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5G Networks Are on the Rise: What Consumers Should Know

5G networks are projected to be used worldwide by the year 2020.

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Inventions we previously thought were inconceivable have become a reality. Apple watches, drones, and smart homes have become a sort of technological norm for consumers. The technology industry is pushing the boundaries again by creating a 5G network to make its debut in the year 2020. 5G aims to connect people using mobile devices, as well as fuel the advances in health care, entertainment, and transportation.

How Does 5G Work?

Similar to 4G LTE networks, 5G uses a system of small cell sites that send encoded data through radio waves. The cell sites have to be connected to a main network such as a wired or wireless backhaul connection. It will make encode data using OFDM, and it’s design promises to have lower latency and better flexibility than 4G. By travelling over high-frequency airwaves 5G will bring more bandwidth and faster speeds. It also has better directional capabilities, meaning instead of sending data over a wide span, it directs its frequencies. It can also support almost 1,000 more devices per meter than the existing 4G.

Unfortunately, the frequencies 5G produces can’t travel through walls or rooftops and weaken when spread over long distances. For the wireless companies, this means installing more cell towers throughout cities.

What Will 5G Deliver?

This new network primarily promises speed in many forms of 5G technology. Self-driving cars, networked robots, and virtual reality games are future products that will require the power of the 5G bandwidth to operate correctly. Networked robots may be utilized in the surgical operating room, self-driving cars will need the network power to automatically stop on a dime, and virtual reality can connect people throughout the world. The low latency assured with the mobile network can cut down on the time lapses between devices, which is vital for the functions of these innovative products. Not only will the 5G offer speeds for your device and emerging inventions, it will allow for faster access to the cloud server for people to quickly access information.

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Several phone companies have already implemented 5G networks in select cities.

Cell Phone Companies Fight to Be First

Cell companies recognized the hype over 5G service and quickly began creating 5G compatible cell phone models to adapt to the new structure. Recently, AT&T called itself “the first U.S. mobile company to introduce mobile 5G service in a dozen markets by late 2018.” They used the 5G Evolution label to try to become branded as the first to have that level of connectivity. Sprint sued AT&T for false advertising but AT&T fought back saying that their phone simply allowed a user to know when they were in range of the wireless network.

Phones that will be equipped to connect to a 5G network include Samsung Galaxy S10, Huawei Mate X in China, LG V50 ThinQ, and Apple’s iPhone 12. Some of these devices haven’t rolled off the manufacturing line yet, but they can be expected to be in stores in the near future.

Controversy and Issues

After defending the Chinese telecommunications network, Huawei, Chairman Guo Ping said that the security of a 5G network is a collective responsibility. Whether the network be in China or the United States, Guo urged the industry to make a collaborative effort to define the network standards. Unfortunately, the security measures are not yet foolproof as a recent flaw in both 4G and 5G allowed for people to intercept phone calls and track the location of a cell phone user. It was reported that anyone with a small amount of knowledge of cellular paging protocols could partake in the attacks. This “tracking via Paging Message Distribution” or “Torpedo” attack affected several major U.S. cell companies including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile.  

Looking to the Future

Some providers have already begun rolling out the 5G network. Verizon has ran it in smaller residential broadband in Los Angeles and Sacramento. AT&T has launched it in 12 cities with one mobile internet hotspot. Other companies like T-Mobile and Sprint will also be introducing the network but may not have the spectrum necessary to support 5G. This will still make it faster than a 4G network, but not by much. While 5G is creeping into cities and phones alike, it is predicted it will still not be completely implemented until 2020.

Regardless of what phone you may have and what network you may use, data loss is still a serious possibility. With faster networks, more information will be shared and stored between users. When that information needs recovered, Secure Data Recovery is your solution. We employ Apple Mac Certified Technicians and have experience recovering data from iOS devices, Androids, tablets, cell phones, and mobile devices. For more information call our customer service line at 1-800-388-1266.

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