The smartphone industry is changing and developing at a dizzying pace, at about 10 years ago, we took a big phone. After a time of technological breakthroughs, change is now dramatically improving and phones are getting smaller and more advanced in functions.
The 3G network was a slow and fast start that launched 4G LTE and became more popular, people could stream full-length movies, running advanced applications. With the advent of 5G, what other changes are waiting for the industry? How will this new 5G technology change the smartphone industry?
Speed is exploited by telecommunications companies
One of the biggest benefits of the 5G network is the overall increase in speed. The 5G network has already been in testing and early reports indicate that it is thousands of times faster than the 4G network. For example, the 4G LTE network runs at a peak speed of somewhere between 100 and 200 megabits per second. This is fast enough to stream live programs and download relatively small files in a few seconds; however, the 5G network is going to run at a peak speed of somewhere in the gigabit range. This is many orders of magnitude faster than the 4G network. For example, at this speed, people could download full-length movies in a matter of seconds. Cell phone companies everywhere know this and will work hard to capitalize on this increase in speed.
They will work hard to develop phones that have higher resolution and increase memory capacity so that people can download full-length movies and enjoy them in high-definition on their phone. They may even try to design applications that are as advanced as video games and it can be played on full-sized consoles, given the speed that networks run on. Imagine playing video games on a cell phone over a 5G network the way people play video games today on an X-Box using an internet connection.
The Power of the 5G Network Could Redefine the Smartphone Industry Entirely
Given the speed and power of the 5G network, it is reasonable to ask where the smartphone industry is going to expand to next. Taking the speed of the 5G network as an example, it represents a lightning-fast connection that is many times more powerful than a 4G network. Could this 5G network eventually replace the internet connection that people have today?
Already, cars are wired to connect to cell phones through Bluetooth and this technology has progressed immensely since it was first introduced. Imagine if that 5G network could be wired to the car. What kind of changes would this bring to the industry? What if the 5G network on the phone could be wired to the house? Could this connection be faster and more reliable than the internet provided by the cable company? This represents a paradigm shift in the smartphone industry and could represent a marriage between a 5G network and the customer that has never been seen before.
A Blending of the Smartphone Industry and Cable Companies could be on the Horizon
If it is true that a 5G network could replace the standard internet connection, it is possible that people might start relying on a 5G network for TV signals as well, driving traditional cable companies out of business. Just as cell phones have all but eliminated landlines entirely, internet and cable packages could be next ones. Could people be subscribed to the smartphone industry for their TV and internet packages? It is certainly possible.
The Smartphone Industry could still be selling 4G devices in a 5G worldwide
Most people have a 4G device or something similar, few people still have a 3G device that isn’t capable of reaching 4G speeds. This could be due to the fact that most people have upgrades built into their plans and don’t carry around older devices; however, it is also due to the fact that the 4G network is largely available everywhere. The same cannot be said of the potential 5G world.
While 5G network delivers much faster download and upload speeds (in the form of “bits”), they also do not push their signal out as far as 4G or 3G towers. This means that people who live in rural areas that aren’t heavily populated, may not have many 5G towers available to them at first. In fact, the 5G network might not even be available in their area.
While early estimates indicate that a 5G network will be available starting in 2020, these people may not see a 5G network in their area for even longer. This means that cell phone companies may continue selling 4G-only smartphones well into the 5G timeline due to the number of people who aren’t able to readily access a 5G network. They may but probably not. The smartphone manufacturers are already working on 5G phones and devices.
Without a doubt, these are only a few of the many changes that will result from the 5G network. While it may be a while before it becomes mainstream, it is important for people to think about the changes that are coming and prepare for them now. It could have a major impact on various industries, personal cell phones, and the way people send and receive a wide variety of data all over the world. It is best to prepare for these changes now.