31 January 2023
It’s been on everyone’s lips since 2019 and a hot topic within the telecoms sector and beyond. Representing the new standard of wireless mobile telecommunications, 5G focuses on improving connectivity and enhancing speed and quality. And while its benefits have been touted far and wide, it has also raised several questions.
With this in mind, here you’ll find all the answers as we delve deeper into the technology that is ushering us into a world of unprecedented possibilities.
Offering speeds up to 100 times faster than 4G, 5G is the 5th generation of wireless networks. It has the ability to connect everyone and everything together, from people to machines, objects and devices, bringing us together and enabling us to create a revolutionary global network.
While 1G was all about providing basic voice capabilities, 2G introduced us to messaging apps and browsing simple websites. Then 3G provided the core network speeds required to launch the very first smartphones. On the other hand, 4G LTE gave us access to mobile video, a range of connected devices and location services – all of which we enjoy on a daily basis.
By relying on the same technology as 3G, 5G is an evolution of 4G that can switch between networks to give you connection speed and reliability depending on your handset’s data requirements.
Like most wireless communications systems, 5G uses radio frequencies to carry information through the air, however, its cutting-edge technology takes mobile broadband services to an entirely new level. This is possible thanks to its unique air interface design techniques, like self-contained TDD subframes and OFDM principles, which allow for wider bandwidths, such as Sub6GHz and mmWave spectrum usage.
It may all sound like a foreign language, but in essence, it means that it uses much higher frequencies that are less cluttered and while similar in principle to 4G LTE, the advanced features of 5G make it faster and better suited than its predecessor, allowing us access to areas, such as mission-critical communications and connecting massive IoT (Internet of Things) networks like never before.
From offering higher speed, lower latency and greater capacity, when you’re connected to a 5G network, you benefit from quicker downloads and much lower lag, improving how you live, work and play. This in turn can help you access new and improved experiences, particularly in areas of IoT, virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI).
By delivering higher speeds to mobile users who are on the move, you won’t notice any difference between fixed or mobile internet, while by making use of optimal frequencies, you’ll get to experience better coverage when indoors. Not to mention that thanks to increased traffic capacity, there’s less congestion which translates to a steadier connection.
With 5G you can share your photos and videos in no time and enjoy crystal-clear video calls, while you can stream your series and movies in HD without any interruptions. For gamers, 5G’s reaction time is 10 times faster, so you can say goodbye to slow-motion gaming and hello to a more immersive augmented reality experience.
On a larger scale, 5G has the power to make businesses more efficient and even help revolutionize certain industries. Imagine production lines so predictive that they can prevent interruptions before they occur, boosting the manufacturing industry in the process. Or thousands of connected devices gathering and sharing information in real-time to help reduce road accidents. Things like digitized logistics, precision agriculture and even remote healthcare can all become a reality.
With 5G’s increased speed and reliability, your home internet service can get a major upgrade, particularly with Hybrid or Fixed Wireless Access technologies. These could also serve as a great solution for rural areas where fixed access can be difficult and at times costly to deploy.
Meanwhile, when it comes to mobile technology, 5G promises to be up to 100 times faster than 4G, which means downloading a movie would only take minutes instead of an hour. Just keep in mind that not all phones are compatible. To make use of this next-generation network, your mobile must have an internal chipset which is able to transmit and receive 5G signals. Take a look at these 5G & 5G-enabled smartphones if you’re looking to ditch your current one for an upgraded version.
The 5G rollout was initially relatively slow, with proof-of-concept deployments in Europe starting in late 2019. Yet, today, several global and local operators have started launching new 5G networks, while all main phone manufacturers have been commercializing 5G phones for some time now. And as the 5G ecosystem consolidates even further and more handsets become available, deployment is expected to be way broader on a commercial scale.
Locally, GO has been working hard to build a digital future for Malta, investing in an ambitious rollout project of delivering nationwide coverage by 2023 and since 2021, we have been offering the latest generation of mobile technology to GO pay monthly customers who have 5G-enalbed handsets.
So, wondering how can you get 5G connectivity? Experience the technology with uncapped and far superior broadband speeds, giving you smooth streaming, seamless gaming and uninterrupted browsing among other things. Take a look at our pay monthly plans and hybrid plans that offer a range of additional perks at a great price.