The proposed “5G” wireless network service is expected be to so efficient it will be theoretically possible to download a high-definition movie almost instantaneously.
Despite rollouts expected to begin in high-density, urban hotpots by 2018, global standards for the metrics that will define the 5G network are yet to be determined.
Regardless of the specifics, the 5G network will offer faster speeds and lower latency — a shorter time interval between sending and receiving data – than its predecessor.
The introduction of the fight generation network is predicted to offer speeds as high as 10 gigabits per second, which is 100 times faster than the current 4G network.
This speed will offer a whole new plethora of opportunities in regards to online streaming and the “internet of things”.
While the current 4G offering of 15 megabits per second is fast enough to stream songs, stream video or browse the internet, the introduction of 5G will present the ability to download ultra-high definition movies or television seasons in mere seconds.
With Intel predicting there will be more than 50 billion connected devices and systems worldwide by the time 5G is available, devices such as wearables, household gadgets and sensors embedded in industrial products will greatly benefit from the faster speeds and lower latency.
While each of these connected devices might not use much data individually, combined they become sapping on the current bandwidth.
As such, the introduction of the cellular network will shift from a personal communications platform to a computing platform offering universal connectivity.