5G: A Mirage Or Reality?

5G: A Mirage Or Reality?

In a few years, the mobile phone’s data connection will be so fast that you can copy

a TV show in the blink of an eye and a movie in less than five seconds. (That compares with up to eight minutes now for a movie.) When that happens, Mr. Stephenson, AT&T’s chief executive has suggested, you may as well watch TV with your cellular connection and do away with your cable subscription.

Mr. Stephenson has indicated this ultrafast high-speed next-generation wireless technology, known as fifth-generation technology or 5G, would compete with traditional TV services. “I will be sorely disappointed if we are not going head-to-head” with cable providers by 2021, he said in a recent interview. Yet the vision Mr. Stephenson depicts may be a mirage.

That is because 5G is improbable to be deployed in any meaningful ability in the next decade. The technology, which is considered to proffer connectivity at least 100 times faster than what is now usable, is at the center of an acrid battle between carriers and telecom equipment makers about how it should work. No resoluteness is expected until at least 2020, said Bengt Nordstrom, co-founder of North stream, a telecommunications consulting firm. “Anything before that will just be window dressing,” he said.

Even after companies and telecom groups define 5G and how it should operate, they face the high cost of installing a wireless network capable of thumbing the fast-wireless speed.

With all these in place at God knows when then the inevitable pops up. Who is going to pay for it? This is a question lingering in the minds of many and even the adding operators are already seeing their margins squeezed, as they contend with nimble freshers such as WhatsApp, and are reluctant to pour cash into 5G and not seeing much of a return.

Then comes up the hype around the technology which is described as “irrational exuberance”, a term used by Allan Greenspan, an economist who was warning about the dot-com bubble in the second half of the 1990s yet some brains believe that the current advances in 4G, what we know as Gb LTE, which made possible faster data rates over existing networks proffered a more pragmatic and cost-efficient solution.

All things considered, it is stated that there was such a head of steam behind 5G that it was probably going to happen, similarly as the dot-com bubble had prompted huge and unreasonably expensive interests in fiber networks.

“They take a huge amount of cash to fabricate,” Craig Moffett, a telecommunications expert, said of 5G networks. “The undeniable inquiry for AT&T is, the place the cash is going to originate from to work out 5G networks on a large scale?”

Yet, the outcome was probably going to be another radical reshaping of the telecoms business, So the 5G insurgency is coming.

For phone carriers, mainly the telecoms, 5G represents the holy grail of mobile communications. Using the fast-wireless speed, digital services like self-driven cars and delivery drones could taproom into almost instant mobile networks which they have been looking forward to being rolled in sooner than later.

And almost all of the devices requisite for workaday life from refrigerators to business machinery may be related through the 5G technology.


The question remains whether the ultrafast high-speed technology really exists other than a mirage.

The happy news is that, in recent happenings, on the 6th of August this year, Washington got a glimpse at what’s conceivable with 5G wireless as Verizon’s 5G Experience Bus burst on the scene in the country’s capital.

The bus visited the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Capitol Hill, where policymakers had the chance to witness firsthand how government policies on issues like spectrum distribution and the deployment of cutting edge broadband networks are empowering a 5G future and keeping up America’s position as the worldwide powerhouse of wireless communications.

For the time being, 5G is being tried at colleges and via carriers over limited areas. AT&T and Ericsson as of late demonstrated the network innovation working in Austin, while Verizon has done 5G tests in New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Texas. Different carriers, especially in South Korea and Japan, are likewise directing trials of the new innovation, and governments intend to utilize occasions like the 2018 World Cup in Russia to exhibit their own particular 5G pilots.

Greg Hands, the UK trade minister told a BBC technology correspondent in an event that they will continue to pour funds into 5G research post-Brexit.

Intel on another stand in the same event had up their game by building a prototype 5G network to give attendees of the event a feel of what the long awaiting brand new connected abode will be like. There was an autonomous car, a fully connected home, and a smart lamppost all interacting with the network in ultra-fast mode.

The 5G network has some natural restrictions. For vast bearers like AT&T and Verizon, it might be monetarily feasible to convey 5G just in the densest urban areas like New York and San Francisco.

With the three legs that the 5G network stands on, namely Machine Type Communication (MTC), enhanced Mobile BroadBand (eMBB) and Ultra-Reliable Communication (URC) will mean that the network is geared towards the loss of the next billion considering the lack of affordable wireless access in its requirements. Fisseha Mekuria, a former Ericsson worker suggested if the three legs could go along with a forth which is Ultra Low-Cost BroadBand (ULCBB).

This should be possible without affecting the initial three, maybe to the detriment of the time period of the standard. The current exercises to figure a worldwide standard for the fifth-generation (5G) wireless network, services, and concurrent abilities ought to include emerging and developing nations requirements for moderate broadband connectivity of rural provinces. Africa and emerging economy nations have been a beneficiary of communication technologies, in light of benchmarks and standards, use cases and modalities managed by multinationals and mobile operators.

The fundamental criteria that were normally utilized depend on getting the techno￾economics and “here and now” net revenues of their venture in place. The mobile revolution that brought text and voice messaging has served its purpose and now emerging African countries are looking into mobile and wireless broadband for all.

The truth of the matter is that broadband network is presently firmly connected to GDP development and numerous urban and rustic groups in Africa would profit by a lift in moderate broadband internet availability.

Reasonable broadband internet availability will, in turn, bring about enhanced education, well-being, banking, agriculture, and the services sectors to pull in investment for business and industrialization of the region. However, it has been an elusive dream in Africa to get broadband coverage specifically for rural regions. Be that as it may, it has been a tricky dream in Africa to get broadband scope particularly for provincial districts.

One of the difficulties that remain is that African nations haven’t yet made sense of which range is the most appropriate for 5G. in east African locale, one band that partners are discussing a great deal is around 3.4 GHz to 3.6 GHz. nations with greater market measure like South Africa and Nigeria are taking a gander at 4.4 GHz to 4.9 GHz and a high recurrence band, for example, 24 GHz to 28 GHz.

New nations like Algeria, Egypt, Morocco are said to be thinking 39 GHz. One thing that is not without is that 5G will utilize high frequency, permitting an expansion in data transfer capacity. More transfer speed has the upside of enabling operators to move more data. Ethiopia is said to be thinking about both 28 GHz and 39 GHz, with Cameroon, Ghana and Senegal are poised in looking down the band at 700 MHz.

Now, no standard has been developed globally and African nations should embrace the worldwide models when that time comes.

The distinction, however, is that low frequencies travel a greater distance and perform better indoors, though higher frequencies have a harder time to penetrate walls and operates within lesser radius.

5G is not simply one more change in the framework, it is a revolution and for that matter represents a major security issue and supporting standardization would expand security to the billions of gadgets that will be connected in Africa throughout the following decade.