As technology has advanced, so has our dependency on connectivity. All of the things that we hope will make our lives easier, safer will require high-speed, always-on internet connections. Everyday products and means of communication, whether visual, audio or video; from self-driving cars to telemedicine to Metaverse and mixed reality to as yet unimagined technologies. To keep up with the ever-growing demand, the 5th Generation of wireless networking technology has been introduced; more commonly and aptly known as 5G. 

With much hype, excitement, and conjecture, 5G technology is steadily making the move from a concept to network implementation, and as the term becomes more widely used, let us take the time to understand and explain what it truly means.

5G is a next-generation wireless network that supports significantly faster and more dependable mobile broadband speeds and lower latencies than previous generations.  5G will do a lot more than just speed up your network connection. From connecting vehicles and transforming healthcare to building smart cities and providing fibre-over-the-air, 5G is the foundation of future communications.  It will open up new possibilities for us, allowing us to develop ground-breaking solutions that benefit society as a whole. 

It is presumed to be a game-changer, allowing for new services, greater video, and cloud connection, thus all major carriers are trying to expand their 5G networks. People and businesses will have never-before-seen potential, thanks to 5G, which is up to 100 times quicker than 4G.

But, what does 5G imply for you? Simply put, a great deal.

Since 2019, we’ve been hearing about the advent of 5G in India and have been waiting for it ever since. Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Union Communications Minister, has revealed that the government would undertake a spectrum auction in the current calendar year, which will provide the basic infrastructure for 5G. Since then, the 5G spectrum has been one of the most talked-about subjects.

Let’s understand in brief the lifeblood behind harnessing the power of 5G Spectrum.

The radio frequencies that convey data from user equipment (UE) via cellular base stations to the data’s terminus are referred to as the 5G spectrum. Long-term evolution (LTE) networks operate at frequencies in the sub-6 GHz and will coexist with 5G traffic. Lower frequency bands will be employed in less heavily inhabited locations since data can travel further on these frequencies, however at a slower rate.

Aside from the ability to download a full-length HD movie to your phone in seconds (even from a busy stadium), 5G is all about linking things everywhere – consistently and without latency – so people can monitor, analyse, and manage things in real-time.

Imagine a  world with billions of connected gadgets and objects. Imagine billions of people. All of these things and people will be connected thanks to 5G.

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