The Pros and Cons of 5G Network

5G or fifth-generation internet is the improved version of 4G and I am sure you know about that. 5G is expected to work along with 4G and it is going to replace it entirely.

This advanced mobile network will usher in tech advancement and even cause IoT to innovate further. Anyone who uses a cellular connection is likely to have concerns regarding this new mobile internet upgrade and we are here to answer all questions.

5G Working Explained

So here is how 5G works. It transmits data over shorter distances compared to 4G LTE. As a result, you will be getting faster speed and more consistency of signals.

This network is capable of supporting more connected devices because it features new signal spectrums. If you use your 5G connection to stream a live TV on your Cox cable app, and it doesn’t work. Immediately call Cox customer service or restart your device on which you are streaming.

4G LTE is powerful no doubt but we are outgrowing this network and it’s becoming overloaded and people in major cities are experiencing slowdowns, especially during busy times.

We need higher capacity systems for supporting billions of devices that are connected to the web. This need is being fulfilled by 5G.

5G V.s 4G LTE

There are many things 5G is capable of which 4G can’t perform. Here’s a glimpse of the difference between the two:

It’s Faster (Duh)

5G is much faster than 4G because it allows more bits per second to travel via the network. You may be downloading movies in seconds rather than minutes with the improved upload and download speeds.

The Latency is Low

5G is more responsive compared to 4G, with lower latency (the time it takes for a device to communicate with the network). You’ll get data faster because devices can “speak” to the network faster.

Less Power Consumption 

Because it can quickly convert to low-energy use when cellular radios are not in use, 5G requires less power than 4G. This increases the device’s battery life which means you won’t have to keep your devices plugged all the time. 

It’s Secure 

5G makes greater use of bandwidth and has more connection points than 4G. Hence, it provides a more secure and reliable service. The data cost is also lower than 4G networks since the network is less stressed.

More Connected Devices 

5G is capable of expanding the radio waves and so, it can carry more devices than 4G. Once 5G is implemented, congestion issues that cause delayed service will be minimized.

The Pros and Cons

Okay, so 5G is better, but is it great? What about potential drawbacks? These pros and cons explain everything:

The Pros 

  • More Bandwidth

Increased bandwidth translates to greater flexibility and the ability to accomplish significantly more in less time. This supports both a quicker connection and more devices so that more individuals can connect to the Internet within a particular network.  

With 5G, none of us will have to fight for data. Everyone will have enough bandwidth available to carry out their favorite internet activities. Finally, better days are ahead of us! 

  • Innovation is on Its Way

While 4G was designed largely for mobile phones, 5G’s low latency and high capacity make it suitable for linking a wide range of devices, or “things,” such as drones and sensors in a product or machine.

Healthcare, retail, manufacturing, and entertainment will all witness significant technological advancements thanks to this high-speed mobile internet connection.

In the manufacturing sector, 42 percent of unplanned downtime is because of equipment failure. With 5G, connected factories will allow businesses to produce more in less time. This means consumers will have access to affordable products.

  • More Capacity 

Over a broader frequency band, 5G will supply up to a thousand times more capacity than 4G. It will be able to handle many high-demand apps at the same time and connect thousands of internet-connected devices, ranging from phones to sensors and IoT devices.

It also means that field-based employees who travel a lot and need to remain connected can use WiFi and mobile connectivity without compromising performance or internet access.

Gone are the days of relying on free Wifi from coffee shops. Even in the populated regions, there will be enough capacity to continue working without interruption.

The Cons

5G has a few drawbacks that the world needs to know…

  • Currently, limited coverage is available. Some areas don’t have access to 5G at all.
  • To deliver the service and speed 5G is capable of, 5G towers have been installed, which is not just time-consuming but highly expensive. 
  • 5G requires a newer approach to cybersecurity. The network is managed by software, hence it’s vulnerable.

If you want to make well-informed decisions, you need to have a good understanding of the 5G network and its pros and cons.