We have been hearing about the 5G cellular network for a few years now. Thanks to Samsung and Verizon team, we will finally be able to use the next advancement in the mobile data network in the first quarter of 2019.
Both companies jointly announced on Monday that they would bring one of the first commercial 5G smartphones to market early next year. The partnership would unveil a proof of concept at the annual Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui this week.
Snapdragon X50 5G Modem
The 5G Samsung smartphone will feature Snapdragon X50 5G modem. The antenna modules in the phone will have integrated RF transceiver, RF front-end, and antenna elements.
All the cellular network providers in the US are working on the 5G network. However, the challenge now for any network providers, including Verizon, is the limited availability of the 5G infrastructure. The cost of the complete rollout of the 5G in the US is estimated at $300 billion.
Although the real-world network bandwidth may be affected by the factors like the number of users and the available network resources, lab tests have shown that 5G’s speed is up to 100 times that of 4G. Conservatively speaking, the 5G network will be around ten times faster than 4G.
“5G will usher in a new era of mobile connectivity, allowing people to connect to data, experiences and other people in ways never thought possible.” Brian Higgins, vice president, wireless device and product marketing at Verizon
Besides the Ultra-Wideband network advantage over the 4G LTE, 5G will have ultra-low latency. This will translate to the instant connection for network services.
Need for 5G
Network usage will increase further due to the increasing smart device integration and higher bandwidth requirement. The current 4G network does not have the necessary bandwidth to offer speed and reliability for the future. For example, self-driving cars will benefit from the 5G network. The health-care sector with its advancement in telemedicine and robotic surgery will need the ultra-low latency and the high bandwidth of the 5G.
As of now, Verizon 5G is available as home internet service in Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Sacramento. When the 5G mobile network becomes mainstream, cable and fiber internet service providers might find themselves at a disadvantage. The scenario would be much like cellphone users cutting their landlines.