One of the central issues with 5G is that many service providers will have a hard time selling its benefits. 4G networks are far from rudimentary and have provided consumers with exactly what they need for several years. Streaming, browsing, communicating – all with relative success and a low price. Will they really want to upgrade to 5G at a higher cost?
The answer should be yes. 5G has a number of benefits over its predecessor, especially when it comes to business and enterprise users.
First and foremost, 5G offers gigabit bandwidth – something which 4G could only touch upon at its very best. To put it in context, 4G has a peak speed of 1GB per second, while 5G could reach up to 20 times that. The result? 5G can handle the most data-rich devices and applications without any compromise on performance.
With 5G, round-trip times (RTTs) are reduced to less than 1ms compared to an average of around 50ms for 4G networks. That allows for virtual communications becoming much closer to a face-to-face experience, as well as enabling enrichment of these interactions through technologies such as AR, VR and holograms.
Network slicing refers to the ability to offer multiple virtual networks within a single network infrastructure. This is another major benefit that comes with 5G networks, allowing providers to tailor virtual networks to specific user groups or departments, making it easier to contain issues like cyber-attacks in the process.
Above all else, 5G moves away from hardware-based networking that has long been the status quo. It not only maximizes the advantages of virtualization through newer technologies such as software-defined networking, but also captures the benefits of leveraging different models such as “white box” servers.