The 5G technology witnessed significant traction last year overseas. While South Korea deployed 5G on a larger scale, other countries like the United States are slowly catching up. And now, India is having a race to deploy 5G networks, with a lot of mobile phone brands already launching 5G enabled smartphones. But the larger question remains: Will 5G really offer more benefits than 4G?
A lot of experts are saying that this new technology is poised to provide better connectivity, allow room for new user experiences, provide faster speeds of data, and also push a lot of developments such as smart city projects and self-driven cars. Bandwidth will be received with low latency and at higher scale. This would in turn boost connectivity, and make a lot of space for devices with Internet of Things (IoT).
What really is 5G?
What 5G really implies is simply an update on our existing 4G LTE networks. What sets it apart is its ability to provide collective connectivity between a host of devices, which don’t include just smartphones, but also smart cities, IoT devices, and smart home devices.
It will ideally be capable of supporting devices in a range of a million devices per square kilometre. When it comes to speed, 5G will be capable of providing about 10Mbps of speed. However, the network quality and the frequency spectrum of the device will play a huge role in determining the data speeds.
Telecom companies such as Sony Ericsson and Nokia have upgraded their software in order to upgrade to 5G.
When will everyone actually get 5G?
Telecom service providers are starting to look at new use cases to deploy 5G. They are also starting to figure out business models and work closely with carriers such as Nokia and Samsung.
However, the number of devices and user base has increased by leaps and bounds, way more than at the time of 4G. All smartphones will need an upgrade and networks will need more frequencies than the existing ones. Telcos will need to amp up their game, which means they will need to grow their infrastructure, and also start to invest in spectrum. The government is yet to work on spectrum allocation.
Considering all of the above, it will take at least 5 to 6 years for 5G to become commonplace in India. Having said that, 5G will become a household network fairly soon in plenty of other markets across the globe such as Canada, Australia, China and Japan.
Will we need to upgrade our phones or will our existing devices work on 5G?
Having a 5G mobile phone means having a phone that has a completely different configuration than your usual 4G phone. A phone with 4G network won’t be suited for 5G. At the same time, a 5G phone will be well-equipped to support both 3G and 4G.
The Snapdragon X50 5G modem was bought by Qualcomm earlier this year. This move was made as the company wanted to have a 5G New Radio to support its networks. This modem offers connectivity by working with the Snapdragon 855 SoC. Furthermore, a lot of mobile phone companies brought the initial range of smartphones into the market by deploying Qualcomm’s technology. Qualcomm then launched two new versions: Snapdragon 765 and 765G. Both come with integrated 5G modems.
If you want to invest in a 5G mobile phone, it would be ideal to wait for a bit instead of rushing it. You will then have a bigger list of options to choose from. It is wiser to wait for a few months, as you won’t be able to sense any difference in a 5G mobile phone and your normal 4G handset until 5G networks are rolled out.If you wish to buy a 6GB RAM mobile regardless of it supporting 5G connectivity, you can do so with your Bajaj Finserv EMI Network Card. You can also opt for No Cost EMIs, which means no interest charges or processing fees. You can also split the EMIs over a tenor of 3-24 months as per your convenience.