Only a little more than a decade ago, wireless internet services brought very large changes to our lives and to the way in which we do business, conduct personal exchanges.
Today, with our powerful smart phones and other devices, we can interact with clients, family and friends from anywhere around the globe. And, these days, we take all of that for granted, expect the service to be there and rail if it isn’t. Those responsible for developing the internet have tried to ensure that all things were possible – that we had ever-faster internet connections while at the same time using less power, extending battery life for our devices. These same internet developers now face a serious problem of execution, whereby we have many more smart phones, industrial devices and artificial intelligent computers than was originally envisioned – a greater number than the internet systems were built to handle. Thus, in the next couple of years, there will need to be big changes developed for our internet services. The next generation WiFi, for example – WiFi6, will be instituted, as well as a more powerful Bluetooth – Bluetooth 5 and 5G. In the next few years, every carrier, chip maker and device manufacturer will be trying to capture 5G supremacy. In the 5G world there is an attempt to evolve to extremely fast internet activity with speeds reaching many multiples of what we’re currently using on cellular networks or even in home-based WiFi systems. The 5G networks aren’t being rolled out all that quickly. In the beginning, carriers will attach 5G components to LTE networks in order to make those run better. At first, there will be 5G NR (for new radio) that will be used to upgrade 4G existing networks. An early focus will be on home broadband. Verizon will offer modems that catch any nearby 5G signal and convert it into WiFi, for your existing devices. Because true, stand-alone 5G requires completely new, costly infrastructure, that will come later as the build-up is possible. One of the benefits of 5G is that it will produce shorter wave-lengths, which mean that one can transmit more data over shorter distances. There also is the promise of reduced lag, which will be necessary in order to facilitate streaming of VR games and self-driving cars. It’s anticipated that the mid-2020s will be the point at which 5G services will be fully implemented.