5G is the latest generation of mobile broadband. It is heralded as being much faster than previous iterations like 4G.
As more network carriers like EE, O2 and Vodafone begin providing 5G to their customers, the reach of 5G is expanding. Additionally, more 5G towers are being built around the UK, meaning the reach of 5G is rapidly broadening. The result is that 5G can soon provide a reliable and stable internet connection wherever you are in the country. You can connect from anywhere and have a more stable and faster connection than 4G.
5G also boasts other advances like more data for your apps, and increased capacity for the number of devices connection to the network at once.
However, one of the most technologically influential advances is the lower latency offered by high band 5G.
High-band 5G is the highest quality 5G. It is not yet as far-reaching or available everywhere as low-band and mid-band 5G. It uses higher radio frequencies and is not as adept at passing through objects, weather, or large distances as the other bands. However, it does offer much lower latency.
What is Latency?
Latency is measured in milliseconds. It is the amount of time take for a package of data to be captured, transmitted, and processed, received, and decoded. Think about when you click an action on the internet and how long it takes for the action to happen like a page loading.
Is High Or Low Latency Better?
The lower latency, the less time will pass from when you click for an action, and you see the desired result. Therefore, low latency is better.
High latency over our broadband and mobile networks is frequently caused by two things: legacy tech, such as internet over copper wires, and distance.
The rollout of 5G includes greater replacement of copper wires with fibre optics. However, the successful rollout of 5G to include low latency must also include putting down more infrastructure and 5G towers to account for the fact that it works better over short distances.
With more data available and higher speeds, 5G should bring down latency for a better experience.
This will provide a more responsive connection experience. For businesses, they should see a surge in productivity as well. This is a great reason for companies to invest in 5G laptops and network plans.
While this is an excellent achievement for 5G’s low latency, it can do much more.
From simply making work more efficient, to actively boosting modern technology, 5G can deliver much, thanks to low latency.
As the time it takes to send and decode data comes down, technology that requires those fast reactions from a computer system can become more reliable.
If we look at self-driving cars, manufacturing systems and robotic surgery, it is instantly recognisable that low latency is a requirement for these technologies to truly be safe and make advancements. 5G can make this tech more accurate and more widely used by bringing latency down into single-digit milliseconds.