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This Practice Note looks at the concept of 5G mobile technology, including:
What is 5G?
What can 5G be used for?
Legal and regulatory issues
Each generation of mobile technology has brought in something different: 1G introduced analogue voice, 2G introduced digital voice, 3G introduced mobile data, and 4G enabled widespread mobile internet use. The ‘G’ in each case stands for generation, with each generation of wireless being faster, more secure and more reliable than the previous generation.
The next generation of communication networks and services will be the fifth-generation wireless broadband, more commonly referred to as ‘5G’.
According to the Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA), which is a representative body of mobile operators around the world, a 5G connection will fulfil the following criteria:
one to 10Gbps connections to end points in the field
one millisecond end-to-end round trip delay
1000x bandwidth per unit area
10 to 100x number of connected devices (when compared with 4G/LTE)
(perception of) 99.999 percent availability
(perception of) 100 percent coverage
90 percent reduction in network energy usage, and
up to ten-year battery life for low power, machine-type devices
The theoretical speeds for 5G are outlined in the diagram below:
The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) is a collaboration between groups of telecommunications standards associations,
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