What is 5G networks?
5G networks are the next generation of mobile internet connectivity.
It will run alongside, and eventually, succeed and replace the current 4G LTE connection.
Okay, so what will 5G offer?
Lower latency and faster download/upload rate, making it viable to replace the landed connection.
What’s wrong with current 4G LTE?
More and more people are connected to the internet wirelessly, and the current spectrum bands are becoming congested.
This would cause slow services and even breakdown when a number of people in the same area are trying to access the
Internet. 5G, can handle thousands of people and devices at the same time.
Faster connection and lower latency means internet on the go will become more and more reliable, and IoT
becomes more viable for business and retail.
Internet of Things. It refers to the ever-growing network of physical objects that feature an IP address for
internet connectivity, and the communication that occurs between these objects and other Internet-enabled devices
and systems. Imagine the ability of being able to check the content of your fridge while you were out doing grocery
shopping, or being able to feed and communicate with your pet while you’re away.
Will 5G solve the internet issue on rural area?
No. While it has a lot of bandwidth capacity, it only covers shorter distance. Meaning 5G will be primarily used on
dense urban areas.
What does this mean for retail in urban areas?
More retailers in urban areas can reliably connect to the net without the complexities of laying cables and fibre, and can
even relies on 5G as their primary connection and have the existing 4G LTE connection as backup.
Who else can benefit from 5G?
Anyone that uses internet. Be it education, hospital, home, or even government. Use Case; local municipality
can now deploy more surveillance cameras. Or the educator can host a real-time, low-latency,
high-definition teleconference with students remotely. Or maybe the government can broadcast an
emergency announcement faster than ever.
Will 5G replace NBN?
5G is set to be a viable alternative to the National Broadband Network for some – Telstra and Optus both intend to
sell 5G-powered home wireless solutions this year – but it won’t replace the need for it.