What is 5G?
The term ‘5G’ refers to the fifth generation of wireless technology. Every new number that precedes ‘G’ brings rapid advancements while also calling for updated infrastructure and technologies.
The switch from 3G to 4G delivered faster downloads and improved functionality (especially with Long Term Evolution, or LTE), but the move from 4G to 5G could be even more impressive. Experts believe the new 5G wireless network will deliver faster speeds and the ability to move more data. Additionally, 5G networking will reduce latency (lag time), thereby increasing responsiveness.
What are the Different 5G Technologies?
5G networks will rely on an encoding system known as Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM). Similar in many respects to the encoding associated with 4G LTE, the 5G edition of OFDM will continue to split one data stream across several channels and frequencies. Specifically, experts believe that 5G internet networks will be built upon a Cyclic-Prefix (CP) OFDM system. With OFDM, CP acts as a buffer region, thereby increasing network reliability.
The global standard for 5G is referred to as New Radio (NR). Developed from the ground up to ensure 5G functionality, NR will provide a “united air interface.” NR aims to provide a wide range of mobile devices with optimized connections to secure cloud services.
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