World 1st 5g phone has been introduced by Mi
Fire was first controlled between 230,000 and 1,4 million years ago. We call it controlling the fire and not discovery because fire has always been there. No one person can claim its discovery. Proper handling, ignition and control of fire by Homo erectus (our lost brothers) is believed to have taken about 400,000 years ago by scholars 5g.
India welcomed 4G in 2012. The world sees a new network generation every 10 years now. 1981 we saw the first 1G devices and 2021 was the estimated year when 5G will be launched worldwide. 26th of this month we saw Mi announce the world’s first 5G phone, Mi Mix 3, which will be available in Europe in the first quarter of 2019.
From developing and discovering the simplest things over hundreds of years, we have moved towards seeing tectonic shifts in our device speeds and our tech innovations almost every few months. 4G has a world average speed of 6.1 MBps and in some places, runs as fast as your modem network. In the face of such rapid upgrades, even Moore’s law will stop holding true in few years’ time.
5G is expected to make 1GBps the norm and will help support the huge rise in internet of things. 5G promises not just good speed but wider bandwidth too. The mojo is to get the world more connected and make data collection and transmission faster for personal AI and machine learning devices to act on. 4G has greatly overcome streaming issues but does not offer the bandwidth for multiple devices to work on.
So what is 5G? How are the 5G devices different? Unlike 4G, is it any different from its predecessor?
5G will fulfil the basic expectations, faster, more stable and crazy versatile. Greater bandwidth potential will make your connections stable and more versatile. It will probably replace your home wifi, making modems and large antennas redundant. When we say faster, it means around 10 times as fast as 4G with speeds like 10GBps not unheard of, unlike 4G which is barely twice as fast 3G. At such speeds, you’ll be able to download the entire Game of Thrones series in seconds or you could connect VR device to your phone and watch a football in the middle of a desert with little lag.
Personal use apart, picture an autonomous drone or your self driving car prevent accident in a matter of milliseconds. Now picture millions of cars and drones doing the same in the same time. The 5G infrastructure will be designed to power tens of billions of devices at the same time. And at the same time the network will have to cater to the requirements of individual devices.
5G devices will need more antennas, many more, for the same coverage. You could possible see mini antennas everywehere on your devices. To overcome the hassle of integrating multiple antennas in every device, Intel and some other organizations are experimenting with different network ranges to support 5G.
The time saving and convenience benefits of 5G apart, the gainers from this development are the most unexpected ones. Xiaomi, which was founded in 2010, is going to sell the first device which is 5G ready. In being network ready and integrating itself with other internet active devices, like your wearables Xiaomi can effectively overtake Apple and Samsung. They could soon become one of the biggest data collection companies by have the device ready to connect to smaller devices. Although they may hold this position for a very brief period, the development in network and device support has opened the market for the smaller companies to challenge the biggest players.
5G also marks the race to become the undisputed leader in connectivity between China and USA. Losing the race will have major economic implications. What is interesting here is that US is lagging behind China and Korea to become the first 5G ready country. Both China and Korea are on the verge of having fastest connectivity. Chinese companies like Xiaomi and Shenzhen, the hardware silicon-valley, are well poised to take full advantage of this. China has many companies that have ventured into wearables, internet enabled devices, data miners and cloud service providers. The innovative products developed in Shenzhen over the last decade will all be on the 5G framework.