5G - The next generation of Mobile Broadband
The 5th generation of mobile technologies – 5G, is a significant step beyond 4G LTE networks in multiple aspects. 5G was defined to reduce latency, increase bandwidth, increase reliablity and allow for significatly greater numbers of devices. 5G is actually a number of technologies, defined by 3GPP as “5G NR” (New Radio) and SMARTER (Study on New Services and Markets Technology Enablers), and by ITU with IMT-2020.
The 3 use cases of 5G
Enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB)– Higher data rates, Higher capacity capacity and connectivity expansive area. This is the what most consumers would expect 5G to be, comparing to the common usage of 4G.
Massive machine to machine communications or massive Machine Type Communication (mMTC) – IOT … millions of devices, low power, low bandwidth.
Ultra-reliable low latency communications (URLLC) –vehicle to vehicle communications, autonomous driving, telesurgery – anything that needs millisecond type latency, and near zero loss. This is the Tactile Internet.
5G has been allocated (and continues to be allocated) spectrum in a number of ranges, low, mid and high frequencies, because of the variety of use cases. In the US, there are 3 major areas.
Each country allocates has different ranges available, but the use cases dictate that there will be some available spectrum across similar ranges.