The latest generation of network broadband is becoming more widely available. When most people think of 5G, they look forward to its most popularised features, including high speeds, more data and lower latency.
5G actually has far more varied benefits than many businesses initially realise. This is because there isn’t just one kind of 5G. Since 5G uses a larger spectrum of radio frequencies than previous generations like 4G, there are, in fact, multiple levels of 5G.
The highest range delivers those high speeds, more data and lower latency that are often heralded as the main advantages of 5G. Yet the other ranges still have plenty of benefits for businesses too, such as a more reliable connection, especially when Wi-Fi is poor, and the ability to get a connection anywhere as the infrastructure around 5G expands.
Types of 5G
With the various radio frequencies, there are three bands of 5G coverage:
Low-band – While low band 5G has limited performance compared to high band 5G it has the best ranged coverage. These are the frequencies that will give power to employees to connect and work from virtually anywhere with a more reliable connection than 4G. This 5G signal is also better at penetrating solid objects than mid or high band. Its ability to provide more stable coverage over long distances and through obstacles means it opens up new ways of working for remote workers and rural businesses.
Most tasks and even some IOT capabilities will be possible on low band 5G.
Mid-band This frequency is 1-7GHz. Upload speeds can be as high as 350 Mbps and downloads as fast as 1.5GBps. Latency is only 8-12ms. Speeds are mid-100Mbps and these continue to rise. This range will certainly help with capacity and allow more wireless applications to run from your mobile.
High-band The high band is the highest frequency for 5G. We’re looking at frequencies above 24GHz. This offers that peak performance and high speeds that 5G is known for. Download speeds are expected to be up to 3Gbps with upload speeds up to 1.5Gbps. Latency should be in single digit milliseconds. This band can carry much larger amounts of data compared to the lower bands. However, it is limited to near line of sight transmission. Weather, distance, and structural interference will weaken the highest band. The high band of 5G creates many opportunities for the advancement of technologies, particularly in machine learning and AI. Wireless robotics will benefit the most from this band and we could even see surgeries being performed by robots using 5G.
Businesses and 5G
All the bands of 5G will be of great use to businesses. They can offer more flexible working for their staff while increasing productivity. Regardless of staff’s wi-fi capabilities in and out of the office, 5G will allow greater access to a strong, stable internet connection.
Businesses will find the stability of the lower bands a great support for wi-fi and often an improvement for their wi-fi. Communications such as video conferencing and tasks including video streaming will become much easier and smoother for businesses.
By investing in 5G laptops for your staff, you are giving them better ways to work while future proofing their technology for the coming years.
Hardsoft can lease a range of 5G laptops, including ThinkPads from Lenovo.
Our current 5G devices include:
If your business needs help choosing the best 5G devices for your staff’s roles, Hardsoft can offer an evaluation and select the most suitable options.