When asked about 5G wireless, a typical consumer probably thinks about it simply as a faster 4G. However, 5G is a game-changing technology that will enable users to download full HD videos in seconds, interface with others via video without lag or stuttering, and use virtual reality to tour a house, try on clothing, or test drive a car. For these reasons, and many more, the wireless industry is looking forward to the implementation of 5G, particularly as it relates to the Internet of Things and the possibility of a more densely networked environment.

While 5G certainly provides numerous advantages, there are some drawbacks, as well. Since 5G travels shorter distances, small cells are needed at more frequent intervals, although as development continues, these cells are being squeezed into enclosures the size of pizza boxes. Also, even though it’s tempting to concentrate on the promise of 5G, ignoring low- and mid-band spectra would be inadvisable, as other bandwidths offer different advantages, such as being able to penetrate walls or handling greater data traffic. However, as 5G matures, expect it to transform industries as disparate as agriculture, healthcare, and transportation.

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