We live in an era of ever-increasing technology and connectivity. Today, we take for granted the fact that we can instantaneously communicate with friends and family across the globe, access any information we need at the touch of a button, and stream live television virtually anywhere we go. However, the pace of change is quickening all the time, and there is constant pressure to ensure that we are staying ahead of the curve. The next big development in this ever-advancing technology with the introduction of 5G & 6G networks, is delivering high-speed data up to twenty times faster than 4G networks. This technology has the potential to revolutionize the way we live and make enormous inroads into developing industries like health care and transportation. Here’s a look at what you need to know about 5G networks and what will happen next.
What is 5G? The fifth generation of mobile communications technology offers major improvements over previous generations in terms of speed and reliability. It also brings some exciting new features to the table, including improved battery life for mobile devices and the ability to connect more devices to a network at the same time. One of the key features of 5G is the significant reduction in latency (the time it takes for a device to respond to a request) compared to the previous generations. This means that applications that rely on split-second response times – such as remote surgery and self-driving cars – will be possible with 5G networks. Other key features include reduced power requirements, higher reliability and improved security.
Why does it matter? Higher 5G penetration will result in a huge increase in the number of devices and applications that users can benefit from, including faster downloads and streaming, as well as the ability to connect many more devices to a network simultaneously. This will enable IoT (internet of things) to become much more commonplace as more devices and appliances can be connected and communicate with each other, automating tasks such as smart fridges, home lighting and connected homes.
For businesses, this will have a massive impact on productivity and efficiency, allowing them to streamline their processes and save time and money. New opportunities are also opening for the industrial sector, with companies such as John Deere already announcing that they are working on developing their own version of 5G-powered tractors. 5G also has the potential to revolutionize other industries, including healthcare and transport. A new era in health management is on the horizon thanks to the arrival of the first fully automated surgeries utilizing wireless technologies which operate on 5G networks.
Similarly, self-driving vehicles powered by 5G networks will be much safer than current models, as they will have the ability to communicate with each other and respond to obstacles in real-time. The possibilities presented by 5G are truly exciting, and it’s only going to get better from here!
How will 6G improve on 5G? What advantages will this technology have for users and businesses? Is 6G really any better than 5G? These are the questions people are asking about the next generation of wireless networks. Right now, everyone’s talking about 5G but we’ve still got some way to go before we can properly grasp what it’s actually going to mean for our everyday lives. Although 5G is still in its infancy stages, we’re starting to see some early prototypes and testing programmes get off the ground. Meanwhile, developers and manufacturers are working on prototype versions of future products that will utilize this technology to its full potential.
6G is already being developed and has several advantages over 5G. According to some sources, the commercial debut of 6G internet is anticipated to go live around 2030-2035. The connection will be much faster, such as uploading photos or browsing the web. There will also be huge improvements to voice communication and virtual reality, both of which will become much more lifelike and accessible. 6G will also benefit emerging technologies like smart cities, driverless cars, and augmented reality. This is expected to lead to a new boom in the artificial intelligence industry. It’s estimated that spending on AI-related projects will double in the next 5 years. All in all, the advent of 6G is undoubtedly going to have a huge effect on our daily lives in the years to come. Who knows? It might even make us more connected than we ever imagined possible!
In 2017 Batelco completed the first 5G trial, and in 2019 the company launched 5G network and became among the first globally to have nationwide 5G coverage in 2020. Now we are going one step further to develop a full 5G network ecosystem with the expertise that we gained over the years. By sharing this expertise with our customers, we can enable them to take advantage of the latest network technologies enabling them to be more competitive and grow their business even further. We are proud to be leading in the industry with our visionary stance towards the future of telecommunications and the Internet of Things. The ecosystem we are building, will allow customers access to the latest innovations enabling new efficiencies and unprecedented levels of connectivity that will give a boost to their businesses. In the future, it’s expected that almost every electronic device that is used daily will have some sort of wireless capability, enabling us to stay connected from anywhere and anytime. This will certainly transform the way we do business in the near future and we at Batelco are excited to be on the forefront of this exciting revolution.
An article by: Husain Abdulla – Access Network Manager