5G is the 5th generation’s mobile protocol and the name is used to describe the next big development phase of the mobile network. 5G is as of yet not launched, but is a future protocol that will replace the 4G standard today. The development will result in faster and safer connection to the mobile wireless network.

The research of the future’s mobile network solution are intense. Both companies and states are investing huge amounts in finding better and faster solutions and it’s both the users and the modern society that drives the development. There will be more units connected in the future, and it will require stabile mobile networks for society to function.

Of course our private mobils and will be connected, but even hospitals, fire stations, schools and other important society enigmas will be connected to the cloud service and therefore completely dependent of connection, everywhere and without interference. But what exactly does 5G means and what will it be used for?

  • 5G is the name for the future protocol for telecommunication
  • The standard isn’t decided but will probably have a speed of 10-20 gigabytes/second
  • 5G will be much faster and more available than the last protocol
  • 5G will be able to manage far more parallel connections than existing technology
  • More things will be able to connect simultaneously
  • Most carriers and developers are testing the technique but on a smaller scale
  • The technique will most likely first be available for the public in 2020

Internet of things

Internet of things means that more and more machines and things will be connected. This could be anything from refrigerator, public toilets to complete complexes and cars. Parallel with the development of internet of things, a lot of research is done about autonomous vehicles, such as self-driving cars och “smart cities”, connected cities.

In common for all of these is that the connection to different types of cloud services and databases is essential for systems to work as they should. It’s for example crucial for a self-driving vehicle to have immediate connection without delays from the positioning system it’s connected to.

5G is therefore a prerequisite for the development of internet of things, smart cities and autonomous vehicles to continue. And a lot of research about 5G is about better capacity to support different types of units connected simultaneously without jeopardising the networks capacity and stability.

What will 5G mean for individuals?

For individuals 5G will mean that both computers and phones will get faster network and less delays. In the future it will most likely replace the wired network. Internet will be available everywhere and more of the things we use today on a day-to-day basis will be connected.

We will live in a future where smart things, cities and society functions will be day-to-day standard. The development of both storage and services will be cloud-based, which sets higher requirements on network capacity ad meanwhile storage on the hardware, such as on your computer or phone, will be less important.

It’s still unclear if 5G will be launched in Sweden and which carriers will provide the technology. Some cities and regions will most likely implement the technique faster than others. Telia has for example said that Stockholm and Tallin will be early testers.