive vice president, in a statement. “The next stage of Internet growth is to make this ‘real Internet’ mobile.”

KT And Samsung To Demo First WiBro Phone in Korea


South Korea’s largest fixed-line telecommunications company, KT Corp, together with Samsung initiated a test-run of a WiBro phone during the APEC Conference 2005 in Korea.

The limited test-run is now underway in Busan with a limited roll-out using 500 handsets for Pacific Rim leaders, senior government officials and foreign journalists.

Samsung will introduce the H1000 WiBro mobile phone and the Samsung M8000 PDA with WiBro and a WiBro interface card for laptops.

The demonstration is aimed to collect feedback on how the new technology would work. It is also aimed at publicizing the up-to-date technology during the APEC which gets global media attention.

WiBro is one of KT’s ambitious and costly projects to find a new revenue stream for the former state telephone monopoly, which is struggling with a shrinking wired telephone market as more customers rely on their mobile phones to communicate.

KT will also start its commercial WiBro service as early as June of 2006 with the aim of attracting as many as 4 million subscribers to the service by 2010.

WiBro, the Korean based “Wimax”, is competing with the WiMAX wireless broadband technology heavily pushed by Intel.

The technology, named WiBro – short for wireless broadband – is designed to deliver high-speed Internet connections to mobile phones, promising to allow people to watch high-definition television programs via handsets in a moving vehicle or on a street.

KT hopes the new technology would help provide speedier and cheaper connections for mobile phones, thus helping develop a new revenue source for it.

On Saturday, a KT technician said the new technology can send data at a speed of up to one megabit per second, which is equivalent to conventional fixed-line broadband Internet.

In reality, however, the speed was slower than expected, though the technician said he was unable to measure it.

And the phone’s screen size, which measures about 3 inches diagonally, is too small to surf the Internet. What’s worse, only specially designed Internet sites for smaller screens can be properly accessed by the phone.

KT has not given a price for the WiBro phone and service, but they are expected to be more expensive than current technologies.