It has been known from long time that the first 5G networks will arise in 2020. It will be approximately 10 years after the first 4G LTE networks. So far it seems that this term is quite real. Qualcomm announced in October that they are working on Snapdragon X50 5G modem. However, Intel also showed what they can do, because their modem will be available at the same time as the chip from Qualcomm. Both modems should be available in the second half of this year.
Currently, operators around the world continue working to improve the availability of their 4G network, because they are limited by lack of licences to broadcast at the low frequency bands. In Europe, operators intensive build more and more base stations operating at the 800 MHz band. These investments should improve the situation. So far, LTE-Advanced networks are able to transfer our data with up to 1 Gbps speed. Soon the first phones equipped with the fastest LTE modem will be available on the market. The LTE Snapdragon X16 modem is a part of the Snapdragon 835 chipset. This is the first system capable to download data via LTE-Advanced network with a speed of 1 Gbps.
The first 5G modem from Intel will support 5 Gbps.
The same rate will be possible to achieve also via Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem. As you can see, the first modems of next-generation networks will be 5 times faster than the current LTE solutions. Is it a revolution? At first glance no, it is not. But we should not compare the beginnings of 5G network with the already well-developed LTE-Advanced networks. One of the first LTE modem was Qualcomm MDM9200. This chipset appeared in 2010 and it was category 3 LTE modem, which was able to download data with maximum speed of 100 Mbps. Thus, the first 5G devices will have at their disposal a wireless connection 50 times faster than it was in the case of 4G LTE.
People are wondering what to whom as high-speed Internet in the phone.
It is already difficult for us to imagine the need to have mobile Internet connection faster than 100 Mbps. The truth is that even the telecommunications companies working on 5G do not know, for what purpose the next-generation networks will be used. It is said, among other things, that 5G will provide the real-time services and instant access to the content. It looks that the page load time will be limited by the performance of the browser, not the speed of mobile Internet connection. Intel thinks about using 5G in autonomous cars which will exchange data with each other (vehicle-to-vehicle system). It is quite possible that the new generation mobile network will also find their use in data centres, or so-called “smart cities”, i.e the Internet of Things in the whole agglomeration.