When you hear about 5G, you are often hearing about the high speeds that you will experience. And it is good to get excited about those speeds. The idea that you can download a 4K movie in minutes is amazing, considering that it can take most people hours with their current internet speed. Streaming movies, shows, sports and other live TV will be easier than ever, as multiple HD streams will be no problem for a household that has such internet. And since it is wireless, it is even more convenient. But what else will 5G impact?
One of the ways that 5G is going to make a difference is with driverless cars. When the directional couplers and other equipment is put up and initiated, we will start to see some cities get these high speeds. And not only is it high speed, but it is also dramatically lower latency. And that is where driverless car networks benefit. When sending and receiving information from each driverless cars, latency is the enemy. Information must be accurate and delivered instantly. That will now be possible, with less than 1 ms of latency expected from the 5G networks that are set up in the right way.
The only downside about 5G is the wave length, given the frequencies being used. The concept of 4G was to have a few huge towers that gave signals to everyone’s devices in the area. 5G does not have that reach, which means that it involves setting up a lot of smaller antenna around the cities. That is not difficult, but it is a new challenge. The speeds will be great, along with very low latency. But it also means that if you are in an area where there are not enough towers, you will not have a great experience.