It’s been a decade since the 4G network was launched, and now it’s time to upgrade to the 5G network, which is quicker and more potent than 4G and can connect to more devices. MTN Nigeria will soon launch 5G which will allow modern connectivities for individuals and co-operate bodies.
What is the 4G network?
The abbreviation “4G” refers to the fourth generation of wireless communication, which replaced the older “3G” technology. Each new generation of wireless cellular technology improves the speed and capacity of its networks. In comparison, 3G had a maximum speed of 14Mbps, but 4G had a maximum speed of up to 100Mbps.
High-definition video and audio might be streamed at 4G rates. Wireless broadband was also made possible by this network technology, allowing consumers to access the internet without requiring a fixed, wired connection from an ISP (ISP). Mobile devices may communicate with 4G networks via antennas that emit radio waves.
How are 5G and 4G different?
With speeds up to 100 times faster than today’s fourth-generation (4G) networks, the fifth generation (5G) of mobile networks promises to open up new possibilities for consumers and companies alike. Adding greater capacity (space) to the 5G network allows all devices to access faster data rates. As data traffic continues to expand at a rate of roughly 60% per year, increasing network capacity is critical.
Users at packed sporting events or concerts may have noticed that the 4G network had difficulty dealing with many devices simultaneously. By sending to each device with great accuracy, 5G eliminates this difficulty, and the network can handle up to 1 million devices per square kilometer.
The capacity to connect additional devices is becoming more vital as the number of devices connected to the network rises by around 25% annually. All devices, including smartphones, may be connected to the 5G network. More and more new kinds of connected devices will be developed over time, necessitating connections with varying degrees of performance and features, which the 5G network can offer for.
With its built-in processing power, 5G is more than just a network capable of remote data center jobs. AR-filters and games, which often drain the battery life of mobile phones, may be handled by the network since it has the processing power to handle such intensive operations. Lightweight AR glasses and coordinated swarms of linked delivery drones will also benefit from the 5G network’s increased bandwidth.
The network slicing technology of the 5G network allows it to function as numerous different networks at the same time. Each network slice may be tailored for a particular purpose and can operate independently. It’s possible to tailor each slice to the same service it’s providing without spending resources on features it doesn’t need.
The differences between 6G and 5G
The 6G technology is significantly more sophisticated than the 5G technology, which promises to give a speed of 1Tbps (or 8,000 Gbps) or more. The 6G network, for example, allows customers to download 142 hours of Netflix HD video per second. Because it operates on a different frequency band than 5G, this network may be used in a wide range of industrial sectors to improve productivity.
6G is anticipated to be 100 times quicker than 5G and provide more excellent network stability and coverage. Additionally, as the number of connected devices grows, 6G may be able to connect ten times as many devices per square kilometer.
There was a 50-millisecond difference between the latency of 4G networks and 5G networks, with a 10x reduction in the latency. The latency of 6G is predicted to be as low as one millisecond to 1 microsecond, allowing for the transfer of enormous amounts of data in less than a second.
This new network technology will address the inadequacies of present networks, which is projected to enhance network architecture and optimize the network. AI systems and powerful edge computing will use 6G to cooperate with complicated systems and build a smooth internet connection. To replace the 5G network, major technology companies such as Google, Apple, and Samsung are all working together to build this new technology.