We have been living with 4G on our devices for so long that the slow rollout of 5G mobile technology doesn’t yet seem like a reality. Like generations of people and smartphones, network technology continually improves and evolves, meaning it’s never too soon to learn everything you need to know about 5G technology. Our team at Harris Communications offers Distributed Antenna Solutions (DAS) that will prepare you and your business for the challenges that come with this new generation of wireless technology.
The next generation of wireless technology operates under similar mobile networking principles as 4G. However, while most cities and communities use just one cell tower to access 4G, many cell sites are needed to make 5G a reality—and not all cities have even installed one 5G tower yet. Furthermore, 5G is built on millimeter waves, using a higher frequency than previous generations. This means it’s faster, but it also means that the signal cannot travel as far, and that trees or buildings can block it.
A new generation of mobile technology emerges once higher standards develop. To be compatible with the latest wireless standard, device manufacturers must create products that satisfy these requirements. A simple software update doesn’t give your phone 5G compatibility. Manufacturers must build the function into the phone, meaning you will need to buy a new device to utilize 5G once it is available in your area.
An essential feature of 5G is that it is faster than previous generations. With 5G, users experience quicker connections and download speeds. Latency is negligible, which means there is no lag while you’re switching screens, playing games, or viewing graphics. Many people are excited about 5G because it can also support a larger network of devices with no decrease in network speed.
Inevitably, most cities and towns will equip themselves with 5G towers as 5G becomes a means for public health and safety. This technology will allow for advances in automation, virtual simulation, and remote access to cloud archives. With 5G, farmers can perform precision agriculture across a large field, and firefighters can pinpoint people’s location inside a building. First responders can multitask behind the wheel of a 5G-powered, self-driving car, and remote or off-site workers can guarantee fewer drops when moving between clients. Since 5G requires more cell sites, DAS in-building wireless solutions are more important than ever to keep your staff connected, whether they’re running between meetings, out on service calls, or remotely connecting with clients.
Other likely advances to come from 5G will undoubtedly affect the way we enjoy entertainment. The perks of 3G and 4G were getting e-mails and videos on our phones. These features are helpful for business, but they’re mostly for entertainment. 5G brings the potential for better virtual reality systems, improved hovercrafts, and the potential for flying cars.
Staying connected to a 5G tower is the biggest challenge with this latest generation of mobile technology. DAS in-building wireless solutions from Harris Communications allows 5G into your building as well as a strong connection throughout the building with the installation of a custom antenna system. Our experts know everything you need to know about 5G technology and can provide esoteric advice anytime.