6G is just around the corner
The year 2019 is when tech companies introduce 5G internet to the world. Recently, companies in South Korea and the United States began testing the speed of their supposed 5G tech. But while consumers welcome this new standard in network technology, is there still room for the so-called 6G internet?
The Commendable speed of 5G tech
There’s no denying that 5G network technology is impressive on its own. In South Korea, the initial tests showed that speeds can go from 190 to over 400 megabits per second (Mb/s). That already makes it far better than the average mobile internet speed last year, which was around 22 Mb/s.
Given this sheer improvements, it’s good to note that tech giants such as Huawei and Samsung are ready to distribute 5G hardware and software to companies. LTE or 4G technology is decent for regular use, but a 5G connection could allow you to download files at 1 gigabit per second (Gb/s).
A high-definition Blu-ray movie file can easily exceed 20 gigabytes (GB) in size. But instead of having to wait for a couple of hours, you can have your film ready in less than a minute. And this isn’t just about downloading movies or triple-A video games — it’s also about big data.
In today’s world, it’s important for businesses to utilize all the data they have. Big data can help them understand their clients better. Likewise, they can think of new products and services through data analyses. With 5G technology, companies can transmit huge chunks of data faster than ever before.
How 5G Affects the Tech and Economic Industries
One amazing aspect of 5G technology is its promise of low latency. Simply put, it means that there is barely any delay between the transmission and return of data. In the world of online video games, a low latency helps you play without any lag — offering a smooth gaming experience.
But aside from that, the low latency can companies such as Apple and Fitbit create better smart fitness devices. It would allow computers to check your heart rate and display it in real time. This is important because even a slight delay could spell the difference between life and death.
And if you’ve been paying attention to Uber, you’ll know they’re eager to mass-produce self-driving vehicles. There are known incidents with the use of these cars, but a low-latency can help them better navigate around obstacles on the road. Moreover, it can improve how smart devices in the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem interact with or respond to each other.
Great for Web Owners
People who utilize the Internet for their online business need better Internet speeds. If they want to provide more and more content, they can use 5G tech to upload all the videos and files in no time. Likewise, their visitors can do more if they have a speedy, lag-less internet connection.
Whether you’re using a shared IP address or a dedicated variant, you can benefit from 5G network technology. What’s a dedicated IP for? It’s a unique address for your website — allowing you to get an SSL certificate for your site and build a good reputation with your users.
If your website is a content aggregator, it won’t suffer from a lot of people uploading content all at once. The 5G tech is designed to help online services stay smooth even if tens of thousands of mobile users try to access them. But this increase in users and content will eventually bring the need for something faster.
The 6th Generation of Network Technology
A significant milestone in cellular network technology arrives pretty much every decade. This has been going on since 1982 when the first generation was introduced. Thus, it may mean that 6G technology is closer than others expect. But what will it bring? There’s still a great deal of discussion on its nature.
One speculation is that it will improve on the concepts or features that 5G didn’t pay attention to. For example, 6G may lead to the integration of wireless systems on land with satellite systems in space. This could create the most reliable internet connection on a global scale.
Similar to 5G, 6G is seen as a technology that will pave the way for better IoT devices. It could help machines interact with each other faster and better — no matter how many of them are in the same ecosystem. This is good news as more households embrace the idea of smart homes.
Another promising feature of 6G tech is how it may excel in terms of scalability. Some people do not view 5G as a scalable tech, which isn’t good in a time of digital flux. Thus, 6G isn’t going to be a completely new technology. It will improve upon 5G tech while addressing the needs of future services.