What is 5G?
5G is the latest global wireless standard. It’s the fifth generation wireless network following 1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G. The fastest wireless standard to date, 5G is designed to connect everything from smartphones to autonomous vehicles to industrial machinery and beyond.
Over time, 5G will replace existing wireless networks to provide mobile users with better speeds, lower latencies, and more consistent wireless experiences. However, the extreme improvements of 5G will also enable a massive digital transformation that’s been referred to as the fourth industrial revolution.
The Internet of Things (IoT) will use 5G to facilitate communication between billions of sensors in factories, farms, smart cities, and more. The low latencies of 5G enable real-time communication between machines and sensors to make instant data-driven decisions.
Why is 5G Better?
5G wireless technology delivers extremely high peak data speeds, ultra low latency, high reliability, and more network capacity. The performance of 5G is thanks in part to the technology’s access to millimeter wave (mmWave) frequencies above 24 GHz, which provide much greater throughput than traditional low and mid bands. However, 5G can efficiently use spectrum resources from sub 3 GHz (used in 4G) to beyond 100 GHz.
5G is based on a method of modulation called orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM). OFDM modulates a digital signal across several different channels to reduce interference. 5G uses OFDM in combination with an enhanced 5G NR (New Radio) air interface.
With its highly efficient spectrum use, 5G can provide 100x more network capacity and efficiency than 4G networks. 5G can achieve up to 20 Gbps peak data rates and average data rates of over 100 Mbps, which is significantly faster than 4G. Users of 5G networks will be able to download an 8K movie 500% faster than if they were using 4G.
5G Expert Discussion Panel Articles
5G experts and leaders, such as Keysight, RFS, JMA Wireless, CTWA, Wavecontrol & many more discuss the most frequently asked questions about 5G
5G Health & Safety
We reached out to a panel of experts to understand the health and safety implications of 5G networks. The panel of researchers, analysts, and advisors provided us with in-depth and insightful information on the potential impacts of 5G on human health and the environment.
Our 5G Health & Safety panel includes: Tim Singer, Director General, Environmental and Radiation Health Sciences for Health Canada, Jonathan MacKenzie, policy and research analyst for CTWA, Marc Bouvrette, President of Gap Wireless, Erika Zeroual, Communications Advisor and Media Relations for Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), Stuart Nicol, Director Product Development at APREL as well as Ernest Cid, CEO of Wavecontrol.
We assembled a panel of experts to gain a clearer picture of the testing protocols and challenges associated with 5G networks. The experts explained exactly how 5G is tested and what new testing solutions and strategies are emerging.
Our 5G Testing panel includes: Adam Hostetter, Director of Sales, Test & Measurement for SAF North America, Kevin Ramdas, Professor of Wireless Telecommunications at Humber College and Director of Training at TelecomTRAIN.com, Dr. Nikhil Adnani, CTO at ThinkRF and Keysight Technologies representatives: Roger Nichols, Keysight 5G Program Manager, Rolland Zhang, FieldFox Product Manager, and Peter Schweiger, Southern Ontario Telco Account Manager.
We contacted the experts to better understand 5G network coverage and learn more about the importance of MIMO (multiple input multiple output) and the 3.5 GHz frequency. Our expert panel illustrated how frequencies and frameworks will impact 5G propagation and bandwidth, and what technology is emerging in response.
Our 5G Coverage panel includes Chuck Powell, Product Director for Base Station Antennas, North America at Radio Frequency Systems (RFS), Amr Elgazzar CEO at Consultix, Greg Dial, Senior Vice President for Product and Marketing Strategy at JMA Wireless, and Roger Nichols, 5G Program Manager at Keysight Technologies.
5G & IoT
The number of IoT devices worldwide will be somewhere in the region of 40 billion. Each of those devices will need a network to connect and communicate, and hopes are high that 5G will meet the challenge and expand the capabilities of IoT.
Our 5G and IoT panel includes Nader Famili, MTS leader at RFS, Scott Terry, VP of Engineering at SureCall, Dr. Nikhil Adnani, CTO at ThinkRF, Brad Jolly, Sr. Application Engineer, Barry Scott, IoT Program Manager, and Roger Nichols, 5G Program Manager from Keysight, and Dr. Esteve Hassan, Ph.D., PEng, Industrial Research Chair for IIOT Applications, Mohawk College.
5G Public Safety Applications
It is reasonably certain that the opportunities and challenges of the connection between IoT and 5G implementation within the public safety topic will be driven by the initiatives of connected “smart cities”. As more information is collected and shared within municipalities, situational awareness also increases, and public safety agencies will make more informed decisions in how they respond.
To gain a clearer picture of how 5G Network coverage will impact the public safety sector and expand the capabilities, we reached out to a panel of experts. Our 5G Public Safety panel includes Carlos Tobar, Manager of Emergency Systems, City of Edmonton Fire Rescue Services, Wayne Black, Chief Technical Officer at Freedom Products at Astronics Test Systems, and Tim O’Brien, Director of Strategic Development, Public Safety at Bird RF.
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