The advent of 5G: Pros and cons

For those who don't know, 5G is the fifth generation technology standard for broadband cellular networks. It has been announced since 2016, and is now displayed in a few countries. Now that 5G is knocking on our door, what more does it bring? Are there any drawbacks to using 5G?

Advantages of 5G

While the first four generations of mobile networks improved our connectivity and communication experience, the 5G or 5G New Radio (NR) will considerably change and maybe replace our current habits.

First, the new generation technology standard will have a loading speed 10 times faster than what 4G provides us. There will be virtually no latency, since the latency time will be divided by 10.

Moreover, you can connect simultaneously more devices with 5G than was possible with the previous generations. This is why technologies, like the Internet of Things (IoT) will experiment a great development with 5G. Interconnected objects will positively change our lives, as we will no more fear diminution of performance or limitation of accessibility.

Apart from that, 5G will also affect machine learning based services and automation by introducing AI in a new light.

Drawbacks of 5G

You may have to get a new smartphone which will be competent for 5G. This will lead to more electronic waste. Plus, the increase of the bandwidth will have a noticeable downside: it will not be able to cover large areas as the previous generation. For enterprises and companies, 5G can be the source of increased malicious attacks that can exploit the slightest breach in the system.

Another concern is that 5G investment has a high cost, as it is hard to install and deploy. Thus, many areas will not have 5G coverage before a long time, despite all the efforts. This represents a break on the progress of activities and companies located in these areas.