As many international mobile carriers prepare to begin introducing 5G data networks to the masses sometime in 2020, a lot of hype has been generated around this topic. Some mobile carriers are rolling out small tests of the new technology this year, while telecom operators and smartphone manufacturers alike are developing the necessary technology to facilitate 5G.
Boasting 10 to 20 times the speed of its 4G predecessor, 5G distinguishes itself by being able to extend bandwidth as needed. 4G is a system that consists of fixed bandwidth which, if saturated, will shift down to slower speeds. 5G, on the other hand, is much more versatile because this bandwidth automatically adjusts if more users are connected to a network. Thus, speeds will remain at a constant, which helps eliminate slow or dropped connections.
With a versatile bandwidth system being the key differentiator for 5G, how does this affect VoIP? A better bandwidth means that more things are possible, and here are some advantages to take note of.
Bandwidth can now be expanded to accommodate an increased number of users, so the likelihood of slow connections will be little to none. This is good news for VoIP, as call quality will improve – and stay, at its peak. The connectivity for video conferences will now also be more robust, which will make overall communication better for remote workers.
Facilitating 5G through microwave signals now makes it easier to access remote areas, such as hilly regions. The Taebaek Mountains of South Korea are a prime example. With the Winter Olympics of 2018 taking place here, South Korea aims to also launch 5G together at the same time. It’s no surprise that shifting to a different terrain can make internet connectivity poor, but this will now be a thing of the past once 5G is introduced to the masses, and smartphones can enable it.
Apart from the wonders that 5G will create in the VoIP spectrum, it will also empower other forms of technology to perform better. For instance, robots that function independently can now function seamlessly owing to constant connectivity speeds. The same goes for applications that use Augmented Reality, such as semi- or fully- autonomous cars.